It was track and field day for Zac Kronbauer Thursday in Kamloops.
The sensational VSS Panthers tailback ran for four touchdowns and caught a 55-yard TD pass from quarterback Jon Garvie in a 40-30 win over the South Kamloops Titans.
VSS improved to 3-0 in the Southern Interior Junior Varsity Football League. The Cats visit the Seaton Sonics Tuesday (3:30).
Kronbauer’s longest scoring runs were 40 and 50 yards. Travis Froom scored the final Panther TD on a 50-yard pass from Garvie.
Kronbauer is averaging 10 yards per carry and 197 yards a game. He is second in league scoring with 590 yards and 10 rushing TDs.
“Some credit must go to our O-line for opening the initial hole, but once he gets through that hole it’s his show,” said VSS offensive co-ordinator Tim Thorpe. “He is a phenomenal runner in the open field. Out of all my years of coaching, I have never seen a kid with such excellent field vision. Couple that with his deking ability and he is very hard to contain.”
The Panthers led 32-14 at the half and cruised to the victory with South Kam recording two late touchdowns. Thorpe has the Cats averaging 40 points a game.
“I want to recognize our O-line of Braydon Lodder, Dylan Cleland, Jaxon Toth, Tylar Unjukka and Tyler Weibe for solid blocking,” said head coach Dave Tetrault. “Brandon Melbourne came in quarter three and blocked his butt off.”
VSS got stellar play from fullback Andy Hladik and Brandon Richter, who was tough in relief, in the second half. Richter had 35 yards on five carries and Hladik had 20 yards on four touches.
Kronbauer, who is averaging four TDs a game, finished with 235 rushing yards.
On defence, Hladik supplied eight tackles, while Zac Hyer and Froom provided great coverage to stifle South Kamloops’ attack.
Tetrault expects the Panthers to be stoked about playing Ryan Reid’s Sonics.
“It’s always a big game when you play another Vernon school,” said Tetrault. “Ryan will have his kids ready. We want to keep our momentum going and play our best game.”
Meanwhile, in senior AA action, the Fulton Maroons stuffed the host Okanagan Mission Huskies 32-13 Friday afternoon in Kelowna.
Fulton, who led 13-7 at the half, got three rushing touchdowns from Lucas Hofer, who ran in a pair from four yards out and added a 34-yarder.
Kyle Richardson, on a one-yard plunge, and Mike Ochoa, on a 14-yard scamper, completed the Maroon assault.
Richardson completed four of seven tosses for 47 yards, while Hofer led the run game with 182 yards on 21 touches. Richardson added 109 yards on 10 attempts.
Broden Romanovitch and Matt Eso hauled in catches for 21 and 19 yards respectively.
Hofer sparked the Maroon defence with eight tackles, Ochoa had five and Mark Wagner delivered four. Eso and Romanovitch earned interceptions.
“It was a tale of two halves for us really. The first half we were flat, uninspired and not physical at all. Credit OKM – they played better than us, and poked some holes in us offensively and defensively,” said Fulton head coach Mike Scheller.
Fulton rolled in the second half, scoring 26 unanswered points.
“They came out fired up, and played very well. A credit to their perseverance,” said Scheller. “Defensively, we played much better in the second half. We were more physical and got blocked less.”