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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)