Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Langley, BC August 22, 2015 – The Langley Rams defeated the Westshore Rebels 42-9, at McLeod Stadium, Saturday in the first of two meetings between the two teams this season.
James Danylchuk runs for yards out of the reach of the Rams defense – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The mid-season match, touted by many in the know, as a reunion game for thirteen players, 8 from the Rebels and five from the Rams, went their separate ways earlier this year after a Tier 2 Juvenile Provincial Championship 2015 spring season as members of the North Delta Longhorns. Split up at season’s end, as frequently happens to satisfy those “next level” aspirations”, their on field reunion could have been just slightly overshadowed by team pride and the necessity for the win.
Those players are :
Langley Ram players: Devoun Hallums, Conner Nolan, Ryan Godard, Shaiheen Brown, Nathan Carrol
Despite the homecoming for the eight Rebels players, it was as expected, all business by kickoff. The Rebels, coming off their first win of the season last weekend, were hoping to catch the Langley rams counting sheep after they fell to 2-2 on the season with a 32-13 loss to the Okanagan Sun in Week #4.
The Rebels and Rams “reunited” at McLeod Stadium Saturday as lineman from both side battle it out in the trench – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels red and white would hold the field most of the first quarter on strong defensive play, undisciplined Rams penalties and a Bryce Couture punt through the end zone for a rouge to lead 1-0 at the end of the opening quarter. That would be the closest the Rebels would get to a win on the afternoon.
Rebels QB Ashton MacKinnon would have a tough afternoon under centre throwing for 3 interceptions and sacked five times. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Pulling from their bag of tricks, Rams QB Dylan Tucker would use the long ball frequently in the game to burn the Rebels defensive backfield in the second quarter, redeeming a slow first quarter performance by exploding for a 21-1 lead late into the first half.
Rams Bobby Pospischil pulls down Tucker’s long ball for the first major in the game. Pospischil, a favorite target for Tucker, would finish with 159 yards on three receptions – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Pulling from their own magic kit, backup QB and kick holder Tayln Davies would pull the ball away in a faked field goal attempt to find Joe Barkhouse 13 yds in the corner of the house for the major to make it 21-8 with 33 seconds remaining in the half.
Rebels Tayln Davies, shown here carrying the ball, was the recipient of the sole TD in the loosing cause to the Langley Rams – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rams matching the Rebels razzle dazzle would all but seal the game, deflating any Rebels momentum, taking advantage of the final 30 seconds in the half when Rams Bobby Pospischil, taking the Tucker lateral, would toss the rock 71 yds to Nathan Lund down field to cap a Rams 4 touch down quarter and take a 28-8 lead into the half. Lund would finish with 2 Td’s in the game.
Rams QB Dylan Tucker hands of to Nathan Lund. Lund and Tucker would combine for 3 td’s on the afternoon. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Unable to take advantage of the game-high 195 yards in Rams penalties, the Rebels only other points in the game would come on a single by Mackinnon, and a convert by Bryce Couture, his 2nd point of the game.
The Rams would add majors by Dylan Tucker, Bobby Pospischil, Dallas Yassinsky, and Jacob Patko to round out second half play in the 42-9 win.
Rebels QB Ashton MacKinnon’s outing would prove to be a difficult one. He would finish the afternoon 19/37 passing for a total of 271 yards completed, but would be picked off 3 times, and sacked 5 times in the defeat.
With the team loss, the Rebels fall 1-4 on the season while the Rams enter a 3-way tie for second place in the conference at 3-2.