By Steve Metsch
Rashaad Boles is not one to seek the spotlight. Rather, it finds him.
After he scorched Oak Lawn for four touchdowns and 252 yards on 26 carries — leading Reavis to a 36-12 victory in Burbank on March 26— the humble senior was more interested in talking about how the Rams can improve as a team instead of his big night.
“We’ve got to get better,” Boles said. “We’ve got to get ready for TF South next week.
“We want to go undefeated (in the remaining four games), to shut out every team we play. We’ve just got to be better on defense.”
The offense? That’s in fine shape with Boles toting the rock; but he deflected any praise for his efforts.
“It’s a team effort,” he said. “It wasn’t me. It was all of us.”
Reavis coach Tim Zasada knows better.
“On Senior Night, he’s one of the guys we count on,” Zasada said. “He’s our playmaker, for sure.”
Boles had six runs of 19 yards or more.
“Sometimes, the holes weren’t there, but great players make their own holes and that’s what he did tonight on a few runs,” Zasada said. “He broke it. He cut it back. He can stop on a dime.”
Boles opened the scoring on the Rams’ first possession after Oak Lawn failed to convert a first down on the game’s opening series. He returned the Spartans’ punt 37 yards to Oak Lawn’s 26 yard line, then carried four straight times, concluding with an 8-yard TD run.
Another three-and-out by Oak Lawn (0-2) gave Reavis (1-1) the ball at midfield. The drive ended with a Boles 4-yard scoring plunge and a 15-0 lead.
The Spartans showed signs of life late in the first half, driving to Reavis’ 25. But on 4th-and-20 from the 35, sophomore quarterback Daniel Lisnic misfired on a pass to junior wide receiver Adam Alcantar.
The Rams got the ball back with 1:24 to go in the second quarter, and Boles needed just three plays to find the end zone again. He ran for 29, 22 and 14 yards for a 22-0 halftime lead.
Oak Lawn coach Harold Blackmon said missed tackles helped Boles.
“We definitely made him a lot better, but he’s a good player,” Blackmon said. “We didn’t match his energy tonight. When you come out and don’t match someone’s energy, you make them better because he’s just gaining more confidence. We definitely instilled that in him.”
It didn’t help that Oak Lawn had just 26 players suit up, or that Reavis made a goal-line stand in the third quarter.
“We had our back to the wall, and we never gave up,” Zasada said. “We rallied to the ball. It wasn’t one guy making the tackle. It was four, five or six.”
An apparent Oak Lawn touchdown early in the fourth was lost after the ball was fumbled in the end-zone.
“The refs see it. You can disagree with it, but (at) the end of the day, they have the final call,” Blackmon said.
Oak Lawn trimmed the the lead to 22-6 when Lisnic found Alcantar with a 26-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 left in the game.
Boles doused any hope of a comeback with a 23-yard run to set up his fourth TD, a 29-yarder for a 29-6 lead with 5:56 remaining.
Lisnic completed 18 passes for 266 yards.
Alcantar’s second touchdown made it 29-12. The nifty 40-yard run saw him dance around two defenders.
“It’s instinct,” Alcantar said. “I’ve been playing football for what, 12 years now? Sometimes my mind just takes my body.”
Reavis senior Anas Everette closed the scoring with a 47-yard run with 2:46 to play.