What was billed by some as a potential epic battle between two longtime rivals instead turned out to be a romp for the Mt. Boucherie Bears.
In Okanagan AAA Conference high school football action Friday at the Apple Bowl, the Bears scored early, then rolled to a 37-0 victory over the Kelowna Owls.
The Bears, now 2-0, have yet to give up a point in the regular season.
The Owls, now 1-1, were without their head coach Shane Sommerfeld who was at Dickinson being inducted into the BlueHawks’ hall of fame.
Bears head man Mike Godwin was understandably pleased with the win but didn’t think the Owls offered their best effort.
“I think they missed Shane a little bit,” said Godwin. “I was expecting a little more out of them but they were a little undisciplined, took some penalties, and we took advantage of a couple of freebees. We didn’t play our best but we still played well.”
Joe Court scored a pair of majors, one on an 18-yard pass from Josiah Joseph, the other on an 18-yard run. Joseph also connected with Peter Briker from 30 yards, while Ronnie DeGuevara scored a pair of majors on runs of 26 and 80 yards.
On defense, senior Curtis Urlacher led the charge with eight tackles and a blocked punt, the latter leading to a game-opening safety for the Bears.
This Friday night, Boucherie will travel to Salmon Arm to take on the Golds.
The Owls will face Rutland Friday at the Apple Bowl in a 6:30 p.m. kick off.
Rutland 42 Salmon Arm 15
After being blanked a week earlier by the Bears, the Rutland Voodoos rebounded Friday with a convincing win over the Golds.
Hit by a couple of key injuries in recent games, the Voodoos were led offensively by Rob Busby who had 11 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Busby added another major on a 55-yard punt return.
With No. 1 QB Keith Prescott sidelined for several weeks with a dislocated kneecap, Grade 10 pivot Mitchell Walz stepped in and passed for 112 yards, including a touchdown pass to Connor Quinn.
Against Salmon Arm, the Voodoos also lost standout offensive/defensive tackle Michele Vecchio to a dislocated ankle.
Defensively, Jeryd Isley had five tackles and a sack, Quinn had seven tackles, and Morgan Delaronde returned an interception 54 yards.
Voodoos head coach Peter McCall said his club responded well in the face of some adversity.
“It was a lesson learned in the loss against the Bears,” said McCall. “The guys came out and played well. With the injuries we have, the guys really had to step up and they did a good job of that.”
The Voodoos and KSS will play Friday, 6:30 at the Apple Bowl.