The Vernon Magnums bowed 25-12 to West Kelowna in Junior Bantam football action Sunday afternoon in West Kelowna.
The Magnums, sponsored by McDonald’s, had the game tied 12-12 late in the fourth quarter.
Defensive standouts for Vernon were Issac Olsen, Miles Forrest and Thomas Satterwaite. Clayton Hamming and Ethan Ehman were given Big Mac awards for their outstanding performance on the line of scrimmage.
Offensively, rookie standout Soliel Pitcher ran a 45 reverse for Vernon’s first score of the year. Soliel ended the game with three runs for 65 yards.
Quarterback Dylan Huber scored the other TD on a one-yard end zone plunge. Also moving the ball well for the Magnums was Riley MacGillivray, who racked up 51 yards.
Next up for Vernon is its home opener, with all three Vernon teams hosting the Kelowna Lions Sunday at Grahame Park. New for Vernon this year is a common name among all three teams – the Magnums.
In Atom division play, Vernon fell 37-24 to the host West Kelowna Sundevils.
Quarterback Kolby Thorpe ran for 245 yards and four touchdowns, while runningback Colin Charlton racked up 116 yards rushing.
The defence was led by Thorpe, with 11 tackles (five sacks), Gunnar Nyberg (five tackles) and Charlton (four).
“It turned out to be a bit of a shootout against a very good West Kelowna team,” said Tim Thorpe.
“It’s not very often that you put up almost 400 yards of offence and come away with a loss. I’m proud of our boys for hanging in there and giving a good effort against a larger and more experienced team.
“Having said that, there is a lot to work on this week at practice. We need to be more prepared to play and everyone needs to know their responsibilities in order to have more success.”