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Hyacks rammed by Mt. Douglas
The New Westminster Hyacks fumbled the opening kickoff and it was all downhill from there in a 51-0 loss to the top-ranked Mt. Douglas Rams in Victoria on Friday.
The Rams scored on their first play after recovering the fumble and they needed only three offensive plays to run their advantage to 21-0.
“We were not ready to play this game and it showed,” said Hyacks head coach Farhan Lalji. “When we got down early the kids simply didn’t respond and that was the disappointing part. You could see how deflated we got whereas in previous weeks we kept fighting.”
The Hyacks were down 28-0 after the first quarter, and 35-0 at half time.
Star running back Marcus Davis led the Rams with 169 all-purpose yards while quarterback Ashton MacKinnon completed six of his 10 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Hyacks couldn’t gain any ground against Rams’ defensive end James Nichols who had three tackles and two sacks while Christian Krause recorded three tackles to go with his one sack.
“People assume it’s all Marcus, but what really makes them special is their line on both sides of the ball,” said Lalji. “I’ve said all along that this Mt. Douglas team is the clear number one team in B.C. and one of the best I’ve ever seen in our province.”
The loss was the Hyacks’ first after opening the season with three exhibition wins. They’ll try to bounce back when they host Belmont at Mercer Stadium on Friday at 5 p.m.
• The Junior Varsity Hyacks fared better as they shut out Seaquam 34-0 in North Delta on Wednesday. They travel to Mt. Vernon, Wash. for an exhibition game on Wednesday.