High school roundup (BC) [8]: A special night for Kelowna Owls, AA action heating up for playoffs

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Rutland (14), Nanaimo District (27)

With a 20-0 lead at the half, the Nanaimo District Islanders finished the night out with a 27-14 win over the Rutland Voodoos.

Islander’s quarterback Maren Bradbrooke would finish with 141 yards passing, 188 yard rushing and 3 rushing touchdowns, Anthony Comas had 93 yards on 5 catches, and Zephyr Melnyk would have 1 rushing touchdown. Melnyk would also register 5 tackles and 2 sacks on the night.

Mission (26), Kelowna (31)

In a special night where KSS wanted to do something special for one of their team managers, the Owls came out with the win 31-26 over the Mission Roadrunners.

“It was a special night for us as it was the last home regular season game for our grade 12 players.  The players wanted to give one of our team managers, Parker Begg, an opportunity to run in the endzone tonight.  Parker has been helping us on the sidelines all year and the seniors wanted to give him a chance to run in the endzone,” said head coach, Chris Cartwright for the Owls. “Football is such a special game that touches so many lives in different ways.  Parker is a grade 12 student at KSS and when I told Coach Jakobs of what our players wanted to do for Parker, he was all in.  Hats off to Mission to helping make this night so special for Parker.”

“Mission is a very good team who forced us to dig deep tonight. We as a coaching staff are really happy with how our team battled to get the win tonight. We showed a lot of character in all aspects of the game. We are very proud of them.  Another example of how our team is buying into the culture we are establishing here at KSS.”

Mt. Douglas (26), Vancouver College (13)

The Mt. Douglas Rams would open the scoring against a gritty VC fighting Irish team with 2 touchdowns on their way to a 26-13 win this past weekend.

The Irish would score a touchdown in the second quarter sending the teams into halftime with a score of 12-6 for the Rams. Both teams would trade scores in the third quarter and the Rams would be the only ones to put the ball through the end zone in the fourth, with a final score of 26-13.

“Our defense was superb throughout the contest, and everyone on defense deserves a game ball against the very explosive Van College offense. ‎ Stellar games were played by Soren Hallschmid, Aiden Bertuzzi, Jake Ounsted, Ben Pierik, Ivan Xu and Hayden Naylor, as well as a host of others,” commented head coach of the Rams, Mark Townsend.

CFC100 Soren Hallschmid led the Rams defense with 14 tackles, and 1 interception. Aiden Bertuzzi ‎played his “best game of the season” registering 10 tackles and 2 sacks, CFC100 Jake Ounsted had 7 tackles and 2 sacks, and Ben Pierik had 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 blocked pass. Ivan Xu recorded 7 tackles and Hayden Naylor had 6 tackles and 1 interception.

Offensively, Gideone Kremler had 229 yards passing and 3 touchdown passes. Sebastian Hansen had 170 yards receiving and 1 touchdown reception. Ben Pierik had 44 yards receiving and 1 touchdown reception, and Zairech Kremler had 1 touchdown reception. Zairech Kremler was also the leading rusher with 91 yards and 1 rushing touchdown for the Rams.

“Credit goes to the Rams offensive line who provided excellent pass protection for Gideone throughout the contest,” said coach Townsend. “Still some things we need to clean up on offense but overall, a good team win in a very competitive and physical game with Vancouver College. Next up will be the challenge of playing Seaquam.”

Quarterback for the Irish would complete 11/20 for 150 yards passing and 1 passing touchdown with 1 interception. He would connect with Owen Steward for a 14 yard touchdown reception. Nathan Hawes had 39 yards on 17 carries and 1 rushing touchdown and Aiden Perry would have the other rushing touchdown.

Gavin Lunny  and James Greig continue to lead the VC defense with 12 tackles apiece along with Owen Stewart with 9 tackles, and CFC100 Chris Kongbo would have 7 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Notre Dame (39), Belmont (14)

At the half of this game, the score was 18-14 and you would think that it would remain a close one. You would be wrong in that assumption as the Jugglers pulled away in the second half with a final score of 39-14 over the Belmont Bulldogs.

