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After a one-year fall from the top after a loss to South Delta in last year’s championship game, the Mt. Douglas Rams are atop the AAA Senior Varsity ranks once again after capturing the Frank Gnup Trophy winners for the fourth time in the last five years with a 34-17 win over the Vancouver College Fighting Irish.
Grade 9 pivot Gideone Kremler was put to the test for the second time today after appearing in the JV AAA final, but had tons of energy left as he opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to Griffin Posynick. Kremler would finish the game with two more touchdowns to Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty, including a 34-yarder. Oliver Mackenzie would round out the other receiving touchdown for the Rams as they challenged the Fighting Irish defence all night.
On the ground, Declann Michielin rumbled for hard earned yards as he ran in for the final score of the game, capping off 20 unanswered points for the Rams following a Vancouver College touchdown in the second quarter that was somewhat controversial in nature as it appeared the Irish had fumbled the ball prior to it cross the goal line. The touchdown would put the Irish up 17-14 at the time.
On defence, Justice Kremler recorded two sacks, while Trystin Waters and Aidan Kachanoski had one apiece. Braden Routley had a fumble recovery to round out the tough Rams defence.
The Fighting Irish did give the Rams some scares throughout the game after scoring two early touchdowns (one off a Jasper Schiedel 21 yard run) and Kieran Mitha’s field goal. On defence, Aidan Fay recorded three sacks, Jack Legge had a fumble recovery, and Bobby Singh recorded a pick, while the special teams units also blocked a field goal, a punt, and a convert.
Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):
Outstanding Lineman: Chris Ellis (Vancouver College)
Outstanding Back: Declann Michielin (Mt. Douglas)
MVP: Gavin Cobb (Mt. Douglas)
Chiko’s Champion of the Game:
Declann Michielin – According to Coach Mark Townsend’s post-game interview, Declann was so banged up that he wasn’t sure he would play in this game. However, he worked through his injuries and battled it out to help the Rams get back on top of the AAA rankings. Great job, Declann!