The Langley Rams are off to a flying start to their B.C. Football Conference regular season.
In their 2012 opener Saturday at Kelowna's Apple Bowl, the Rams trounced the host Okanagan Sun 42-14.
Langley's junior football squad led 14-0 after the first quarter and 28-7 by halftime.
"We played 60 minutes of football," Rams' head coach Jeff Alamolhoda said. "It's nice to see we stayed mentally in the game the whole time and [the players] were enthusiastic the whole time. Kudos to the Sun - they stayed with it through and through, when there was an opportunity for them to shut it down."
The Sun had a better second half, holding the Rams to 14 points total while putting seven on the board, but the damage had already been done.
In the first quarter, two short touchdown runs by Daniel Xavier - from two and three yards out, respectively - gave the Rams a 14-0 advantage.
Both of Xavier's early majors came as a result of turnovers.
Adam Konar, son of former CFL'er Nick, caused the first one by sacking Sun quarterback Cam Bedore, causing him to cough up the ball.
The second turnover occurred after Evan Foster sacked Bedore and forced a fumble at the Sun 10-yard line.
The Rams added to their lead in the second quarter.
After the Sun connected on a 48-yard pass-and-catch for a touchdown, the Rams put the score out of reach with a pair of key offensive plays.
Quarterback Greg Bowcott ran the ball in for a major from eight yards away, and then connected with receiver Nick Downey on a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Those two plays, both converted by Langley kicker Nick Naylor, gave Langley a 21-point advantage into the halftime break.
Langley made it 35-7 in the third quarter, when Konar picked off a pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.
Okanagan's Bobby Davis sliced into the lead with his second touchdown of the game, a sixyard scamper in the fourth quarter.
But the Rams' offence wasn't done yet. Running back Kyle Albertini capped the game's scoring on a nine-yard run for a touchdown to make the final 42-14.
Rams' pass rushers turned up the heat on Bedore. They had five sacks and forced fumbles, while in process of sacking him an additional three times.
In the face of all that pressure, Bedore had a decent game, completing 14 of 25 passes for 214 yards.
Bowcott's numbers were modest (good on 12 of 24 passes for 136 yards, one touchdown and one interception) but the Rams did most of their damage on defence and on the ground.
Xavier chewed up 59 yards on 15 carries. Bowcott rushed the ball five times for 33 yards.
Alamolhoda said the Rams' defence stood out as the stronger unit.
Meanwhile, the offence continues to work out some kinks.
"I wouldn't say the offence didn't do well, but there were a few small mistakes that posed issues," he said. "We had dropped balls and penalties at crucial times that stopped drives. We just need to get things gelling."
The head coach likes what he sees, so far, from the 2011 BCFC finalist Rams.
"I'm real excited with seeing how the boys are coming together," Alamolhoda said. "We have an understanding that with hard work and commitment we can accomplish any goals we set for ourselves."
Next up for the Rams is a visit to Nanaimo this Saturday for a date with the defending B.C. champion Vancouver Island (VI) Raiders. The 5 p.m. game at Caledonia Park is a repeat of the B.C. title game, won 44-0 by the Raiders in October 2011.
"They look fast and they look like they're shaping up to be in as fine as ever," Alamolhoda said.
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