Season openers for the Peters Tirecraft Vernon Minor Football Association Magnums went last weekend.
The Southern Interior Football League consists of Atom, Pee Wee, Junior Bantam and Bantam teams from Vernon, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Kelowna and West Kelowna.
“This year, the league has changed the rules a bit and all divisions play a Canadian rules game that has only nine men on the field instead of the standard 12 men,” said Vernon president Ed Huber. “This has allowed for more teams in each division to run.”
The Vernon Atom Magnums lost 36-6 to the host Kelowna Lions, giving up four unanswered touchdowns before coming alive in the second half with a forced fumble and a recovery by Nate Yablonski. Morgan Hackman had one sack and one tackle.
With the help of the great blocking on the O line, Grady Krause had a 60-yard run that set up Carston Disher for a touchdown. Disher also had 46 yards rushing, while Brady Devries had 65 yards from scrimmage, Brayden Khun Khun 35 and Lockland Kilford 18 yards.
“The whole team gave it their all; they played a good game and have now seen what it’s like to play in a real game,” said coach Brad Devries.
The Pee Wee Magnums fell 50-18 to the host Salmon Arm Colts with several Magnums getting their first tackle game experience.
Kohl Killingbeck ran the ball 13 times for 65 yards and Cody Wessels had three touches for 30 yards.
Quarterback Ethan Mitchell was a one-man wrecking crew with 27 runs for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns.
Also contributing on offence were Joey Mazzei, Quinn Thiessen and Liam Gombrich with some crushing blocks. William Satterthwaite ran for 24 yards as well. Defensively, Taber Mclean posted six tackles.
The visiting Bantam Magnums were ambushed 36-0 by the Salmon Arm Chargers.
Vernon was in the Charger red zone three times with no success.
Josh Hyer was Vernon’s offensive player of the game, never giving up the whole 60 minutes. Tyler Riva was special teams MVP, returning kickoffs and grinding out some tough yardage with little blocking. Jackson Ponipal was selected the top defensive player with a sack, a knockdown and four tackles.
Coach Doug Cook gave special praise to Reid Mckenzie and Zac Rogers for bold two-way play.