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Chargers Top Rams, 13-6


First quarter

The Chargers won the toss and elected to receive to start the game. Quarterback Chase Daniel led the Bolts down the field on a 21-play, 73-yard drive that took up nearly 10 minutes. Tristan Vizcaino capped it with a 21-yard field goal.

The Chargers had six first downs on the opening drive. Rookie wide receiver Joshua Palmer caught four passes for 27 yards, while running back Justin Jackson touched the ball six times for 22 yards. Daniel was 8 of 12 for 54 yards.

The Bolts' defense saw their first action of the preseason with 5:08 remaining in the quarter. A seven-play drive by the Rams stalled after linebacker Kyzir White stuffed running back Jake Funk for a loss of five on a third and 12.

The Chargers went three-and-out to end the quarter with a 3-0 lead.

Second quarter

The Chargers punted on their first two possessions of the quarter. On the second, Ty Long's 62-yard punt was returned 46 yards by Rams running back Raymond Calais. 

Set up around midfield, the Rams put together a nine-play, 48-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Perkins to wide receiver Trishton Jackson. The extra point was no good.

Left with 2:36 to respond, Daniel found tight end Donald Parham Jr. for a 22-yard reception. Two plays later, Parham made another six-yard catch.

The drive ended with a 37-yard field goal by Vizcaino to tie the game 6-6 at halftime.

Third quarter

The Rams got the ball to start the second half. Chargers linebacker Emeke Egbule was credited with the team's first sack of the night after getting to Perkins for a loss of three.

Easton Stick then entered at quarterback for the Bolts in this quarter. The Chargers opted to go for it on 4th-and-1 from their own 39, and rookie running back Larry Rountree III broke off for a 25-yard run. Four plays later, running back Darius Bradwell took it up the middle for the Bolts' first touchdown of the preseason to give the team a 13-6 lead.

Hodges came back in for the Rams' second drive of the quarter which ended in a missed field goal attempt.

Fourth Quarter

The Rams started the quarter with the ball. Hodges was able to get the Rams to the two-yard line, but the Bolts defense clamped down. Forrest Merrill pushed the Rams back to the five-yard line for a three-yard loss. On fourth and goal, John Brannon intercepted Hodges and returned the ball to the 13-yard line.

Rountree III was able to break away for a 24 yards to add to his successful rookie debut. In eight rushing attempts, Roundtree III was able to rack up 63 yards.

Both teams were kept scoreless in the fourth quarter. The Chargers won with a final score of 13-6.

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