Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
September 30, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Mount Douglas Rams AAA Varsity football team have begun their 2017 season with a pair of losses, after dropping a 24-7 decision to a tough Notre Dame Jugglers squad in BC High School Football action Friday afternoon on a blustery day at Mt. Douglas Field in Victoria.
The Rams had a tough time generating any offense against the tough and stingy Jugglers defence, the lone exception being a seven-yard touchdown run by Zairech Kremler in the second quarter that tied the game 7-7 at the time.
The Jugglers had opened the scoring on their first possession of the game taking the ball at their own 22-yard line and executing a solid drive that was capped by a 5-yard run from Flixzl Reyes.
With the stiff wind causing issues, especially with the kicking game for both teams and each team’s respective defences playing well, that 7-7 score would hold until the third quarter when Juggler’s quarterback Will Clarke would hook up with Jerrell Cummings for a 20-yard touchdown toss.
A Matthew Glover field goal, set up by a great diving catch from the Juggler’s Dylan Rachel, would up the Notre Dame lead to 17-7 heading into the final quarter, putting the pressure on the Rams to mount a fourth quarter comeback.
The Rams would keep battling and were buoyed a bit earlier by the return of quarterback Gideone Kremler, who made his first appearance of the season after undergoing knee surgery in the off-season. Kremler was not anticipated to return until later in the year and came into the game on the second Rams series of the game, moving the Rams effectively in that first series before the drive would stall.
He and starter Isaiah Cardilicchia would share the duties after that and in that fourth quarter, Kremler would come in once again to try and motivate the Rams offence, but to no avail, with the first series of the drive stalling at mid-field and the second ending with the Juggler’s Clarke, in his defensive back role, picking Kremler off and returing it for a touchdown to seal Notre Dame’s 24-7 win.
“Notre Dame played a strong game, made more critical plays than we did and earned full credit for the win,” said Rams Head Coach Mark Townsend after the game. “Our defense kept us in this game, but our offense was not able to sustain drives. We now need to regroup, find the positives from this tough loss and continue to work hard and get better.”
The wind and the tough Jugglers defence made life miserable for the Rams Cardilicchia, and Kremler, who finished a combined 8 for 30 for 66 yards in passing (Cardilicchia 2 for 12, Kremler 6 for 18 with an interception).
Dante Carbone led the Rams receiving corp with 31 receiving yards on three of those catches followed by Sam Mosky with 22 yards on four catches.
Ben Pierik was the leading rusher for Mount Douglas with 60 yards on the day, followed by Zairech Kremler with 33 yards and the Rams lone score.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ben Pierik led the charge with six tackles plus one sack, followed by Jake Ounsted who recorded five tackles plus onesack, Aiden Bertuzzi with five tackles and Ivan Xu and Zaireck Kremler with four tackles each.
The Rams will now look to regroup and search for their first win of the season when they travel across town on Friday October 6 to take on the Belmont Bulldogs in a 7:00 pm game under the lights. They then travel to South Delta on October 14, before returning home to face Carson Graham on October 20 at 1:30 pm.