Rampart preserved precious time and energy in a 49-0 win over Air Academy on Friday night at District 20 Stadium and will look to use those reserves next week with a conference championship on the line.

After opening up a 42-point lead by halftime, the Rams (7-2, 4-0) rested starters as the clock rolled for the final two quarters of the Class 4A Pikes Peak Athletics Conference game.

Once the clock showed zeros, Rampart’s focus shifted to next week’s trip to Pueblo West.

“We’re going to come in pretty fresh, play for a league title for a third year in a row, which is great for these kids,” Rampart coach Rob Royer said.

“That was their big goal.”

The Rams raced to a 14-0 advantage before standout junior running back Chris Yoo got his first touch. The onslaught started when Rampart blocked the first of many Air Academy punts and senior Logan Zelasko scooped up the bouncing ball and returned it for a score.

After the Kadets’ (6-3, 2-2) second punt, Rampart sophomore quarterback Cale Cormaney kept a read option and dashed through the middle of the Air Academy defense for his first score on the Rams’ first offensive play. Cormaney’s second score saw the Rams’ lead 21-0 after the first quarter.

“Everything just happened so fast we couldn’t catch up,” Air Academy coach Scott Grinde said.

A pair of second-quarter touchdowns from Yoo, who surpassed 1,000 yards on the season, bookended a Jake Pavlica score on an end around to give Rampart a 42-0 lead at halftime.

“Ninety-nine percent of it is them,” Yoo said of his offensive line. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t go anywhere.”

Senior lineman Marhsal Ehrlin, who picked up a key block on Yoo’s third touchdown in the third quarter, said it’s the other way around.

“He makes our job look easy, honestly,” Ehrlin said.

After his final touch, Yoo went to celebrate with Ehrlin before watching as some of the younger Rams picked up game experience.

He might’ve broken his coach’s 24-hour rule, where the team takes a day to reflect on its previous game before thinking about the next, in the process.

“At one minute left, I started thinking about next week. Started thinking about what we need to do to beat them,” Yoo said.

“It’s going to be a very fun game. It’s going to be a very competitive game.”

While the Rams are thinking about trophies and playoffs, Air Academy closes the regular season against a Liberty team that entered Friday without a win. The Kadets will miss out on one of their big goals, but a season-ending win still holds value.

“Our goal this year was to make the playoffs. That’s not going to happen, but we can still be better than we were a year before,” Grinde said, noting the program’s last seven-win season came in 2007.

“That’s something to build on for the future.”

Rampart’s future is more immediate. The regular-season finale will have postseason implications, but the senior lineman wasn’t quite ready to turn the page on his final Rampart home game.

“I gotta take my 24 hours. Coach always says it, take 24 hours off,” Ehrlin said.

“I’m very excited, but I’m going to think about this victory and enjoy it.”

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