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Lions host Abbotsford in B.C. semifinal

Kelowna Lions cornerback Anthony Kurkjian tries to knock the ball away from West Kelowna Sun Devils receiver Rodney Nucamendi in junior bantam playoff action Sunday on the CNC turf. The Lions won 51-18. - Warren Henderson/Capital News
Kelowna Lions cornerback Anthony Kurkjian tries to knock the ball away from West Kelowna Sun Devils receiver Rodney Nucamendi in junior bantam playoff action Sunday on the CNC turf. The Lions won 51-18.
— image credit: Warren Henderson/Capital News

The Kelowna Mission Lions are a step away from B.C. minor football's junior bantam provincial final.

Standing in their way are the Abbotsford Black Falcons.

The two teams will meet Saturday at noon on the CNC turf, with the winner earning a berth in the provincial championship game.

Abbotsford was a dominant force all season, outscoring its opponents 418-21.

The Lions weren't far behind, scoring 348 points and allowing 91, while posting a 10-0 regular season record.

Kelowna coach Corwyn expects his team will have its hands full, but will be ready to play.

"The Lions can not wait to play them," said Klak. "The Falcons handled us easily in the preseason, but we as a team, have made great strides, and will give it our best SIFC effort."

The Lions advanced to the semis thanks to a 51-18 victory over the West Kelowna Sun Devils last week in the Southern Interior Football Conference final.

Kelowna rang up 32 first-half points then cruised to its 12th straight win.

The Sun Devils who lost a key player, Hunter Deeson, due to injury in the first half were unable to bounce back from a shaky start.

"It was a tough game today. We started poorly and could not recover," said coach Paul Huey, who was proud of his team's effort, despite the loss. "They composed themselves, never gave up and showed their fighting spirit. More than half of our starters on defence and offence were first year players and as hard as it was to lose they all know the Sun Devils will be hard to beat next year."

Meanwhile, the Kelowna Lions peewee team saw its season end Sunday in the SIFC final, losing 22-0 to the Vernon Magnums.

 

 

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