SPORTS IN BRIEF Nov. 17: Mount Doug Rams, Victoria Spartans football; High school volleyball Islands, rugby U19 Island final all this weekend

Mount Doug Rams host football quarterfinals; Spartans in fall football playoffs; High school volleyball Islands; Rugby U19 Island final

Western Conference MVP Terrell Davis

Western Conference MVP Terrell Davis

Rams ready to stripe Lord Tweedsmuir

High school football season gets serious today (Nov. 18) as the Mount Douglas Rams host the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers of Surrey in the second round of the playoffs, the quarterfinals at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford.

Kick off is 5 p.m.

The Rams (4-1) enjoyed a bye in the first round, the reward for finishing second in the Western Conference. Last week the Panthers (2-3) beat Salmon Arm 41-16 during a full day’s worth of first-round playoff games at B.C. Place.

As of this week Canada Football Chat has the Rams ranked 17th behind mainland opponents W.J. Mouatt (Abbotsford) at 12th, Vancouver College at 13th, and B.C.’s top ranked team, St. Thomas More of Vancouver at fourth.

The other quarterfinals see Mouatt at Kelowna, while St. Thomas More hosts Centennial and Notre Dame hosts Van Colllege at UBC this weekend.

Football Spartans seek semifinal berth

The Victoria Spartans midget (16-18) football team visit the White Rock Titans for a quarterfinal playoff matchup on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 20).

The Spartans (4-4-2) are coming off a 26-14 win over the Meadow Ridge Knights during last week’s “wild card weekend.”

We are pretty much in the exact same situation as we were last year when we won the provincial championship,” said coach Paul Mulholland.

“We finished eight again and, although we got an extra playoff game this year, we are now having to again play the number one team White Rock/South Surrey Titans (10-0).”

The Titans prevailed 18-0 over the Spartans in the only regular season meet up.

At the same time the bantam (14-15) Spartans visit the South Delta Rams in Surrey in that quarterfinal.

The bantam Spartans (5-5) finished sixth in the Vancouver Mainland Football League.

V-ball Islands underway at Oak Bay, Spectrum, PCS

Alex Swiatlowski, Lars Bornemann and Elion Wong stood out for the Oak Bay Barbers as they swept the Mount Douglas Rams in the AAA Lower Island boys’ volleyball semifinal last week.

The league-best Barbers beat the Reynolds Roadrunners in the Lower Island final, 25-13, 25-21 and 26-24.

Oak Bay, Belmont, Stelly’s, Claremont, Mount Doug and Reynolds all qualify for the AAA Islands at Oak Bay, starting today.

The Pacific Christian Pacers bettered the Lambrick Park Lions for the AA Lower Island title. Both teams qualify for the AA Islands hosted by Pacific Christian, beginning today.

On the girls court, Spectrum secondary host the AAAA Islands, also starting today.

Oak Bay is the favourite, having finished atop the AAAA Lower Island playoff standings, with Belmont second and Mount Douglas in third. Lambrick Park bettered St. Michaels University in the AA girls Lower Islands.

Oak Bay to host rugby’s U19 Island championship

For the third straight year, the Carson Cup, U19 Island final features the Castaway-Wanderers versus James Bay Athletic Association.

The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at Windsor Park on Sunday (Nov. 20) and is a rubber match. CW won last year 14-7, but in 2009 James Bay edged CW 13-12.

 

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