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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 2:00 pm | Updated: 1:16 pm, Fri Aug 22, 2014.

While the game meant nothing as far as playoff implications are concerned, there still was plenty of news regarding the St. Louis Rams’ 23-13 win over Tampa Bay Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams (7-8) finished the season with a winning record at home (5-3) for only the second time in the last nine seasons. They also were 5-3 in 2010.

St. Louis is 1-4 against NFC West foes with one more to play Sunday in Seattle, and 6-4 against non-NFC West teams.

“The guys were very excited to get back in the building again for two weeks in a row. It was important to them to have a winning record here at home, which is a tremendous feat considering the circumstances and the start,” said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “So, I’m very happy for them. We’ve got one more to go. We’re going to enjoy the holiday and get ready to take the long trip up to Seattle and play a good football team.”

With three sacks, Robert Quinn became the Rams’ single-season leader in sacks with 18, surpassing Kevin Carter’s 17 during the 1999 season.

“He’s really good right now. I don’t make a habit of comparing him to other players, but he’s playing very, very good football right now,” Fisher said of Quinn.

“It’s a great honor. Kevin Carter was a great player. He had 17 sacks. It’s tough. To even top that is even tougher,” Quinn said. “I can’t do it by myself. Chris (Long) was like, ‘You’ve done a lot by yourself.’ But like I said, there’s no way you can get that many sacks by yourself throughout a year. A lot of credit goes to my d-line and defense that helped me get to that number.”

Rookie running back Zac Stacy continued to impress, finishing with 104 yards on 33 attempts and one touchdown, pushing his season total to 958 yards.

Stacy has scored a touchdown in six of the Rams last seven games, and has seven for the season.

“It all started up front like always. We did a good job because it was a good defense, so we did a good job of executing,” Stacy said. “They had the momentum going early in the run game as far as stopping us on a couple plays. We just settled down and got it going.”

Rookie receiver Stedman Bailey scored his first career touchdown on a 27-yard double reverse in the second quarter.

“We’ve been practicing it and I felt like we had a pretty good chance for it to be an explosive play. It actually was open for me to just walk into the end zone. It was a great call,” Bailey said. “We just got a turnover and the defense was probably on their heels. We have never run that before, and it worked out pretty good.”

Rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree has emerged as the Rams’ leader in tackles.

Needless to say, the future looks promising for the Rams with so many younger players providing major contributions.

“A lot of credit certainly goes to our scouting department for finding those guys. And a lot of it just goes to their work ethic. We’re fortunate in some regards because some of these rookies still don’t know what they don’t know,” said Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens. “We’re a football team that unfortunately is not going to the playoffs, but you would not know it by the way that we continue to come in, continue to work and continue to show up on Sundays. And a big part of that has been the contributions that we’ve gotten from some of these young players.”

One piece of bad news for the Rams is starting left tackle Jake Long suffered a torn ACL, which could affect his availability for the start of the 2014 season.

The Rams are now focusing on getting to the .500 mark against a Seattle team (12-3) that will secure home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win.

“I’ve never won up there, so it would mean a lot to this team. If we can finish the season strong against a really good team, it would mean a lot. We’ll try to go do it,” said Rams defensive end Chris Long. “I think we’re better than we were last year. The record says what it says. I think we’re better. The win total, as long as you’re not in the playoffs, doesn’t matter to me. It’s all about how we finish on the field. We dug a hole that we couldn’t get out of, but no one is packing it in. We’ll go try to win a game.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton at Washington    7 p.m.

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Sullivan at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    7 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    7 p.m.

*Montgomery Co at Wright City    7 p.m.

Softball

Monday, Sept. 1

Hermann at Warrenton    4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Union at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Lutheran S at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Owensville Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Potosi Tny    TBA

Sullivan at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Borgia at St. Dominic    5:30 p.m.

Mehlville at Union    5:30 p.m.

Eureka at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Father Tolton    5:30 p.m.

Waynesville at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Rolla at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Hermann at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Bourbon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    5:30 p.m.

Union at North County    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

Incarnate Word at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Sullivan at Whitfield    5 p.m.

#ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Patriette Lights at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

#ECC vs. Pratt    7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament    8:30 a.m.

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Jefferson at ECC    4 p.m.

St. James at Laquey    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Fatima    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Fulton SA at Barat    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 4

ECC at Maple Woods    4 p.m.

North County at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Friday, Sept. 5

Jefferson City Lightning at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Fulton SA at Tolton    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

ECC at Blue River    noon

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Sept. 6

New Haven Short Course    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at SLUH Inv    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Borgia at Westminster    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Borgia at Washington    3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Troy Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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