While the B.C. Football Conference season is still in its infancy, the Langley Rams appear as though they're already gearing up for a run at a second consecutive provincial title.
The Rams have looked dominant in their first two contests of 2013, both lopsided wins at McLeod Stadium.
Along the way the local juniors have outscored the Kamloops Broncos and Westshore Rebels by a combined 120-10.
The Rams' latest victory came Saturday at McLeod, where they trampled the Rebels from Victoria 69-10.
Scary as this sounds, Rams head coach Ted Kirby believes his team hasn't yet hit its full stride.
"A lot of things impressed me, but I truly believe that we have a lot of talent and we're not performing on all cylinders, yet," he said. "I know it sounds really bad when you win 69-10 but we've got a lot of room for improvement. It's a matter of not missing opportunities and capitalizing on our chances. We took way too many penalties. Anytime when you win 69-10, it's an impressive feat, but we always think of ways we can challenge ourselves as a football club and get better every week."
Rams' quarterback Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns while running for 51 yards and a touchdown during the victory.
A pair of Rams were on the receiving end of Gilbert-Knorren's touchdown tosses.
Wide receiver Malcolm Williams caught two passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, while fellow receiver Dan English pulled down a pair of balls for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
On the ground, running back Kyle Albertini carried the ball four times for 75 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams piled up an eye-popping 56 points during the first half.
Gilbert-Knorren earned the nod as the McKinnon Player of the Game for his effort.
On the other side of the ball, Rams' defensive linemen Nathan Shepherd and Evan Foster had standout games.
Also scoring touchdowns for Langley were Shepherd (17-yard fumble recovery return), defensive back Ben Sharpe (75-yard interception return), wide receiver Mario Narte (29-yard pass from backup quarterback Cecil Belanger), and running back Nathan Lund (24-yard run).
Three Rams' touchdowns were negated by penalties, including a 71-yard punt return touchdown by Lund and a 70-yard scamper by Albertini Gibert-Knorren, Williams, English, Albertini, Lund, and several other Rams starters on both offence and defence did not play after halftime.
Asked if he was consciously attempting to keep the score in check during the second half, Kirby replied, "You never want to put your foot off the gas pedal. You can't do that in football, but we wanted to give our backups and our third-stringers some time. It's a long season and we have to make sure our backups are ready to go."
files The Rams will try to make it three straight wins to open the season when they travel to Nanaimo this Saturday (Aug. 10) to face the Vancouver Island Raiders.
straight wins to open It is a rematch of the 2012 BCFC championship game, which the Rams won by a 20-13 count.
Kickoff is 4 p.m. The game can be seen live online at www.langleyrams.com.
While the Raiders' (1-1) last game was a 17-3 loss to the 2-0 Okanagan Sun last Saturday in Kelowna, Kirby thinks the VI squad will present a tough challenge.
"The Vancouver Island Raiders are a great football team, and very well coached," Kirby said.
"This week we'll concentrate on what we can do better. How can we get better on offence, how can we get better on defence, how can we get better on special teams? We want to put ourselves in the best position possible to get the two points, no matter what team it is [we're facing]."
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