If not for a game-changing play to open the second half, head coach Mike Godwin isn’t so sure his Mt. Boucherie Bears would have escaped their B.C. high school football season opener with a victory.
Dylan Hoogveld’s 85-yard kick off return for a touchdown helped push the Bears to a 32-18 victory over the Rutland Voodoos Friday night in Okanagan AAA Conference action at the Apple Bowl.
Godwin wasn’t the least bit surprised that the young Voodoos, who led 13-12 at the half, gave the Bears all they could handle.
“They have an all-star coaching staff over there, so I knew they’d be prepared,” said Godwin. “Honestly, if not for that kick return, who knows which way the game would have gone.”
Godwin said stopping the Voodoos on two fourth-down gambles was key in the first half, while a pair of fumble recoveries by Scott Vincent—forced by Teagan MacRae and linebacker Curtis Urlacher—in the second half also ended Rutland drives.
If not for a couple of big plays, the Voodoos coaching staff felt the result could have been very different.
“It was a tough loss for us,” said Voodoos head coach Shane Sommerfeld. “I felt that we out played Boucherie but they found a way to win through the big play and they did a great job of taking advantage of our mistakes. We are still not playing to our potential, but we are very close.”
QB Joe Court passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears, one each to Jarrett Young and Tomas Lammers.
Court and Cam Spence scored majors along the ground.
Josh Fender had 10 tackles on defense, while Peter Briker and MacRae had picks, and Brandon Hayward had a QB sack.
Sam Ferguson again led Rutland’s attack with 165 yards and all three touchdowns.
On defense, Christian Hopper had six tackles and three sacks.
The Bears will travel to Salmon Arm Friday, while the Voodoos and Owls meet Friday night, 6:30 at the Apple Bowl.
KSS 34 Salmon Arm 26
The Kelowna Owls brushed a 0-4 exhibition record under the rug and downed the Salmon Arm Golds in the season opener for both clubs Friday night the Apple Bowl.
Quarterback Sam Davies again led by example for the Owls with 191 yards passing, two touchdown throws and another major on the ground.
The 5-foot-10, 155-pound senior, who plays with a never-say-die mentality, continually escaped the pressure of the Golds’ front seven, drawing the praise of head coach Roy Anderson.
“Sam played well again, he had a big night for us,” said Anderson.
Davies hooked up with Brook Blackmore and Eli Haynes for TD passes, while Blackmore rushed for 101 yards and scored a second major along the ground. Nathan Brown had the other TD for the Owls who led most of the night, but had trouble shaking off the Golds.
“They’re a tough and scrappy team,” Anderson said. “We’d get up and several times we thought we’d pull away, but they kept coming back and making it close.”
Cole Mosychuk led the defense with eight tackles and two sacks.
With two tight games on opening night in the Okanagan AAA Conference, Anderson expects a competitive season from start to finish.
“We have four good teams this year,” he said. “There aren’t going to be any easy games. It should be exciting.”
The Owls will take on Rutland this Friday at the Apple Bowl.
OKM 28 Valleyview 8
Sam Overton returned to the lineup to lead the Okanagan Mission Huskies past the Valleyview Vikings Friday night in Kamloops.
Overton, who had been hampered by a sore shoulder, rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Huskies pushed their Okanagan AA Conference record to 2-0.
For the second straight week, Sam Kwasnycia was a force with nearly 150 all-purpose yards and a touchdown, and was also a a force at safety. QB Nick Corman ran an efficient offense and scored the other major.
Head coach James Franssen applauded the play of both the offensive and defensive lines, particularly defensive tackles Jamie Guy and Adam Mitton.
The Huskies expect their biggest test of the season this Friday when they host the Kalamalka Lakers, also 2-0.
“They’re well coached and a very physical team,” said Franssen. “It’s a tall order, but our guys played well against them in exhibition.”
Kick off at the CNC artificial turf is 4 p.m.