A first-half aerial assault propelled the Vernon Panthers to a 37-0 pounding of the Salmon Arm Golds in Interior Conference senior AA boys football action Saturday at Grahame Park.
Quarterback John Garvie went 9-for-11, distributing 264 passing yards and four touchdowns to five different receivers. Andy Hladik hauled in five passes for 115 yards and two TDs (28 and 10 yards), while Mitchell Pepper added 90 yards and two scores on two receptions (40 and 50 yards).
“I was very pleased with our pass protection and passing game in general,” said VSS head coach Sean Smith. “Our receivers caught every catchable ball and blocked very well on run plays.
“Our line gave Garvie lots of time to find open receivers which made a huge difference and he made the correct reads.”
The Panthers got on top early with a pair of TDs by tailback Zac Kronbauer (nine carries for 120 yards). The Cats were up 34-0 at the half and added a third-quarter field goal by Kronbauer to round out the scoring.
Karson Patommel led all tacklers with six, and added an acrobatic one-handed interception in Gold territory. Tyler Wiebe contributed four tackles.
Meanwhile, Davron Polok supplied the lone score as the Fulton Maroons fell 42-6 to the Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops in senior AA boys football play Saturday at Grahame Park.
Polok barged into the end zone from seven yards in the first half. Quarterback Tye Kitzman managed 47 yards passing, completing 5-of-8 attempts, while Polok had 71 yards rushing on 17 touches.
Trevor Feeney was a solid two-way player, catching two passes for 21 yards while leading Fulton’s defence with eight tackles.
Polok supplied seven tackles, and Max Chapman and Sikandar Ahmad each had four.
“This was a tough loss for our team,” said Fulton head coach Mike Scheller. “Overall, Valleyview was better prepared than we were and were dominant in the victory.
“We did not have the defensive scheme in place to stop their plays, nor were we effective offensively either. We got pushed around by them.”