Rams roll over Hyacks
The New Westminster Hyacks closed out their 2012 AAA high school football season with a 43-14 loss to the visiting top-ranked Mt. Douglas Rams from Victoria.
The Hyacks went winless in six conference games this season after going 3-1 in the pre-season.
New Westminster actually scored first with quarterback Tommy Robertson finishing off an opening drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge. Sonu Kainth got the other New Westminster TD when he recovered a fumble in the Mt. Douglas end zone.
Despite the record, four Hyacks were named to the Western Conference all-star team. Linebacker Jordan Chin finished sixth in the province with 63 tackles in nine games, he had two sacks and a fumble recovery. He was also a starting guard on offence.
Kainth was fifth in the province with seven quarterback sacks to get an all-star nod as a defensive lineman. He also had 45 tackles and played tight end on offence.
“He may well be the most improved Hyack over the past 12 months,” said coach Farhan Lalji in an email.
Tristan Sands was named as a wide receiver after finishing fourth in the province with 34 catches in 10 games, one off the school record. His receptions totaled 445 yards, and he had three touchdowns.
Defensive back Eric Teng had four interceptions, tying him for second in the province, and 21 tackles as well as playing running back.
Others receiving votes were offensive lineman Arjun Venkatesh and running back Aldrin Asuncion.
Lalji was also named as one of nine finalists from across Canada for the 2012 NFL Youth Coach of the Year Award.
It is run in conjunction with Football Canada to recognize community or high school level coaches who dedicate themselves to development young players on and off the field.
• Mt. Douglas also dominated in the junior varsity game Thursday winning 28-0 at Mercer Stadium. That meant resulted in a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference between New West, Mt. Douglas and Vancouver College, all finishing at 4-2. The Hyacks will take on Abbotsford’s W.J.Mouat Hawks, who went 2-4 in the Eastern Conference.