With the first wins of the B.C. high school football season already under their belts, the Mt. Boucherie Bears and Kelowna Owls will both undergo stiff tests this weekend.
At 5 p.m. on Friday at the Apple Bowl, the Bears (1-1) will take on the No. 3-ranked team in the province, the St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights (2-0).
“St. Thomas More is very good, they have a lot of big, fast guys,” said Bears’ coach Mike Godwin.
Also on Friday afternoon, the Owls travel to Coquitlam to take on the top-ranked Terry Fox Ravens (2-0), while the Rutland Voodoos will visit Lord Tweedsmuir.
Last weekend, Boucherie and KSS did something Central Okanagan teams have been unable to do in the past—win on the Lower Mainland.
The Bears took care of the Centennial Centaurs 44-26 last Friday in Coquitlam.
After a slow start and 14-14 tie at the half, Boucherie took care of business in the second half.
Zac Callaghan had a big game, rushing for 101 yards on 22 carries, recovering a fumble and scoring a major on a 45-yard interception return.
Tyler Toic scored a pair of majors and threw a TD pass to Kache Kopec.
Brock Zelenski scored on a 65-yard run and added two sacks, while Mackenzie Johnston scored a major on a fumble return.
“The good thing was, we put the game away by early in the fourth and that gave us a chance to play everybody,” said Godwin. “With the job action (strike), we got a slow start to the season, so it was nice to get all the kids in.”
In the meantime, the Owls recorded their first ever victory on the Lower Mainland, beating the multiple ex-provincial champion W.J. Mouat Hawks 32-28 Saturday in Abbotsford.
KSS senior Parker Simson, who plays quarterback and defensive back, put on a show for KSS, scoring four touchdowns and throwing for another as the Owls made school history.
“We’ve never really been close to winning down there, so this really showed the kids that we belong,” said Owls defensive coordinator Alex Blanchard. “We have a pretty young team, so we just have to focus on getting better every week, proving that they can play against those teams. It’s important for them not get too high or too low.”
The Voodoos (0-1) are looking for their first win after a 53-0 loss last weekend to St. Thomas More.