Vernon Magnums strike Junior Bantam silver

West Kelowna Redblacks stop Vernon Magnums 22-16 in Southern Interior Football Conference Junior Bantam playoff final.

The West Kelowna Redblacks stopped the Vernon Magnums 22-16 in the Southern Interior Football Conference Junior Bantam playoff final Sunday in Kelowna.

Zac Smith and Charles Lemay recorded touchdowns for Vernon, who were down by two scores in the third quarter but fought hard until the final whistle.

The Magnums closed the gap to within six points, but ran out of time.

Magnum head coach Terry Winstanley and assistants Bryan Cragg, Jeff Anderson and Greg Higgs said they were happy to be a part of this special season, coaching a group of dedicated and amazing kids.

The RedBlacks advanced thanks to a 32-0 win over Kamloops last weekend, while Vernon beat the Kelowna Lions 38-6 in the other semifinal.

West Kelowna moves to the provincial nine-man championships Saturday in Kamloops.