The Westsyde Blue Wave held off the Fulton Maroons 32-30 in an Okanagan Conference varsity football thriller Saturday at Grahame Park.
Fulton quarterback Tye Kitzman completed four touchdown passes, the longest a 30-yarder to Caden Doyle. Tyler Liefke, Mike Williamson and Darrien Broomfield also recorded TD receptions.
Williamson also earned three two-point conversions, while Broomfield bagged one.
“This was an entertaining game to say the least,” said Maroons’ head coach Mike Scheller. “We scored twice in the last five minutes to take the lead 30-24. Westsyde drove the ball 55 yards with a minute-and-a-half left, and scored the two-point convert to win the game.
Fulton has not lost to Westsyde in years, but Scheller says the Blue Wave program has improved immensely.
“The coaches were happy with our intensity and effort,” added Scheller. “We need to play with more intensity and our kids responded with a very good effort.”
Kitzman nailed 14 of 25 passes for 227 yards and two interceptions. The QB rang up 102 yards on 14 carries, while Max Chapman pocketed 79 yards on 13 touches.
Doyle dialed up 80 yards on two catches, while Liefke produced 57 yards on three aerials and Broomfield finished with five receptions for 56 yards
Kitzman registered eight tackles, while Chapman had seven and Kyle Dennis and Sikandar Ahmad each had six. Trent Smith earned four. Williamson collected one pick.
“We had a bad stretch on offence in the first half that affected our chances to win,” said Scheller, whose troops trailed 18-6 at the break. “We turned the ball over three straight times, once on a blocked punt, and twice on fumbles on kick returns that put us behind.
“The second half was much better and we put up 400 yards offensively on the day. Defensively, we give up too many big plays due to missed tackles. We also have trouble stopping the outside run, two areas we need to improve upon.”
Added Scheller: “Kitzman had a great game as a safety and quarterback. His second half was excellent and he almost led us back to victory. He was impressive. Max Chapman played hard as a tailback and middle linebacker, and was very good on defence. I was happy with Trent Smith and Zach Neill at defensive tackle. Both of them were tough inside for us. Mike Williamson as a defensive back, wide receiver and punt returner made impacts on both sides of the ball.”
The Maroons visit the Salmon Arm Golds Friday at 6 p.m. Fulton is 0-1 in league play and 0-3 overall.