Rams Try to End 30-Year Skid

By Zellen, Peter | The Florida Times Union, August 25, 1996 | Go to article overview

Rams Try to End 30-Year Skid


Zellen, Peter, The Florida Times Union


In 1966 Englewood went to the state playoffs and suffered a

40-14 loss to Melbourne. Since then, a lot has happened.

Man has walked on the moon.

The Vietnam war ended.

Baseball has expanded from 20 to 28 teams.

Seven presidents have been in the White House.

Five actors have portrayed James Bond.

Jacksonville got an NFL team.

However, the one item missing from that list is a return trip to

the postseason for the Rams.

"We plan to change that," said offensive tackle Keith Gosse.

"I've grown up around this area my whole life and we have to do

it [get into the playoffs]. I want to go out like that my senior

year."

Gosse's attitude is shared by many of his teammates and

according to coach Jack Sams, this may be the best Rams squad in

several years.

So why has it taken this long for Englewood to start talking

about playoff appearances again? The answer is not an easy one

to pinpoint.

Englewood followed up that playoff season with 7-3 and 8-1-1

campaigns in 1967-68 but couldn't get back into the playoffs.

The Rams then had losing records in eight of the next 11 seasons

from 1969-79.

Part of the problem during that time period was strictly a

numbers game. When Wolfson opened up in 1965, the Wolfpack ended

up taking away a large portion of Englewood's enrollment --

among them football players. …

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