#CFC50 game preview (BC): No. 7 Rams looking to remain undefeated vs. No. 38 Hyacks

Teams in the AAA Western conference division in British Columbia go up against one another week in and week out vying for top spot in the province and this one is no exception. The nationally ranked teams #CFC50 No. 7 Mount Douglas Rams are set to play the No. 38 New Westminster Hyacks in what could be the game of the year if the Hyacks can produce another stunning upset like they did last week against the Vancouver College Fighting Irish.

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The Mount Douglas Rams are 3-0 in regular season and 3-0 in non-conference matchups. To maintain this perfect record, Grade 10 quarterback, #1 Gideone Kremler, is going to have to lead this team once again as he has done all season. To date, Kremler has passed for 42 completions of 82 for 575 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has only been intercepted once this year and seems he can pull it down and rush just as well as pass as he has 378 yards rushing for 6 touchdowns. #10 John Lucas seems to be the target of choice as he leads the team in receiving with 24 catches for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns. But that can be spread around as Ben Pierik, Hayden Naylor, and Quinn Jenish also seem to touch the ball throughout the game.

Defensively, the Ram’s Soren Hallschmid, is having a monster of a season with 3 QB sacks and 21 total tackles and is aided by Quinn Jenish who has 19 total tackles on the season.

It is this defense that will have to work to keep a very good New West team out of the end zone. To do this, the Rams will have to stop New West’s Wing-T run first offense that has 4 different potential ball carriers that can move sticks. They, too, have some weapons at the receiver position in #CFC100 6’5 TE Prento Durigon and 6’4 receiver Shane Belcher to go along with speedster Ben Tjernagel. The Hyacks also boast an outstanding young QB in Grade 10 Kinsale Philip and an experienced offensive line.

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To this point, the Hyacks have 2 wins and 1 loss in regular season and are 2-1 in non-conference play. They continue to grind it out as they enter the mid-season and seem to have saved the most competitive teams for the last half of their schedule before playoffs. Coming off that incredible win from last weekend where the final score was 13-10, the Hyacks are highly motivated. Thought’s on last week’s game from head coach Farhan Lalji are that he is very happy with the play of his defense. “We had some assignment breakdowns at times in the back end, but the kids never stopped playing and competing hard. The tackling had significantly improved also.”

With no injuries to report, the team has been, up to this point, making progress and are probably where Coach Farhan expects them to be. “I like how they responded to the loss from two weeks ago. We’re right in the midst of that “grind” point in the season and it’s up to us to make sure we continue to improve and not peak after the last win.”

“We need to finish our blocks on offense. We are very assignment sound, but more effort is required. Some teams we can just “smoke and mirror” with the nature of our offense, but against well coached teams you have to sustain blocks through the whistle.”

When asked what the Hyacks will have to do to stop the Rams offensively, they will have to look shut down Kremler from the start.

“We have to contain their QB. He is extremely confident, plays with tremendous poise and can make every throw. Watching him, its hard to believe he’s only in grade 10. He is at his best when he extends plays, he throws well on the run but is also dangerous when he pulls it down and runs.”

“He’s going to make some plays, that’s inevitable, but we can’t let him take over the game.”

Shutting down the QB will be up to the Hyacks defense who is running on all cylinders in #CFC100 LB Connor Pattison who leads this team in tackles at 26 and #CFC100 DE/TE Prento Durigon at 19 total tackles. DB Andrew Delamere also adds muscle to this defense with 12 tackles and 2 interceptions for 50 yards.

Offensively, Coach Farhan says “We also have to be able to match offensively, our offense was not as productive last week and we will need to score more this week.”

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The scoring bit will land on the shoulders of QB Kinsale Philip to reach his offensive weapons in Lucas Sabau, Sammy Sidhu, and #CFC100 Trew Dancey who all have multiple rushing touchdowns. Philip will need to hit #CFC100 DE/TE Prento Durigon and TE/LB Finn Stark, and WR Shane Belsher who will all need to step up their game if they wish to come out on top in this matchup.

The biggest keys for the Hyacks to win this one will be to contain Kremler. If they can shut him down, they could have another stellar win like they did last weekend.

Kickoff is 4:45pm on Friday at Mercer Stadium.

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(New Westminster photos courtesy of New Westminster Hyacks – Alan Wardle)

(Mount Douglas Rams photos courtesy of Mount Douglas Rams Facebook)

 

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