Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart – (ISN)
Junior Varsity Rams 53 W.J. Mouat 21
W.J. Mouat 53 Varsity Rams 47
Victoria, BC – The Mount Doug Rams and the W.J. Mouat Hawks – two of the top ranked football programs in the Province – played Junior Varsity and Varsity exhibition games Friday at the Mount Doug field in Victoria with both games featuring offensive performances worthy of their top rankings.
In the Junior Varsity matchup, the Rams hit the board first when highly touted Marcus Davis took the Hawks first punt of the game and ran it back for a touchdown before the game was even five minutes old.
Davis would add to his star status, by scoring two more touchdows – one on a running play, and another on a nice passing play from quarterback Ashton MacKinnon – and despite a couple of scores from the Hawks squad, the Rams held a comfortable 26-14 lead at half.
In the second half, the Rams offensive line kept opening big holes for their backs, including Julian Luis who had a strong game, and for their 6’4″ 205 pound quarterback MacKinnon, who at times easily ran through many of the smaller Hawk defenders.
By the frst part of the fourth quarter, the Rams had pushed their lead to 47-14, before the Hawks responded with a score to make it 47-21. The Rams would then close out the scoring with another touchdown, making the final score 53-21.
Junior Varsity Head Coach Dave Wong was quick to compliment squad his squad noting, “We have a hurry-up, up-tempo offence and it takes a lot of work to get it going and they worked really hard over the past two weeks to learn it well. It’s nice having stars like Marcus and Ashton who can execute what we want. Julian Luis also played well for us today.”
“Defensively we threw a lot of different looks at them and that kept them off guard as well. Our conditioning was also strong. Many of the kids have been working hard all summer, weight training and the like and it paid off today, especially with this heat. Mouat was really tired at the half and our guys were still good to go.”
The Varsity Rams game against the Hawks was a game that would make any football fan happy, as it was a run-and-gun, shoot-out, see-saw affair that was not decided until the final minute.
Both teams high-powered offences had their way with their opposing defensive counterparts and exchanged scores, seemingly at will throughout the game.
In the first quarter alone, the teams would exchange touchdowns four times, with both sides missing three of the four extra points to give the Hawks a 13-12 lead at the break.
The Hawks would add another score early in the second to go up 20-12, only to then surrender another touchdown and a two-point conversion to the Rams that tied the score at 20. The Rams would then add a field goal on the last play of the half to take a 23-20 lead into the locker room.
The Rams would extend their lead to 31-20 in the third quarter on the strength of a Terrell Davis touchdown and another two-point convert, only to see the Hawks do the exact same thing to trail the Rams 31-28.
Mouat would score again and hold a 35-31 lead early in the fourth, but then added two more quick scores, one set up on a defensive interception to jump out to a 47-31 lead.
The never say die Rams offense kept plugging however and despite yet another Hawks touchdown, pulled to within an unconverted touchdown at 53-47 with less than a minute to play. The Rams then attempted an on-side kick off but to no avail and the Hawks escaped with the victory.
The Rams offence was sparked by receiver Taylor Young who had three touchdowns and Terrell Davis with a pair of scores and a two-point convert.
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