Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
September 27, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Mount Douglas Rams Junior Varsity squad began their 2017 BC High School Junior Varsity season Wednesday by hosting the Notre Dame Jugglers and came up just short, dropping a 14-8 decision to the visitors in a defensive battle at Mt. Douglas field in Victoria.
The teams would exchange first quarter possessions, before Notre Dame quarterback Kaelen Bossa and his team mounted a sustained drive that took the ball to the Rams goal line. The Rams would put up an impressive stand though, stopping the Jugglers on 4th and goal at the one to take possession on their own half-yard line.
The high of that defensive stop did not last long however, as on the very next play, a wild snap went over the head of Rams quarterback Jackson Reid and into the end zone, where the Jugglers fell on it for the first score of the game, and with the extra point, jumped into a 7-0 lead.
The teams would once again trade possessions to begin the second quarter, with the Rams beginning their second possession of the frame on their own 19-yard line. A nice end-around run from Jordan Clark, with a Notre Dame penalty tacked on at the end, took the ball down to the Jugglers 20-yard line, where Reid then hooked up with the Rams Kai Harris on a pass and run play for the score, and with a successful two-point coversion pass to Linden Williams, put the Rams up 8-6.
The Jugglers would respond quickly on their next possession, taking the ball on the Rams 48-yard line and capping a solid drive with a 20-yard touchdown run from Jude Buchanan that moved Notre Dame back into the lead 14-8.
The teams would take that lead into the half and then the respective defences would dominate the rest of the way, exchanging fumbles at mid-field in the third and then the Jugglers coming up big early in the fourth when Ian Marin would stop a Rams red-zone opportunity by making a key interception and returning it deep into Rams territory.
Once again, it would be time for the Rams defence to shine and they would come up with their second big goal line stand of the game to keep the Jugglers out of the end zone and keep the score at 14-8.
The Rams then went to Caeden Reiter in the quarterback slot and he seemed to fall victim to a group of receivers that suddenly developed a bad case of the “dropsies”, as a number of easily catchable balls fell incomplete in the Rams final two series, including a last gasp fourth down attempt to Williams with time running out, that ended any hopes the Rams would have of driving for the tying or winning points.
After that chance, Notre Dame simply ran out the clock and escaped back to the Mainland with the 14-8 win in their pocket.
Next up for the Junior Varsity Rams are the cross-town rival Belmont Bulldogs, as the Rams travel to the Westshore to meet them in a 3:30 pm start on October 6th. They then head to the mainland for a tilt with Terry Fox on Thursday October 12, before returning to host Lord Tweedsmuir on Wednesday October 18. They close the season with road games at Vancouver College on October 28 and Seaquam on November 2.
The Varsity Rams are back in action this Friday September 29 as they host the Varsity Notre Dame Jugglers. The Rams dropped their home opener to New Westminster las week 29-6 and will be looking for their first win of the 2017 season. Game time for that is 3:00 pm at Mt. Douglas Field.