Langley Rams are Cullen Cup champions for a third straight year, following a rain-soaked defensive battle with the Okanagan Sun at McLeod Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 13 that saw the hometown team grinding out a 7-4 win in the BCFC final.
Rams Tato Ferrero Araya kicked one field goal and that, combined with two safeties, was enough to down the Sun – who managed two safeties.
By the the end of the first quarter, Rams were leading 5-0.
Sun scored two points in the second to make it 5-2.
In the third, both teams added two points each to make it 7-4, and that was the final score.
Rams president Derek Henneberry called it a “good defensive battle.”
“At the end of the day, it’s a win,” Henneberry remarked.
“It wasn’t pretty [but] it was pretty much what we expected from our defence.”
Henneberry noted game stats show the Rams virtually shut down the Sun offence.
“That’s a recipe to beat any team,” Henneberry commented.
Rams quarterback Michael Calvert was named offensive player of the game.
The cup takes its name from BC Football Hall of Fame member Lorne Cullen, a player and coach with the Vancouver Blue Bombers
During the regular season, Rams only lost once, a 13-6 defeat by the Sun on Oct 30.
Rams were responsible for the sole Sun defeat of the season, a 7-0 loss recorded at McLeod on Sept. 19.
Next up, the Langley Rams will be taking on Prairie football champions Saskatoon Hilltops in the Canadian Junior Football League national semifinal on Saturday, Nov. 20, again at McLeod Stadium in Langley.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
The winner travel to Ontario on Dec. 4 for the Canadian Bowl.
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