Turnover plagued the first half Notre Dame. “We were not at our best in the first half and many mistakes took us out of our game, especially in the second quarter,” said head coach Denis Kelly for the Jugglers.

The Jugglers scored in the first quarter on a long drive capped by a one yard run by Brice Pumares. Pumares then set up his own score by returning a fumble 58 yards to the Belmont 3 yard line. Pumares scored two plays later for a 12-0 Notre Dame lead.

Belmont took advantage of two pass interceptions which set up two touchdowns as Belmont went up 14-12. Just before the half, quarterback Will Clarke threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to CFC100 Pauljeet Dhami putting the Jugglers up 18-14 at the half.

The Jugglers took over in the second half and scored on their opening possession, capped by a 3yd Pumares run to make it 24-14. The Jugglers added two more touchdowns, one in the third period on a 10 yd pass, Clarke to Dhami and one in the fourth quarter on a 25 yd run by fullback Kareem Oborne.  The Jugglers were able to convert one two point convert on a pass to Dhami but were good on only one of five conversion kicks.

“We were pleased,  however, with the second half response and we took control of the game once again,” said Coach Kelly.

Pauljeet Dhami (13), Notre Dame Jugglers (credit: Katie Burt, CFC)

Pumares had 125 yards rushing on 12 carries and three touchdowns. Oborne had 47 yards on 4 carries and 1 touchdown. Dhami had his best receiving game of the year as he caught 8 passes for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. Clarke would complete 15/28 for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense, Kareem Oborne had 8 tackles, Cameron Mah had 6 tackles, Brice Pumares had 7 tackles and a fumble recovery. Safety Dylan Rachel had 6 tackles and a 25 yard return of an interception. Flixzl  Reyes had 4 tackles. Rachel had three catches for 45 yards.

“Next week is our big rivalry game with VC which will be a big test for our team. We know that we cannot make the mistakes we have been making  and expect to win,” finished Coach Kelly.

Handsworth (27), South Kamloops (7)

In a non-conference game against South Kamloops, the Handsworth Royals got the W, 27-7.

“James Mooney for Handsworth came up with two big tackles as an introduction of letting South Kamloops know that we had come up to play,” said head coach Rich White of the Royals.

The first drive started on the ground and with the Royal’s first pass on the forth play, Keelan White caught a 10-yard pass and then ran for 63 yards for a touchdown. Alec Boldt Kicked the covert to give the Royals a 7-0 lead.

In the first quarter, South Kamloops did not get a first down and Handsworth scored twice with Keelan White running in the end zone for a 10-yard run for his second touchdown.

“White pulled in a brilliant over the shoulder 51 yard catch with a defender draped all over him. This opened up the running game for senior tailback Joey Sadain 5 runs during the this series topping it off with a 9 yard run from Jake Bennett to give the Royals a 20-0 lead,” said Coach White.

South Kamloops with their “aggressive defense and hardnosed offense” were not going to go down without a fight. In the third quarter, Kamloops picked off quarterback Evan Currie and had a 30-yard return. With a change in momentum from mid field, Kamloops drove the ball in 6 plays with a combination of run and passes into Handsworth’s end zone and with convert scored their first touchdown of the game, bringing the game to 20-7.

Handsworth buckled down and went to the ground game where Joey Sadain had 3 strong runs up the middle breaking tackles scoring Handsworth’s fourth touchdown in the last quarter. Sadain finished the day with 75 yards rushing on 8 carries.

White would finish with over 400 multipurpose yards and two touchdowns in the game. He had 6 carries rushing for 99 yards and one rushing touchdown, averaging 16.5 yards per carry, 5 pass receptions for 183 yards averaging 36.6 yards a receptions, over 100 yards in Punt returns and 60 yards in Kick Off returns.

