Tayvon Hall leads 475-yard rushing attack for West Hempstead
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When you have a cadre of talented running backs like West Hempstead has, it can be tough to split playing time between all of them.
When you pile up as many rushing yards as the Rams did Saturday, however, that's not a problem.
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Tayvon Hall led the way with 128 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. Enrique McFarlane ran eight times for 131 yards, Bruce Gibbs added 79 yards and two scores on 10 carries and Michael Petrizzo had 40 yards on nine carries.
"We have four running backs that can be a feature back for pretty much any team in the conference," coach Dominic Carre said. "They all carried the ball well today."
The Rams (4-1) carried the ball well from their opening drive. After West Hempstead's defense stopped Valley Stream North (3-2) on its first drive of the game, Hall found some running room on the outside and scooted for a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Rams an early 7-0 lead.
"We've been a notoriously slow-starting team," Carre said. "It felt good to get rolling right away."
That roll would continue, as West Hempstead came away with touchdowns on each of its first five possessions. Gibbs scored on a 1-yard plunge on West Hempstead's next offensive drive, then scored on a 20-yard run with 16 seconds left in the second quarter on fourth-and 15 to put the Rams up 21-0 at the half.
"I think Gibbs played the best game of his career today," Carre said of his junior running back. "He had a lot of tough runs."
Hall scored on runs of six and eight yards on the Rams' next two possessions, and Devin Cohen (four carries, 16 yards) would add a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Petrizzo had two interceptions and recovered a fumble and Anthony Messina had six tackles to lead the Rams defense.
"Our guys had a chip on their shoulder after losing a close one last week," Carre said. "They came out and played hard."