Junior Varsity Rams Begin Playoffs With Rout of WJ Mouat


Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

November 8, 2013, Langford, BC (ISN) – The Mount Doug High School Junior Varsity Rams began their 2013 BC High School Football playoff season in strong fashion Friday afternoon, routing the WJ Mouat Hawks 70-24 at Westhills Stadium in Langford.

Rams Head Coach Karn Dodd confided before the game that he felt a little bit nervous heading into the matchup against the Hawks, a team that the Rams did not play during the season.

Dodd’s concerns seemed to be well founded early in the game, as the Rams and Hawks traded touchdowns during a crazy first quarter, with the Rams at one point holding just a 21-18 lead over Mouat, the only difference being three failed conversions by the Hawks.

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WJ Mouat’s Cole Barker would keep his team close early, generating three first quarter touchdown’s against the Rams (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In that crazy first quarter, the Hawks would receive the opening kick-off, but on their first play from scrimmage, fumble it back to the Rams. Mt. Doug quarterback Gavin Cobb would waste no time, immediately hooking up with receiver Oliver Mackenzie for the first score of the game to put the Rams up 7-0.

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Rams quarterback Gavin Cobb braces for impact as he get’s closed in on by three Hawk defenders Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

On Mouat’s next possession, they would face 4th and 2 and would go for it, with quarterback Cole Barker completing a screen to running back Dion Pellerin, who would scamper all the way for the score, and with a failed 2 point conversion, making the score 7-6.

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Justice Kremler (44) and other Rams running backs had an easy time running throught the Mouat defence Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Rams would answer right back, getting the ball on their own 44 after a short kick from the Hawks and then Cobb hitting Brandon Santos with a slant pass over the middle that Santos would carry all the way for the score. 14-6 Rams. On the play, Mouat’s Alex Howman was injured and the game was delayed as he was removed from the field by ambulance and taken to hospital with what appeared to be a neck injury. He was moving all his extremities while on the field, but no word was available on his condition at press time.

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Brandon Santos sprints toward the end zone for a touchdown after grabbing a first quarter pass agains Mouat (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Once the game resumed, the see-saw battle continued as Mouat’s Nelson Lokombo would scamper 60 yards for a score on the first play after the kick-off to bring the Hawks to within two, 14-12.

The Rams would then mount another strong drive, only to fumble the ball to the Hawks on the Hawk 8-yard line. Being gracious visitors however, the Hawks, on third down, would return the favour, fumbling the ball into the end zone where it was jumped on by the Ram’s Aidan Kachanoski for the score. 21-12 Rams.

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Ram’s quarterback Gavin Cobb looks here to make a move on a Mouat defender during a running play Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Rams defence appeared to have struck again on the next Mouat series, as Declann Michielin would step in front of receiver Pellerin to pick off Barker’s pass and then take it into the end zone, however the play was called back because of a roughing the passer call. Mouat would then take advantage of that break, eventually moving the ball downfield and punching it into the end zone on 4th and goal to move within three, 21-18.

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Ram’s defender Declann Michielin (3) would pick this pass off and return it for a score, but the play was negated due to a Ram’s roughing the passer penalty (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

On the ensuing Ram series, they would again easily move the ball downfield, only to see Cobb intercepted on the Hawks 8-yard line. Once again however, “fumbleitis” would plague the Hawks, as another bad exchange led to another end zone fumble and another Rams recovery for a defensive score, making the score 28-18.

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Mt. Doug’s Declann Michielin (3) drives hard for some yardage on this play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Rams defence would then take over and would stop Mouat on their next three series, and each time, the Rams would score when they got the ball back. Cobb would first hit Santos for a 22-yard touchdown for his second of the day to make it 35-18, then Cobb himself would scamper in from 10 yards out to make it 42-18. Michielin would then take one in to make it 49-18.

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Ram’s quarterback Gavin Cobb sprints to the end zone in this 10-yard scoring play against Mouat Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

On the ensuing kickoff the Hawks would finally break the string of Rams scoring, as Carson Setter would run the kick back 65 yards for the score, giving the Hawks some life, and completing the scoring in a crazy first half of football that saw the Rams lead 49-24.

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In one of the final bright moments for the Hawks, Carson Setter (33) would return a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown against the Rams Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the second half, the demoralized Hawks simply could not generate any offence and the Rams continued to score on their defence at will, scoring on the first series after the half when Manuel Lopez would scamper in from 15 yards out to make it 56-24.

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The Ram’s Manny Lopez would have a strong run at the end of the first half here and later score 2 touchdowns in the Rams win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Lopez would score again on a 30 yard pass play from Cobb to make it 63-24, and to round out the scoring, Trystin Waters would punch it in from the 1-yard line for the Ram’s 10th and final touchdown of the day. 70-24 final score.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.