Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 16, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Mt. Doug’s Gavin Cobb would score three touchdowns himself and pass for two others, as the Mt. Doug Rams defeated the John Barsby Bulldogs 42-0 in BC High School Junior Varsity league action Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Doug High School in Victoria.
While much of this year’s BC High School football hype has been on Marcus Davis and the AAA Varsity Mt. Doug Rams – the number one ranked high school football team in Canada – the Junior Varsity Rams, and their leader, quarterback Gavin Cobb, are quietly making a name for themselves and going about their business, rolling over their opponents and jumping out to an early season 3-0 league record.
Gavin Cobb would take the opening kick-off back for a score to give the Mt. Doug Rams a 6-0 lead, just seconds into their game with John Barsby on Wednesday afternoon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In their most recent action Wednesday, the Rams laid a beating on Nanaimo’s Barsby Bulldogs, scoring early and often en route to a 42-0 win. Previous league wins were over Ballenas (42-12) and Nanaimo (54-6), with exhibition wins earlier in the year against STMC (33-10) and Terry Fox (6-3).
In Wednesday’s action, the Rams would score on their first touch of the ball, as Cobb would take the opening kick-off and scamper virtually untouched into the end zone for an early 6-0 lead (the convert was missed).
John Barsby’s Austin Olson tries to elude the tackle from Mt. Doug’s Alex Carter-Johnson in first quarter action Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
On the Bulldogs first possession, they came up against the tough Rams defence and were forced to punt, however a poor snap resulted in a fumble and the Rams took over the ball on the Barsby 22 yard line.
Mt. Doug running back Justice Kremler looks to make a move to avoid the tackle from Bulldogs defender Kieren Carreck (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
After a short Rams drive, the Barsby defence came up with a big 4th down goal line stand to keep the Rams out of the end zone and get the ball back. Their success was short-lived though, as on the first play, they were sacked in the end zone by the Ram defence for a safety and an 8-0 lead.
Mt. Doug’s Trystin Waters leaves a couple of Barsby tacklers in his wake during a first half run Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
On the ensuing kick, Barsby kicked it short and recovered the ball on their own 45 yard line. That would be pretty much the highlight of the game for the Bulldogs however, as the Rams defence would once again force them to punt after just three plays.
On that kick, Cobb would once again field the ball around his own 25-yard line, and once again, would elude all Bulldog tacklers en route to the end zone, giving the Rams, with the successful conversion, a 15-0 lead.
John Barsby quarterback Jackson Mize would have a tough day Wednesday, frequently being met by the wall of purple that was the Rams defensive line (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
After Bulldog quarterback Jackson Mize and the Barsby offence failed again to gain any ground on a dominating Rams defence, Cobb would add to the Rams lead early in the second quarter when he would complete a 60-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Santos for a 21-0 lead.
Mt. Doug’s Oliver MacKenzie does his best to avoid a tackle during this runback following his first half interception Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The woes continued for the Bulldogs, as following a Barsby fake punt that resulted in an interception by the Rams Oliver MacKenzie, Cobb would strike again, this time scrambling into the end zone from 18 yards out to extend the lead to 28-0.
After intercepting Barsby quarterback Jackson Mize, Mt. Doug’s Gevhahan McNally-Hardisty would greet potential tackler Johnson Nguyen with a classic straight-arm (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Following an exchange of punts that pinned the Bulldogs on their own 10-yard line, Mize would make a mistake and would be picked off by the Rams Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty, who would take the ball to the Bulldogs 18-yard line. That would set up a nice scoring pass from quarterback Jacob Laliberty – who had subbed in for Cobb in the second quarter – to McNally-Hardisty, putting the Rams up 35-0 at half.
Barsby defender Justin Feusse (right), would get called for a facemask on this tackle of Mt. Doug’s Gevhahan McNally-Hardisty (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The second half started with what was probably the Bulldogs offensive highlight of the game, as Justice Mackay-Topley took the kick-off and made a spectacular return, running the ball well into Rams territory before being tackled. Sadly though, the Bulldogs shortly thereafter would fumble the ball back to the Rams on the 23 yard line, ending their best offensive push of the day.
On Barsby’s highlight play of the day, Justice Mackay-Topley (1) would take the second-half kick off for a nice return into Rams territory (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
With time running by quickly due to the BC High School Football mercy rule, the third and fourth quarters went by relatively fast. The Rams did manage yet another score early in the 4th, when Cobb, who was back in the game, hooked up with Declann Michielin for a 90-yard catch and run touchdown, with Michielin somehow coming down with the ball in double-coverage and then scampering the rest of the way, making it 42-0 and closing out the scoring for the game.
Mt. Doug’s Gavon Cobb would score three touchdowns and pass for two others in the 42-0 rout of Jihn Barsby (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Rams will now travel to Ballenas on October 23 and then face Belmont at home on November 1 to close out their league schedule.