Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
November 16, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Sam Mosky ran for three touchdowns, including a 76-yard dash on the first play from scrimmage, to lead the Mount Douglas Rams Junior Varsity football team to a 40-15 win over St. Thomas More in BC High School Football Junior Varsity playoff action Wednesday afternoon at Westhills Stadium in Victoria.
Mosky’s and the Ram’s heroics started early Wednesday, as after the Rams forced the Knights to punt on the opening series of the game, Mosky took a handoff from Rams’ quarterback Gideone Kremler and scampered 76 yards for the score.
Kremler, who has been hampered by a knee injury that kept him out of the Rams last two regular season games, made things easy for himself on the very next series, first hooking up on a long pass play to Dante Carbone and then, two plays later, hitting brother Zairech Kremler with a 19-yard scoring pass over the middle to give the Rams a 14-0 lead.
While the Rams would not maintain their two-touchdown on four-play efficiency, they would strike again in the second quarter and go up 22-0 when Kremler found Carbone for a 22-yard scoring strike.
The Knights had a chance prior to that to get on the board, driving to the Rams 15-yard line but then seeing that drive stall due to a pair of huge penalties. They would get on the board just before the half ended though, as quarterback Dario Ciccone tossed a swing pass to Michael Simone and he scampered into the end zone from eight yards out to make the score 22-7 Rams at the break.
If the Knights thought that their late first-half touchdown would get them back into the game, the Rams put a big damper on that thought very quickly, as just a few plays into their initial second-half series, Mosky took a pitch from Kremler and sped 46 yards to the end zone for his second touchdown of the day.
Mosky would strike again just a series later, this time taking a pitch from Carbone (who replaced Kremler at the quarterback position) and running 67 yards for the score to put the Rams up 34-7. A 5-yard touchdown run by Peter Primeau ended the Rams next possession and put the nail in the coffin of the Knights, so to speak, giving the Rams a 40-7 lead after three quarters of play.
The Knights and quarterback Ciccone would have one last gasp left and mounted their best drive of the day in the fourth quarter, eventually scoring on a 9-yard pass to Simone, his second score of the day, and with a successful 2-point convert, making the score 40-15.
The Rams would then take the ball and run out the clock to preserve the win.
Mosky would finish the day with his three scores and well over 200 yards rushing, 189 of which came on his three touchdown carries alone. Also having a solid rushing day was the Rams Jordan Clark. Kremler, who was not forced to scramble at all Wednesday, showed no ill effects of his injury, throwing for a pair of touchdowns before coming out of the game after three quarters.
The Rams now advance to the Junior Varsity semi-finals on November 23rd at Burnaby Lakes, where they will play the winner of the game Thursday between Terry Fox and Handsworth. Should they win that, they then advance to the Subway Bowl Championship on December 3 at BC Place in Vancouver.