Kevin You, Grade 12 outside linebacker lead the team with 7 solo tackles and two tackles for a loss.

Kelly Road (6), Prince George (53)

In the first round of the northern conference playoffs, PGSS beat KRSS 53 to 6.

“This game was a solid game for the Polars against a young Kelly Road team,” said head coach Don Williams.

Prince George would open the scoring with a 1-yard run by Noah Williams. They would then get an interception return for a touchdown followed by another Williams major of 32-yards. Gage Bernard would add a score of his own to finish of the first quarter. The second quarter would see just as much action as Gage Ridland would add a rushing touchdown and Braden Reed would also run it in for a 54-yard score. PGSS would end the quarter with an another interception returned for a touchdown with a score of 47-6 at the half.

Ben Reed would add one more score in the third quarter and the only touchdown by Kelly Road was scored in the second quarter.

Noah Williams for the Polars would have 68 yards on 4 catches and 49 yards rushing on 3 carries and 2 rushing touchdowns. Gage Bernard would have 72 yards on 17 carries and 1 rushing touchdown, Ben Reed would get a touchdown, Braden Reed would have 100 yards on 5 carries and 1 rushing touchdown, Gage Ridland would have 34 yards on 5 carries and 1 rushing touchdown.

Defensively, Gavin Murray would lead with 6 tackles and 1 sack, Ben Reed would be the sack master at 3, followed by teammate Sash Gajic with 2 sacks. Reed would have 2 interceptions with 1 going back for a defensive touchdown, Williams would have 2 interceptions, and Gage Bernard would also get an interception for a defensive touchdown.

“The boys are looking forward to playing in the northern conference finals on Nov 5 and then onto the wild card round of the provincial playoffs,” said Coach Williams.

Windsor (45), John Barsby (6)

John Barsby would only get on the board once in lopsided loss, 6-45, by the undefeated Windsor Dukes. Dave Wicks would get that one rushing touchdown in the third quarter, but the damage was done.

Ryan Baker for the Dukes would finish with 107 yards passing and 1 passing touchdown to go along with 220 yards on the ground. He would also be credited with 10 tackles on defense. Ben McMichael would have 3 rushing touchdowns and Julien Perri would have 1 touchdown reception.

Abbotsford (42), Robert Bateman (6)

The Abbotsford Panthers would overtake the Bateman Timberwolves, 42-6, this past weekend.

“Not a lot went our way today. Abby has some really talented athletes and we knew our margin for error was very small if we were going to stay in this game. We blew our assignments on two big plays which led to their first 2 touchdowns,” said head coach David Mills of the Timberwolves.

Panther’s quarterback, Ethan Anderson, would have 2 passing touchdowns, and Owen Parker would have 1 touchdown reception. CFC100 Samwel Uko would have 3 rushing touchdowns for 205 yards rushing and Luke Szmutko would add his own rushing touchdown on the night.

“As the game went on they went to their heavy set on offence and they were able to use their size/strength advantage to create lanes for Uko to run through,” said coach Mills. “Offensively we were able to move the ball at times but we struggled to be consistent with our run blocking and we had a number of 30+ yard passes dropped which would have changed the dynamic of the game.  We simply made too many mistakes to play with a team as talented and well coached as Abby is.”

The lone touchdown for Bateman was a pass from quarterback Logan McDonald to wide receiver Ryan Sztuhar in the second quarter.

Defensively for Abby, Johnny Stevenson would be credited with 9 tackles and 2 sacks.

Hugh Boyd (26), Argyle (9)

The Hugh Boyd Trojans got back on the road and back in the win column as they defeated the Argyle Pipers 26-9 at Burnaby’s 8-Rink complex.

