Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
September 12, 2015 (ISN) – The BC High School Football world better get used to hearing the name Gideone Kremler. Kremler, a Grade 9 student, who plays quarterback for both the Mt. Doug Rams Junior Varsity and Senior Varsity football squads, helped lead both teams to convincing wins over the Mt. Boucherie Bears (Kelowna) in exhibition play Saturday afternoon at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria.
Mt. Doug JV and Varsity quarterback Gideone Kremler factored into a total of eight Rams touchdowns Saturday as both the JV and Varsity team rolled to wins over Mt. Boucherie (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Playing for the Junior Varsity team in the opener Saturday, all Kremler did was run for touchdowns of 50, 40, and 15 yards, throw for another, and catch yet another, to lead the Junior Rams to a 42-21 win over the Bears.
He then donned the Varsity team’s black jersey for his second game of the day and proceeded to throw for three more touchdowns in the Varsity Rams 34-8 win over the Varsity Bears.
Rams quarterback Gideone Kremler (1) scampers away from Bears defender Danny Huey (5) during Junior Varsity action Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
While Kremler’s performance was certainly a highlight of the first pre-season game for the JV Rams and the second for the senior squad, he did have some help along the way, notably from the Junior Varsity defence, who buckled down after a 21-21 first half score, to hold Mt. Boucherie off the board in the second half and allow the JV Rams to cruise to the win.
Mt. Boucherie running back Jesse Beneke (33) looks to make a move on Rams defender Hayden Naylor (14) during JV action Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In that first half, Kremler’s 50 and 15-yard touchdown runs were complimented by a nice scoring run from Sam Mosky. In the second half, the JV Rams other quarterback, Isaiah Cardilicchia, would engineer the Rams fifth score of the game, first scampering for a big run himself and then capping the drive off with a nice pass to Kremler to make the score 35-21 at the time.
JV Rams quarterback Isaiah Cardilicchia (12)would see action in the second half Saturday and engineer a pair of scores against the Junior Varsity Bears (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cardilicchia would then start off the Rams final scoring play of the day with a bit of trickery, throwing a long swing pass lateral to Kremler, who would then toss a long pass downfield to a wide open Dante Carbone who walked into the endzone with no Bear defenders anywhere near him.
After giving up three scores in the first half, the Rams defence, including Sebastien Hansen (54) and Zairech Kremler (11), buckled down in the second half to keep the Bear’s Dane Martin (32) and the rest of Mt. Boucherie off the scoreboard (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In the Varsity game, the Bears and Rams were locked in an early defensive struggle, with both teams going three downs and out on their first possessions. The Rams would finally get things going on their second possession, engineering a long drive that was capped off by a five yard scoring pass from Kremler to Nolan Tesch that, after a missed convert, gave the Rams a 6-0 first quarter lead.
In Varsity action Saturday, Mt. Doug’s Declann Michielin (22) hits a gap perfectly for a long run against Mt. Boucherie (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
They would add to that lead in the second quarter on their first possession, thanks to a nice punt return from Gavin Cobb and an ensuing reverse that took the ball down to the Bears 11-yard line. Kremler would then hit Manny Lopez with a scoring pass and after a two point conversion, the Rams held a 14-0 lead.
On their next possession, the Rams put together another successful drive, with Kremler this time hitting Oliver Mackenzie with a 5-yard TD pass, taking the Rams into the half with a 20-0 lead.
Mt. Boucherie’s Logan Jacobs (23) and his teammates found it tough going against Justice Kremler (52) and the rest of the Rams defence (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cue Gavin Cobb. While the versatile Cobb had a nice punt return earlier, he electrified the large crowd in attendance on the very first play of the second half, scampering 51 yards to vault the Rams into a 27-0 lead.
After a nice drive and score by the Bears on a touchdown pass from Tyler Toic to Spencer Schmidt, Cobb struck again, taking the ensuing kick-off around the Rams five-yard line, reversing direction and going the distance on a 95-yard touchdown making the score 34-8 and more importantly deflating the Bears and ending any hope Mt Boucherie had of coming back.
Catch me if you can. Mt. Doug’s Gavin Cobb (11) had touchdown runs of 51 and 95 yards in the 34-8 win over the Bears (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
As to the double-duty of Kremler, it is a situation that Varsity Head Coach Mark Townsend will continue to monitor, so as not to wear out the rookie over the course of the season. “This is kind of our first test of Gideone playing heavily in both games,” said Townsend prior to Saturday’s games, “and it will be a good test of his stamina and conditioning given that it is a hot day. We will see how it goes, but we are also planning on limiting his snaps and swapping in Manny Lopez and Gavin Cobb every third play or so in order to give him some rest.”
Mt. Boucherie quarterback Tyler Toic (7) would find a way to get the Bears on the board for their only score shortly after this run on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
So far so good with that strategy, with Kremler factoring into eight touchdowns combined over the course of the day. Time will tell, but if Kremler can keep up that kind of pace and production, it could be a very good year for both the Junior Varsity and Varsity Rams.
Next up for both Rams squads is Lord Tweedsmuir, who come to Victoria for exhibition games next Saturday, Sep. 19 at the Mount Doug Field. The Junior Varsity Rams kick off at 1:00 pm with the Varsity team scheduled to go at 3:30 pm.