6’ 5” 230 lb. receiver Jevon Cottoy comes to the Rams out of the Calgary Colts program, where he was the Prairie Football Conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2014. Photo courtesy Adam Marchetti

New-look Langley Rams set for season

Only about 25 of the almost 80 players in camp this year wore a Rams jersey last season

There may be a lot of questions as the Langley Rams prepare for the 2018 Canadian Junior Football League season and new Head Coach Matt “Snoop” Blokker will be providing the answers.

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Blokker was hired in late October and hit the ground running and recruiting.

Nine months later, the winningest coach in BC Junior Football history has assembled a squad that looks nothing like the team that went 4-6 and were soundly beaten by the Westshore Rebels in the BC Semi-Final last season, only about 25 of the almost 80 players in camp this year wore a Rams jersey last season.

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Coach Snoop scoured the nation looking for Junior Football talent and came home with a skilled group of new recruits.

The first thing on Coach Snoop’s shopping list was to find a quarterback, and he had his sights set on Didsbury, Alberta native Duncan Little, who was with the U of Calgary Dinos in 2015 and then played for the Calgary Colts Junior team, where Blokker was Head Coach, in 2016 and 2017.

With Little locked up the next task for Blokker was to get a receiver.

Langley native Max Joseph opted to return home and join the Rams program.

Joseph was a provincial all-star for the North Langley Kodiaks Midget program in 2016 and then moved to Kamloops, where he was a standout for the Junior Broncos last season. Blokker expects the 20-year-old to be a key player for the Rams this season, at receiver and on special teams, where he was among the league leaders in punt and kickoff returns in 2017.

6’ 5” 230lb receiver Jevon Cottoy has already caused a buzz around the league, especially here in the BC Conference. Cottoy also comes to the Rams out of the Calgary Colts program, where he was the Prairie Football Conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2014.

One familiar face among this year’s receivers is veteran Nick Agnoletto, who joined the Rams in 2014, and quickly established himself as one of the top receivers in the conference, now a five-year veteran his athletic ability, experience and leadership will make him an important part of the Rams offense in 2018.

With his receivers locked up, Blokker dipped back to the Alberta well and added former Colt Xavier Ramsay to a group of talented running backs that include veterans Joe Carter, Brett Westad and Devon DaCosta. Playing in the Prairie Conference, where rushing yards are tough to come by, Ramsay averaged 6.8 yards per carry for a total of 783 yards and 9 touchdowns for the Colts in 2016.

The Rams offense will revolve around a big offensive line, with veterans Chris Derksen, Spencer Schmitke, Niko Lazarakis and Yano Yanda being joined by 6’3” 320lb newcomer Tyrel Pierce out of London Ontario, who is as strong as he is big. A key addition to the Rams offensive line in 2018 is rookie Ethan Croome, he is still only 17 but the 6’4” 310lb prodigy out of the North Langley Kodiaks Midget program is already being touted as a player with the ability to play at the next level and beyond.

Defensively the Rams will be solid, with 2017 BCFC Rookie of the Year Kyle Clarot and veteran Safety Nathan Murray patrolling a defensive backfield that improves every time they are on the field.

The big surprise in camp has been the play of corner Joel Klaassen, who made the switch from receiver to corner this season and has been one of the Rams most consistent defensive backs to date.

Defensive Line Coach Marvin Pope has instilled a renewed intensity into the Rams front seven, and the former CFL star will get the most out of a group anchored by 6’ 3” 285lb defensive lineman Skye King. The graduate of Calgary’s Notre Dame High School comes to the Rams out of York University, where he was selected to the OUA All Rookie Team in 2016 and was a starter in all but one game for the Lions over the past two seasons. Tucked in behind a defensive line which includes veterans Dillon Cusker, Cameron Cross and Nicolas Sorace, will be an aggressive group of linebackers with veteran Isaiah Stewart leading a group that includes Airdrie Alberta’s Reid Bohnet and Enoch Angbongy as well as former Valley Husker Brendan Kohls.

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In a conference where every game is crucial the Rams will be looking to get off to a good start when they host the Westshore Rebels Saturday, Aug 4, at McLeod Athletic Park .

Kickoff is 4 p.m.

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