The Langley Rams played cowboys on JRFM Country Night at McLeod Park Stadium and tamed the Kamloops Broncos with a 41-13 victory.
Rams quarterback Dylan Tucker completed 13 of 20 pass attempts for 253 yards and 4 touchdowns, the Nanaimo native opened the scoring with a 12 yard TD pass to a wide open Dallas Yassinsky hooked up with Nick Agnoletto on an incredible 76 yard pass and run play and then threw a pair of short touchdown passes to Jacob Patko to round out his best game at quarterback since returning from an injury that held him out of the starters role until week four of the season.
With the Broncos focusing on Bobby Pospischil and Seye Akinsanmi it allowed 17 year old Khalik Johnson to step up to the plate and show his athletic ability with 4 catches for 58 yards, Pospischil caught a pair for 36 yards, Akinsanmi snagged one for 36 yards and Cecil Belanger had one grab for 17 yards.
Nathan Lund did most of the work on the ground for the Rams, rushing for 71 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Brian Hope rounded out the scoring for the Rams with a pair of field goals and 5 converts.
The Rams defensive unit had Kamloops corralled most of the night, limiting the Broncos to 41 yards rushing and 280 yards passing, with close to 100 of those yards coming on three passes in the final few moments of the game.
The Rams sacked and hog-tied Broncos quarterbacks a total of seven times on the night with Brock Gowanlock notching his conference leading 11th of the season. Other sacks came from Bashiru Sise Odaa, Saeed Hosain Ali, Nick Westad and Brendan Desjardine while Adam Marchetti had a pair of shared sacks, one with Shane Garza and the other with Jacob Dodd, who led all tacklers with 5 on the day.
On special teams Devin Weemers had a huge blocked punt deep in Broncos territory, the sure handed Cecil Belanger took away a pair of Broncos short kickoff attempts and John Beckerleg celebrated the day after his birthday with a 60 yard missed field goal return and an 81 yard kickoff return.
Austin Iredale chipped in with a great tackle, unfortunately the Broncos player he tackled did not have the ball, the fake hand-off was so well executed that it fooled everyone in the park including the play by play team, the stats guys and Austin.
Unfortunately Junior Football fans had to endure another flag fest, officials caught a total of 33 infractions for 350 yards during the game, 21 of them were thrown the Rams way, costing the home team 243 yards of ground, negating 2 Rams touchdowns and drawing groans of displeasure from the 500 Rams and Broncos fans in attendance.
The Rams are in Chilliwack next Saturday and then return to MAP on September 26th to host Nanaimo’s VI Raiders, kickoff is 4PM.