Varao, Rams Spoil Thunderbirds Football Home Opener

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August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) - Ram RB Trey Campbell runs through his tackle - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

September 1,2019 Vancouver, BC (ISN) – The UBC Thunderbirds dropped their home opener in front of 3711 cheering football fans as the Regina Rams dominated 46-16 to spoil the T-Birds game one start to the 2019 Canada West Football season.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  Trey Campbell celebrating the TD and the win at games end  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Trey Campbell celebrating the TD and the win at games end – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

UBC would look every bit the winning part to open the game as starting freshman pivot Tommy Yanchuk would march his team down field on their second possession of the game, scoring on a QB keeper from twenty yards out to seemingly set the tone.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  UBC's freshman pivot Tommy Yanchuk rushes for  the TD in th first quarter of play to open the scoring  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – UBC’s freshman pivot Tommy Yanchuk rushes for the TD in th first quarter of play to open the scoring – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Regina’s QB Josh Donnelly would smartly reply, taking his team 87 yards down field with the help of two back-to- back major penalties, to match UBC’s TD with a one-yard run by Sam Varao, his first of three majors in the game.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  A "no quit" defence would hold UBC.  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – A “no quit” defence would hold UBC. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Regina jumped out to a commanding 31-7 lead at the half on TD’s by Varao (1 yd. run), Ryan Schienbein ( 6 yard pass reception ) , and another goal line rush for a TD by Varao, his third of the half. Rams’ Aldo Galvan would also connect for his team, kicking a 43-yard field goal.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  Rams' Sam Varao dives across the line for his second of two TD's in the game  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Rams’ Sam Varao dives across the line for his second of two TD’s in the game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Although showing individual signs of football athleticism, the Thunderbirds could not find an offensive finish to their game despite 303 yards net total offense as the Rams smothering defensive would keep UBC away from the red zone much of the game.  The Rams keeping pressure on the T-Birds offensive line much of the second half, would find UBC’s back field five times to bring QB Yanchuk down.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  Thunderbird's QB Yanchuk under pressure much of the game would be sacked five times in the match  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Thunderbird’s QB Yanchuk under pressure much of the game would be sacked five times in the match – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Thunderbirds would be the benefactor of a Regina safety to start the third quarter with the game all but out of range.  Rams’ Donnelly would continue to roll despite the comfortable lead. Perhaps taking advantage of a down and out UBC defense, Donnelly would throw a seventy-five-yard strike over an unsuspecting T-Bird defense secondary to receiver Riley Boersma for a 39-9 score.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  Rams'  QB Josh Donnelly would throw 377 yards in his opening CIS debut.   - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Rams’ QB Josh Donnelly would throw 377 yards in his opening 2019 USport debut. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

UBC would find a glimmer of life early in the fourth quarter, despite the score, when Yanchuck would march his team 75 yards down field in three plays and throw a nineteen-yard pass to Jacob Patten to put their first earned points to the board since nine minute of the first quarter of play to advance the score 39-16.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  UBC's Jacob Patten pulls down the nineteen yard Yanchuck pass for the TD  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – UBC’s Jacob Patten pulls down the nineteen yard Yanchuck pass for the TD – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Rams’ running back Trey Campbell, used mid-fourth quarter, would take the ball twenty yards out of the back field for the major to round out the scoring, giving the Rams a convincing 46-16 win.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  Ram's RB Trey Campbell, after held in check much of the game, springs loose from the outstretched arms of the UBC tackler for the final TD of the game  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Ram’s RB Trey Campbell, after held in check much of the game, springs loose from the outstretched arms of the UBC tackler for the final TD of the game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Rams’QB Josh Donnelly would finish the game throwing for 377 yards and 2 TD’s. Sam Varao 3 TD’s. Receiver Riley Boersma would pull in the ball for 103 net yards, 1TD. Kyle Moortgat would receive the ball for 90 yards. Lineman Josh White and Ryder Varga would each share Rams defensive honors with eight tackles each.

UBC’s Tommy Yanchuk would throw for 248 yards, 1 TD, 1 rushing TD. Receiver Jacob Patten would catch for 86 yards, 1TD. Lineman Ben Hladik would be a defensive force in the loss with a game high 10 tackles. Bashiru Sis-Odaa would assist with nine tackles on his own.

August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) -  Rushing yardage was difficult for UBC as the Rams would contain well  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
August 31, 2019. Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Rushing yardage was difficult for UBC as the Rams would contain well – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The UBC Thunderbirds will next travel to Saskatoon September 6thto take on the 0-1 Huskies, while Regina will return home to take on the 0-1 Alberta Golden Bears