South Delta Rams clip Abby Falcons 37-0 to win provincials
The South Delta Rams bantam community football team won the provincial championship on Sunday (Dec. 3), shutting out the Abbotsford Falcons 37-0 at McLeod Park in Langley.
The bantams stumbled out of the starting block by losing their first two games of the season, before going on to win every game afterward.
"It was quite exciting here, especially the playoffs because Surrey had quite a strong team, and Langley," said Rams president Tim Brumby.
The Rams defeated Langley 24-9 for the Vancouver Mainland Football League championship before going on to the provincial championships where it was almost a rematch six years apart. The Rams defeated the Falcons 42-6 in the atom provincial championship in 2006.
Rams' running back Jack McDonald was named MVP in a game buffeted by heavy winds.
"In the first few plays here it was basically down at the Rams end because we were into the wind. At one point it was a bit of a bad snap and when Jack McDonald went to punt the ball the wind actually blew it back behind the line of scrimmage."
Brumby says the wind was probably gusting between 40 and 50 km/h.
"It took the wind out of us because it was funny watching the ball go up in the air and come back at us."
Six players from the Rams have been chosen to go to the VMFL All-Star bowl in March to face an All-Star team from the VCFL.
Brumby said many of the Bantams will now go on to play for the South Delta Sun Devils varsity squad, who also won the provincial championships last weekend against the Mission Roadrunners. The Rams deliberately do not put together a midget team because they don't want to compete for players with the high school.
"We have such a small drawing area so we don't go there. The Sun Devils are our big brother team. Out of all the Sun Devils, only four of them this year never played for the Rams."
Three of the Bantam players were also members of the provincial championship-winning Sun Devils this season, since 14 and 15-year-olds can play in both.