Hugh Boyd did most of its damage on the ground, but did open the scoring on a 40 yard hook-up from QB Byron Ruvalcaba to Slotback Austin Galbraith. Halfback, Austin Berry, scored the other three touchdowns on runs of 18, 15, and 24 yards.  He finished the night with 16 carries for 182 yards.TB Reace Mok carried 22 times for 158 yards.

When we asked how Berry how he though his team played, he responded, “I think our team played very well offensively and defensively. We were a lot more disciplined this game than our past by not getting harmful penalties we knew we had to get a win to clinch a playoff spot and that’s what we did”.

“We’ve really improved our run game,” added Boyd head coach Haddow.“Kudos to our linemen, and the coaches who have worked hard with this group.  We figured it might take a little time with an inexperienced bunch, but it’s coming together nicely.”

Defensively, Boyd did a whole lot of bending but broke little. They helped their cause with three interceptions, including a momentum changer by LB Tomo Takeuchi (8 tackles) with the Trojans hanging on to a 13-9 lead.

“Huge play,” says Haddow. “It took the wind a bit out of their sails, and gave us a short field which we were able to capitalize on, and give us some breathing room.”

LB Ryan Jensen, who also had 12 tackles had an interception late, which secured the win.  A last ditch throw was picked off by Shakur Lopez to end the game.

Defensive end Dayton Williamson had 8 tackles and teammate, John Whitlock, had 6.

“Going on, we need to need to continue being discipline and forcing stops on later downs to get the Ball back,” said Berry of what they need to work on this next week and going on into the playoffs after that.

“We’re happy with the effort,” commented Coach Haddow, “and the discipline. We preached it all week after our mental meltdowns last week.”

Hugh Boyd finishes its regular season next Friday when they head back to Burnaby Lake to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders.

Vernon (14), Clarence Fulton (7)

With the game being decided in the second half, the Vernon Panthers would defeat the Maroons 14-7 this past weekend. With the stands packed for both teams, this was a close and exciting football game.

“The first half was very even and it was a back and forth battle. we stopped two FG attempts by VSS in the first half to keep it scoreless. in the end, Vernon was the better team tonight,” said head coach Mike Scheller of Fulton. “We did not do enough offensively to win the game. we had 209 yards of total offense and that is not enough. We did not do a good enough job of controlling the clock.”

Quarterback Ike Olson for the Panther’s would connect with Caden Doyle for their only touchdown (50-yards).

“Doyle was a standout again for us. He is a threat to score every time he has the ball. Williamson, Rumsey and Evan Trottier had excellent games for us,” said Coach Scheller.

Olson would complete 10/15 for 153 yards passing and 1 passing touchdown and 1 interception. Doyle would have 125 yards on 5 catches and 1 touchdown reception. He would also rush for 32 yards on 5 carries. Ryan Rumsey would have 14 yards rushing on 7 carries.

Defensively, Quin Williamson would register 10 tackles, Olson would have 7 tackles and 1 sack, Rumsey would be credited with 6 tackles, and Cole Hunter would get a sack.

“They took control of the line of scrimmage in the second half on both sides of the ball, and won the field position and time of possession battle. they are a tough physical team and they ground out the win. congrats to them,” said Coach Scheller.

SRT (7), G. W. Graham (46)

If this isn’t impressive, we aren’t sure what is. Von Richardson of G.W. Graham, had 303 yards on 25 carries and 7 touchdowns in their 46-7 win over SRT this past weekend.

Jake Troyan and Cooper Middleton would be credited with 2 sacks each and Dion Kelly and Jacob Penner would each get an interception for the Grizzlies defense.

Langley (37), Pitt Meadows (14)

The Langley Saints (1-3) took down Pitt Meadows (1-3) this past weekend, 37-14. They will play their last regular season game against Robert Bateman this upcoming week.


Other scores reported….

Holy Cross (0), Ballenas (16)

Mt. Boucherie (60), Centennial (12)

NVSS (7), College Heights (8)

Westsyde (40), Valleyview (41)

Spectrum (0), Frank Hurt (3) OT








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