The Vernon Magnums appear ready to copycat last year’s unbeaten championship season by mauling the Rocky Mountain Rams of Cranbrook 33-7 in 2011 season-opening Midget football action at Sunday at Grahame Park.
Two RCMP officers in full regalia brought the game ball in at the start of the game and the half- time show came from the precision flying of four of the Vernon Snowflakes Flying Team.
Game MVP Dan Vassberg scored four touchdowns on offence and recorded two interceptions while on defence, one of which led to one of his scores.
Greg Hyde kept pace with a punt recovery of his own kick, leading to a TD. He added three quarterback sacks and one interception while on the defensive side of the ball.
The Magnum defensive unit kept rolling all game with two additional quarterback sacks each from Mike Bridge and Hawk Mendoza. Taylor Jameson added his own QB sack while Stephen Sengotta pulled in an interception in the fourth quarter.
Tyler Wasmuth went 3-for-5 on converts.
The Rams scored their lone touchdown and convert in the fourth quarter with a fabulous running major from their quarterback.
“The Magnum coaching staff were very pleased with our entire on field effort today” said head coach Bill (Lumpy) Tarr. “The first-game jitters are now out of the way for our vets and rookies and we are looking forward to preparing to host the Columbia Valley Bighorns (Invermere) next Sunday in Vernon.”