Bears claw past Owls in gridiron rivalry
As expected, there wasn't much to choose between the combatants in high school football's annual Battle of the Bridge.
When all was said and done, it was the Mt. Boucherie Bears prevailing 14-11 over the rival KSS Owls last Friday night at the Apple Bowl.
After the Owls scored first on a Callum Reid field goal, Boucherie's Tyler Geisler caught a 28-yard TD pass from Josiah Joseph to make it 7-3 at the half.
Geisler scored again on a 10-yard run in the third quarter to put the Bears up 14-3.
In the fourth, the Owls answered back as Reid threw a 20-yard pass for a major to Parker Simson. A two-point conversion made it a three-point game, but the Owls could get no closer.
"Our defense did a pretty good job bottling up the KSS run game, which has been a strength for them for most of the season," said Bears' coach Mike Godwin. "We got two interceptions and two fumble recoveries on defense, but our offense failed to capitalize and in a few instances, we went out and gave the ball right back."
Both the Owls and Bears are 1-4 on the season.
In other action Friday, Lord Tweedsmuir (5-0) defeated the Rutland Voodoos (0-5) 48-16.
Mitchel Walz and Kyle Hillier scored touchdowns for the Voodoos, while Cory McCoy had eight tackles on defense.
"We played well at times, but didn't put a full game together against such a powerful team," said Rutland coach Pete McCall. "You can can't lose the turnover battle when you are the underdog. We had two turnovers in the first quarter to put Tweedsmuir up 14 early. We got on track from there, but couldn't stop (running back) Jamel Lyles from breaking loose in the second half."
This Friday, all three local squads return to action. At 4 p.m. at Rutland, the Voodoos host the Centennial Centaurs (2-2)
At 6:30 p.m. at the Apple Bowl, the Owls will host W.J. Mouat (3-2).
On Friday night, the Bears will be at Burnaby Lakes to take on St. Thomas More (4-1).