Some second-half turnovers killed the Fulton Maroons in a 34-14 Southern Interior Junior Varsity Football League loss to the Mt. Boucherie Bears Wednesday at Grahame Park.
It was 14-14 at the recess with Quin Williamson scoring on runs of one and seven yards. Hayden Catt booted both converts.
Williamson converted three of 15 passes and was picked off three times. He racked up 63 rushing yards on 13 touches, while Reyanne Siddique compiled 80 yards on 16 rushes. Karan Malhotra produced 49 yards on four receptions (longest a 22-yarder), while Markus Liefke had one 25-yard catch. Liefke was solid at safety.
Head coach Mike Scheller said the Maroons forced the Bears to throw the ball which helped Fulton control possession in the opening half.
“The second half was a different story,” said Scheller. “We simply made too many mental errors and we wore down which led to too many turnovers. We fumbled twice and were intercepted in a span of three minutes in the third quarter and that was the game. We need to be mentally tougher and turn the ball over less.”
Scheller said his inexperienced bunch are smart and will only get better with reps.
“I thought Williamson had a very good game. He stood in the pocket tough and ran hard. He is a quality competitor. Up front, Adam Sexton, Aaron Edwards and Jackson Sampert played hard and blocked well on the o-line. Liam Gombrich played very well on defence for us again. He is a tough kid to block.”
Gombrich and Williamson each garnered six tackles, while Schiman and Van Kozak, seeing his first action at defensive end, had five. Quaid Willett had one fumble recovery.
The same two teams meet Wednesday in West Kelowna. The Maroons are 1-2. The Senior Varsity Maroons visit the South Kamloops Titans tonight at Hillside Stadium.