Junior Rams Stymied by St. Thomas More Defence

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

September 29, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The St. Thomas More Collegiate (STMC) Junior Varsity Knights used a stingy defence to roll to a 21-7 win over the Mount Doug Rams in BC High School Junior Varsity football action last Friday at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.

In a rematch of last season’s Junior Varsity Provincial Championship game, the Knights showed early that they are fully intent on defending their title, as on the third play from scrimmage, defender Jordan Stewart stepped up and picked off a Joey Clarke pass and returned it 40 yards for the opening score.

The Rams would respond however to drive the ball deep into STMC territory, but then came up short and decided to go for it on 4th and inches. The Rams offense drew STMC offside on the play, giving the Rams a new set of downs and just two plays later Manny Lopez ran the ball across the goal line, and with the successful convert, the Rams had tied the game 7-7.

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The Rams Joey Clarke had a tough go of it Friday, being intercepted twice, once for a STMC score (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Each team’s defence would then take over as neither offence could muster much of a challenge and the game headed to halftime tied at 7-7.

To start the second half, the Knights received the ball and on the first play from scrimmage the Knight’s Tavin Grant rambled 50 yards to the end zone for the score and the 14-7 lead.

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The Knight’s Tavin Grant would have a solid running day for STMC, including a 50 yard TD run on the first play of the second half (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Rams had a golden opportunity to tie things up shortly thereafter, when a blown defensive coverage allowed receiver Ross Faulkner to streak wide open down the sideline, where Ram quarterback Clarke hit him perfectly, but Faulkner inexplicably dropped the pass, negating what would have been an easy touchdown.

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The Rams Manny Lopez was a bright spot Friday, rusing well and scoring the Ram’s only touchdown (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

On their next possession, the Rams would once again threaten, as the offensive line created some big holes for Lopez who moved the ball deep into Knights territory. However despite the success of the running game, the Rams would then go for the big pass play to the end zone, only to have defensive back Matthew Duda step up and make an interception on the Knights one yard line, ending the threat and preserving the 14-7 lead.

That lead would stand until the fourth quarter when the Knights would put the nail in the Rams coffin with a nice pass and run hookup from quarterback Justin des Lauriers to receiver Nick Favro. Des Lauriers scrambled to evade Ram pressure and then tossed a perfect strike to Favro, who spun off the Rams defender, made the catch and then streaked into the end zone, putting the Knights up 21-7.

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After the Knights Justin des Lauriers would leave the Rams Byron MacKinnon in his wake, he would hook up with receiver Nick Favro for the Knght’s final score of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Rams would find themselves with one more chance to score late in the quarter, but a Clarke pass to Faulkner was ripped out of his hands by a St. Thomas More defender. The play was technically ruled a fumble, but the bottom line was that it sealed the 21-7 victory for the Knights.

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