Morning Star Staff
Vernon Magnums held on for a 19-16 win over the Salmon Arm Chargers in Southern Interior Pee Wee Football League pre-season action at Grahame Park.
The Magnums opened with Dominick Kitzman recovering an onside kick. After a few nice runs by Braden Kuhnkuhn to move the chains, Saxon Walton scored on a five-yard run.
After a score by the Chargers, Vernon responded with a 40-yard TD run by Colin Charlton, courtesy of nice blocking.
Again the Chargers responded with a score, but Kolby Thorpe then ripped off a 56-yard TD run for the Magnums.
In the second half, the Vernon defence stepped up with Ethan Haber forcing a fumble, recovered by Walton, and a big interception by Ethan Stenquist who also forced a fumble of his own.
The defence kept pressure on the Chargers QB all second half, making it difficult to get their offence going.
On the final offensive drive, Magnums’ QB Brady Devries had a crucial run for a first down to run the clock out.
“It was definitely a great team effort,” said Magnums’ head coach Tim Thorpe. “Lots of guys contributed on offence and our defence played amazing.
“We’ve been practicing since late August so our team was really chomping at the bit for some game action. It’s good to see how we match up to other teams and determine what areas we need to improve on. It was the first game of football for a lot of our boys so I’m very happy with the outcome.”
Kolby Thorpe finished with 148 yards rushing and one TD while Charlton scooted for 60 yards and a touchdown.
On defence, Skyler Broughton and Rasheed Hashi each had four tackles and one sack.
The Magnums open the regular season Sunday at Greater Vernon Athletics Park against the Kamloops Broncos at noon.
The Vernon Atom Magnums christen the new park at 10 a.m. against Kamloops. The Junior Bantams play Kamloops at 2 p.m.