Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 9, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Quarterback Gideone Kremler threw for three touchdowns, two of which were to receiver Gavin Cobb, who finished with three on the day, as the Mt. Doug Rams opened their 2015 BC High School Varsity AAA season with a 41-7 win over the Notre Dame Jugglers Friday afternoon at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria.
The Rams Manny Lopez (1) rumbles in for a first half touchdown during the 41-7 win over Notre Dame (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
It didn’t take long for the Rams to get things going Friday, as on their first play from scrimmage following a three and out from Notre Dame, Kremler hooked up with receiver Griffin Posynick for a 40-yard pass and run play for the early score. A successful two-point convert on a run by Cobb then put the Rams up 8-0.
Mt. Doug’s Declann Michielin tries to fend off a Notre Dame tackler during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Kremler and Cobb would then hook-up for their first scoring play of the day on the Ram’s next possession, with Cobb taking a pass in the flat, leaping over a Notre Dame defender and then rambling 21 yards for the score. A missed convert made the score 14-0 at that point.
Mt. Doug quarterback Gideone Kremler (8) would throw for three touchdowns Friday and scramble for another as the Rams would defeat Notre Dame 41-7 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Then Notre Dame began to do something that not too many teams have been able to do so far against the Rams this season and that was move the ball. Quarterback Crescenzo Anthony would hand-off regularly to backs Adam Turrin and Matteo Triggiano and the Jugglers would move the length of the field and Turrin would cap off the long drive with a 1-yard plunge to cut the score to 14-7.
Mt. Doug’s Blair Bell (9) is taken down hard by Notre Dame’s Adam Turrin (5) and Matteo Triggiano (44) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rams would answer that with a long drive of their own to begin the second quarter, with Manny Lopez finishing things off with an 11-yard run and after a missed convert, the Rams were up 20-7.
Notre Dame then put together another long and impressive drive and looked well on their way to their second score of the game, but in the ISN Turning Point of the game, they fumbled the ball away to the Rams on the Rams 13-yard line. After a couple of big runs from the Rams’ Declann Michielin helped move the ball quickly to the Notre Dame 18-yard line, Cobb took a toss on a reverse play and scampered into the end zone for his second major of the day to make the score 28-7 with less than four minutes to go in the half.
The Rams Declann Michielin rambles for some of his 134 yards on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Disaster would then strike the Jugglers again before the half was out. Forced to punt on their possession after the Cobb score, the Rams Michael Olson blocked and recovered the punt and took it down to the Jugglers 14-yard line. From there Kremler hit Cobb with yet another scoring pass and the Rams took a 35-7 lead into the locker room at half.
While the Jugglers would enjoy some running success on the day, it did not come on this play, as the Rams defence smothered Notre Dame runner Adam Turrin (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In the third quarter, another weird play seemed to solidify that this was not meant to be Notre Dame’s day. The Rams took the second half kickoff and drove deep into Jugglers territory, but a fumble on a botched reverse to Cobb was picked up by the Jugglers Luca Rizzo on his own 20-yard line and he rumbled almost 60 yards to the Rams 20 where, thanks to a hard chase and tackle from the aforementioned Cobb, Rizzo promptly fumbled the ball back to the Rams, negating any chance for the Jugglers to get back into the game.
A couple of big runs in the second quarter by the Rams Declann Michielin would lead to the Rams fourth touchdown of the day (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
While the Rams would not make it back downfield after that or in the rest of the third quarter, another costly Jugglers turnover in the fourth would lead to yet another Rams score. This time the Jugglers, who were using the run game to great effect, turned the ball over on the Rams 21-yard line and the Rams made them pay, driving the length of the field with Kremler capping the drive with a 12-yard run to make it 41-7.
The Rams Richard Innes-McDonald (2) braces for the hit from Notre Dame’s Jonathon Bolanos (70) late in Friday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Jugglers would finally put together another long drive late in the game, thanks in part to a long run from scrimmage by Triggiano and take the ball down to the Rams one-yard line. A fabulous goal-line stand from the Rams kept them out of the end zone however and preserved the 41-7 final.
“I thought our guys played well on both sides of the ball and had some big plays on special teams in the 1st half,” said Rams Head Coach Mark Townsend. “Having said that, Notre Dame gave us a big push in the game and forced us to adjust our defense. There are some areas that we need to continue to improve upon as we get set to face an extremely talented South Delta team next week. The Sun Devils look to be an even more talented than last years’ championship team and they will present a huge challenge for us.”
Notre Dame’s Crescenzo Anthony (16) and back Adam Turrin (5) would enjoy some running success against the Rams, but crucial turnovers deep in the Rams end on three occasions would prove costly (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Declann Michielin was the leading rusher for the Rams with 11 carries for 134 yards followed by Manny Lopez with 68 yards on 8 carries and one touchdown. Gideone Kremler continues to impress going 9 for 14 for 179 yards and 3 TD’S. Gavin Cobb hauled in 6 receptions for 106 yards and two scores.
The defense was led by Mike Olson with 8 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries, Aidan Kachanoski with 8 tackles and 1 fumble recovery, Declann Michielin with 8 tackles, Trystin Waters with 7 tackles and 1 sack, Oliver Mackenzie with 6 tackles, and Quinn Jenish with 5 tackles.
The Rams Gavin Cobb (11) prepares to put a move on Notre Dame’s Crescenzo Anthony (16) en route to some of his 106 receiving yards and three touchdowns (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Next up for the Rams will be those tough South Delta Sun Devils on Saturday, October 17, even tougher as the Rams have to travel to South Delta for the game. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 pm. The Rams are then home to New Westminster on Friday October 23, a 3:00 pm start at Mt. Douglas field. Friday October 30 sees the Rams travel to Vancouver College for a 1:30 pm match-up and they then close the regular season on Friday November 6 at Westhills Stadium with a 3:30 game against cross-town rival Belmont.