Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
September 9, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Barsby Bulldogs gave the Mt. Douglas Varsity Rams all they could handle early on, but the Rams would eventually prevail 35-18 in BC High School Football pre-season action Friday afternoon at Mt. Doug High School in Victoria.
Using a run-dominated “double wing” offence that featured a number of quick-hitting running plays and frequent misdirection from Barsby quarterback Ethan Laing, the Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and marched it easily downfield, capping the drive with a touchdown run from Matthew Cooley that gave Barsby an early 6-0 lead.
The Rams would answer right back however, launching a run dominated drive of their own that would be capped by a 4-yard scoring run from Ben Pierik and along with a successful two-point convert, the Rams took an 8-6 lead.
The Bulldogs offence continued to confuse the Rams defence and once again, after a long, time consuming and run-dominated drive, Cooley once again found the end zone on a 10-yard run to put the Bulldogs back into the lead 12-8.
Continuing what looked like was going to be a see-saw battle, the Rams responded again, this time with quarterback Gideone Kremler hitting receiver Josh Lucas for a 27-yard pass and run play that, along with another successful two-point convert, gave the Rams a 16-12 lead.
It was at that point that the Rams defence began to figure out Barsby’s double wing, sleight-of-hand offence and after another long Barsby drive that stalled on the Rams 18-yard line, Mt. Doug began to take over, marching downfield and capping another scoring drive with a 15-yard run from Pierik, his second of the day, giving the Rams a 22-12 lead at the half.
The Rams would take the second half kickoff and Pierik would strike again, this time completing the scoring drive with a 5-yard plunge to put the Rams comfortably up 28-12.
Barsby would keep battling though to make another long drive down to the Rams goal line, but a great defensive stand by the Rams kept them out of the end zone and turned the ball over on downs. The Rams would then drive downfield for yet another score, this time on a 15-yard run by Sam Mosky to make the score 35-12.
The Bulldogs would get on the scoreboard again late in the fourth quarter, but it would not be near enough, as the Rams held on for the 35-18 victory.
The Rams offence was led by Pierik who rushed for 136 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns, before leaving the game with what appeared to be a serious leg injury late in the third quarter.
In the air, quarterback Gideone Kremler was 9 for 12 for 140 yards and one touchdown, that being to Lucas, who finished with eight receptions for 133 yards.
Rams head coach Mark Townsend was pleased with his team’s win, their second of the pre-season after a 40-6 win in Veronia, Oregon last week. “John Barsby, as expected, came to play. I thought our defense gained confidence as the game progressed and played well against the always tough Barsby offense. On the offensive side of the ball, our offensive line was outstanding. Soren Hallschmid, Jake Ounsted, Spencer Meldrum, Ivan Xu and Phil Grohovac were all terrific.”
“It is always a physically tough game against John Barsby,” added Townsend “and I thought both teams played very well. We look forward to continuing to improve every week with our young team.”
The Varsity Rams will once again head south of the border for their next pre-season tilt, this time heading to Vashon Island, Washington on September 16th. They return home on Friday September 23rd to host the Vancouver College Irish in their regular season opener, a 3:30 pm match up at Mt. Doug field.