Stadium High School broke a winless streak that started in 2013 by cruising past Wilson High School, 30-16, at Stadium Bowl on Friday.
Prep football at Stadium Bowl was given the green light when geotech engineers gave the 105-year-old field a clean bill of health after a third sinkhole appeared on the playing surface over the summer.
Coming into the game, both teams were looking to chalk up their first win of the season. The Tigers got a huge offensive push from their ground game. Junior running back Jamon Chambers picked up 95 rushing yards in the first half, including a second-quarter 30-yard dash and a 36-yard scamper two plays later. Chambers produced a 32-yard kickoff return to start the second half, then sprinted for a 63-yard touchdown run on the ensuing play. He finished with 210 rushing yards.
Wilson junior quarterback Alex Motonaga led the Rams with 83 yards passing.
In the first quarter, the Tigers missed a 27-yard field goal attempt but still got on the board first when sophomore quarterback Hunter Wendling scored on an 8-yard keeper.
The Rams answered back with a 9-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end AJ Ruffin.
The two exchanged blows for the rest of the first half before going into the locker room with the Rams holding a 16-14 advantage.
Despite benefiting from an early safety, the Rams’ offense failed to produce in the second half. Senior running back Jacobi Jones shouldered the load for the Rams, putting up 155 yards.
The penalty bug paid the Rams a visit, as crucial plays were taken away and a total of 90 yards paced off.
Wilson did make a steady fourth-quarter drive, getting all the way to the Tigers’ 21 — before turning the ball over on downs.
The depressions that appeared on Stadium Bowl’s surface during the spring and summer, meanwhile, did not affect action on the field.