They are the only senior AA varsity football game in town and they open the regular season Saturday morning.
The Kalamalka Lakers entertain the Mt. Baker Trojans of Cranbrook in an 11 a.m. kickoff in Coldstream.
The Fulton Maroons, VSS Panthers and Seaton Sonics all took a year’s leave of absence for various reasons. At Fulton, the Maroons shelved their program when longtime head coach Mike Scheller bolted to Las Vegas to join a varsity AAAA school team until January.
Kal is coached by former CFL runningback and special teamer Brad Yamoaka, who spent eight years playing pro.
The Lakers stopped the Bert Church Chargers of Airdrie, Alta. 35-20 in preseason action last Thursday at Kal. The week before, Kal bowed 21-6 to Holy Trinity of Alberta. Mt. Baker lost 34-0 to Pincher Creek of Alberta in exhibition play.
“We had a chance to play all of our new players and still came away with a 35-20 victory,” said Yamoaka, a UBC Thunderbird grad.
Robbie Felice rushed for 174 yards for two touchdowns and caught a 25-yard TD pass to pace Kal past the Chargers. Gabe Delaney and Ben Rusk also had TD receptions from quarterback Brendan Squair.
Karson Patommel racked up 102 yards on 10 touches with his longest scamper a 23-yarder.
On defence, Filice racked up seven tackles, while Austin Westgarde registered five, Sam Braun earned four, and Warden Vanderveen, Chris Leverman, Ryan Squair and Jacob Mayner each had two.
The Lakers, who visit the South Kam Titans next Friday night under the lights at Hillside Stadium, are in the Okanagan Conference along with the Westsyde Blue Wave, Okanagan Mission Huskies, Valleyview Vikings and NorKam Saints.
The John Barsby Bulldogs (Nanaimo) are ranked No. 1 in the province, ahead of the Mission Roadrunners, South Delta Sun Devils, Ballenas Whalers (Parksville) and Robert Bateman Timberwolves (Abbotsford).