The Apple Bowl was packed and the energy was flowing on Friday night as the regular season of the B.C. High School Football Association kicked off in front of an energetic crowd of high school football fans, students and athletes.
When the dust settled the Mount Boucherie Bears and the KSS Owls had both earned wins in front of the home town fans at the Apple Bowl as the AAA varsity teams got into some early season action.
“It was an awesome atmosphere at the Apple Bowl,” said Bears’ head coach Mike Godwin, whose team played the early game at the Apple Bowl but were greeted with decorations and a large cheering section before its game against Rutland as well as a celebratory cake after its victory. “Our leadership students treated the week as homecoming week and they put up decorations and had cake after the game for our guys so it was pretty cool.”
On the field the Bears took advantage of a Rutland team that had suffered some injuries and ran to a 35-0 victory over Rutland in the first varsity game of the night.
Godwin says the atmosphere sparked the Bears and gave them a shot of momentum.
“The intensity was there early and our guys came our ready to play,” he said. “They were fired up. It was a little sloppy though. You are never 100 per cent satisfied.”
In the second AAA game of the evening, KSS pounded out a 62-0 win over Salmon Arm setting the stage for what should be another great atmosphere this coming Friday when the Bears take on KSS at the Apple Bowl.
Godwin says his team has potential to be a good club this season.
“We had a tough pre-season but we matched up well against some of the top teams,” he said. “Every week we are going through growing pains. It’s a long haul and we have to be able to keep our intensity up and keep improving. If we do that we have the potential to be a really good football team.”
In junior varsity high school action, the OKM Huskies started the season with a thrilling win, defeating Valleyview out of Kamloops 24-21 in overtime last Thursday.
OKM led 14-7 at the half before the teams exchanged points in the second half and headed to overtime with the scored knotted at 21-21.
In overtime OKM kicked a field goal on their first possession before the defense forced a Valleyview fumble, ending the game.
“This was an outstanding effort,” said coach Arden Knoll. “This is our first year back in the junior varsity program after a two year absence which means we are playing with 24 rookies. We still have a lot of work to do but the coaching staff is pleased with the progress of the squad so far. The focus will be n execution and intensity from here on out.”
OKM plays WL Seaton at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Vernon.