If the exhibition season is a sign of things to come, the Mt. Boucherie Bears look like they’ll once again belong with the big boys in B.C. high school football.
The Bears, who went 6-0 in league play last season, fell 33-28 to the perennial powerhouse Van College Fighting Irish on Friday afternoon in preseason action in Vancouver.
The Bears, who made the trip with just 24 players due to injury, enjoyed the edge in play for much of the game but gave up two quick scores early in the third quarter to turn momentum in Van College’s favour.
QB Josiah Joseph threw three touchdown passes for Boucherie, two to Spencer Humes and one to Keegan Hughes. Ben Minaker found Mackenzie Johnson with another TD pass. On defense, Hughes three tackles for losses.
“It was a very tight game, but a few offensive and special teams miscues to start the third gave VC the ball deep in our territory on two successive possessions,” said Bears’ coach Mike Godwin. “They capitalized and scored two touchdowns within a few minutes. We came back in the fourth, but too little, too late.”
The Bears will host the Notre Dame Jugglers this Friday, 6:30 p.m. at the Apple Bowl.
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Seth Campbell rushed for 96 yards and scored both touchdowns as the KSS Owls downed Chilliwack’s GW Graham on Friday night at the Apple Bowl.
KSS is now 1-1 in the preseason.
Owls quarterback Sean Gordon completed five of 12 passes for 93 yards and rushed for 78 more.
Parker Simson had 67 yards in receptions and picked off two passes on defense.
This Friday, Kelowna will travel to the coast to take on South Delta.
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The Walz brothers hooked up for Rutland’s only touchdown in the first quarter to lead the Voodoos to victory in a slippery and sloppy defensive battle in Salmon Arm.
Grade 11 quarterback Mitchel Walz connected with senior Matt Walz on a 45-yard pass for a major, with Jason Varga adding the extra point.
The Golds scored a TD in the last minute, but then failed on a two-point convert attempt as the Voodoos hung to win by one.
Jeryd Isley had two sacks and two tackles for losses on defense, while Matt Walz had an interception.
On Friday, the Voodoos will host Vernon’s Clarence Fulton, 1:45 p.m. at RSS.