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Delta football talent helps Langley Rams win national title

Dominant season capped by Canadian Bowl victory in Ontario
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SDSS grads Adam Hoegg (far left) and Michael Calvert with Langley Rams head coach Cory Philpot after last Saturday's 37-0 Canadian Bowl victory over the London Beefeaters.

A historic season by the Langley Rams featured plenty of Delta flavor.

The Rams are national junior football champions for the first time in franchise history after a dominating 37-0 victory over the host London Beefeaters in the 113th Canadian Bowl, played last Saturday at Western University’s Alumni Stadium.

Langley is coached by former Cory Philpot who has been actively involved in the amateur football coaching ranks since his days of starring for the B.C. Lions back in the 1990s. Philpot’s coaching stints includes guiding the Seaquam Seahawks with a talented roster that featuring his twin sons Tyson and Jalen. The standout receivers are expected to be among the top picks in the 2022 CFL Draft.

The Rams were quarterbacked by former South Delta Sun Devils standout Michael Calvert who was named the Canadian Bowl’s Offensive MVP after throwing for 144-yards and a touchdown, while showcasing his scrambling ability. Calvert is in his first season with the Rams after starting his post-secondary football career with the UBC Thunderbirds. Another SDSS grad, Nico Ouellete, is among Langley’s offensive linemen.

The strength of the Rams all season was a stellar defence that produced a whopping 10 quarterback sacks in the national final and will be considered among the best in the history of Canadian Junior Football. Former Sun Devil and linebacker Adam Hoegg was credited with a quarterback sack.

Langley’s road to the title included a 7-4 win over the Okanagan Sun in the Cullen Cup B.C. final, then dethroning defending Canadian champion and perennial powerhouse Saskatoon Hilltops 17-14 last month at McLeod Stadium.