Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

September 5, 2013, Langford, BC (ISN) – Torrential rains marked the start of BC High school exhibition football play on the South Island as the #1 ranked Mount Doug Rams soundly handled the Spectrum Thunder 51-0 Wednesday night at Westhills Stadium.

The Rams, after a preseason shutout loss in Maui, were eager to step back out on a familiar field to show why they are ranked number one in BC High school Football. For the newly formed Spectrum Thunder football program, it was a baptism under fire as they bravely tried to hold down their high-flying crosstown rivals.

Rams QB Ashton MacKinnon commanded his team to a definitive 51-0 win in exhibition win against the Spectrum Thunder. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  ) 

The Rams towering QB 6’7″ Ashton Mackinnon started the game against the Thunder’s QB Tye Pettepiece. Mackinnon, head and shoulders above his competition, would work the ground game early. With players such as Marcus Davis, Ryan Yeske, and Pato Vega to help tow the line, the Rams would open the scoring in the game with a 35-yard pass and run play to Marcus Davis who would scamper down the sidelines for the major. With that opening drive, the Rams would never look back, opening up the floodgates to move to a 37-0 halftime lead.

Rams running back Marcus Davis would have his way with the Spectrum defense scoring multiple touchdowns on the afternoon at Westhills Stadium. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  )

This Tye Pettepiece pass is overthrown but knocked down by Thunder’s Jesse Rayson before is can be intercepted by a tough Rams defense. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  )

QB Pettepiece and his Thunder team, many still learning the game, would struggle throughout the game to extend the field much to the credit of the Rams defensive line. Pettepiece would be pressured in the backfield, often for losses, as the Rams would overpower a rookie Thunder front line.

Thunder QB Pettepiece hands the ball off, resorting to the ground game against the Mt. Doug Rams.– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  )

When asked to assess his new team, Roy Vollinger, Spectrum’s head coach, would concede post-game, “We’re a first year team, with only three kids that have played before, so that’s our disadvantage, and we’re not big also. That’s a real disadvantage. We need to develop some first string athletes (to compete).”

Rams allstar Marcus Davis pulls down this pass on his way to the endzone – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  )

Pettepiece, drawing from his Bantam Victoria Spartans experience, would find limited success in the second half, using his legs to scramble out of the pocket and up field to give his team some valuable yardage. The Thunder defense, in a more positive game experience, would come together, albeit late in the game, forcing the Rams to kick the ball away in a rare moment of confusion for the Mt. Doug team.

Thunder’s Jonny Kiss beats one tackle, but has to contend with another– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  )

Thunder’s Ty Pettepiece, scrambling out out of his pocket is hauled down by Marcus Davis – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  )

The Rams would add two more touchdowns in the second half; capping the game with a final Marcus Davis touchdown in the waning moments of the game to hand the Spectrum Thunder a shutout loss and a Rams 51-0 win.

Rams Ryan Yeske leaves three Spectrum defenders behind as he turns upfield for a gain.– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  )

Ram’s coach, Mark Townsend, pleased with his team’s performance on the field, was quick to deflect compliment to Spectrum’s team for asking for the exhibition game. “I think the effort from our guys was very good today. I saw some improvement from our previous game, but we still need to clean up some things in terms of execution. I just want to give “Hats Off” to Spectrum. Here they are a new program, and they wanted to schedule a game against the defending champions, and I felt they held their own today, so hats off to Spectrum and their coaching staff.”

Spectrum’s coach Roy Vollinger looks for the means by which to inspire his team to fight on. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca  )

The Rams will play against their #2 seed rival Terry Fox Ravens, at home September 14th, in what Coach Townsend feels will be the biggest high school match up to come to Victoria. Game time is 3:30 @Mt. Doug School.