Story and Photos By Christian J. Stewart – (christianjstewart.zenfolio.com)
The Mount Doug Rams had convincing wins over Lord Tweedsmuir last Friday to advance to the next round of the BC High School AAA Football Playoffs.
November 18, 2011, Victoria, BC – The Mount Douglas High School Rams Junior Varsity and Varsity football programs began their quest for their respective Provincial Championships Friday afternoon by hosting the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford, with both Rams teams coming away with decisive victories to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Junior Varsity Rams
In Junior Varsity action, the Rams shook off a sluggish start – blamed by Head Coach Dave Wong on their three week layoff – to eventually come away with a decisive 34-15 win over the Panthers.
The JV Rams were led by their star player Marcus Davis who had four of the five Ram touchdowns.
After the Panthers took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a field goal and an early 3-0 lead, Davis quickly put the Rams ahead by taking the ensuing kick-off and returning it eighty yards for a touchdown, giving the rams a 7-3 lead.
Mt. Doug JV Ram’s Marcus Davis gave the Rams a 7-3 lead when he returned a first quarter kick-off for a touchdown on Friday.
Tweedsmuir had a chance to grab the lead early in the second quarter, however a huge goal line stand by the Ram defence kept the Panthers out of the end zone and preserved the Ram lead.
Two series after that, the Rams would add to their lead as Ram quarter-back Ashton MacKinnon took to the air, hitting Davis over the middle on a crossing route and watching as Davis then broke a tackle and sprinted down the sidelines for his second touchdown of the game, giving the Rams a 14-3 lead.
Mt. Doug JV Ram’s Marcus Davis streaks toward the end zone for his second score of the day after receiving a pass from quarterback Ashton MacKinnon.
The Panthers would not go away easily however and after receiver Logan Cramb pulled in a nice touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Mackay, the Rams lead was cut to 14-9 (the extra point was missed).
Cue Davis again, who shortly after that, took the ball around the left side and scampered 32 yards into the end zone to give the Rams a 20-9 lead (again extra point missed) with just under 8 minutes remaining in the third.
The Marcus Davis show continued again in the fourth quarter when with 11:53 remaining Davis again scampered around the left end and with the conversion, gave the Rams a 27-9 lead.
The JV Ram’s Marcus Davis would finish with four touchdowns on the day, in the Ram’s playoff win over Lord Tweedsmuir.
With just under ten minutes remaining, the Panthers gave their fans some hope, as receiver Brendan Kennedy made an excellent catch of a pass from Mackay over the middle and scampered to the end zone to make the score 27-15. A two point conversion attempt by the Panthers was not successful.
Lord Tweedsmuir’s Brendan Kennedy hauled in this pass and then scampered for the Panther’s second touchdown of the game against the Rams.
The Rams would quash that hope fairly quickly as on the ensuing series, they marched down the field and with just about eight minutes remaining, quarterback MacKinnon banged into the end zone from about ten yards to give the Rams their final points and the 34-15 lead.
JV Ram quarterback Ashton MacKinnon powered his way into the end zone with the Ram’s final touchdown of the day against Lord Tweedsmuir.
Ram Head Coach Dave Wong was happy to get the win, but was concerned with the slow start, “We definitely had a tough first half and had a bit of rust after our three week layoff. They eventually found their game however and we managed to pull away.”
JV Ram receiver Ross Faulkner makes a fantastic catch against the Panthers Friday, but it was all for naught as Faulkner was called for interference on the play.
“They certainly gave us all we could handle and next week we will certainly need to bring our A game right out of the gate no matter who we play. I was certainly happy with the overall team effort but special mention of course to Marcus, and our defence, who played awesome, especially against their running game.”
JV Ram running back Seye Farinu turns up-field during one of his few carries on Friday.
Mt. Doug Ram JV quarterback Ashton MacKinnon scrambles for a few yards against Lord Tweedsmuir on Friday afternoon.
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In varsity action, the Rams would once again find themselves in tough against a very good Tweedsmuir Varsity squad, but would eventually pull away in the fourth quarter to prevail by a score of 42-29.
The Rams opened the scoring on their first series as both Terrell Davis and Mason Swift helped march the ball down the field with solid running efforts, before Swift capped off the drive with a 10 yard touchdown run with 8:34 remaining in the first quarter.
Varsity Ram running back Mason Swift got the Rams on the board first against Lord Tweedsmuir on Friday.
The rest of the first quarter would remain scoreless, but just two minutes into the second quarter, after some solid carries by Swift, Davis then put the Rams ahead 14-0 with a 5 yard touchdown run.
The Ram’s Terrell Davis powered his way to the Ram’s second touchdown of the game and then returned a kick-off for a touchdown a short time later against Lord Tweedsmuir Friday.
The Panthers would respond with a passing touchdown with 5:45 remaining in the second quarter to cut the lead in half, but on the ensuing kick-off, the Rams Davis would get some key blocks and break a tackle or two to return the kick for a highlight reel touchdown and put the Rams right back up by two touchdowns 21-7 – a score that would carry over the half-time break.
In the third quarter, the Rams running game continued to dominate and with 9:07 remaining, Davis would score his third touchdown of the day to give the Rams a 28-7 lead.
Terrell Davis, who finished with 160 yards on the day, would score his third touchdown of the day in the third quarter, to give the Rams a 28-7 lead.
Lord Tweedsmuir would not give up though and made a game of it late in the third. First, Tweedsmuir quarterback Michael Messenger hooked up on a 29 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jules Kehler who had snuck in behind Ram defender Derek Morgan and the Panthers pulled to 28-14.
After a successful on-side kick recovery, the Panthers once again marched down field to get in scoring position. Quarterback Messenger then took off on a run, and looked to be sacked, but managed a Houdini like escape to flip the ball into the hands of teammate Braden Champion who scampered into the end zone to pull the Panthers with a touchdown at 28-21.
With the previous play ending the third quarter, the Rams took the ensuing short kick-off at mid-field and on the first play, Mason Swift had another huge 45-yard carry down to the Panthers 10 yard line. Ram quarterback Jordan Deverill would then quickly finish the drive by running in for the touchdown to put the Rams up 35-21 with about nine minutes remaining.
Mason Swift would have another strong outing for the Rams, rushing for 150 yards and one touchdown against Lord Tweedsmuir Friday.
After then getting the ball back on a Taylor Youg interception, the Rams once again easily marched down the field and Deverill once again called his own number to put the Rams up 42-21 with about seven minutes remaining.
The Ram’s Jordan Deverill scampers in for a score in the fourth quarter Friday.
The Panthers had one last chance when quarterback Messenger scored both a touchdown and the two-point convert to bring the score to 42-29 with just over a minute to play, however the Rams recovered the Panther’s on-side kick-off and killed the clock to get the win.
The Rams running game was the story of the game with Davis gaining 160 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, while Swift added 150 yards on 15 carries and 1 touchdown.
Terrell Davis (here) and Mason Swift had holes like this to run though all day thanks to the great play of the Ram’s offensive line.
Coach Mark Townsend gave all the credit for the running success to his offensive line, “Those guys probably played their best game of the year for us today and really opened up some big holes for both Terrell and Mason. And we know that if the offensive line can get those guys 5 yards, they’ll get another 5 yards on their own.”
“I am really proud of all our kids who played a great game from start to finish against a very good Tweedsmuir team. We’ll look forward to playing again next week against either St. Thomas Moore or Centennial at UBC.”
See more images from this game and the Varsity game in the ISN Galleries HERE.