WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams head into the opening round of the Washington Football League playoffs with an unblemished record powered by a monstrous running attack.
The Rams (6-0 league) host the Okanogan Commandos (3-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Eastmont Junior High School.
Wenatchee Valley has been a traditionally dominant defensive force in years past. And while the defense has taken a step back this season, the ground game has more than offset the disparity.
“We’re actually putting more points on the board this year than we ever have as a franchise,” coach Mickey White said, “so we’re hoping to continue that through the playoffs.”
The team is averaging about 320 yards per game on the ground, spearheaded by John Rossi, who went for 246 yards and three touchdowns last weekend in a 52-35 road win over the Palouse Thunder.
“He’s been our workhorse all year,” White said. “We have a running back by committee, but he gets the bulk of the load.”
While the Rams have mastered their running attack, they aren’t counting Okanogan out.
The Commandos have one of the top defenses in the league, White said.
With a WFL championship berth on the line, there’s little room for error.
“At this point, there’s no (automatic wins),” White said. “Every game you have to execute and you can’t turn the ball over or you could be on the losing end for sure.”