November 11, 2016 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – The WJ Mouat Hawks were unable to pen up the Mt. Doug Rams as the Victoria team, with starting QB Gideone Kremler back in the line up, jumped out to a thirty-three to seven half time lead and never looked back, thumping WJ Mouat 52-7 Friday afternoon at Goudy Field in Langford.
With the win, the Rams advance out of the first round, taking a first step toward another hopeful Subway Bowl football championship appearance.
Both the Rams ( 3-3 ) and Hawks ( 3-4 ) took to the Goudy field Friday with similar regular season win records and standings in their respective conferences, which made for a great sixth seed match up.
For the Rams, the win was a sigh of relief after suffering three straight defeats on the heels of loosing their starting star QB Gideone Kremler to injury October 21st while playing in a JV game versus the New Westminster Hyacks. Kremler’s return would spark an insurmountable half time lead that the Hawks were not able to recover from despite a strong Hawks ground attack run by QB Alex Howan. Howman, putting the rock in the hands of running backs, Dylan Manocha and Nelson Lokombo were able to make gains against an otherwise strong Rams defensive core but were never able to get enough momentum up field to convert on their successes.
The Rams would waste no time in asserting the tone of the game, recovering and onside, game opening kickoff. QB Gideone Kremler would drive his team half the field to put the ball in the hands of Pen Pierik, running it in for the first TD of the game, putting the Rams up 6-0. The Hawks would answer back as the Rams tried to adjust to the play of starting QB Howman. Marching his team down field, Howman would find Nelson Lokombo in the endzone sideline for the TD catch. A successful conversion would give the Hawks their only score and lead of the game 7-6.
Ram’s Josh Lucas would start to get fired up, retaking the Mt. Doug lead 12-7, running the ball twenty-two yards to the house to end the opening quarter’s scoring.
Lucas would add to his first quarter success, running the ball for 146 yards and two TD’s in the second quarter alone. Ram’s Peirik would add to the lead with his second TD of the game, rushing twenty-two yards for his team’s cause. The Mt. Doug Rams would go to half time up 33-7.
Ram’s QB Kremler would give way to back up QB Isaiah Cardilicchia in the second half. Cardilicchia, not missing a Ram’s step would strike deep to receiver Hayden Naylor, who would carry the ball the rest of the way to the end zone to increase the lead 39-7 in the third. Unable to stop the Ram’s defensive push, the Hawks couldn’t muster enough offensive time with the ball to mount any type of comeback. The Rams would add two more TD’s including a final TD by Cardilicchia, calling his own number from one yard out to close out the game in what was a dominating, old school Rams performance.
Rams Josh Lucas and Ben Pierik would lead all scorers with 3 TD’s a piece, rushing for a combined total of 406 yards on the afternoon.
Happy with his team’s turn around performance, Coach Townsend would comment, “This was likely our most complete game of the season. Our Offensive and Defensive lines were outstanding. We had some big plays on special teams and the defense played extremely well and forced some timely turnovers. We were very nervous coming into the game with Mouat’s explosiveness on offense and for a while there it looked like it may be a shootout, but our defense settled in and Josh Lucas and Ben Pierik ignited the running game thanks in large part to the big boys up front.”
Aware of the exponential challenge to come against top ranked Terry Fox in round two, Townsend wouldn’t mince words about the work cut out for his team leading up to the next game. “ We know the challenge ahead of us in playing top ranked Terry Fox. They are a simply an outstanding team in all aspects of the game. We will need another great week of practice to even be on the same field as Fox”.
Mt Douglas Rams will travel to Vancouver to play undefeated Terry Fox.