Langley Rams backup quarterback Tristen Yanciw came off the bench in place of injured starter Duncan Little to start the second quarter and went on to throw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns in the Langley Rams 37-26 BCFC Semi-Final win over the defending champion VI Raiders on Saturday.
Yanciw’s favorite target was Jevon Cottoy, who caught seven passes for an outstanding 246 yards and was on the receiving end of 35, 79, 11 and 82 yard touchdown passes from the rookie pivot, who just recently turned 19.
Joe Carter kept the Raiders defense on their heels with over 100 yards rushing on 15 carries, including a clutch 31 yard effort late in the game.
Leading the way defensively for the Rams was Anthony Blackwell with a whopping 11 tackles and three batted balls, it was another day at the office for Kyle Clarot, who recorded three tackles, a pair of batted balls and an interception, Isaiah Okoli continued his stellar season with seven tackles and a batted ball and Cameron Cross chipped in with a quarterback sack.
Special teams played a huge role in the win for the Rams, Jaden Sheilan accounted for 13 points off four converts and three field goals and Jevon Cottoy made things easy for the Rams punt cover team with his high booming punts, his longest was 49 yards and he finished with a 40.1 yard average on the day. Jacob Stebbings and Ryan Barthelson were tops in kick coverage with three special teams tackles each.
Jay Jay Jackson posted a combined 101 punt/kickoff return yards, including a 60 yard punt return in the third quarter that gave Yanciw the ball on the Raiders 11 yard line and set up a touchdown.
The Rams advance to the Cullen Cup game with the win and will await the result of Sunday’s BCFC Semi-Final between the Okanagan Sun and Chilliwack’s Valley Huskers to find out who and where they will play.
A win by the Sun would have the Rams traveling to the Apple Bowl for the final and a Huskers win would have them travel to Langley for the Cullen Cup game.