The 2012 B.C. Football Conference season is quickly becoming one of haves and have-nots.
The have-nots: the 1-4 Okanagan Sun and Kamloops Broncos, and the Chilliwack Huskers, still win-less after five games.
The haves: the undefeated Langley Rams and Vancouver Island
Raiders, each with 4-0-1 records, and the 4-1 Westshore Rebels.
Rams head coach Jeff Alamolhoda isn't surprised to see Langley amongst the BCFC's elite.
"I could see the team at training camp had the potential to do this," Alamolhoda said. "It would depend on the ability to get together as a team cohesively and go after what everybody wants to go after in football, and that's to win your last game. They [the players] see now, as a team, we can be more effective than as individuals."
Two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum met Saturday at McLeod Stadium, with the expected results.
The Rams buried the Kamloops Broncos 55-10.
"I thought we came out slow and a little sloppy but that's the occasion when you come off a bye week," Alamolhoda said.
"It's to be expected to come out a little slow - we are getting back into things and knocking some of the rust off."
The game saw dominating efforts on both sides of the ball. Rams defensive lineman Evan Foster tied a Canadian Junior Football League record for quarterback sacks in a single game, with five.
Offensively, Nick Downey had two punt return touchdowns.
The fleet-footed native of Nova Scotia now has four on the season and is inching closer to yet another record - the CJFL record for punt return touchdowns in a season is six, set by James Green of the Okanagan Sun in 2003.
Downey now has 11 career punt return touchdowns. The CJFL mark for most career punt return majors is 12, also set by Green from 2001-04.
As a receiver, Downey hauled down four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Saturday was just another day at the gridiron office for the Rams, who led 15-3 after the first quarter, 45-3 at halftime, 52-10 after three quarters, and added a 36-yard field goal from Nick Naylor in the final stanza to round out the scoring.
Alamolhoda said once the Rams found their legs, they ran away from the Broncos.
"As a team we started to fly," he said.
This came at the expense of a Kamloops squad that now has one win to show for its past five outings.
Alamolhoda said games like Saturday's are all about improvement.
"We have to focus on us and what we can do to get better every play," the head coach said. "Every opportunity you get to play, you have to make yourself better. You have try to find something you can work on at that point."
Scoring touchdowns for the Rams were Downey with three, Steven Martinez, Malcolm Williams, Jordan Linnen (on a punt return), and Mitch Robertson.
Starting quarterback Greg Bowcott was good on eight of 15 passes for 118 yards. He also completed three touchdowns tosses.
Fellow pivot Cecil Belanger went 4-8 passing for eight yards, and had one touchdown pass to his credit.
The Rams will go for their fifth win this Saturday, Sept. 15, when they visit the Chilliwack Huskers. Opening kickoff at Chilliwack's Exhibition Stadium is 2 p.m.
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