Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 18, 2013, Langford, BC (ISN) – In a battle of undefeated conference rivals, the Mt. Doug Rams took care of business Friday afternoon, drubbing the visiting Handsworth Royals 52-0 in BC High School AAA Varsity Football action at Goudy Field in Langford.
One has to wonder how many points the Mt. Doug Rams football team could score in a game if the starters were able to play an entire game, if coaches did not care about running up scores and if the “running time” mercy rule were not in effect in BC High School Football. Triple digits would certainly be conceivable.
On Friday, the Rams were up to their old tricks again, scoring 45 points prior to half-time, and then coasting to a 52-0 drubbing of the Handsworth Royals in a key conference match-up of undefeated teams.
Handsworth quarterback Michael Lemoine (right) was hassled early and often by the Rams defence, throwing three interceptions on the Royals first three possessions on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
It was the same-old-same old for the powerful Rams, who scored at will, although it must be said that it was the defence that was the catalyst in this game, intercepting Handsworth quarterback Michael Lemoine on the Royal’s first three possessions, one of which went for a 20-yard touchdown by defensive end Zach Wilkinson for the Rams second score of the game.
The Royals took the opening kick-off, but promptly turned the ball over to the Rams on Lemoine’s first interception at the Ram’s 25-yard line. After a nice set-up run by Mt. Doug’s Seye Farinu, Ram superstar Marcus Davis would scamper in from 10-yards out to put the Rams on the board.
Ram’s running back Seye Farinu would have a great run to set up the Rams first score of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Handsworth took the ball over on their 20-yard line after a touchback on the kick-off and on the first play from scrimmage, Lemoine attempted a screen pass that was read well by Wilkinson who stepped up to grab the ball and lumber unobstructed into the end zone for the score. Calum Duke’s second convert of the day was good and the Rams led 14-0 before fans had even had a chance to warm up their seats.
Ram’s defensive back Sean Waugh looks for a place to run after grabbing the Rams’s third interception of the game Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
On the very next Handsworth series, it would be Sean Waugh’s turn to shine, as he intercepted Lemoine for the third time in the game, taking the ball to the Royals 22-yard line. From there quarterback Ashton MacKinnon hooked up on a touchdown pass to Julian Luis, who made an excellent catch of the ball after it was initially tipped by a Handsworth defender. Convert good, 21-0 Rams.
The Royals would finally settle down and mount a bit of a drive to midfield, with Lemoine making a couple of key completions, however the drive would stall on 4th down at mid-field and the Rams would take over on their own 45-yard line, ending the first quarter with the 21-0 lead.
The Royals got on track a bit in the first quarter Friday, with Kyle Sugimoto making a nice catch in front of Rams defensive back Gavin Cobb (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
After a 10-yard run by Davis, MacKinnon would once again go to the air, hitting Davis over the middle. Davis would catch the ball in full stride after it was slightly tipped and he would then sprint the rest of the way into the end zone for the Rams fourth score of the game, upping the score to 28-0.
Handsworth could not mount anything on their next possession and punted the ball away, sending it to returner Sean Waugh, however Waugh executed a perfect reverse with, you guessed it, Davis, and Davis did his thing, taking the ball 55 yards to the end zone for his third touchdown of the half and giving the Rams a 35-0 lead.
By last week’s standards, Marcus Davis would have a quiet game for the Rams, scoring only three touchdowns, including this second quarter 55-yard punt return (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
On their very next possession the Rams would score again, this time with Julian Luis playing the hero, first making a nice 20-yard catch and run play during the drive, and then capping it off with a 5-yard plunge into the end zone for the score, 42-0 Rams.
Kicker Calum Duke would add a 48-yard field goal, his longest and just second of the season (the Rams have not needed to utilize field goal chances too often), on the last play of the half and the Rams headed to the locker room with a comfortable 45-0 lead.
Julian Luis would have a strong game for the Rams, running well and scoring a pair of touchdowns against Handsworth (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
At the start of the second half, the Rams took the ball at mid-field after a short kick, but MacKinnon made his first and only mistake of the day, throwing an interception and giving the Royals the ball on their own 38-yard line.
The Royals would then mount their best drive of the day, taking the ball deep into Ram territory and appearing to have scored on a nice pass reception by Dylan Weyell. However a holding penalty brought the ball back and after two incompletions and a Rams sack, the Royals came away with nothing and turned the ball back over to the Rams on their own 30-yard line.
Handsworth would mount a strong drive in the second half, thanks in part to this nice catch by Jacob Ghazizaden in front of Ram defender Julian Luis (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
From there, Ram second-string quarterback Joe Clark came into the game and very confidently marched the Rams down the field for yet another score, this time with Pato Vega finishing things off with an 18-yard run, putting the Rams up 52-0 and completing the scoring for the game.
Dyla Weyell would come down with what appeared to be the Royals only score of the game, only to have the reception called back because of a penalty (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Rams Head Coach Mark Townsend was pleased with the team’s preparation for the game, especially on defence. “We knew they would be passing a lot, they have a good quarterback, so we challenged our defensive backs at practice this week and they came through big for us early. We got off to another great start and we preach to the kids to have good starts and carry that through the game, and they did that today.”
Asked if he was concerned that his starting players were only playing half-games and perhaps lacking the full-game experience that will be needed for the tougher games down the road, Townsend replied, “I’m not worried about that too much. We practice hard and the players will be really focused for those games. That is also one of the reasons that no matter what the score, for the first series in the second half, we will always start the first string offence and first string defence just so they get used to sitting for 15 minutes and then coming back to play.”
Handsworth second-string quarterback Mihai Lapuste (3) would find the going just as tough as his predecessor, as here he is about to be brought down by Rams defender Trystin Waters (58) and Jaakko Laitinen (55) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
“I thought today was a great team effort, all facets of the game, offence, defence, special teams, all contributed to the win. I thought it was great.”
The Rams will now head to West Vancouver on the 25th and then finish the season against crosstown rival Belmont on November 1. Game time for that match is 6:00 pm at Westhills stadium.