Vernon Panthers, Fulton Maroons roll Kamloops opponents

VSS stops South Kamloops while Fulton whips Valleyview, both schools winning by 31-0 scores

Vernon Panthers, Fulton Maroons roll Kamloops opponents

Same city, same score, same result.

Vernon Panthers and Fulton Maroons went to Kamloops Friday and scored equally impressive 31-0 victories over their opponents in Southern Interior High School Senior Varsity Football League play.

The Panthers, ranked No. 2 in the B.C. AA standings, stomped the South Kamloops Titans while the Maroons plundered the Valleyview Vikings.

VSS dominated on the ground, getting 115 yards and a touchdown from Riley Bos, as well as rushing majors from Charles Lemay and quarterback Thomas Hyett, who also connected with Ben Hladik for a 16-yard passing score.

“We knew we were going to have a numbers advantage in the box and would have to run the ball effectively to score and make them adjust on defence,” said Panthers head coach Sean Smith. “Our offensive line (Joel Vandeleest, Levi Danbrook, Reid Mackenzie, Dawson Horvath and Jackson Ponipal) had a great game creating holes for Lemay and Bos and was definitely the difference in the game.”

Kicker Perez Vermeulen added a field goal and four converts for the Panthers (2-0 in league, 5-1 overall).

Defensively, the Panthers shut down the potent Titans passing attack, forcing two fumbles and an interception.

Ben Hladik led all tacklers with eight to go with a fumble recovery. Returning from injury, Josh Hyer contributed 6.5 tackles (1.5 sacks) and Bradley Hladik added four tackles and an interception.

The Maroons (2-1 league, 4-3 overall) got rushing touchdowns from Ike Olson, Ryan Rumsey and Koalden Gudeit, along with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Olson to Caden Doyle. Kicker Jeff Han booted a field goal and four extra points.

“This was our best team performance all year from all three units,” said Maroons head coach Mike Scheller.

“It was our most complete game of the season. I think our defensive coaches did a very good job of putting kids in the right spots to shore up some holes.”

Garnering praise from the head coach for their play were Olson, Gudeit, Doyle, Rumsey, Andy Goldelthal, Sean Jasminez and Ethan Goddard.

The Panthers return to Kamloops Friday to take on the Westsyde Blue Wave, while the Maroons will host the Titans Friday, 5 p.m., at Greater Vernon Athletic Park.