Grade 9 QB is a one-man doubleheader

 

 
 
 
 
Mount Douglas Rams head coach Mark Townsend says he’s now leading ‘a better team’ than the one that lost to the Vancouver College Fighting Irish — their triple-A varsity final opponent — on Halloween.
 

Mount Douglas Rams head coach Mark Townsend says he’s now leading ‘a better team’ than the one that lost to the Vancouver College Fighting Irish — their triple-A varsity final opponent — on Halloween.

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop Arlen Redekop, PNG

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Gideone Kremler will be pulling double duty for the Mount. Douglas Rams on Saturday when the Subway Bowl B.C. High School football finals are staged at BC Place Stadium.

But we’re not talking about a kid playing both ways, offence and defence, as so often happens in high school. No, in this case, Kremler, a Grade 9 student at the Victoria school, will be the Rams’ starting quarterback in the triple-A junior varsity final, which begins at 1:30 p.m., and the starting pivot in the triple-A varsity final at 7 p.m.

“He’s a very special kid,” Mount Douglas head coach Mark Townsend said on the Varsity Letters podcast at theprovince.com. “Going through our spring evaluation and looking at what Gideone brings to the table and the maturity level he has, it was really an easy choice for us to make (to name him the varsity starter).

“He’s had a phenomenal year both at the JV and the varsity level. He’s going to put on his Superman cape and I know that he’s going to perform very well. He’s confident that he can do both games.”

The 10-1 Rams are in the varsity final for the fifth consecutive season. They won three consecutive titles from 2011 to 2013 before being upset last season by South Delta.

This time, they’ll face the 10-2 Vancouver College Fighting Irish, who handed the Rams their only defeat of 2015 — 20-0 on Halloween night at VC’s O’Hagan Field.

The Rams are 3-0 since then and have outscored their opponents 146-40. Last Saturday, they knocked off undefeated and No. 1-ranked Terry Fox in their semifinal match.

“We are a better team than we were on Halloween,” Townsend said. “Having said that, facing Vancouver College again is going to be a huge challenge for us. They are very, very solid all the way through on offence. Defensively, they’ve got a lot of speed and they swarm to the football.”

gkingston@vancouversun.com

 
 
 
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Mount Douglas Rams head coach Mark Townsend says he’s now leading ‘a better team’ than the one that lost to the Vancouver College Fighting Irish — their triple-A varsity final opponent — on Halloween.
 

Mount Douglas Rams head coach Mark Townsend says he’s now leading ‘a better team’ than the one that lost to the Vancouver College Fighting Irish — their triple-A varsity final opponent — on Halloween.

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop Arlen Redekop, PNG

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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