The Langley Rams ended their B.C. Football Conference campaign with a bang Saturday at Kelowna's Apple Bowl.
A 48-6 thrashing of the Okanagan Sun completed a 7-2-1 regular season for the junior Rams.
The Rams were aiming to bounce back from a tough 34-32 home field loss to the first-place Vancouver Island Raiders the previous week.
Suffice to say, they did just that.
Langley built leads of 190 in the opening quarter and 38-0 by halftime, then added 10 more points in the third stanza.
Ahead 48-6 after three quarters, the Rams cruised the rest of the way.
"I think the guys showed they were extremely hungry and wanted to get back [to winning]," Rams' head coach Jeff Alamolhoda said. "They don't like losing - that's just this team and who they are. The guys played fast and physical, with a chip on their shoulders. The first two plays they showed they wanted it."
Rams' quarterback Greg Bowcott had a quiet but efficient day, going 7-12 passing for 104 yards.
Malcolm Williams and Nick Downey caught touchdown passes from Bowcott.
Downey added an electrifying 89-yard kickoff return for a major to open the second half.
Jordan Linnen also found pay-dirt with a 90-yard kickoff return.
Alamolhoda lauded the play of defensive tackle and Langley Minor Football product Kyle Griffioen and linebacker Joe Patko, each of whom forced a pair of Okanagan fumbles.
Griffioen also had a fumble recovery.
Daniel Xavier led all Rams' ball carriers with 57 yards on nine carries, and added a touch-down on the ground.
Nick Naylor was good on both of his field goal attempts, his longest from 35 yards away.
On the other side, Sun pivot Cam Bedore completed three of 12 passes for 42 yards and tossed an interception.
The Sun's lone highlight of the day was a spectacular 92-yard romp for a touchdown by Alex Bradley in the third quarter.
"It was one of those plays where we blitzed the house and they made a great call," Alamolhoda said. "They made a play and sometimes teams get that, but we showed our maturity and regrouped. The guys got their heads back to where they need to be."
After Bradley's touchdown run, the Rams blocked the point-after attempt.
Take away the touchdown run and the visiting Kelowna squad - which fell to 3-7 - was held to just a pair of first downs all day.
The win cemented second place for the Rams in the six-team B.C. Football Conference.
They finished one point ahead of the third place Westshore Rebels (7-3) but never came close to catching the 9-0-1 powerhouse Raiders from Nanaimo.
The Raiders reeled off eight straight wins after tying the Rams 31-31 on Aug. 11.
Both of Langley's losses this season came from the Raiders, who beat the Rams in the 2011 BCFC title game.
The Rams and the Rebels will meet this Saturday (Oct. 20) at McLeod Stadium in one of two BCFC semifinals. Opening kickoff is 4 p.m.
In the other BCFC semi, the Raiders are hosting the upset-minded Sun at Nanaimo's Caledonia Park.
The winners of those two games will play for the B.C. championship the following week.
When the Rams and Rebels last met Sept. 29, it was an emotional affair that went Langley's way by a 41-7 score.
"We definitely know they [the Rebels] are not going to be thinking about the score of the last game," Alamolhoda said.
"They'll be giving everything they've got. It will be a playoff game with a playoff environment."
The Rams will look to contain the league's top running ia back, Greg Morris. He led the league in rushing and showed just how dangerous he is during the Rebels' Oct. 6 win over the Kamloops Broncos, where he shattered the Canadian Junior Football League record for rushing yards in a single game with 405, to go along with four touchdowns.
"We have to maintain our gaps," Alamolhoda said, regarding the Rams' strategy on containing Morris. "We can't freelance. Each individual has to do his job. If guys start losing their minds and start freelancing, then we're going to get into some trouble."
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