Mouat Hawk Nelson Lokombo ran for 133 yards against Mt Douglas in the first round of playoffs, but it couldn’t match the opponent’s ground game. Photo: Erich Eichhorn, Island Sports News
By Howard Tsunamura, The Province Nov 11, 2016
SUBWAY BOWL 2016
OPENING ROUND PLAYOFF GAMES
MT. DOUGLAS RAMS (West-4) 52 W.J. MOUAT HAWKS 7
VICTORIA — Josh Lucas has so much to offer a football team that if he isn’t catching touchdown passes, he’s rushing for them.
Lucas rushed for 223 yard and four touchdowns, two of them from his team’s own side of midfield as the defending champion and West No. 4 Mt. Douglas Rams of Victoria opened their Subway Bowl season with a 52-7 win over the East No. 5 W.J. Mouat Hawks of Abbotsford at Goudy Field.
“This was likely our most complete game of the season,” admitted Rams head coach Mark Townsend, whose charges went through a mid-season reinvention following an injury to starting quarterback Gideone Kremler. “Our offensive and defensive lines were outstanding, we had some big plays on special teams and the defense played extremely well and forced some timely turnovers.”
Kremler made a slight return on Friday but his presence was very limited.
Instead, Lucas spearheaded the offence behind a solid offensive line and scored on runs of 29, 99, 20 and 53 yards, all in the first half, with his last salvo putting the Rams up 33-6 at the break.
Ben Pierek, who rushed for 163 yards in the win, had opened the scoring with a one-yard run and later added another from 30 yards.
Isaiah Cardilicchia , who threw a 27-yard pass to Hayden Naylor in the second half, also called his own number for a one-yard score in the fourth quarter.
“We were very nervous coming into the game with Mouat’s explosiveness on offense and for a while there it looked like it may be a shootout,” continued Townsend of the Hawks, who answered Pierek’s opening major with an 11-yard TD run by Nelson Lokombo. “But our defence settled in and Josh Lucas and Ben Pierik ignited the running game thanks in large part to the big boys up front.”
Soren Hallschmid with eight tackles, and Quinn Jenish and Cardilicchia with seven apience, led the stingy Rams’ defense. Spender Meldrum registered five tackles. Lucas and Cardilicchia each had an interception. Daniel Umali had his best game as a Ram with three tackles, a sack and a blocked punt.
“Some days aren’t yours, and this was that day for us,” said Mouat head coach Travis Bell. “We responded to Mt. Doug’s first score nicely with a touchdown of our own, but in the end we had no answer for their run game. Even with the result, I could not be more proud of this group of guys. Nelson Lokombo played with one hamstring and still had a great game. I’m going to miss going to practice with these Grade 12s. They’re a special group of young men.”
Lokombo carried 23 times for 133 yards while quarterback Alex Howman passed for 80 yards. Robert Bradley led the team with five tackles from his middle linebacker spot.
“We know the challenge ahead of us in playing top-ranked Terry Fox (in next week’s quarterfinal),” said Townsend. “They are a simply an outstanding team in all aspects of the game. We will need another great week of practice to even be on the same field as Fox.”