The Vernon Magnums mauled the Kelowna Dragons 28-6 Sunday in Southern Interior Atom Football League play at Grahame Park.
Quarterback Kolby Thorpe had another great game for the 2-1 Magnums, racking up 164 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries. He was also 2-for-4 on kicking converts.
Colin Charlton counted 56 yards and two TDs on 16 touches, while Carston Disher emerged as a running threat for the Magnums with 33 yards and one score on five carries.
Receiver Brady Devries had 15 yards on a sweet run reverse that fooled almost everyone.
“It’s awesome to see Carston have a strong day running the ball,” said Vernon head coach Tim Thorpe. “He gives us another weapon offensively, which is valuable moving forward.”
The defence was led by the outside linebacker duo of Charlton (14 tackles) and Thorpe (11 tackles). Devries had a solid effort on defence with three tackles.
Added coach Thorpe: “The Dragons kept trying to get outside on us, like all teams in this league, but our outside linebackers did a phenomenal job shutting them down.”
The Atom Magnums travel to Kamloops on Sunday for a 9 a.m. kick-off against the Broncos.
In Pee Wee action, the Magnums destroyed the Kelowna Dragons 38-6.
The Magnums were led by the stellar offensive line play of Connor Dewhurst, Devin Hofsink, Brady Szeman, Logan Quibell and Ethan Schiman, who created big holes in the run game and provided great pass protection.
The Magnums’ aerial attack was in full display in the first half. Quarterback Zack Smith (10 of 11 for 135 yards, one TD) completed passes to four different receivers, including a 15-yard TD strike to Ethan Mitchell (two catches 49 yards, one TD) as the half expired.
Vernon led 29-0 at the half on the strength of three Matthew Reich touchdown runs. The second half saw Cameron Moger plunge in from five yards to push the lead to 36-0. The Dragons hit the scoreboard as time expired in the fourth.
“We had a lot of boys involved in the offence and our passing game looked in mid-season form,” said Vernon head coach Sean Smith.
Smith cited Liam Glennon as a standout in all three phases of the game.
“Glennon kicked well, made two tough catches in traffic and was all over the ball on defence, leading the team with five tackles. Taber MacLean was also solid defensively making five tackles.”
The Magnums (2-0) battle the Kamloops Wildcats Sunday (noon) at Hillside Stadium.
In Junior Bantam action, the Magnums lost 18-6 to the Dragons in a hard-hitting tilt at Grahame Park.
Leading the Big Mac attack defence of the Magnums was Garret Black-Thomas, with three tackles and a sack, Issac Olsen, with a fumble recovery, Miles Forrest and Jacob Zyri, each with three tackles, and Trey Winstanely, with two.
On offence, Olsen produced 75 rushing yards while Forrest pocketed his first career TD on a well-run fullback dive.
The offensive line of Jacob Zyri, Joe Bateman, Ethan Ehman, Clayton Hamming, Carson Hamming and Issac Lowe did a good job protecting QB Thomas Hyett. Lowe suffered a serious leg injury in the third quarter and will be lost for the season.