The Vernon Magnums mauled the Penticton Cougars 20-5 in Southern Interior Football Conference Midget action Sunday in Penticton.
The 3-0 Magnums came out slow against a surprisingly tough Penticton squad and held a 7-2 lead at the half.
The Magnum defence kept Vernon pressing in the second half, led by captain Taylor Jameson, who rampaged the Cougars with five sacks.
Victor Hubscher, Erik Paulsen and Dan Vassberg also added sacks to foil Penticton from mounting any offence.
Vernon safety Greg Hyde closed the door on the Cougars with a late interception, followed by a spectacular run back for a game-ending touchdown.
The two touchdowns from the hard-running of Dustyn Schubert proved to be the highlight of Vernon’s offence as the usual Magnum air attack failed to get off the ground.
“We saw some great running from Justin Vicklund today too,” said offensive coordinator Dan Brown.
Head coach Bill (Lumpy) Tarr complimented game MVP Jameson for “playing the best game of his life,” and was proud of how the Magnum defence and offence faced their first real taste of adversity in the two past seasons.
The Magnums continue their road show Sunday in Cranbrook against the Rocky Mountain Bighorns.
The Vernon Marauders crushed the Kamloops Wildcats 63-0 in Junior Bantam play Sunday at Grahame Park.
Quarterback Trey Isaac took control of the offence early in the second quarter, calling all of the plays, and rushing for 77 yards and two TDs. He was 4-for-5 in passing attempts.
Jonah Waterstreet was the Marauders’ big gun, rushing for 89 yards and garnering another 62 yards in receptions while scoring three TDs.
Levi Nicholas also had a big day, running for 77 yards, scoring three TDs and making some crucial blocks. Wideouts James Bertram, Jayden Koscielny, and Kieran Webster also did a great job of blocking, as did fullback Bryce Sorensen, who also rushed for 32 yard on five carries.
On defence, Jakob Laflame-Yonkman, Connor Manahan, Weston Vanderveen, Keith Jones, Mitchell Johnsten, Mackenzie Henry and Jett Carey all had huge days for the Marauders, holding the Wildcats to negative yards.
“Our boys came to play,“ said defensive coach Andy Stefansson.
“The boys have come a long way in their play execution and defensive pass coverage,” added head coach Ron Kirschner.
The Pee Wee Yellow Jackets jolted the Kamloops Wildcats 28-0 Sunday at Grahame park.
Vernon’s ‘Big Mac Attack’ defence, named by defensive coordinator Bryan Cragg, continued its dominance. In three games, the defence has only allowed 12 points.
Defensive standouts for the day were Tristen Baker, Thomas Sattwethwaite, Noah Slimmon, Issac Olsen and Bryce Tkachuk, who recorded an interception.
On offence, QB Olsen completed two of five passes, ran for 98 yards and registered two touchdowns.
Also scoring for Vernon was speedy running back Zach Benn, who had 121 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Scherck, Trey Winstanley and Garret Black-Thomas also ran the ball well.
It was a huge turnaround for the offensive line for Vernon, who dominated all game. The O-line consists of Liam Alder, Joe Bateman, Jeff Estrada, Nez Ford, Stephane Foster, Clayton Hamming, Taylor Pelletier and Dorian Weeks.
Rounding out the scoring was kicker Dylan Huber, who nailed two of four converts.
In Atom play at Grahame Park, the Vernon Bombers blitzed the Kamloops Broncos 47-0.
The offence had their best game of the season with more than 300 total yards. Zach Smith had a great game, racking up 77 yards rushing for two touchdowns.
Ethan Anderson had one touchdown, 40 yards rushing and 25 passing yards, while Ethan Mitchell added a touchdown and 25 yards receiving. Brady Szeman and Chelbie Mackiewich ran the ball and blocked well all game long. Liam Gombrich stood out on the offensive line.
Leading the Bomber defence was Liam Cyr, who had an interception in the first quarter and ran it back for a touchdown. Devin Hofsink recorded five tackles and two forced fumbles.
Strong play also came from Matthew Reich with five tackles, Keegan Carmichael two tackles and Daniel Lesik with two fumble recoveries.
Liam Glennon was the special teams player of the game, going 4-for-4 on extra points.