The Kelowna Owls put a lock on the Okanagan AAA Conference regular season title with a 25-7 victory over the Rutland Voodoos Friday in B.C. high school football action.
With the win, the Owls (5-0) earn a first-round bye in the playoffs and will host a quarterfinal game on the weekend of Nov. 19.
The Owls offensive line was dominant in opening up holes for running back Nathan Brown and Cole Mosychuk. Brown had 95 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Mosychuk tore off 86 yards and also scored. QB Sam Davies added 78 yards passing and 42 yards on the ground.
Mosychuk had 10 tackles on defense, while Hudson Andersen added eight. Brooke Blackmore had four tackles and a pick.
The Voodoos slip to 0-5 on the season and will miss the playoffs. Rutland will close out 2011 on Friday, 4 p.m. at the Apple Bowl against Salmon Arm.
KSS wraps up the regular season this Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Mt. Boucherie.
Salmon Arm 28 Mt. Boucherie 12
The Salmon Arm Golds beat the Mt. Boucherie Bears for the second time this season to clinch second spot in the Okanagan AAA Conference.
The Golds (3-2) downed the Bears (2-3) on Friday night at the Apple Bowl as both teams sewed up first-round playoff dates.
Boucherie’s Cameron Spence returned the opening kick off 86 yards for a touchdown, but the Golds answered on the ensuing kick off with a major of their own.
“Those are the things that seem to be happening to us this year, we just can’t seem to step on other teams when we have a chance,” said Bears coach Mike Godwin.
The real backbreaker came late in the first half when the Bears threw an interception with 12 seconds remaining. The Golds capitalized with a one-yard score for a 16-6 halftime lead.
“That one killed us,” said Godwin. “Again, key moments in games don’t go our way.”
Godwin credited his defense with a strong game, but said fatigue set in after far too many two-and-outs by the offense.
Joe Court passed to Spence Hipfner for the Bears’ other touchdown. On defense, Josh Fender had nine tackles, while Jarrett Young posted two sacks.
Salmon Arm has the second valley berth and will take on the No. 4 team from the Eastern Conference in the first round of the playoffs on the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12.
Boucherie (2-3), the third Okanagan seed, will be in action the same weekend against the No. 3-ranked team from the Western Conference.
The Bears will close out the regular season this Friday night, 6:30 at the Apple Bowl against the Owls.
OKM Huskies vs South Kamloops
The Okanagan Mission Huskies aspirations of an Okanagan AA Conference playoff berth ended Friday night at CNC with a 49-20 loss to the South Kamloops Titans.
Injuries and lost opportunities took their toll on the Huskies who couldn’t keep pace in the second half.
Sam Overton, Andrew Barr and Brett Knoll scored touchdowns for OKM, while Trevor Swaisland caught three passed for 40 yards in the first half.
But the Huskies, who were already without standout San Kwasnycia due to injury, also lost Overton, Swaisland and receiver Alex Norman in the third quarter.
“They hit hard and really took it to us,” said Huskies head coach James Franssen. “We were really obliterated by injuries, we ended up having to play some our Grade 9 kids. We just didn’t have it to stay with them at the end.”
Huskies (3-3) will close out the 2011 season Saturday afternoon in Vernon against the VSS Panthers.
“We want to finish the season on a high note,” added Franssen.