Junior Varsity Rams Hang On to Earn Tie With Vancouver College in Opener

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Rams receiver Zairech Kremler (21) hauls in a go-ahead touchdown score in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against Vancouver College (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

September 23, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Mt. Douglas Rams defensive back Zairech Kremler intercepted an Eric Zyvhilinski pass deep in Rams territory on the last play of the game to help the Junior Varsity Rams hang on for a 25-25 tie with the Vancouver College Fighting Irish in BC High School Football Junior Varsity opening day action Friday afternoon at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria.

Rams quarterback Gideone Kremler scampers through the hole in his offensive line Friday. Kremler would rush for two scores in the JV game against Vancouver College (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Rams quarterback Gideone Kremler scampers through the hole in his offensive line Friday. Kremler would rush for two scores in the JV game against Vancouver College (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Rams had held a 25-19 lead with under five minutes to play, but a lengthy Irish drive and finishing touchdown run from Daesaun Johnson from 12 yards out – his second score of the day – knotted the score with just over two minutes to play.

Mt. Doug receiver Dante Carbone (5) lays out in an attempt to catch a pass over Vancouver College defender Owen Ker (2). Despite the effort the pass would fall incomplete (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Mt. Doug receiver Dante Carbone (5) lays out in an attempt to catch a pass over Vancouver College defender Owen Ker (2). Despite the effort the pass would fall incomplete (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Irish could have kicked a single point to take the lead following the score, but for some reason decided to go for a two-point conversion, but failed, keeping the score tied at 25.

Vancouver College back Aiden Perry (6) uses the stiff arm to fend off a Ram defender during Friday's action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Vancouver College back Aiden Perry (6) uses the stiff arm to fend off a Ram defender during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

They would however, successfully retrieve an onside kick at the Rams 49 to begin their final drive and just when it appeared they would head into the end zone for the winning score, Kremler came up with the big play to end the game.

Mt. Douglas Ram's running back Sam Mosky (33) gets ready for impact from a pair of Vancouver College defenders during Friday's JV action at Mt. Doug (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Mt. Douglas Ram’s running back Sam Mosky (33) gets ready for impact from a pair of Vancouver College defenders during Friday’s JV action at Mt. Doug (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The game was a back and forth hard-fought affair, with Vancouver College scoring on their first possession when Johnson would score his first touchdown of the day on a 32-yard run, giving the Irish a 7-0 lead.

Vancouver College running back Daesaun Johnson, who would score twice Friday, looks to race by Rams defender Kalub Laforet in Friday's action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Vancouver College running back Daesaun Johnson, who would score twice Friday, looks to race by Rams defender Kalub Laforet in Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Rams would respond with a long drive of their own, capped by a two-yard run from quarterback Gideone Kremler, but a missed convert kept the Irish ahead 7-6.

Vancouver College receiver Owen Ker (left) would haul in this pass over the reach of Rams defender Kalub Laforet (right) during Friday's action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Vancouver College receiver Owen Ker (left) would haul in this pass over the reach of Rams defender Kalub Laforet (right) during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

After unsuccessful drives by each team to run out the first quarter, the Irish would begin the second quarter on their own 23 yard line and mount another long drive, this time capped by a eight yard touchdown pass from Zyvhilinski to Joshua Lum-Tong to give Vancouver College a 13-6 lead with just over two minutes to play in the half.

Rams running back Peter Primeau grimaces as he takes a hit from Vancouver College defender Hunter Cruz-Demont (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Rams running back Peter Primeau grimaces as he takes a hit from Vancouver College defender Hunter Cruz-Demont (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Wasting no time, the Rams took the ball at their own 45-yard line and after moving to the Irish 43-yard line, Gideone Kremler rambled for a 43-yard touchdown run to make the score 13-12.  A missed two-point conversion kept the score that way heading into the half.

Vancouver College quarterback Eric Zyvhilinski (11) scrambles during Friday's game against Mt. Doug (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Vancouver College quarterback Eric Zyvhilinski (11) scrambles during Friday’s game against Mt. Doug (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The teams would exchange third quarter touchdowns, with the Irish taking a 19-12 lead on a 20-yard pass and run play from Zyvhilinski to Connor Louis and then the Rams capping a 67-yard drive with a two-yard plunge by Sam Mosky to tie the game 19-19.  Mosky’s score was set up by a great leaping catch by Rams receiver Dante Carbonne that took the ball to the Irish two-yard line.

Mt. Doug receiver Dante Carbone (5) would make an incredible fingertip catch of this pass over Irish defender Justin Lopez (3), setting up a Rams touchdown (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Mt. Doug receiver Dante Carbone (5) would make an incredible fingertip catch of this pass over Irish defender Justin Lopez (3), setting up a Rams touchdown (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Rams would then have a chance to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Gideone Kremler was intercepted in the end zone on a 4th and goal situation.  They would rectify that on their very next possession however, when Kremler would hit his brother Zairech for a 32-yard touchdown pass with five minutes to play.

Rams quarterback Gideone Kremler scrambles away from pressure Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Rams quarterback Gideone Kremler scrambles away from pressure Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

That set the stage for the closing excitement with Johnson’s second score of the game to tie things up at 25-25, the successful onside kick and the last-play heroics from Zairech Kremler to preserve the tie.

The Junior Rams now travel to Mount Boucherie next week for a 4:00 pm game and then return home on Friday October 7 to host their cross-town rivals, the Belmont Bulldogs in a 12:30 pm tilt at Mt. Doug field.

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