Kelowna Lions maul Vernon Magnums

Vernon Magnums fall 42-8 to the Kelowna Lions in Junior Bantam football action Sunday at Capital News Centre Field.

The Vernon Magnums kept it close for half a game, but fell 42-8 to the Kelowna Lions in Southern Interior Football Conference Junior Bantam action Sunday at the Capital News Centre Field.

After a competitive first half that saw some great defensive plays by Jacob Zyri and Isaac Olson, the Magnums found themselves down by a couple of scores at halftime.

In the second half, the Vernon offence moved the ball well, but stalled in the redzone on three separate occasions. It took a big interception by Garret Black-Thomas late in the third to put the Magnums in prime field position, converted by Miles Forrest with an 18-yard run.

That TD seemed to wake up the Lions, who responded by scoring on the following kickoff to put the score out of reach.

The Magnums visit the Kelowna Dragons Sunday.

A trio of turnover hurt the Vernon Magnums as they bowed 25-6 to the host Kelowna Lions in Atom action Sunday.

Tied 6-6 at the half, the Lions capitalized on a handful of Vernon miscues to take the game over.

“We coughed the ball up today, which is uncharacteristic,” said head coach Tim Thorpe. “So did they, but the difference was they took advantage of our turnovers, whereas we didn’t.”

Carston Disher was a welcome addition back in the lineup, carrying the ball 17 times for 132 yards and one touchdown. Kolby Thorpe had 110 yards on 16 carries.

The Magnums got balanced defence, led by Thorpe (six tackles), Gunnar Nyberg (five tackles, forced fumble), Brady Devries (three tackles, fumble recovery), Ryland Croswell (two tackles,  fumble recovery), and Ryan Harms (two sacks, one tackle).

“Our defence was swarming today,” said Thorpe. “It was great to see a lot of boys get involved and make plays. Our defensive ends, Ryan and Ryland, were coming hard into the backfield and had their best game of the season.”

The Atom Magnums wrap up the regular season Sunday against the Dragons in Kelowna.