by Mark Townsend, Mt. Doug Rams Football
November 11, 2017, West Kelowna, BC (ISN) – The Mount Douglas Rams built a 19-0 lead and then went on to a hard fought 45-13 win over the Mt. Boucherie Bears in opening round action of the BC High School AAA Varsity Subway Bowl playoffs on Saturday afternoon at Capital News Centre’s Mission Stadium in West Kelowna.
After the Rams scored the first three touchdowns of the game to go ahead 19-0, Mount Boucherie battled back with two scores of their own to close the gap to 19 to 13 and gain momentum. Thereafter Mount Douglas accounted for the next four touchdowns en route to a the 45 to 13 win.
Rams quarterback Gideone Kremler, here in action against Carson Graham earlier this season, completed 18 of 29 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams 45-13 win over Mt. Boucherie on Saturday (File Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)”Hats off to Mount Boucherie for battling hard throughout the contest,” said Rams Head Coach Mark Townsend following the game. “We know Boucherie were dealing with some injuries coming into the game, but they played a solid game and never, ever gave up.”
“We were very pleased with our players regaining their focus and finishing the game strong after Boucherie started to come back early in the third quarter,” added Townsend. “Now we have a critical week ahead of us to get ready to face a very tough New Westminster squad in the next round.”
On the ground, the Rams rumbled for 250 yards on the day led by Zairech Kremler with 121 yards and two touchdowns, while Ben Pierik added 95 yards and two scores.
Quarterback Gideone Kremler completed 18 of 29 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. His favourite receiver on the day was Hayden Naylor with eight catches for 70 yards and one touchdown, followed by Dante Carbone with three receptions for 27 yards and one score. Zairech Kremler also chipped in with three catches for 26 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, it was yet another terrific performance by the Rams defense. Defensive tackle Ivan Xu opened the scoring for Rams when he intercepted a pass and rumbled 30 yards to the end zone.
Jake Ounsted was outstanding and was constantly making huge plays in the Boucherie backfield. Jake led the Rams in tackles with eight plus two sacks. Soren Hallschmid was stellar again and recorded seven tackles, one fumble recovery and had an interception. Ben Pierik also had an excellent game on defense and had six tackles and three sacks, while Zaireck Kremler contributed six tackles and two sacks.
The Rams will now face the 7-0 New Westminster Hyacks, who finished atop the Western Conference and who finished their regular season on November 3 with a 63-16 drubbing of South Delta. The Rams and Hyacks met early in the season, prior to the return of the Rams Gideone Kremler from injury, and the Hyacks emerged with a 29-6 win.
With Kremler back into the swing and the Rams now riding a four game winning streak, next weeks’ game should be more interesting than that previous match up, but will certainly be a tough test for the Rams on their quest to return to yet another Subway Bowl championship.
MD TD – Ivan Xu 30 yard interception return MD 6 to 0
MD TD – Ben Pierik 4 yard run MD 12 to 0
MD TD – Zaireck Kremler 20 yard run MD 19 to 0
Mt B TD MD 19 to 7
Mt B TD MD 19 to 13
MD TD – Gideone Kremler 19 yard pass to Hayden Naylor MD 26 to 13
MD TD – Gideone Kremler 6 yard pass to Dante Carbone MD 32 to 13
MD TD – Zairech Kremler 6 yard run MD 38 to 13
MD TD – Ben Pierik 16 yard run MD 45 to 13