By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 22, 2012, Langley, BC – The Langley Rams blanked the Westshore Rebels 33-0 in BC Junior Football playoff action Saturday in Langley, with a record setting kick return and a post-game skirmish receiving most of the attention in the Rebels lopsided loss.
The Rams win was highlighted by a 118-yard missed field goal return by Nick Downey, which established a new Canadian Junior Football league record. That made the score 11-0 and it was all downhill after that for the Rebels.
The Rams would add two field goals and a safety early in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 17-0 and would put the game away with touchdowns from Daniel Xavier and Michael Patko.
Following Patko’s score tensions mounted and this carried over to the end of the game when, as reported by the Langley Times Gary Ahuja, Langley coach Jeff Alamolhoda elected to have his players stay on the sideline and forego the traditional post-game handshake due to concerns about threats the Rebels players and coaches had made during the game, including several throat-slashing gestures and repeated threats that “they were going to kill” quarterback Greg Bowcott.
“If we had gone out for a handshake, a brawl would have broke out,” Alamolhoda said after things had calmed down.
According to Ahuja in his report, this angered Westside coach John Cardilicchia and the Rebels players. And with the teams’ respective locker rooms on the same side of the stadium, the Rebels had to come across the field to get to theirs, which led to words between the two coaches, who had to be separated, as did the teams’ players.
With the win, the Rams will now play the Vancouver Island Raiders Vancouver Island Raiders – winners over Okanagan 35-8 for the league championship on Oct. 27 in Nanaimo.