Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 20, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – As quarterback Gideone Kremler goes, so go the Mount Douglas Rams. Kremler threw for three touchdowns and 238 yards on Friday, as the Rams earned their second win of the season, crushing the Carson Graham Eagles 44-0 at Goudy Field in Victoria, keeping their 2018 BC High School AAA Varsity Football playoff hopes alive in the process.
Kremler, who is battling his way back into shape from off-season knee surgery, appeared to be in top form on Friday and if that is the case, it bodes well for the Rams in their final two games against Vancouver College and Seaquam and in their run to the playoffs and a possible appearance in yet another Subway Bowl at BC Place.
That is a long way off however and at the start of Friday’s game, Head Coach Mark Townsend urged his players to simply take things step-by-step and go out and compete hard and win every play and the rest would take care of itself.
They would do that in spades, starting with Carson Grahams’ opening drive of the game which was shut down by defensive back Hayden Naylor picking off a Charlie McMillan pass in the end-zone to end what was the Eagle’s best scoring chance of the day.
The Rams would come away empty on their subsequent opening series and punt the ball away, but on the first play of their second series, the Eagles would fumble, with the Rams Ben Pierik recovering the ball on the Carson Graham 40-yard line.
Mount Doug would make the Eagles pay for that error, capping a short drive with a 25-yard touchdown run from Sebastien Hansen to open the scoring and, with the extra point, jumping into a 7-0 lead.
The Rams would add to that lead on their next series, taking the ball at their own 10-yard line and then capping off an impressive 90-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run from Sam Mosky to go ahead 13-0.
Kremler and the Rams would use the second quarter to put the game away, with Kremler first converting a Connor Clarke interception into a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dante Carbone to make it 19-0 and then later hooking up with brother Zairech Kremler for a 20-yard pass and run score to make it 25-0.
Kremler would then cap the first half scoring off with his most impressive toss of the day, a 45-yard touchdown strike to Hayden Naylor to make it 31-0 into the half.
The Rams could have had an even bigger lead at the half, as lineman Soren Hallschmid picked off an Eagles pass mid-way in the second quarter and returned it into the end zone for a touchdown, but the play was called back on a Rams penalty denying the big lineman his moment of glory.
That missed touchdown became a distant memory very fast in the second half, as on the Rams first play from scrimmage, Zairech Kremler would take a handoff from his brother and ramble 50 yards for the Rams sixth touchdown of the day.
The big lead would allow the Rams to rest Gideone Kremler the rest of the way and he would be replaced on the Rams next series by Isaiah Cardillcchia, who also found success against the Carson Graham defence, hitting Hansen for a 61-yard pass and run play for Hansen’s second touchdown of the day and, with the extra point, a 44-0 Mt. Doug lead.
While the Rams offence shone in this game, the defence was equally as good, forcing three Eagle’s turnovers and keeping Carson Graham away from the end zone all game. In addition to the one end zone interception, the Rams denied touchdown passes on two other occasions and forced the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs three times.
Leading the defensive charge was Jake Ounsted with 6 tackles. Aiden Bertuzzi had 5 tackles plus 1 sack, followed by Soren Hallschmid, Sebastian Hansen and Peter Primeau with 5 tackles each, Hayden Naylor with 4 tackles and an interception, and Dante Carbone with 4 tackles. Connor Clarke had an interception and Ben Pierik had a fumble recovery.
On offence Gideone Kremler led the offensive charge for the Rams completing 13 of 16 passes for 238 yards and 3 TD’s. Isaiah Cardilicchia also chipped in with 83 yards passing and a TD strike. Leading receivers for the Rams were Sebastian Hansen with 115 yards and 1 TD and Hayden Naylor with 106 yards and 1 TD. Zairech Kremler had 52 yards and 1 TD, and Dante Carbone had 34 yards and 1 TD. On the ground, Zairech Kremler was the leading rusher with 8 carries for 87 yards and 1 TD, followed by Sebastian Hansen with 24 yards and 1 TD.
“Our defensive play was stellar, forcing three turnovers, and Gideone Kremler guided the offense in the win,” said Head Coach Townsend after the game. “Carson Graham is a tough team, especially Quarterback Charlie McMillan, but we are very proud of the effort of our players today. We still have some work to do in not taking penalties, but overall, this was a good team win and one we needed in the worst way. We now turn our attention to the challenge of playing against a very strong Vancouver College team next week.”
The win improves the Rams record to 2-3 on the season and bumps them into fifth place in the Western Conference, just behind Notre Dame in fourth and ahead of Vancouver College in sixth. As the top six teams in the conference will make the AAA Varsity playoffs, next week’s battle with Vancouver College is, needless to say, yet another big game on the Rams schedule.
That game kicks off at 1:30 pm on October 28 at Vancouver College, with the Rams then wrapping up their regular season on the road with another tough battle against third place Seaquam on November 4 at 1:30 pm.
Junior Rams Update: In Junior Varsity action on Wednesday the Mt. Douglas Rams were shut-out for the third game in a row, this time dropping a 12-0 decision on home turf to Lord Tweedsmuir. The JV Rams are struggling to find some offence, having scored just eight points in their four games since losing an exhibition game to Terry Fox 20-16 on September 15th. They will look to get back on track when they travel to Vancouver College on Saturday October 28th.