The Mount Douglas Rams used an explosive ground game and stingy defence on Saturday to defeat the second-ranked St. Thomas More Knights of Burnaby 43-21 in the B.C. boys’ Triple-A high school football playoff quarter-finals.
The Rams advance to meet the winner of the Vancouver College versus South Delta game in the provincial semifinals next Saturday at B.C. Place.
Gideone Kremler rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams while Zairech Kremler and Sam Mosky combined for another 153 yards on the ground and one touchdown each.
Rams head coach Mark Townsend described Gideone Kremler’s performance as “sensational.”
“Any time a team rushes for 395 yards, credit has to go to the offensive line,” said Townsend, singling out Ivan Xu for his line play.
“Collectively, the big boys up front did a terrific job.”
Cole Bunting led the defensive charge for Mount Douglas with 12 tackles, followed by Aiden Bertuzzi with seven tackles and two sacks and Aidan Wold with six tackles and one sack.
The turning point came with the Rams leading 22-14 when Joe Lucas recovered a St. Thomas More fumble and ran it back 25 yards for a Mount Douglas touchdown.
Meanwhile, the top-ranked Vernon Panthers defeated the Ballenas Whalers of Parksville 51-14 in the Double-A quarter-finals.