Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN

October 19, 2012, Victoria, BC – The Mount Doug Rams Varsity football team improved their conference record to 3-1 Friday with a 48-12 drubbing of the West Vancouver Highlanders at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The Junior Varsity squad was also victorious, posting a 47-6 win over the Highlanders.

After suffering their first defeat of the year last week, the Rams wanted to send a message early in this one, and that they would do, as Marcus Davis took the first West Vancouver punt of the game and ran it back for an 83-yard touchdown to give the Rams an early 7-0 lead.

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The Rams Marcus Davis would score one of his two touchdowns the first time he touched the ball, scampering home on a 83-yard punt return early in the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Davis looked to have another touchdown on the Rams next possession after a 35-yard scamper, but it was called back on a penalty. No worries however, as shortly after that, quarterback Ashton MacKinnon would hit receiver Brian Dowds for the score, his first of two touchdowns on the day.

In the second quarter, hard-charging running back Mason Swift would bulldoze his way into the end zone from eight yards out to make it 21-0.

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Mason Swift would break this tackle and bulldoze his way into the endzone to put the Rams up 21-0 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

West Vancouver would finally find a way to put some yards together after that with quarterback Johnny Franklin and receiver Matteo Lepur hooking up on a nice play, but the Rams would come right back with Marcus Davis scampering in from 10 yards out for his second major of the game, putting the Rams up 27-6 at half.

In the third quarter, the Rams would pull away as MacKinnon would throw two more scoring passes, the first to Mitch Pearse and a second to Dowds, his second of the game, to put the Rams in control 41-6.

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Receiver Brian Dowds would have a fine day Friday, catching seven passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Highlanders were able to cut that lead slightly before the end of the quarter, as receiver Blake Whiteley made a fine leaping catch and then evaded a tackle to streak for the end zone, making the score 41-12.

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This catch and ensuing touchdown run by West Van receiver Blake Whiteley was one of the few offensive highlights for the Highalnders (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The fourth quarter began ominously for the Rams as defensive back Ryan Yeske went down with a reported dislocated elbow and had to be removed from the field by ambulance after being tended to by team medical personnel on the field.

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West Van defender Bjorn Knutson resorts to a highly illegal method of tackling Ram running back Mason Swift.  Knutson was flagged for facemasking on the play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

After that, the Rams added another touchdown when running back Archie Acosta punched one in to make the final score 48-12.

The Ram’s MacKinnon finished the day completing 10-of-20 passes for 165 yards and three scores, while Dowds caught seven passes for 118 yards and two scores.

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Rams quarterback Ashton MacKinnon flips a pass to his favourite target, Brian Dowds, during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Junior Varsity Rams

The Junior Varsity Rams also had an easy time of it, routing West Vancouver 47-6. The win moves the JV Rams to move their record to 2-2 in conference play.

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Junior Varsity Rams quarterback Gavin Cobb drops back to pass late in the JV’s 47-6 over West Van on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)