- BC Games
South Delta Rams junior bantam squad through to B.C. finals
The South Delta Rams junior bantam football team punched their ticket to the provincial championship game, defeating the Victoria Renegades 49-14 in the B.C. semifinals on Sunday at home at Dennison Park. With the win, the Rams will now face the Abbotsford Falcons in the B.C. junior bantam championship this weekend.
Rams president Tim Brumby said Sunday’s game was much closer than the score suggests, especially in the early going.
“It was a very defensive game early on,” he said. “We spent a lot of the quarter between our 20- and 40-yard line.”
The Rams were finally able to punch through the Renegades defence and force a safety to take a 2-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Rams ran the ball back for their first touchdown.
“It really opened up after that,” Brumby said. “Our offensive really took over and our defence played well all game.”
With the win, the Rams maintain their undefeated record this season, and will face the only other team in the province without a loss this year in the provincial championships: The Abbotsford Falcons.
Brumby said the junior bantam Rams have a good shot to take the title this weekend, as the team already won the flag football provincial championship earlier this year.
“It would be great to pull off the double,” he said.
The Rams faced their crosstown rivals, the North Delta Longhorns, in the Vancouver Mainland Football League final on Nov. 17 to advance to last weekend’s provincial semifinals, defeating them by a score of 55-14.
“Assistant coaches Raj Prasad and Ward Mintzler did a great job of preparing the offensive and defensive line players for a physical match up,” said head coach Brent Calvert.
While the last time the two teams met resulted in a narrow, 32-20 win for South Delta, this time the Rams jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back.
• The South Delta Rams face the Abbotsford Falcons in the B.C. junior bantam championship this Sunday, Dec. 1, at McLeod Park Stadium in Langley. Game time is 11:30 a.m.