Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 23, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The New Westminster Hyacks received a five-touchdown performance from Sammy Sidhu, but still needed a late goal-line stand on a two-point conversion attempt, to eke out a thrilling 47-46 win over the Mt. Doug Rams in BC High School Football Junior Varsity action Friday afternoon at Mt. Douglas Field in Victoria.
New West’s Sammy Sidhu (10) runs for one of his four rushing touchdowns in the Hyacks 47-46 win over the Mt. Doug Rams in Junior Varsity action Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The game was a knock-’em-down, drag-’em-out affair that saw both sides trading punches all game, but it was the running game of the Hyacks and in particular, that of running back Sidhu that made all the difference.
Sidhu began his day with a 60-yard touchdown run on the Hyacks first possession of the game, then scored three more offensive touchdowns on runs of 55, 3, and 65 yards, the latter, along with a successful two-point convert, providing the Hyacks with their winning points.
The Rams Isaiah Cardilicchia (12) tries to avoid the tackle from the Hyacks Finn Stark (87) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
To make matters even worse for the Rams, Sidhu would also score a defensive major, picking off a Gideone Kremler pass late in the third quarter and rambling 25 yards for the Hyacks sixth major of the game.
Mt. Doug running back Ben Pierik (22) looks to put amove on New West defender Lucas Sabau (12) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Keeping pace with Sidhu was the Rams Grade 9 quarterback Kremler, who added to his incredible success thus far this season by scoring four touchdowns of his own, and passing for another. One of those running touchdowns – a 6-yard scramble – and his only passing major – a 12 yard pass to Isaiah Cardilicchia – came in the first quarter and gave the Rams an early 12-6 lead.
Mt. Doug quarterback Gideone Kremler (1) had a good day offensively, running for four touchdowns and throwing for another in the Rams 47-46 loss to New West on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In the second quarter, after the Rams stopped a lengthy Hyacks drive on a fourth and goal, the Hyacks got the ball right back when Kremler fumbled the ball back to them on the Rams 30-yard line. A few plays later the Hyacks converted on a 18-yard touchdown pass and they took a 13-12 lead.
Mt. Doug receiver Dante Carbonne (80) splits the Hyacks defence on this play Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On the ensuing possession, the Rams would move the ball from their own 28-yard deep into Hyacks’ territory, but a crucial interception on the Hyacks’ 13-yard line ended the threat and kept the score 13-12 for New West heading to half-time.
The explosive second half started much like the first half did, with Sidhu getting the ball on the second play from scrimmage and romping for 55-yards to give the Hyacks a 19-12 lead.
The Hyacks Broxx Comia (5) turns the corner during this run Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rams would answer quickly, taking the ball on their own 38-yard line and thanks to big catches from Cardilicchia and Dante Carbone, driving down field easily, and capping it off with a 3-yard scoring run from Kremler that, after a successful convert, tied the score at 19-19.
Things would then begin to happen very fast. After the Hyacks recovered a Rams short kick attempt on their own 48-yard line, Robertson Yagyog took a quick inside hand-off and rambled 52-yards for a score to put New West up, following a two-point conversion, 27-19.
New West running back Robertson Yagyog (20) would scamper for a 52-yard touchdown run agains the Rams Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rams would punch right back with Sam Mosky taking the ensuing kickoff and busting through for an 80-yard return, that along with a successful two-point convert, tied the score 27-27.
In a quick one-two punch, the Hyacks responded with a 70-yard drive that was capped by Sidhu’s third touchdown of the game, on a three-yard plunge and then scored defensively late in the quarter when Sidhu picked off Kremler for the “pick-six” to make the score 39-27 New West at the end of three quarters.
Hyack quarterback Kinsale Philip (4) eludes the tackle of the Rams Phil Grohovac (58) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rams would then counter with a one-two punch of their own, capping a long drive with a three-yard run by Kremler on their first possession of the quarter and then getting a 5-yard run from Kremler on a 4th and goal on their second possession of the quarter to jump into a 40-39 lead.
A wide-eyed Broxx Comia of the Hyacks (5) prepares to put a move on Rams defender Isaiah Cardilicchia (12) during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
With less than four minutes to go, Kremler’s ensuing kick went for a touchback and after a couple of plays from their twenty, the Hyacks gave the ball once again to Sidhu, who worked his way around the left end on a sweep and charged 63 yards for the score, his fifth major of the day. He punctuated that score by completing a two-point conversion and the Hyacks jumped back into the lead 47-40.
The Rams’ Isaiah Cardilicchia (12) stretches in vain for this pass, but he would earlier catch a touchdown pass to help give the Rams an early lead Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rams were not done however and on the ensuing kick-off, Mosky struck again, taking the kick and finding his way into the end zone for his second long return of the day to make the score 47-46 with, give or take, two minutes to play.
The Rams Sam Mosky (28) leaves New West defenders in his wake during his second long kick-off return for a score in the fourth quarter Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Rams then faced a difficult choice…kick to tie and potentially go to overtime, or go for two and the win. They chose the latter and on the play, Kremler was stopped on the two-yard line, but a face mask penalty to the Hyacks gave the Rams a second chance from the two-yard line.
On the re-try, Kremler tried a quarterback sneak, but the Hyacks defence stuffed him and kept him out of the end zone to preserve the one point lead.
The Rams did get one more late possession, but the Hyacks defence held and they escaped with the exciting 47-46 win.
Rams receiver Connor Clarke (2) looks for a way upfield after catching a pass in Friday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The win keeps the Hyacks undefeated in league play and they sit atop the JV AAA West Division with a 3-0 record. The Rams, who had a bye last week, fall to 1-1 and are locked in a three-way tie for second in the West with Vancouver College and Notre Dame who also sport 1-1 records.
The Junior Rams now travel to Vancouver College for a big game on Friday October 30 and then return to Victoria to play cross-town rivals Belmont at Westhills Stadium on Friday November 6th in a 1:00 pm start.