The Vernon Wolverines ambushed the host Meadow Ridge Knights 34-14 in Bantam football action Saturday in Maple Ridge.
Brandon Melbourne, Jett Carey, Carson Deboer, Max Chapman and Jakob Laflamme owned the line of scrimmage, blowing huge holes in the Knights’ defence and allowing QB Ty Kitzman to pick the defence apart.
All the Wolverine receivers – Zach Hyer, Brandon Isaac, Levi Nicholas and Trey Isaac – caught passes. Runningbacks Zac Kronbauer and Davron Polok had outstanding days.
The Mad Dawg defence – linemen Laflamme, Darrien Broomfield, Josh Fry and Carson Deboer; linebackers Jonah Waterstreet, Carson Labrecque, Chapman and Nicholas; corners Isaac and Hunter Koopmans; and backs Bryce Sorensen and Kronbauer – played hard-nosed football, making just two mistakes to allow two scores.
Said Wolverine head coach Doug Cook: “We won all three parts of the game: offence, defence and special teams. The players have come together and are now playing as a team. Even our newest players like Tyler Doroshuk are leaving it all out on the field.”
The Wolverines host Abbotsford Saturday (1 p.m.) at Grahame Park.
In Junior Bantam play, the Vernon Marauders bounced the Salmon Arm Broncos 30-0 Sunday at Grahame.
Connor Manahan rushed for a touchdown and 202 yards on 15 carries to lead the offence. Zack Rogers scored two TDs and rushed for 153 yards on 11 touches, one of which was a 58-yard scamper for a score.
The longest TD run was a 77-yarder by Tyler (Ducky) Sova, who also did a very good job of blocking at offensive tackle.
“Our ability to move the ball was a direct result of the great blocking from our O-line (centre Tyler Riva, guards Kaiden Parton, Clayton Hamming, tackles Jackson Ponipal, Noah Slimmon and tight end Isaac Olsen),” said Vernon head coach Ron Kirschner, adding wideouts Kieran Webster and Teylor Munger turned in solid games. Both QBs, Dylan Huber and Keegan Vicklund, were able to successfully read the defence.
On defence, corners Jacob Zyri, Koalden Oakden, Brayden Bevans and Jayden Kiscielny along with ends Miles Forrest and Reid (Pinball) Mackenzie kept the Broncos corralled.
Sebastian Sanchez was the big gun with eight tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Linebacker Morgan Nichols was stellar with eight tackles. Tyler Braun had six tackles, as did end Josh Hyer, who also recorded two sacks.
“Our perimeter and interior was rock solid today” said defensive coach Andy Stefansson, who was impressed with the play of defensive tackles Sam Knox, Ethan Ehman and Joe Bateman. Safety Garret Black Thomas also played a solid game.
The Marauders entertain the Kelowna Dragons Sunday (3 p.m.) at Grahame Park.
In Atom action, the Vernon Blue Bombers battled to a 0-0 tie with the Salmon Arm Mustangs Sunday.
“As coaches, we all were very proud of the effort our kids made after losing to the Kelowna Lions last week 62-0; they didn’t let that bother them and came back and played really hard this game,” said Bomber head coach Guy McLean.
The offensive line of Joey Mazzei, Tayber Mclean, Liam Gombrich, Rasheed Hashi, Noah Vacqueray, Gibson Vacqueray and Griffin Morrier enjoyed a superb showing.
Ethan Mitchell had 32 yards passing and 61 yards rushing, while Kolby Thorpe added 36 yards rushing and Mekhi Mitchell had three receptions for 18 yards.
The Vernon Magnums bowed 14-0 to the visiting Chilliwack Giants in Midget play Sunday at Grahame Park.