Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Magnums executed some revenge by taming the West Kelowna Tiger-Cats 43-18 in Interior Pee Wee Football League play Sunday at Greater Vernon Athletics Park.
A month ago, the Tiger-Cats handed the Magnums their worst loss of the season, physically punishing them 40-0 with their size and aggressiveness.
This time, Vernon was prepared and hungry for the challenge against the No. 1 team in the league.
The Magnums were up by two touchdowns early by going straight at the defence with bruising running back Skyler Broughton. The Tiger-Cats mounted a comeback, scoring three touchdowns in a row, before Vernon regained momentum and tied it 18-18 at the half.
The second half was the Magnums’ time to shine. Led by some excellent open-field running by Kolby Thorpe, tough runs by Broughton and great team blocking, the Magnums took the lead for good.
Thorpe finished with a game-high 238 yards and four touchdowns. Colin Charlton chipped in with two short-yardage TDs and several monstrous blocks. Broughton had a breakout game by rushing for 156 yards and a touchdown.
The Magnum defence was equal to the task, not allowing a single point in the entire second half. The dee stifled the West Kelowna attack with gang tackles, low, punishing hits, forcing multiple turnovers. Charlton was all over the field with 14 tackles, Thorpe had seven, Broughton six and Brady Devries, Dominick Kitzman, and Ethan Haber contributing four each.
“It is so rewarding to see the improvement in the team from the last time we played these guys,” said Magnum head coach Tim Thorpe. “Each and every player made plays to help the team win today. The offence moved the ball all game long and the defence played extremely tough against a bigger opponent. It’s awesome to see our boys playing to their potential and having the confidence to do so.”
Vernon hosts the Kelowna Riders Sunday at noon in their final regular-season tilt.
In Atom play, the Magnums mauled West Kelowna 40-6.
Hunter Hamilton recovered a fumble early, causing a turnover and allowing Reid Williamson to bring it back with his first of three touchdowns .
Hamilton also had two completions after running a total of 140 yards.
Brendan Elder and Brayden Fernley blocked effectively so Vernon quarterback Owen Ranger could score two touchdowns, one off of a fumble, with 150 total running yards. Seth Holte ran 50 yards for a TD.
Jaedon Craig and Mya DeVries held the defensive line for Lochlen Kilford with seven tackles and one sack and one fumble recovery. Ranger and Williamson recorded six tackles each, followed by Morgan Hackman with three.
The Magnums entertain Kelowna Sunday at 10 a.m.