Howard Tsunamura, the Province November 24, 2012
MT. DOUGLAS 41 W.J. MOUAT 15
VANCOUVER — Around the time Marcus Davis came barrelling into the offensive backfield of the W.J. Mouat Hawks, sacking quarterback Mario Narte for a 13-yard loss late in the third quarter on Saturday, all indeed seemed lost for B.C.’s No. 1-ranked Triple A high school football team.
Narte was soon after able to deliver a 54-yard scoring strike to receiver Keenan Godden to account for his team’s first points of the evening in a highly-anticipated Subway Bowl semifinal showdown with the No. 3-ranked, defending B.C. champion Mt. Douglas Rams of Victoria, but the Hawks were trailing 41-7 by that point en route to a shockingly decisive 41-15 loss.
Shocking because in three previous meetings going back to the start of the 2011 season, the three teams had combined to score 280 points with those contests decided by six, seven and three points. Mouat had won two of the games, but the Rams had beaten them in last season’s Subway Bowl final.
The Rams will play the winner of Saturday’s late game between No. 2 St. Thomas More and No. 4 Vancouver College.
“We just came out firing,” said Davis, the Grade 11 . “Now it’s our chance to try and win back-to-back provincial championships.”
Before Mouat knew what had hit them, the Rams had bolted out to a 21-0 lead, Davis doing his usual big-play damage by rushing 75 yards for the game’s opening score just 1:46 into the proceededings after the Hawks were unsuccessfuon on the game’s opening possession.
But what really proved to be Mouat’s undoing was what quickly followed.
Mt. Douglas twice short-kicked the ball, each time recovering it, and each time scoring.
The first recovery led to a three-yard touchdown run by Mason Swift, and then the second, a kick which ricocheted off a Mouat player right back to the Rams, was capped by a 16-yard TD run by Marcus Davis.
“It was something we were prepared to do and our kicker (Callum Duke) has been working hard at it, and he did a great job,” said Rams’ head coach Mark Townsend. “We caught some breaks and what it did was it took the ball out of Mouat’s hands, and that was a huge key early in the game.”
Almost as important for Mt. Douglas as the aforementioned 21-point lead was the fact that the trickery and resulting scoring drives kept the ball out of Mouat hands for a span of 8:19. So by the time a Mouat team more accustomed to setting the tempo behind a powerful offensive line and its record-setting running back Maleek Irons, lined up for its second possession of the game, only two minutes were left in the quarter.
“The way it was done was the overwhelming factor,” Mouat head coach Denis Kelly said. “It was dispiriting the way they were able to handle us. They were rabid in their intensity and they outperformed us in pretty much every area. I was surprised at the difference between this Mt. Douglas team and the won we saw at our school on Oct. 13 (a 52-49 Hawks win). They just came out, grabbed it, and took it.”
Mason Swift, back and healthy, was a huge factor giving the Rams a varied look out of the backfield, and last season’s Subway Bowl MVP rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Ashton MacKinnon threw TD strikes to Davis and Brian Dowds, and added a 15-yard rushing major in the third quarter that made the score 41-0.
“On both sides of the ball, that is probably the best game I have ever seen our team play,” said Townsend.
10:24 Mt. Douglas — Marcus Davis75-yard run (PAT good) 7-0
6:39 Mt. Douglas — Mason Swift 3-yard run (PAT good) 14-0
2:05 Mt. Douglas — Marcus Davis 16-yard catch from Ashton MacKinnon (PAT good) 21-0
Mt. Douglas — Brian Dowds 25-yard catch from Ashton MacKinnon (PAT failed) 27-0
8:45 Mt. Douglas — Mason Swift 17-yard run (PAT good) 34-0
4:05 Mt. Douglas — Marcus Davis 15-yard run (PAT good) 41-0
0:39 W.J. Mouat — Keenan Godden 54-yard catch from Mario Narte (PAT good) 41-7
4:36 W.J. Mouat — Maleek Irons 3-yard run (2-pt convert) 41-15