Keaton Vernon racked up 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Vernon Marauders iced the Salmon Arm Broncos 36-0 in action Sunday.
Outstanding blocking by Tyler Sova, Noah Slimmon, Kaiden Parton, Jackson Ponipal, Landon Fitt and Isaac Olsen created some great opportunities for their running backs at the Salmon Arm Savings & Credit Union Field. Slimmon broke his wrist and will be lost for the rest of the season.
Connor Manahan supplied one TD and 115 yards rushing. The final TD was scored by Morgan Nichols.
Sebastian Sanchez was the defensive player of the game, scoring a TD on a fumble recovery, rushing for 60 yards on a punt return, stripping the ball three times that led to fumble recoveries for teammates and recording eight tackles. He was also successful on 3-of-5 convert attempts.
Tyler Riva, Zack Rogers, Sam Knox, Joe Bateman and Miles Forrest were also solid on the Marauder defence.
The 5-2 Marauders have now won four in a row, good for third in the six-team league. They host the league-leading West Kelowna Sun Devils (6-1) Sunday afternoon (1:00) at Grahame Park.
The Vernon Pee Wee Yellow Jackets scored early and often to remain undefeated with a 43-0 ambushing of host Salmon Arm Colts Sunday.
Ethan Anderson opened the scoring with a one-yard quarterback sneak and Bryce Tkachuk followed it up with a powerful 19-yard gallop to the end zone. To end the first, Zack Smith hit Riley Macgillivray on a 34-yard pass to make it 23-0.
In the second quarter, converted lineman Carson Hamming rambled in from 24 yards out and Macgillivray took it 49 yards to the end zone to put the visitors up 35-0 at the half.
“This game was a good opportunity to work on our passing game and give a lot of boys an opportunity to carry the ball,” said interim Jackets’ coach Jeff Anderson.
The second half saw a lone touchdown drive, a one-yarder by Smith.
Isaiah Ondrik led all Vernon tacklers with five, while Thomas Sattherwaite contributed three. The Yellow Jackets (7-0) take on the West Kelowna Sun Devils Sunday (11 a.m.) at Grahame.
In Atom play, the Salmon Arm Mustangs completed a last-minute, 80-yard pass for a TD to secure a 22-20 win over the Vernon Blue Bombers Sunday in the Shuswap.
Kolby Thorpe led the Bombers with 88 yards rushing and a touchdown, with other scores coming from Mekhi Mitchell and Taber McLean.
Vernon hosts West Kelowna, 9 a.m. Sunday at Grahame.