Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
November 15, 2013, Langford, BC (ISN) – The Mt. Doug Rams continued their march to a third consecutive BC High School Varsity AAA football championship with a quarter-final 56-24 win over the St. Thomas More Knights Friday afternoon at a rain-soaked Westhills Stadium in Langford.
Despite the loss, the Knights can probably look on the bright side of this one, as they are likely thankful that they were facing a Rams team whose main star, Marcus Davis, had been battling the flu all week and who was not at 100% for this game.
On his first carry of the day, Mt. Doug’s Marcus Davis would rumble 65 yards for the opening score against STMC (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
One has to wonder what a totally healthy Davis would have done, because in this one, all he managed to do was score on a 65-yard run on the Ram’s first play from scrimmage, and then rumble another 65 yards or so on his second touch of the ball, moving the Rams from their own 15-yard line – where they had gained possession after an interception by Alec Wong – to the More 20-yard line, in the blink of an eye.
On the Ram’s second series, Marcus Davis would once again leave STMC defenders in his wake, scampering for another 65 yards on this play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
That second carry set up a 20-yard scoring run by Seye Farinu, and with a two point convert on their first score and a single here, the Rams quickly led 15-0.
After his 65-yard scamper, Davis left the field feeling ill and promptly found a large garbage can to lean over just in case. After a brief respite to the locker room and some fluids, he returned to action and all he did the rest of the game was score four more times, including a one-yard plunge in the first quarter, a 4-yard run in the second quarter, a 65-yard screen pass and run play in the third quarter and a 45-yard or so scamper in the fourth quarter.
Rams defensive lineman Christian Krause tries to get to the STMC quarterback during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
You could tell however, that Davis was not at his best, as there were a few carries in the game where he was actually tackled by the defending team, something that has been a rarity this season.
While the weather would keep Ashton MacKinnon’s pass attempts to a minimum, he did manage a pair of touchdown passes on a very rainy day Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Although the Rams led 35-12 at half-time, the game actually felt a bit closer than that. Credit for that would go to the Knights, who kept plugging away on the ground at the Rams defence and who would get a first quarter touchdown run from Andrew Flett (making it 15-6 at the time) and a 20-yard touchdown run from quarterback Malcolm Lee in the second quarter that made it 29-12 at the time.
St. Thomas More’s Malcolm Lee did his best to kep his team in the game, scoring a pair of touchdowns against the Rams Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Knights tried taking a page out of the Rams playbook, using the hurry up offence, but also throwing an added twist of alternating Lee, Flett and others into the quarterback slot.
While the Rams defence struggled at times with that tactic and to keep the fleet footed Knight runners in check, those two scores would be all the Knights could manufacture until a fortunate tipped pass in quarter three found its way into the hands of Knights receiver JJ Deslauriers, who took the ball at midfield and ran all the way for the score, to make it 42-18 at the time.
STMC receiver JJ Deslauriers was the beneficiary of a tipped pass that he took all the way to the endzone for one of the Knight’s four touchdowns on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Knights would get another late score from Lee on a 45-yard run on essentially the last play of the game, but it would be too little too late, as the Rams prevailed 56-24.
The Rams Marcus Davis had a pretty good day for someone battling the flu, scoring five touchdowns against STMC (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In addition to Davis’s five touchdowns, the Ram’s would get two from Farinu – his first quarter score and another 15-yard run in the third quarter – and a score from Alexis Keppenne who took in a 2-yard scoring pass from Ashton MacKinnon early in the second quarter.
The Ram’s Seye Farinu had a good day, scoring a pair of touchdowns and rushing for 145 yards for the Rams (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Rams will now had over to the Lower Mainland to play in the semi-finals on Saturday against Lord Tweedsmuir and with a win, will advance to the 2013 Subway Bowl which is scheduled for Saturday November 30th at BC Place in Vancouver.