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Ramblers Football Team Improves to 4-1 After Shutout Victory over Christian Liberty

By DARRYL MELLEMA, Associate Editor, Moose Magazine
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Mooseheart's Hameed Odunewu (No. 81) tries to avoid Christian Liberty's Gabe Grob and gain yardage after catching a pass in the second half of the Ramblers 48-0 victory. Odunewu scored one of Mooseheart's touchdowns on a 75-yard interception return.



Mooseheart running back Joe Feemorlu (No. 25) looks for a block from teammate Freddy Okito in the first half of the Ramblers victory at Christian Liberty. Feemorlu gained 43 yards on 8 rushes and scored three touchdowns in the contest.



Mooseheart's Gabe Camacho (No. 23) recovers a Christian Liberty fumble in the second half of Mooseheart's 48-0 victory. The Ramblers host Alden-Hebron on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. in their homecoming contest.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, Sept. 28From the opening series of plays, it was clear that the Mooseheart team that took the field Saturday against Christian Liberty had a different mindset than the one that faced Luther North one week previously.

The Ramblers stopped the host Chargers on a three-and-out and forced a punt. That kick was deflected, came to Eric Vogeler at the Christian Liberty 37, and the Ramblers senior raced untouched the other direction to score the first of seven unanswered touchdowns in a 48-0 Mooseheart victory.

For Mooseheart, the Northeastern Athletic Conference victory helped erase memories of the 18-13 defeat at Luther North, the only loss of the season so far for the Ramblers (4-1, 4-1.)

"You always preach to the guys that good teams respond and that was kind of our motto this week," Mooseheart coach Gary Urwiler said. "We had to come back out and really feel what we were doing and find some confidence in that. Last week, some things didn't go our way, and I'm happy with how they came out today."

Though Vogeler's touchdown was the only scoring play in the first quarter, Mooseheart still surged to a 28-0 halftime lead. Joe Feemorlu scored two of his three touchdowns in the second quarter on a 9-yard run and a 1-yard plunge. Quarterback Will Nicholas got the other TD when he took a shotgun snap that went over his head and turned started a scramble that ended in a 58-yard touchdown run.

"To be honest, those are the things we try to focus on within the game," Urwiler said. "We'd love to score every time we're on offense, but it doesn't always happen that way."

On a day when Mooseheart used eight different ball carriers, Feemorlu had the most carries – eight carries on which he gained 43 yards.

With Christian Liberty (0-5, 0-5) struggling to get its offense rolling, the Ramblers got a 9-yard Feemorlu TD run and a Nicholas 1-yard sneak to move the score to 42-0 midway through the second quarter.

The Ramblers ended the scoring when Hameed Odunewu intercepted a halfback option pass and ran 75 yards early in the fourth quarter.

"We got the special teams touchdown on the return too," Urwiler said. "We try to take advantage of the speed we have in other areas of the game too. We spend a lot of time on special teams. Any way we can move the ball and be a threat, that's what we want to do."

Mooseheart's defense recovered three fumbles, intercepted two passes, limited Christian Liberty to 102 total yards and handed the Chargers their fourth shutout in five games. Alex Glynn was the Chargers main offensive threat, gaining 79 yards on 19 rushes.

"I think collectively, we played well," Urwiler said. "We wanted to get back to a different kind of focus. I was happy with our practices this week, which is a change. It wasn't just one practice. It was all week."

Next up for Mooseheart is its homecoming contest, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. against Alden-Hebron. With a win, the Ramblers would reach the five-win plateau and be eligible for the IHSA playoffs.

"We're looking forward to playing a tough team in Alden-Hebron," Urwiler said. "They are our rivals that we have been playing for 30-plus years. We look at the season in thirds and I'm happy to be .500 in the second third. Our goal is that we want to be 2-1 or 3-0 in every third and we're still in that goal."

Mooseheart                  6       22       14      6       -      48
Christian Liberty          0        0         0       0       -        0


Scoring plays
MH—Vogeler 37 punt return (run failed)
MH—Feemorlu (pass failed)
MH—Feemorlu 1 run (Nicholas pass to Odunsi)
MH—Nicholas 58 run (Johnson run)
MH—Feemorlu 9 run (Johnson run)
MH—Nicholas 1 run (pass failed)
MH—Feemorlu (pass failed)
MH—Odunewu 75 interception return (run failed)

Team Stats
First Downs            9
Rushes-yards      23-141
Passes                 7-7-0
Passing yards       121
Total yards           262
Fumbles-lost         3-2
Punts-avg.           4-1
Penalties             3-20

Individual Rushing Stats
Nicholas         3-57
Okito               1-7
Feemorlu       8-43
Robinson        2-5
Odunsi           1-9
Johnson        3-15
Gadson         4-10
Serrano        1-(-5)

Individual Passing Stats
Nicholas      6-6-0 74
Serrano       1-1-0 7

Individual Receiving Stats
Odunsi         2-37
Odunewu     3-37
Estes           1-7


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