The Battle of the Bridge will double as a showdown for first place when the Mt. Boucherie Bears take on the Kelowna Owls in high school football action this Friday at the Apple Bowl.
Kick off is 4 p.m.
The 6:30 p.m. game at the Apple Bowl features Rutland and Salmon Arm.
With a victory, the Bears (4-0) can clinch top spot in the Okanagan AAA Conference.
The Owls (3-1) will look to knock off Boucherie and extend the fight for first at least one more week.
The Bears shutout the Owls 37-0 in the season’s second week, but Boucherie coach Mike Godwin expects a much different KSS team Friday.
“Absolutely, this game is going to be a lot tougher,” said Godwin. “We didn’t see their best in that first game.”
When it comes to giving up points this season, the Bears continue to be one stingy team.
The Bears posted their third shutout in four Okanagan AAA contests this season, blanking the Rutland Voodoos 20-0 on Friday night at the Apple Bowl.
Boucherie, now 4-0 in league play, has outscored its opponents 134-8 in the process.
On Friday, Peter Briker caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Josiah Joseph.
Also scoring for Boucherie was Ronnie Deguevara on a 14-yard run, and quarterback Joe Court on a 12-yard scramble.
Defensively, despite a number of key injuries, the Bears were again stellar as Curtis Urlacher had three tackles and a forced fumble which he recovered.
Brandon Hayward chipped in with six tackles, a sack, and an interception. Grade 10 Aiden Zimmer, playing up for the injured Keagan Hughes, registered four tackles and a sack. Nose guard Cole Bertram added six tackles and a sack.
The Voodoos didn’t score a point for the second week in a row. Rutland is awaiting the return of veteran quarterback Keith Prescott who has been sidelined since opening week with a dislocated knee camp.
In other action, the Owls dumped Salmon Arm Friday 35-3.
Shawn Gordon threw for one and ran for another as the Owls moved to 3-1.
Parker Simson scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass, with other rushing majors going to Hudsen Anderson, and Nathan Brown. Aarun Mahal scored the other KSS TD on a 26-yard return following a forced fumble by Mitch Houghton.
Houghton also had two sacks, while Anderson had four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.