Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 9, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Mount Douglas Rams Junior Varsity football team began their regular season in fine form Friday afternoon, shutting out the visiting Notre Dame Jugglers 40-0 in BC High School Football League AAA Junior Varsity action at Mt. Douglas Field in Victoria.
Mt. Doug JV receiver Dante Carbone (80) leaps high to make a great catch in front of Notre Dame defender Matthew Glover (10) during the Rams 40-0 win on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Junior Rams, often playing in the shadow of the powerhouse Varsity Rams squad, are quietly showing that they are a team that should be in the running for the BC High School AAA Junior Varsity crown at the end of the season. They have cruised through the pre-season undefeated, including wins over AAA East division teams Mt. Boucherie and Lord Tweedsmuir and a 50-8 thumping of Nanaimo last week.
JV quarterback Gideone Kremler (1) was on his game Friday, running for a pair of scores and throwing for another in the Rams 40-0 win over Notre Dame (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Junior Rams started slow Friday, a theme that has been common throughout the pre-season and something that Head Coach Karn Dodd would like to see change. “We got off to a sloppy first half, but got our bearings back to hold a 15-0 lead at the half and then took the game over in the second, but we need to find a way to get out of the blocks quicker. I’ll take the shut-out though. It’s always nice to shut-out a team, especially a team like Notre Dame, who always gives us a tough game.”
Jugglers’ running back Flixl Reyes (41) scrambles to avoid a tackle from Mt. Doug’s Sebastian Hansen (54) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Sloppy starts are easy to overcome however, when you have a quarterback like Gideone Kremler at the helm. Kremler, who is also playing quarterback at the Varsity level, was in on both first half touchdowns for the Rams, throwing a 32-yard pass to Logan Seyker for the opening score and then taking matters into his own hands, scrambling in from seven yards out for the second.
Mt. Doug runner Kalub Laforet (88) tries to escape the tackle of Notre Dame’s Jacob Romano-Carlsen (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rams then took the opening kickoff of the second half and used a solid passing attack to move the ball into the red zone where eventually Kremler took it in from a yard out to make it 21-0.
A Notre Dame fumble then gave the Rams the ball back at the Jugglers 35-yard line and after a pass play and two running plays, the Rams’ Seyker scored his second major of the day, running it in from six yards out and with a missed convert, the Rams led 27-0.
Jugglers’ running back Flixl Reyes (41) is surrounded by a trio of Ram tacklers on this play Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Another costly Notre Dame turnover then put the Rams up 34-0, as defensive back Connor Clarke picked off Jugglers quarterback Will Clarke at mid-field and rambled the full distance into the end zone for the exciting “pick-six.”
Notre Dame never threatened after that and a late Rams drive capped off the scoring when quarterback Isaiah Cardilicchia, who is proving to be a very nice compliment to Kremler, trundled into the end zone from the one-yard line.
Rams QB Isaiah Cardilicchia (12) scrambles to escape the clutches of Notre Dame tacklers Matthew Gilfonea (68) and Levi Austria (35) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The JV Rams, who are competing in the new 10-team Elite AAA Junior Varsity division, are in the West Division along with Notre Dame, Belmont, New Westminster and Vancouver College. “I think our division is the tougher of the two divisions,” said Head Coach Dodd. “We handled Mt. Boucherie and Tweedsmuir from the East and now Notre Dame pretty easily, so we will see what the rest of the West brings. Our next match is against New Westminster and that will be a really good proving game for us. We will take it week by week, but I think we will compete well each week.”
The Rams Isaiah Cardilicchia (12), who scored the Rams final touchdown Friday, is proving to be a nice compliment at quarterback to starter Gideone Kremler (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
That game against New Westminster will take place on October 23 at 12:30 pm at the Mount Douglas field. The JV Rams then travel to Vancouver College on October 30 and then across town to Westhills Stadium on November 6, where they take on the Belmont Bulldogs at 12:30 pm.