The Langley Rams Junior Football Club is a non-profit organization that operates within the BC Conference of the Canadian Junior Football League and has been serving the youth of our community since 1948, when the Cloverdale based Surrey Rams played exhibition matches versus teams in the newly formed BC Junior Big Four League as well as teams from Washington State.
The Rams later joined the Junior Big Four’s Juvenile division and eventually moved to Bear Creek Park where, in 1969, the Rams organization captured its first ever BC Championship title.
In 1973, Head Coach Ray Turner guided the Rams to another BC Championship victory and then went on to defeat Winnipeg’s St. Vital Mustangs for the Western Canadian Title.
The Rams then traveled to Montreal for the 1973 National Championship game where, in a driving snowstorm, they led the Lakeshore Flyers 1-0 late in the game. Just moments from a Rams victory, the Flyers kicker scored the game winning field goal stealing the National Championship from the heartbroken Rams grasp.
The Rams entered a team in the BC Junior Tier 1 loop in 1975 and operated with Tier 1 and Tier 2 Juvenile programs until 1981, when Tier 1 contraction left them once again with only a Juvenile team.
Former player Nick Kawaza took the Rams program over in 1982 and led them to seven consecutive BC Championship games and the 1987 title.
In 1988 the BC Junior Football Association eliminated their Juvenile division and accepted Kawaza’s Surrey Rams back into the Tier 1 fold as an expansion team. The Rams missed the playoffs in their expansion season but have made the playoffs for 26 consecutive seasons since.
Head Coach Nick Kawaza led the Surrey Rams to six consecutive BCFC Championship games (90-95), all six versus the Okanagan Sun. The Rams won four titles in that span (90, 92, 93, 94) and captured the 1992 Western Canadian Championship by defeating the powerhouse Regina Rams 21-10 at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby. The Rams once again headed east, this time to Ottawa, to play for the 1992 National Championship, and once again a winter storm played a factor in the game. A Paul McCallum field goal pulled the Rams to within 10 heading into the fourth; but, any hopes of a comeback were diminished when a blizzard rolled into Ottawa’s Landsdown Park early in the fourth quarter and turned what were dry and freezing cold conditions into white-out conditions in a matter of minutes. The Sooners would score on a late Rams fumble to make the final score 35-18.
The Kawaza era would come to an end in 1998 and he moved on to coach the BCFC’s Tri-City Bulldogs in 1999.
The Rams changed the team name to the South Fraser Rams in 1999. Andrew and Chris Butschler took over the Rams program and would share the Head Coaching duties over the next five years.
The Butschler’s remained on the Rams staff but handed the Head Coaching hat to Alumnus Tyler McLaren for the 2005 season.
With McLaren at the helm, the Rams returned to the BCFC Championship game for the first time since their 1995 loss to the Sun. Fittingly the Rams would travel back to the Apple Bowl for the 2005 Cullen Cup game. The large contingent of Rams fans who made the road trip went wild as the Rams scored a last minute touchdown to take a thrilling 31-27 victory and improve their Cullen Cup game record versus the Kelowna team to 5-2. The Rams hosted the defending National Champion Edmonton Huskies in the 2005 Canadian Semi-Final at Bear Creek Park but were no match for the powerhouse Huskies, who disposed the Rams 57-3 and then went on to win their second consecutive National Championship.
The Rams saw some big changes in 2006, the club moved out of Bear Creek Park, their home for over 40 years, relocated to South Surrey and Jeff Lochbaum was named Head Coach. Lochbaum added Gary Etcheverry to his staff but both were relieved of their duties by club President Chuck Rolleman early in the season. Chris Butschler returned as Head Coach for the remainder of the 2006 season and held the title until 2010.
2006 marked the beginning of the Big Kahuna era. The Big Kahuna Sport Company became the Rams title sponsor and its CEO Gord Querin, along with many Big Kahuna staff members, came on board as volunteers. The Rams became the South Surrey Big Kahuna Rams and moved into this new era with a major uniform change, hanging up its traditional Maroon and White and changing to Blue, Gold and White.
