Story and Photos by Christian J Stewart – (christianjstewart.zenfolio.com)Junior Varsity Rams – 42 New Westminster – 6 Varsity Rams – 35 New Westminster – 0
Victoria, BC – On a cold and rainy Friday afternoon at Royal Athletic Park, the Mount Doug Rams used punishing defense to come away with key league victories in both their Junior Varsity and Varsity games against the New Westminster Hyacks, with the Junior Rams winning 42-6 and the Varsity Rams following up with a 35-0 victory.
Junior Varisty Action
In Junior Varsity action, the game was never in doubt as the Mt. Doug offence, led by quarterback Ashton MacKinnon and the rushing game, racked up 399 yards of total offence, 366 yards of which were on the ground.
Leading the way for the JV Rams was Julian Luis, who rushed for 182 yards and one touchdown. MacKinnon called his own number eight times for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Seye Farinu stepped in nicely for an injured Marcus Davis and had seven carries for 79 yards and one touchdown, while Ryan Yeske chipped in with four rushes for 41 yards.
Due to the weather conditions and the success of the ground game, the Rams limited their aerial attack, completing just three passes for 33 yards and one touchdown, that being to Byron McKinnon.
On the defensive front, the Hyacks had trouble all game getting by the tough Rams defense who forced three turnovers on fumbles and one on an interception. Christian Krause led the way with ten tackles and a fumble recovery. Peter Elwoood, with six, and James Nichols with five, also led the way in tackles. Foster McGee and “Pato” also had fumble recoveries while Ross Faulkner came away with the lone interception.
The win puts the JV Rams in first place in the Western Conference with a perfect 4-0 record. Their next scheduled game was to be Thursday November 3 against Belmont, however Belmont has forfeited this game and as such the JV Rams will have a bye week.
Rams Varsity Game
In the Varsity game, the Rams scored on their first two possessions, the first highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown run by Terrell Davis and the second on a 32-yard pass from quarterback Jordan Deverill to Davis.
Other Ram touchdowns went to Taylor Young with a pair of catches and to Mason Swift, who absolutely steamrolled a Hyack defender on his way to a nine-yard touchdown run.
For the day, Davis rushed for 100 yards on 7 carries and had 2 receptions for 43 yards. Swift rumbled for 78 yards on 10 carries, many of which punished the Hyack defenders. Quarterback Deverill hit 9 of 11 passes for 104 yards and 3 touchdown strikes. Taylor Young led all receivers with 4 catches followed by Travis Johnson with 3 catches.
The Ram defence was also in fine form in this game, limiting the Hyack offence to just nine first downs in the game, their first coming in the second quarter when they already trailed 21-0. They also made life miserable for the Hyack quarterback Tommy Robertson who was sacked six times and pressured on every passing opportunity.
Special teams also left their mark on the game, converting all five touchdowns, springing Young on a 70 yard kick-off return, and containing the New Westminster returners on all kick-offs and punts.
Next up for the Varsity Rams is Carson Graham and with a win the Rams will clinch their best regular season ever at the AAA level and will secure a first round bye in the playoffs. Game time is Friday November 5th at 5:00 pm at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford.