Morning Star Staff
The VSS Panthers dispatched the visiting Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops 39-6 in Interior Junior Varsity Football League action Wednesday.
Panther defensive co-ordinator Tim Thorpe used every player to smother the Viking offence with Trey (The Wiggler) Winstanley registering five tackles and two sacks.
Two-way star Charles Lemay posted four tackles, while Rhys Larson rang up three tackles and a fumble recovery. Tyler Deboer and Garrett Black Thomas also had fumble recoveries.
Levi Danbrook made his VSS debut and was a standout on defensive and offensive line.
The Cats offence came out hard with Lemay racking up 79 yards and two touchdowns on five touches. Brad Hladik ran in one score and had one TD reception.
Jaden Steinke earned two catches, one for a 25-yard TD. Dylan Huber ran twice for 30 yards and caught two balls for 75 yards. Huber took a broken field goal attempt to the house for a TD and was 3-for-6 on convert attempts.
“The real difference for the day was the play of the offensive and defensive lines,” said VSS head coach Ed Huber. “Our team worked hard at our line work this week and it paid off. Next week (Wednesday) we travel to Rutland for a great battle.”
Meanwhile, Ethan Mitchell rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns while scoring once on a 25-yard interception return Sunday as Vernon bounced Kamloops 37-0 in Interior Junior Bantam Football League action.
Trent Charlton ran back a kick-off return 55 yards for Vernon’s opening TD.
The Magnums earned a fumble recovery by Matthew Reich on the ensuing kick-off with Mitchell scoring from one-yard out and passing to Isaiah Ondrik for the point after.
Vernon kept moving in the second quarter as Ondrik scampered 11 yards for a score and then ran in the convert.
Mitchell connected on a 25-yard TD with the point after going to Jaret Cooper.
Liam Gombrich rambled in from one yard for a TD in the third quarter with a pass complete to Ondrik for the convert.
Reich compiled five tackles, while Devin Hofsink had three, including a sack. Mitchell and Bachir Ige also managed three tackles, while Charlton and Ethan Schiman produced two apiece.
The Vernon Magnums bowed 26-14 to the host Kamloops Broncos in Pee Wee action Sunday.
Vernon had their best half of the season playing lights-out defence and marching the ball the length of the field, scoring just before halftime to hold a 14-6 lead. The Broncos came out strong in the second half, scoring three times.
Ethan Stenquist and Ethan Hamer were the defensive stars for the Magnums, who had nearly 50 team tackles on the day. Other defensive standouts were Dominick Kitzman, Rasheed Hashi, Skyler Broughton and Colin Charlton.
Quarterback Brady Kuhnkuhn hooked up with Saxon Walton on a couple of nice passing plays, scoring a convert, and finishing with 17 yards rushing. Colin Charlton had 33 yards and a touchdown and Kolby Thorpe racked up 107 yards and a touchdown for the Magnums.
Vernon lost 38-0 to the Kamloops Broncos in Atom play.
Magnum quarterback Owen Ranger ran for 125 yards, while Reid Williamson added 85 rushing yards.
Tristan McKenzie caught the ball several times off kick returns and managed to run a total of 30 yards. Lochlen Kilford and Morgan Hackman were on fire with four defensive tackles each, while Nathan Rinkel rang up two outstanding tackles and Reid Williamson recorded two tackles and three sacks.
Vernon takes on visiting West Kelowna Sunday at 10 a.m.