The Mount Doug Rams don’t always give the ball to running back Terrell Davis. In fact

The Mount Doug Rams don’t always give the ball to running back Terrell Davis. In fact

Meet the other guy powering the Mount Doug Rams to B.C. final

Mount Doug Rams headed to AAA football final with top running duo in B.C.

Moving on through

The Mount Douglas Rams will face the W.J. Mouat Hawks of Abbotsford in the high school AAA football final at B.C. Place on Saturday (Dec. 3).

Mount Doug upset the province’s top-ranked football team, St. Thomas More Knights of Burnaby, 54-7 in Saturday’s semifinal at UBC.

“I would not have expected the score to be that lopsided, even in my craziest, wildest dreams,” said Rams coach Mark Townsend. “It was a dominant performance by our team on both sides of the ball, but still we need to refocus and prepare for W.J. Mouat in the championship game.”

There’s chill, and then there’s Mason Swift.

The could-have-been, probably should-have-been all-star running back for the Mount Douglas Rams football team was taking it pretty easy while many football fans were glued to the Grey Cup on Sunday.

In fact, he was having a nap.

And so he should.

The Grade 11 student was recovering from the Rams’ 54-7 upset of the province’s top-ranked St. Thomas More Knights (Burnaby) in Saturday’s AAA semifinal at the University of B.C., and is resting for the championship final against W.J. Mouat on Saturday.

With provincial MVP Terrell Davis at the centre of the Rams’ hype – all of it deserved – many may not realize Swift has been virtually step for step with Davis, splitting the rushing duties. Swift and Davis (Grade 12) often line up on either side of quarterback Jordan Deverill. The running backs shared 31 carries in the Rams’ quarterfinal playoff win over Lord Tweedsmuir with Swift taking the ball 15 times for 153 yards, and Davis 16 times for 160 yards.

In the semifinal win on Saturday, they split 28 carries with Swift totalling 75 yards and two touchdowns while Davis rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

“Both Davis and Swift are powerful backs who like to run over defenders … they are very similar in that respect,” coach Mark Townsend said.

As a defender trying to stop either, there is no lesser evil to choose from. Both are adept at keeping their legs driving on contact, often breaking tackles and carrying defenders for additional yards.

What Townsend also loves is how unselfish their play is without the ball, “blocking their tails off for one another.”

But back to that nap.

It’s all part of the plan to stay real, Swift says.

“We’re pretty high coming off beating (the Knights) as badly as we did and we need to keep down to earth, stay mellow to get the win over Mouat.”

Then again, Swift deserves his rest after putting in a two-sided effort as a linebacker, scoring one of his touchdowns in the semifinal after scooping up a punt blocked by the Rams’ Nik Larsen.

Whatever the reason, Swift wasn’t about to let the Grey Cup interrupt his routine.

“For me, playing football is a way to get the second level of education paid for. I’ve had a couple of looks from universities in Canada, but I’m still waiting for those looks from down south,” he said, adding a spot in Canadian university football would do just fine.

The focus for now is on winning a B.C. championship.

In their only previous meeting this season, Mount Doug and Mouat totalled 100 points in a preseason “track meet” that ended in Mouat’s favour, 53-47.

“We weren’t as polished,” Swift said.

Maybe not, but the Saanich school certainly is now.

After a close first quarter in the semifinal, the Rams began to pull ahead of the heavily favoured Knights, who had been named the sixth best high school team in Canada last week according to website Canada Football Chat. Mount Doug was listed as the 16th, but moved to sixth on Monday.

“We didn’t feel it was close at all. (The Knights) couldn’t stop our offence.”

• Also scoring in the semifinal was Terrell’s brother, Grade 10 player Marcus Davis, who had three carries for 40 yards, scored a touchdown and made an interception. Grade 12 QB Deverill also ran in a touchdown and threw for 70 yards, all of it to receiver Taylor Young, including one TD. Kicker Callum Duke converted six of the eight touchdowns.

• For the second straight year the junior Rams are headed to the provincial championship as the Jr. Rams beat Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Ravens 23-18 in their semifinal. The rivalry grows between the Rams and St. Thomas More Knights as the junior sides will face each other in that AAA final at B.C. Place, also on the weekend. In 2009 the Rams won the senior and junior AA B.C. championships.

 

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