The St. Thomas More Knights found how how far four is from one on Friday night.
The fourth-ranked Knights visited Victoria to play the number-one-ranked Mt. Douglas Rams and were soundly beaten 41-26.
The Knights fell behind 14-0 early and fought back to a 31-14 halftime deficit, but the Knights were undone by seven turnovers, including five interceptions, and saw their season record fall to 2-2
The Rams, defending provincial champions, got their early touchdowns from Mason Swift, on a 47-yard throw from Ashton MacKinnon and Julian Luis, on a 15-yard run. After Brian Dowds caught a 49-yard TD from MacKinnon, both Luis and Swift picked off STM's Chase Malcolm for touchdowns. The Rams got the rest of their scoring from the foot of Callum Duke, who added two field goals.
Malcolm had a tough night, as his 234 yards passing and three touchdowns - two to lanky wideout Gio Trasolini and the third to shifty running back Jalen Jana - could not mask the five throws that Mt. Douglas caught and ran back the other way. Jana completed the STM scoring by running for another score on the ground, all part of his 105-yard rushing effort. Dante Vigini was once again the Knights defensive leader, leading the team in tackles and giving MacKinnon fits with his pass rush.
It doesn't get any easier for the Knights, who face number-two-ranked W.J. Mouat of Abbotsford on the road this Friday. The Hawks held off West Vancouver 47-33 and will be looking to narrow the gap between themselves and Mt. Doug.