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Westside Atoms earn first win as minor football season rolls along

Westside Atom Sun Devils player Loklin Brodie (#27) avoids a Kamloops defender to run for a touchdown on Sunday as the Sundevils recorded its first win of the season. - Debbie Hogarth
Westside Atom Sun Devils player Loklin Brodie (#27) avoids a Kamloops defender to run for a touchdown on Sunday as the Sundevils recorded its first win of the season.
— image credit: Debbie Hogarth

Local football fields were full with plenty of minor football action in the Southern Interior Football Conference last weekend.

The Westside Atom Sundevils played a solid game against the Kamloops Broncos on Sunday, coming away with a 20-12 win in a well played game.

It was a special victory for the Atom Sundevils as it was their first win of the season. It's also the first year the Westside has had an atom division for football and coach Fletcher Bell says the players are working hard on being more competitive with other experienced teams.

"For a lot of the boys this is their first try at playing football and they are really coming together as a solid football team," he said.

In other minor football action...

The Kelowna Mission Atom Lions Football team beat the Salmon Arm Atom Mustangs 28-6 at the Kelowna CNC football field.

The Lions played a hard fought, disciplined game against the well coached and very focused Mustang team from Salmon Arm. Despite the score it was a real defensive battle. The Lions forced three fumbles on the day including early in the fourth quarter when Aidan Vint stripped the ball from a Salmon Arm running back and ran it back 47 yards for a touchdown to cement the win. Vint had numerous key tackles and played a dominant role to lead the defense which has only given up six points in four games played.

Offensively Noah Gross followed the great blocking of his offensive linemen (Dylan McBratney, Leon Johns, Blake Chapman, Keegan Bray, Kian Bos and Morgan Scott) and rushed for two touchdowns. Scoring the other major for the Lions was Nate Beauchemin. Alex Mace and Wilson Holland each caught passes for the Lions in a well balanced attack.

The first place Kelowna Mission Lions record now stands at 4-0 with their next action against the West Kelowna Sun Devils in West Kelowna at the Shannon Woods field on Sunday.

Meanwhile...

The West Kelowna PeeWee Sundevils took sole possesion of third place with a 23-2 win over the Kamloops Broncos. Robbie Paialunga scored all three Sundevil touchdowns. Paialunga rushed for two scores on the ground and added his third on an 80 yard interception return for a touchdown. The Sundevils defence held Kamloops without any points, led by Jacob Zimmer and Shamus Hogarth. The Sundevils will host the second place Mission Lions on Sunday at Shannon Woods field at noon.

In other action...

The West Kelowna Sundevils Junior Bantams blasted Kamloops 47-6, earning another win with a total team defensive effort that kept Kamloops to 90 yards of offense.  Salem Clark had an interception and Spencer Lindholm was again strong making a bagful of tackles for the Sundevils.

On offense, the Sundevils racked up over 500 yards of offense as Nick Kopp had three touchdowns including runs of 82 and 69 yards and a 25 yard pass reception TD for 225 yards on the day.

Chris Smith added a pair of touchdowns on a 76 yard run and 55 yard pass reception while adding five points on converts and one field goal. Nate Humes added a 46 yard reception for a TD while throwing for another. Ty Truong ran for a 55 yard TD on his way to 100 yards on the day and Salem Clark added two touchdown passes and a two point convert.

"We are thrilled with the progress of the team but there is still so much to work on to make us the team we believe we can become," said coach Chris Smith. "Having three 100-plus yard rushers for the game is impressive as we are able to spread the ball throughout the team."

The Junior Bantam Sundevils will play the Mission Lions Sunday at Shannon Woods for first place in the Interior Division.

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