Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Magnums ambushed the Prince George Axemen 55-0 in the B.C. Junior Bantam Nine-Man Football League final Saturday night in Kamloops.
Trent Charlton, the game’s leading receiver with three receptions for 71 yards, scored on the first two drives with catches of 40 and 20 yards.
Tight end Isaiah Ondrik joined the scoring parade on the following possession when he hauled in a 10-yard TD pass.
Before time expired in the first quarter, Zack Smith returned a punt for a touchdown and William Satterthwaite hauled in a 10-yard TD reception, making the score 40-0.
The barrage continued in the second quarter with tailback Jared Cooper scoring from 10 yards.
“These boys brought their ‘A’ game all season long and this game was no different,” said head coach Doug Ondrik. “We had five different players score touchdowns and 13 make tackles today which shows the depth of talent that we had.”
The second half saw Ondrik return an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and Charlton add two field goals to round out the scoring.
Smith, who also played quarterback, was named the Most Valuable Player, completing 6-of-7 passes for 101 yards and four scores.
“We were very efficient on offence, getting five touchdowns on 16 plays from scrimmage,” said offensive co-ordinator Sean Smith.
“I was so proud of the way the boys executed all season long. We were running an offence that required a lot of knowledge and they were not only able to handle it, but excelled running it.”
Ethan Schiman, Ethan Mitchell and Matthew Reich all contributed five tackles apiece, while Liam Gombrich and Charlton each recorded three. Brady Szeman and Devin Hofsink pocketed two tackles apiece, while Joey Mazzei, Bachir Ige, Taber Maclean and Cooper earned one each. Smith and Ondrik added picks.
The Magnums finished 11-0 and allowed only two touchdowns all year.
“This has been a great group of kids to coach and they were not only talented but also a hard-working bunch. I look forward to watching them do great things as they move to the high school level,” said Ondrik.