Matthew Reich of the Vernon Magnums pushes off an Okanagan Mission Lion defender in Pee Wee football playoff action in Kelowna.

Matthew Reich of the Vernon Magnums pushes off an Okanagan Mission Lion defender in Pee Wee football playoff action in Kelowna.

Reich marvellous for Magnums

The Vernon Magnums needed a second-half scoring surge to topple the Okanagan Mission Lions 22-0 Sunday.

  • Nov. 20, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Magnums needed a second-half scoring surge to topple the Okanagan Mission Lions 22-0 and claim the Southern Interior Football Conference title Sunday afternoon.

Following two scoreless quarters, tailback Matthew Reich (122 rushing yards, two TDs) opened the second half with a 55-yard touchdown romp.

Slotback Liam Glennon added to the lead in the fourth quarter by taking a reverse 22 yards to the end zone. Glennon booted both conversions to put the Magnums up 16-0. Reich rounded out the scoring taking a pitch 20 yards to paydirt.

“We got off to a shaky start but gained momentum as the game wore on,” said Magnum head coach Sean Smith. “Our defence had a goal-line stand near the end of the second quarter that became a huge turning point for the team.”

Isaiah Ondrik (12 tackles) led all Magnum defenders while Ethan Mitchell contributed eight. Tackle Logan Quibell rung up four tackles and added a fumble recovery.

Added Smith: “I was very proud of the effort of all of the boys today. It was a great team win with 11 players registering tackles on the defensive side.”

The Magnums (10-0) travel to Mission (Fraser Valley) to play in the provincial semifinal Saturday (game time and opponent TBA).