The Mount Doug Rams are back and they’re even bigger than ever

The Mount Douglas Rams are hoping to come back big bigger and stronger after winning the provincial AAA football championship.

Quarterback Ashton MacKinnon and running back Mason Swift are ready to lead the Mount Doug Rams to another AAA football championship.

The Mount Douglas Rams are hoping to come back big bigger and stronger after winning the provincial AAA football championship.

If anyone can do it, it’s these guys.

“We want to win it again but everybody knows about us now, we’re not under the radar,” said running back Mason Swift.

The key to the Rams success is no secret. Last year Swift and Terrell Davis formed a deadly attack out of the backfield. Once Swift recovered from injury for the final stretch of the season, the opposition couldn’t stop the Rams running game.

This year should be similar. Substitute Terrell, who has moved on to the NCAA’s Arizona Sun Devils, for younger brother Marcus Davis (Grade 11). Swift is returning for his Grade 12 season while being scouted by NCAA Div. 1 teams, and quarterback Ashton MacKinnon (Grade 11) is also ready to break out. And they’re all tucked away, ready to explode from behind an offensive line comparable in size to Mount Doug itself.

“It’s such a huge line,” Swift said. “It’s going to be a different style of play from last year, and not having

Terrell will put a bit more of the load on my shoulders, but it shouldn’t be too different.”

Man-mountain Christian Krause (Grade 11), at 6-foot-4, 320 lbs., leads an offensive line with six players over 235 lbs each, plus another three to draw on, of which Sasha

Shurvin is the smallest at 6-foot-3, 190 lbs.

Not to mention MacKinnon, who at 6-foot-6, 200 lbs, will have no problem seeing over them.

As the starting junior quarterback last season, the Grade 11 also dressed for most of the senior games, including the Subway Bowl AAA final, in which the Rams overcame a 22-point deficit to defeat the W.J. Mouat Hawks 42-35.

“Even standing on the sidelines, it was great to experience it with the team,” MacKinnon said.

Not everyone on the team has grown in terms of size. Swift is actually down 30 lbs.

“Scouts really want you to hit sub 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, so I had to lose weight to do it,” Swift said.

Through an increased workout regimen led by CrossFit Tyrannus in Esquimalt, and some dietary changes, Swift “leaned out” out and hit his goal.

The Rams opened the exhibition season with a 40-36 win over the John Barsby Bulldogs from Nanaimo on Sept. 7.

The Rams continue the preseason in Coquitlam on Saturday (Sept. 15) against the Terry Fox Ravens at 3:30 p.m.

The Belmont Bulldogs will play AA this season and opened the preseason with a loss against the Pitt Meadows Marauders, 25-24. Belmont is in North Vancouver on Friday to play the Windsor Dukes.

Just Posted

Neighbour details hearing ‘thuds’ the day girls found dead in Oak Bay

Jury at double-murder trial hears from Andrew Berry’s neighbour

‘Goodness prevails’: neighbours reflect following suspicious death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Martin Payne was found dead in his Metchosin home on Friday. Police have confirmed foul play.

Repatriation efforts work to heal and connect through history: Royal BC Museum

Victoria museum’s efforts bolstered by B.C. repatriation grant

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make public transit announcement in Victoria on Thursday

Trudeau is speaking at a campaign countdown event in downtown Victoria

Afternoon crashes tangle Wednesday traffic in Victoria

Victoria Police were kept busy with a pair of rush hour crashes… Continue reading

VIDEO: Sparrows raise their chicks in Cadboro Bay deck planter

Jill Yoneda captured 11 days up close with tiny Junco sparrows

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Chinook retention begins on North Island, but amid new size limit

DFO calls measures ‘difficult but necessary’ following rockslide on Fraser River

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

Most Read