Mount Douglas won the Subway Bowl last year with two dynamics twins in Gideone and Zairech Kremler leading the way.
Now in the defence of their title, the Rams have a different look but still should be as formidable as ever.
“Our season has gone as expected with a young team,” said head coach Mark Townsend talking to BC Sports Hub. “That is to say, some good things but many areas which we need to improve upon.”
The team is only returning two players from their offence last season, so early one the goal has been to try and develop a familiarity amongst all the new starters.
“For the 2019 season, we need to replace the majority of starters from the 2018 squad, including all skill position players on offence,” said Townsend. “Our expectations will be to compete each week.”
Two of those players are the aforementioned Kremler twins. Now with both of them applying their trade up on Burnaby Mountain at SFU. One of them may be Hunter Swift, the new grade 10 starting quarterback.
“We will certainly miss the core players we had last year including Gideone and Zairech,” explained Townsend “but we have a bunch of new players who wish to write their own chapter in our Rams Football Program.”
The Rams have a perfect record against BC competition early in the season, but it is sure to be put to its toughest test this afternoon when they host the New Westminster Hyacks. It’s a rematch of last year’s Subway Bowl final and Townsend is excited about the challenge.
“We realize New West has another great team this year, and our upcoming game with the Hyacks will be a huge challenge for us,” he explained. “It will also provide an opportunity to measure our progress. We are hoping to see improvement in our play and to be able to compete with New West on Friday.”
Currently ranked third, they will have another tough test in number one ranked Vancouver College on the road next week. As the defending champs, Mount Douglas is sure to see the best from everyone they play during the season and the team is determined to write their own legacy.
“We are not thinking about defending our title,” Townsend said on the season. “This is a whole new team, and we realize there are many teams playing better football and ahead of us. We want to continue to work hard, improve and compete.”
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Written by: Nick Bondi