Kelowna’s high school football roundup

Bears to battle Owls in final regular season game at Apple Bowl, Voodoos miss post season but lay groundwork for next season

Rutland quarterback Zach Hemmett (left) looks to escape the rush against Abbotsford in B.C. high school football action Friday at the Apple Bowl.

With a sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference already secured, the Mt. Boucherie Bears know they’re headed to the B.C. high school football playoffs on Remembrance Day weekend.

Mike Godwin’s club will have one more game to fine tune when they take on the KSS Owls in the annual Battle of the Bridge Saturday afternoon on the CNC turf. Kick off is 2 p.m

The Bears are 2-4 in 2016, while the Owls (0-6) will miss the playoffs.

Riddled by injuries, Boucherie is hoping to bounce back from a 44-0 loss to St. Thomas More last weekend on the Lower Mainland.

The Bears were already without four key players on defense heading in, and lost two more during the course of the game.

“Injuries are catching up with us and the constant rotation of players has forced us to really limit our play-calling on both O and D,” said Godwin. “We were also missing some important back up players, so instead of putting one of those guys in, we had to move players from other positions, which hurt us.”

Godwin is hoping for a healthier crew come playoff time. The Bears will face the third place finisher from the Western Conference on the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12.

Abbotsford 37 Rutland Voodoos 7

The Voodoos’ were eliminated from the playoff picture with Friday’s loss at the Apple Bowl.

Matt Klak, who had 62 yards rushing, scored Rutland’s lone major.

On defense, Brayden Anderson had five tackles and a sack as the Voodosos finished the regular season at 2-2.

“We played well on defense at times, but couldn’t stop their big play running back,” Voodoos coach Peter McCall said of the regular season finale. “They were the biggest team we’ve faced this year, and the boys were aggressive and didn’t back down.”

And with just five players graduating from the program, McCall is upbeat about the future.

“We are starting to see the results of having a Junior Varsity team (Gradea 9 and 10), and with a good number of Grade 11a coming back next year, 2017 looks good.”

Centennial 39 KSS Owls 7

Blaise Beaucehmin’s eight-yard run accounted for the Owls’ first major in more than three games in Friday’s loss to the Centaurs.

KSS is 0-6 this season but head coach Chris Cartwright the record doesn’t mirror his team’s effort.

“I am very proud of our boys,” said Cartwright. “One thing that we do as a team is finish. Every game, we finish hard and strong no matter the outcome. That’s the identity we have established at KSS.”

 

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