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Ramsey faces reality of final varsity football game

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 10:25 p.m.

As Tyler Ramsey came up from the locker room after Southmoreland's final football game of the season Oct. 26, he looked lost and confused.

His face was red, eyes wet from tears, as he took a deep breath. Ramsey faced the hard reality that his high school football career was over.

“I was upset because I felt that I, and we, could have done more if Bo (Datz) was healthy,” said Ramsey, who played the majority of the game at quarterback. The Scotties lost the contest to Yough, 35-14.

The Scottie offense struggled without Datz, the senior starting quarterback. He severely injured his collarbone the week before against Charleroi. He played Southmoreland's first series against Yough, as he battled the injury. He came in and started the second half, but couldn't continue after a two-yard run.

As Datz stayed on the sidelines, Ramsey, who was the starting running back for the Scotties to begin the year, became the emergency quarterback. Despite this, Ramsey threw his first and only touchdown pass to Justin Livengood, that went for 18 yards.

“Whenever I threw it, I knew it was a good ball, and I was just hoping he caught it,” said Ramsey.“When he caught it, I thought we could make the comeback.”

“I was just wondering if I could catch it,” Livengood recalls. “I just reacted to it.”

Ramsey never thought he would play quarterback in his high school career. He explained the team “didn't change the offense that much” when he was the quarterback.

“I wish they (the coaching staff) would have let me throw it more,” he said. He completed three passes on six attempts for 57 yards. He also had 18 carries for 67 rushing yards against the Cougars, bringing his season total to 577 yards on 120 carries.

Ramsey also had his struggles at quarterback against Yough, as he threw an interception.

“It was fourth down and forever, play clock was winding down, I just threw it up to give Livengood a chance,” Ramsey said. “I didn't want to take a negative play. It was just as good as a punt. It was a good play by the kid.”

Ramsey was having a successful season as the starting running back.

At the beginning of the season, Ramsey said he was sure he “would break the school rushing record” (for most rushing yards in a season). Erik Fund set the record in 2007 with 1,281 yards.

Ramsey had 100 carries for 478 yards and was looking for more consistency against a weak Waynesburg Central defense. He had a setback as he injured his groin against the Raiders, and didn't play again until Week 8 against Charleroi, as a slot receiver.

Ramsey has been dedicated as he explained that he wants to be remembered as “leaving it all on the field.”

“I just don't want to be remembered as the kid who wasted opportunities,” he said. “I did my best to make the most of the opportunities I had.”

Ramsey credits his parents for helping him making him the person he is today.

“I don't want to disappoint anybody.”

Bill Tissue is a freelance writer.