Written by Kelly Miller-Gerlach (ISN) – File Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
May 15, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Rams are off to a great start in 2013, holding their first spring practice Monday night at Mount Doug. Despite the cutting wind that had spectators looking for cover, the players were kept busy on the field.
Some of the drills keeping the boys fired up on the field included; one-on-one and two-on-one with the offensive and defensive lines, as well as team passing and route running drills. Players are pumped up as expectations are high this season with 16 players of the Varsity Rams returning for the 2013 season.
The Rams Varsity team have several talented young men returning this year including – running back /linebacker Julian Luis, receiver/running back Marcus Davis, quarterback Ashton MacKinnon, offensive/defensive lineman Christian Krause, offensive/defensive lineman Zach Wilkinson, and receiver/defensive back Sean Waugh. The Junior Varsity team this year is led by quarterback Gavin Cobb.
The Mount Doug Rams captured their second AAA Varsity Provincial Championship in 2012 with a dominating victory 51 to 14 over Vancouver College. According to www.canadafooballchat.com, the team was ranked #3 in Canada out of all of the high school football programs.
With the pre-season starting in August, the Mount Doug Varsity team will be heading to the island of Maui to play Lahainaluna. Exhibition games will begin in the month of September with the regular season game scheduled for September 27, 2013.
Marcus Davis (2012) – File Photo by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
Marcus Davis who plays wide receiver and running back for the Rams is looking forward to another successful year. Marcus started his football career at the age of 7 with the Saanich Wolverines, after watching his older brother Terrell play the game; it wasn’t long before Marcus was stepping onto the field.
Q and A with Marcus Davis
Q – Do you have a favorite position on the field?
A – “I don’t really have a favorite, I go back and forth between wide receiver and running back, I play where my team needs me.”
Q – What is your most memorable moment with the Rams?
A – “Last year, coming back and winning the Championship for Mount Doug and the Island.”
Q – Tell us a bit about your workout regimen
A – “I work out about 4 times a week with weights and running as well, I also work out a bit before each football practice.”
Q – What is your favorite workout activity?
A – “My favorite workout activity is lifting weights.”
Q – What is your bench weight?
A – “I can press about 225 with 5 reps.”
Q – Outside of football, what do you like to do?
A – “I like to hang out with my friends and play a little basketball; I also like watching the NBA, my favorite team are the L.A. Lakers.”
Q – Are you still a Kansas City Chief Fan?
A – “Yes, I have always been a Chief fan and always will be.”
Q – What is your goal for this year?
A – “Coming out to practice, play hard and bring home the Championship.”
Ashton MacKinnon 2012 – File Photo by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
Ashton MacKinnon is going into his fourth and final year as quarterback for the Mount Doug Rams and at 6’6″; it gives him an advantage out there on the field. Ashton’s talents don’t stop there; you can also find him on the court playing for the Mount Doug basketball team. Ashton’s brother, Byron MacKinnon has also joined the ranks and is playing his first year Varsity with the Rams.
Q and A with Ashton MacKinnon
Q – Have you played any other positions other than quarterback?
A – “Punter; that’s about it.”
Q – Which position is your favorite?
A – “I would have to say quarterback over punter.”
Q – How do you handle the pressure of quarterback?
A – “There’s not that much pressure, other than the usual because I have been here so long.”
Q – How many plays do you have to remember?
A – “Oh, quite a lot.”
Q – When did you start playing football?
A – “I started playing football when I was in grade 3; starting out with the Gordon Head Raiders community team, and now going into my 11th season with the Rams.”
Q – What are some of your favorite drills?
A – “I like to run passing routes with the receiver’s.”
Q – How do you juggle between football and basketball?
A – “There’s a little bit of overlap at the end of the football season, but my coach understands that.”
Q – What are your goals this season with the Rams?
A – “I would really like to bring home another Championship.”
Coach Mark Townsend 2012 – File Photo by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
Zach Wilkinson is going into his senior year with Mount Doug, playing left tackle and defensive end. Zack and his family moved to Victoria last September, and had heard about Mark Townsend’s high level of coaching at Mount Doug.
Q and A with Zach Wilkinson
Q – How long have you been playing football?
A – “I have been playing since I was 8 years old.”
Q – Is there a specific drill you like to do on the field?
A – “I enjoy working the 3 on 3 drills.”
Q – What are some of your personal goals?
A – “To try to be the best team mate, best leader I can be and answer any questions I can, weather that is on the field or in the class room.
Q – Have you heard about Mark Townsend before coming here?
A – “I have heard a lot of good things about Coach Mark Townsend; he is a good coach and a good guy.”
Q – How often do you need to eat to keep up your energy level?
A – “I eat about every two hours, I love spaghetti; my mom makes the best spaghetti.”
With the Rams winning their fifth Provincial Championship in the last four years, they are the ones to beat in 2013. Players and coaches definitely have a challenge on their hands, but with dedication and hard work the team is determined to get back to the Subway Bowl.