The Kelowna Owls came ready to play and put up a fight, but ultimately went down to defeat in the opening round of the B.C. high school football playoffs.
The Notre Dame Jugglers scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns Saturday at B.C. Place. en route to a 21-16 victory over the Owls.
After N.D. took an early 7-0 lead, Shawn Gordon found Mitchell Weir with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tie the game up in the first quarter.
KSS grabbed its only lead of the game on a 15-yard field goal by Callum Reid in the second quarter, before the Jugglers struck for two quick majors to make it 21-10 at the half.
The KSS defense stiffened in the second half as Eli Haynes picked off an N.D. pass at the one-yard line. In the fourth quarter, the Owls scored the day’s final touchdown on a one-yard plunge by Hudsen Andersonto make it a five-point game, but that’s as close Kelowna would come.
Owls head coach Shane Sommerfeld was complimentary of his team’s effort in a pressure-packed environment.
“Just a lot of heart with both seniors and Grade 11s playing large in the Dome,” said Sommerfeld.
Sommerfeld said the Owls sadly missed lineman Mitchell Houghton, who was unable to attend the game, while receiver Darrion Bunce played despite suffering flu-like symptoms all week.
West Vancouver 31 Rutland 13
Like the Owls, the Rutland Voodoos left it all on the field before watching their 2012 season end Saturday afternoon B.C. Place.
After a season of many challenges, there was only praise coming from their head coach as the Voodoos went down to defeat 31-13 to West Vancouver.
“The boys showed up from the kick off,” said Voodoos head coach Peter McCall. “It was a turbulent year with numerous injuries, but the boys showed tremendous courage and determination in getting back to the dome for the first time in four years.”
Quarterback Keith Prescott threw a pair of TD passes for Rutland, one each to Justice Dovich and Quentin McDowell.
With the score 13-6 and a minute remaining the first half, Rutland was stuffed at one yard-line by the West Van defense.
The second half was marked by a couple of Voodoos’ turnovers and some mental errors on defense as West Van pulled away over the final two quarters for the win.
“They played their hearts out and we all feel pretty good about the season, all things considered,” McCall added. “We were 6-4 overall in our preseason and regular season combined.”