Rams Run Roughshod Over South Delta to Clinch Conference Title
Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 24, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Mt. Doug Rams used a potent ground game, including four rushing touchdowns from Seye Farinu, to cruise to a 44-7 win over the South Delta Sun Devils in BC High School football action Friday afternoon at Goudy Field in Langford.
Mt. Doug running back Seye Farinu (left) would stiff arm his way to a career day, scoring 4 touchdowns and rushing for 218 yards in the Rams 44-7 win over South Delta on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The game was a battle between undefeated 5-0 teams and as such, the win gives the undefeated (6-0) Rams the Western Conference title and earns them a bye in the first week of the playoffs.
The Rams came into the game leery of the Devils high powered pass offence, led by highly touted quarterback Lucas Kirk, arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the league, who last week was 13 for 19 for 280 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-13 win over Belmont.
With players like Easton Garard (60) leading the way, Mt. Doug running back Seye Farinu would have huge holes to run through, amassing 218 yards rushing and another 99 yards receiving, to lead the Rams to the big win Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
It was evident right from the start that Kirk’s day would not be as easy as the one he had against Belmont and that the Rams were well prepared for what he would throw at them. Or at least what he tried to throw at them. On the opening series, in a foreshadowing of how the day would go, Kirk was hurried into two incompletions and, after a beautiful punt, the Rams took the ball at their own 1-yard line.
Mt. Doug running back Manny Lopez (20) would chip in with a touchdown run on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Sun Devils defence on the other hand, seemed unprepared for the offensive ground thrust that the Rams would throw at them and immediately gave up two big ground gains to Farinu that moved the ball well into midfield. A few plays later, with the offensive line dominating, Farinu would complete the 99-yard drive with a 20-yard score to put the Rams up 7-0.
After South Delta’s next drive stalled on the Rams 30-yard line, Farinu once again went to work, taking the ball to mid-field on a big carry and later, getting a key first down on a pass and run play on a 3rd and 20 that moved the ball to the South Delta 13-yard line. Shortly thereafter, Manny Lopez would gallop 13-yards for the score and the rout was on. The Rams missed a 2-point convert and thus led 13-0.
Highly touted South Delta quarterback Lucas Kirk would complete just 5 passes for just 20 yards and one TD in the loss to Mt. Doug on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On the ensuing kickoff, the Rams Carson Watson took a big blow to the head and lay motionless for some time on the turf. Staff attended to him for a lengthy period, but he eventually got to his feet and was gingerly assisted off the field. Once on the sidelines, he was further assessed and eventually was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.
The lengthy delay did not seem to phase the Rams, as Manny Lopez put an end to the South Delta drive with a third down interception that gave the Rams the ball on their own 35-yard line. Once again, the South Delta defence could not contain the Rams running game and Farinu eventually capped another long drive, this time with an 6-yard touchdown run to give Mt. Doug a 20-0 lead.
Mt. Doug quarterback Joe Clarke did not have to pass often Friday, but when he did he would have success, including a touchdown strike to Gavin Cobb (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On the ensuing change of possession, South Delta took the ball over on their own 18 yard line. Kirk once again tried to mount an aerial attack, but was once again frustrated by a rushing Rams defence, so much so, that on one play, he was chased into his own end zone, where after intentionally grounding the ball, he was charged with a safety that put the Rams up 22-0.
The Rams would then get the ball back again, after the Sun Devils free kick, and begin yet another drive, this time from their own 46-yard line, that once again culminated in another Farinu touchdown, this time from 1-yard out to put the Rams up 29-0. A shortened half-time (due to the long injury delay) did nothing to slow the Rams attack, as they took the second half kick-off, quickly moved downfield and scored again, you guessed it, on another plunge from Farinu and went ahead of the bewildered Sun Devils 36-0.
South Delta quarterback Lucas Kirk was chased out of the pocket frequently on Friday, this time by Mt. Doug’s Jon Grohovac (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
After another unproductive set of downs for Kirk and the South Delta offence, the Rams went to work again, capping another drive with a 19-yard touchdown strike from Joe Clarke to Gavin Cobb. With a 2-point convert, also a pass to Cobb, the Rams led 44-0 and it was time to rest the starters.
South Delta did manage to hit the end zone on their last possession of the day when Kirk – who finished the day 5 for 17 for a meager 20 yards – hit Thomas Franklin with a nice pass over the middle, but with the clock winding down quickly because of the mercy rule, that would be the last chance they would have and the Rams emerged with the 44-7 win.
The Rams Farinu had a career day, finishing with 218 yards on 28 carries and the four scores. He also chipped in three catches for 99 yards.
Mt. Doug receiver Gavin Cobb, who would score a later touchdown, puts the moves on South Delta defender Bryce Connors, after a catch (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
“We worked our game plan perfectly today,” said Rams Head Coach Mark Townsend after the game. “The defence did what they needed to to keep Kirk off his passing game and our offensive line simply dominated. It was a great effort by them and it allowed Seye [Farinu] to hit the holes and have a fantastic game, a career game, for us.”
With the win, the Rams finish the season undefeated at 6-0 and win the Western Conference. They will now get a bye in the first round of the playoffs and home-field advantage for a game in round two, all of which should help in their march for an unprecedented fourth straight Subway Bowl Championship.