Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

October 23, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In their toughest battle of the season so far, the Mt. Doug Rams received a pair of rushing touchdowns from Declann Michielin and a pair of passing scores from Gideone Kremler to emerge with a 28-21 win over the New Westminster Hyacks in BC High School AAA Varsity football action Friday afternoon at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria.

The Rams Gavin Cobb (11) splits a pair of defenders after making one of his nine catches Friday in the 28-21 win over New West (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Just like the Junior Varsity game that preceeded this one – a 47-46 win for New West – this game was a back and forth and hard-hitting affair.

The teams traded scores and two-point conversions in the first quarter, with the Rams striking first on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kremler to Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty and the Hyacks countering with a fantastic end-zone catch by Justin Swartz to make the score 8-8.

Mt. Doug’s Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty (6) holds on tight for this first quarter touchdown reception (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the second, the Hyacks would jump into the lead when they took the ball on their own 35-yard line and after a nice catch by Jeff Lugtu that took the ball deep into Rams territory, running back Gurvir Ghuman took the ball in from 12-yards out to put the Hyacks up 15-8.

The Hyacks’ Gurvir Ghuman (4) looks for an opening en route to scoring the Hyacks’ second major of the day Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Rams countered on a nice drive that was capped by a long run from the Rams Michielin that took the ball from mid-field to the Hyacks 1-yard line. Michielin then finished it off with the 1-yard score and with the convert, the score was tied 15-15.

The Rams Declann Michielin (22) would score a pair of touchdowns Friday in the Rams 28-21 win over New West (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

On the ensuing Hyacks possession, a fumble on their own 40-yard line would prove costly, as the Rams took over and Michielin would then run in for his second score of the game, this time from 34-yards out, to put the Rams into the 22-15 lead.

The Rams Gavin Cobb (11) lays out in an attempt to grab this pass during Friday’s action. Cobb would miss here, but snag nine other catches in the Rams win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Before the half was over though, the Hyacks would strike again, this time when receiver MIchael Thind blew past defender Oliver Mackenzie and was hit with a perfect pass from quarterback Nicolas Hauka for the long score. They would miss the convert however and the Rams took a 22-21 lead into halftime.

New West’s Liam Mackay (12) stretches for a pass in front of Mt. Doug defender Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the third quarter, the Rams began by taking the ball down to the Hyacks 1-yard line but were stopped short on a 4th and goal stand from the New West defence. The Rams defence then held in return and forced the Hyacks to punt, whereupon the speedy Gavin Cobb returned the ball to the Hyacks 20-yard line.

The Rams Gavin Cobb (11) looks for open field during this punt return Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

On the very next play, Cobb took a little swing pass from Kremler and completed the 20-yard route to the end zone giving the Rams a 28-21 lead.

Rams Quarterback Gideone Kremler (8) was 15 for 28 for 176 yards and 2 TD’S in Friday’s win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Hyacks had two more key chances to even the score but a key interception by the Rams McNally-Hardisty on the Rams 25-yard line and a fumble later on the Rams 23-yard line both killed potential scoring drives. A third long drive with less than two minutes to go was also stuffed on a fourth and five attempt, which allowed the Rams to take over the ball on downs and then run out the clock to preserve the close victory.

Hyack running back Trew Dancey looks for an opening on this play Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

“It was another close game with New West as we expected,” said Mt. Doug Head Coach Mark Townsend. “I thought the effort was certainly there by both teams which made for an exciting contest right down to the wire. Our defense adjusted and played very well in the second half and that was a big key to us holding on for the win.”

Rams Quarterback Gideone Kremler was 15 for 28 for 176 yards and 2 TD’S, while Gavin Cobb hauled in 9 receptions for 136 yards and 1 TD. Declann Michielin rushed for 152 yards and 2 TD’s.

The Rams Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty comes up with a key late-game interception on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

On defense, Declann Michielin was also the leading tackler with 13, followed by Justice Kremler with 12. Tyrese Hogue had 3 tackles, 1 sack and 2 fumble recoveries. Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty had 6 tackles and 1 interception.

With the win, the Rams now move to 3-0 on the regular season and sit in first place in the AAA Varsity Western Conference. The Hyacks fall to 1-2.

Next up, the Rams head to the Lower Mainland on Friday October 30 for a battle with the also undefeated (3-0) Vancouver College, who thumped Belmont today 42-14. They then return to Victoria on Friday November 6 for a game against Belmont at Westhills Stadium.