The Mount Douglas Rams senior side started the B.C. High School Football season on the front foot with a 41-7 dismantling of the Notre Dame Jugglers at Mount Doug secondary on Friday.
Quarterback Gideone Kremler, a Grade 9 super rookie, continued to build on his sensational preseason, throwing for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
Declann Michielin led the Rams in rushing with 134 yards on just 11 carries, followed by Manny Lopez with 68 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Gavin Cobb hauled in six receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin Posynick scored on the Rams’ first offensive play, connecting with Gideone for a 40-yard touchdown strike.
Mike Olson had a breakout game, recording eight tackles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt
Earlier on Friday Mount Douglas’ junior side defeated Notre Dame’s juniors 40-0. The juniors head into a bye weekend while the senior Rams visit the defending AAA champion South Delta Sun Devils Saturday.
It’s the first meeting between the Rams and Sun Devils since the latter stymied the Rams’ attempt at a fourth-straight AAA Subway Bowl in 2014.
Other results from the AAA Western Conference saw Vancouver College beat the Sun Devils 34-8 and New Westminster Hyacks fend off the Belmont Bulldogs 42-7.
Thunder collect first win
Oliver Adam led the Spectrum Thunder senior boys football team to the program’s first-ever B.C. high school win, collecting five touchdowns in the first half of their 38-8 win over the Timberline Wolves on Friday.
Adam broke off for a long touchdown run during the Thunder’s first drive of the game.
“This is how we want to start games, coming out of the gate fast and getting points on the board,” said Thunder coach Ian Laxton.
With the win the Thunder are tied for first place in the five-team Tier II conference with the Howe Sound Sounders.
“I’m proud of these guys, they’ve worked hard to get there. We still have a long way to get where we want to be but to start the season with a win is always a good way to start,” Laxton said.
Adam’s other four touchdowns came on a punt return and pass receptions
“He’s a special kid,” Laxton said. “When the ball is in his hands we all feel good things will happen.”
Despite Adam’s standout game, the Thunder MVP of the week award went to Bartu Kayan. In addition to Kayan’s tenacious tackling throughout the game, including two quarterback sacks, Kayan also scored one of the Thunder’s touchdowns on a deep 30-yard pass down the sideline from quarterback Connor McKillop.
The senior Thunder’s next game is today (Oct. 16) at Spectrum versus the Eric Hamber Griffins. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m.
The Spectrum Thunder junior team visited Nanaimo District Islanders on Wednesday (results were past press time). Their next game is in Parksville against the Ballenas Whalers on Oct. 21. Last week the Ballenas defeated the junior Thunder 48-14 at Spectrum.
Grade 10 standout Nic Lockwood was the junior Thunder MVP of the week for his solid play on defence.
“[Lockwood] leads by example for us every week. He does whatever we ask of him without complaint. We appreciate his great attitude and work ethic” said junior coach Darren Vaux.