The Spectrum Thunder junior boys football team wrapped up its last home game of the season on Oct. 28 with a 28-21 loss to Nanaimo District secondary at Spectrum.
“It was the best game of the year for the young team,” said coach Darren Vaux.
Grade 10 student Riley Wilson scored two touchdowns and Grade 10 teammate Carson Vaux was named the Thunder MVP of the game for scoring the other TD and making a strong contribution on defence.
The Thunder slip to 0-5 in its inaugural junior season in the Island division despite playing to another close finish, while Nanaimo climb to 2-2.. The Thunder trailed at halftime but rallied early in the second half to tie the game at 14-14. They couldn’t stop the visiting Islanders, however, which scored two more TDs.
It is evidence of continued positive growth for the first-year junior team, part of an emerging football program at Spectrum, Vaux said.
“We played our most complete game today. We felt coming into this game that we needed to prove to ourselves we can compete.”
The junior Thunder end the regular season today (Nov. 4) at John Barsby secondary in Nanaimo.
“Barsby will be a good rematch for us after they beat us at our home opener five weeks ago. We know what to expect from them, but they are still very difficult to play against.”
The senior Thunder (0-2) are coming off a bye weekend and visit the Howe Sound Sounders (1-1) on Saturday (Nov. 7).
Vancouver College stifles Rams
The Mount Douglas offence fell silent Saturday at Vancouver College as the Fighting Irish knocked off the Rams 20-0.
At 4-0, the Fighting Irish move into first place in the AAA Western Conference while the Rams are second (3-1).
“Vancouver College, as expected, was the best offence and defence the Rams had faced thus far this season,” said Rams head coach Mark Townsend.
“[Vancouver College] proved themselves to be an expected challenge at both junior and senior levels.”
Unable to score, the Rams did have some small success offensively as Declann Michielin rushed for 60 tough yards and young quarterback Gideone Kremler connected on 12 completions for 159 yards. Receiver Gavin Cobb made four receptions for 58 yards and Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty had three catches for 45 yards. Michielin led the Rams with 12 tackles, followed by Aidan Kachanoski’s eight.
The junior Rams fell 13-9 to the Fighting Irish on Friday.
The Rams turn their attention to a crosstown rivalry versus the Belmont Bulldogs at Westhills Stadium on Friday. The junior sides play at 12:30 p.m. followed by the senior teams at 4 p.m.