Gord Querin became club President in 2009, the Rams returned to the Cullen Cup game the same season but the VI Raiders posted a 49-14 win over Chris Butschler’s Rams.
For the next five years the Rams struggled to have facilities improved in South Surrey. After operating in the Surrey area for over 60 years, they still could see no sign of a commitment from the City of Surrey Club so they moved to the Township of Langley’s spectacular McLeod Athletic Park Stadium in 2011 — a move that would take the Rams to another level both on and off the field.
Since the move, and with the support and commitment of the Township of Langley, the Rams have more than tripled their fan base, appeared in four consecutive BCFC Cullen Cup games and hosted two Canadian Bowl National Championship games.
The move to Langley officially marked the end of the Butschler era. Chris Butschler resigned from his position and Jeff Alamolhoda became the first Head Coach of the newly named Langley Rams. Despite a late appointment to the position of Head Coach, and the turmoil of the clubs transition to a new city, Alamolhoda led a young Rams team to third place with a 5-5 regular season record.
Alamolhoda pulled his squad together for the BCFC Semi-Final and defeated the Okanagan Sun 31-29 in Kelowna. The Rams then set sail for Nanaimo but the young squad was no match for a veteran Raiders squad and fell 44-0.
The Rams returned to the Cullen Cup game in 2012, once again in Nanaimo. The Rams prevailed in a battle of two great defensive units and sailed home with the Cullen Cup in tow after a 20-13 victory over the Raiders.
The Rams hosted the Saskatoon Hilltops in the 2012 Canadian Bowl National Championship game and held a 21-6 lead midway through the third quarter. The two time defending National Champion Hilltops stormed back to take a 23-21 lead late in the game and the Rams found themselves in the red zone with only a minute to go; but, but the Rams had three consecutive flags dropped on them putting them out of field goal range. The Hilltops held on to complete the National Championship “three-peat” in front of a capacity crowd at McLeod Athletic Park Stadium.
Alamolhoda stepped back from the Head Coaching position in 2013 in order to focus on a career promotion and handed the hat to defensive coordinator Ted Kirby in the interim, Alamolhoda remained with the staff as a coaching consultant. Under the circumstances, Kirby did an outstanding job with the club. The Rams defeated the Okanagan Sun 24-13 in the BC Semi-Final and went head to head with the Raiders in the Cullen Cup game for the third consecutive season. This time it was an all-out offensive barrage and when the smoke cleared the Raiders had posted a 48-37 win over Kirby’s squad.
Alamolhoda returned as Head Coach in 2014 and the Rams returned to the Cullen Cup game for the fourth consecutive season; this time the Rams traveled to Kelowna to face their long-time Cullen Cup rivals, the Okanagan Sun. The Rams trailed 19-16 in the final minute of play but an outstanding touchdown run by the games offensive MVP Nathan Lund gave the Rams a 23-19 victory with only seconds remaining. Luke Andrews was outstanding in his final Junior Football game and was selected as the games Defensive MVP. The Sun may hold the edge over the Rams in regular season and semi-final wins over the past 25 years; but, the Rams all time record versus the Sun in Championship games improved to 6 wins 2 losses with the Rams 2014 Cullen Cup win.
The Cullen Cup win earned the Rams another National Championship appearance, and for the second time in three years they hosted the Saskatoon Hilltops in Canadian Bowl at McLeod Park Stadium. The young Rams battled hard and gave it their best effort but it wasn’t enough to defeat another great Hilltops squad, which captured its fourth National Championship crown in the past five seasons with a 44-17 victory over the Langley Rams.
The Langley Rams are very excited about the 2016 season, with the appointment of Khari Joseph to the position of Head Coach and the addition of Shawn Olson, one of the greatest Rams players of all time, as Offensive Coordinator we are committed to fielding a team that will be Cullen Cup and National Championship contenders again in 2016.
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