Even in another shutout loss, Garces first-year head coach Paul Golla saw improvement from week 1 to this week.
In the home-opener at Sam Tobias Field, the Rams committed six turnovers and lost 17-0 to Santa Maria-St. Joseph.
The Rams have yet to reach the end zone two weeks into the season. But Golla is confident that the team did not regress after the season opening 22-0 loss to Bakersfield Christian.
“It was an unbelievable improvement from last week,” Golla said. “I am excited about our defense again. They are just warriors with all of the predicaments we put them in. Defensively, it’s a pretty special group right now.”
Dom D’Amato made his first varsity start for the Rams at quarterback and threw for 61 yards and ran for another 36 yards, but the Rams had four turnovers in the first half, including an interception by Devin Guggia, who returned it 26 yards for the touchdown.
Guggia also rushed for a game-high 142 yards, but the Rams defense kept the Knights off the board in the second half.
“World-class guys look for ways to figure things out,” Golla said. “They won’t wain and they don’t quite. Those guys are comfortable being uncomfortable. That’s the situation we are in right now. This is uncomfortable. We have to understand that this is a process and we will continue to get better and better. Lose early, not late.”
D’Amato intercepted a Mark Crisp pass in the second quarter for this third interception in two games this season. Sophomore Logan Bowers also had a sack, his second of the season.
After netting just 13 total yards last week, the Rams were able to gain 181 on Friday.