The Vernon Magnums steamrolled the Columbia Valley Bighorns of Invermere 33-0 in Southern Interior Midget Football League action Sunday at Grahame Park.
Vernon runningback and game MVP Dustyn Schubert ran hard all day and scored a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Chad Woodhead took command of the game and connected with Magnum veteran Kris Boring for two passing touchdowns.
The Magnums’ brute force defensive unit stymied the Bighorn offence at every turn. Linebacker and captain Jonathan Roy sacked Columbia Valley quarterback and team MVP, Ryley Purdy, just before the end of the first half which helped Vernon carry the momentum in to the second half with a 13-0 lead.
Dan Vassberg added another sack in the third quarter, while linebacker Greg Hyde pulled off another interception and run into the endzone for the Magnums’ final TD of the game.
“The Magnums executed a much better offence today,” said assistant coach Lee Elliott.
Defensive coordinator Ryan Bridge, was happy with his crew’s sharpness this early in the season.
“We are playing well; however we will continue to make adjustments and improve every week.”
The Magnums take their 2-0 mark on the road this Sunday at Kings Park versus the Penticton Cougars.
In Pee Wee football, the Vernon McDonalds Yellowjackets lost a 12-6 defensive battle against the host West Kelowna Sundevils.
The game opened with Vernon’s Zach Benn returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown that was wiped out due to penalty.
After that electrifying run, the first half was a all about defence with the Sundevils picking up a fumble and returning the ball for a TD midway through the second quarter.
The see-saw affair continued for the remainder of the first half, while the second half opened with West Kelowna putting together a great drive to go up 12-0.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Dylan Huber stripped the ball from a Sundevils player and ran the ball 100 yards down field for Vernon’s only points of the game.
The play gave life to the Jackets, who drove the ball 50 yards in the last minute but failed to score.
Defensive standouts were Bryce Tkachuk with 10 tackles, Bryce Turner with five tackles and Issac Olsen with four. Zach Boring added three tackles and Carson Harrower had a fumble recovery.
Coach Ed Huber gave special mention to Jeff Estrada, Carson Hamming and Nez Ford who battled on the defensive line and were able to slow down the Sundevils interior run game.
Riley MacGillvray and Benn had solid showings running the ball. The Jackets try on the Kamloops Wildcats for size Sunday at noon (Grahame Park).
In Atom play, the Vernon Blue Bombers stuffed the host West Kelowna Dragons 8-0.
Leading the defence was Isaiah Ondrik with five tackles and a safety which gave the Bombers a 2-0 lead.
Zach Smith provided three tackles and a fumble recovery, while Devin Hofsink had three tackles. The D line was sparked by Tayber McLean and Levi Lee, who made the Kelowna offence struggle to snap the ball all game long.
The Vernon offence moved the ball well against the Dragons but a few penalties stalled some long drives. Ethan Anderson scored the only touchdown of the game.
The Bombers received strong power running all game from Mathew Reich with 58 yards and Daniel Lesik with 45 yards, including a 40-yard scamper that led to the touchdown late in the third quarter.
The visiting Vernon Marauders bowed 34-6 to the West Kelowna Sundevils in Junior Bantam play Sunday.
The Sundevils jumped to a quick lead with two TDs. Jonah Waterstreet scored the lone major for the Marauders late in the first half, catching a neat little swing pass from quarterback Trey Isaac to end the half 16-6.
The Marauders moved the ball well in the second half but were unable to punch it in.
Mike Tesarski, Daniel Henrie and Tyler Sova provided strong blocking on the O Line and fullback Carson Labrecque was a huge asset both blocking and carrying the ball for the Marauders.
On defence, Jacob Laflame-Yonkman and Bryce Sorensen were successful in blocking three attempted conversions, as well as making some bone crushing tackles. Tyler Braun, Josiah Gaskell, Weston Vanderveen, Bryce Goodrich and Reid Mackenzie were also strong on the D.