The Salmon Arm bantam Chargers football team played the Kelowna Lions in the Southern Interior Football League championship game last Sunday at Little Mountain Field.
During the regular season, the two teams each won a game against each other.
It was fitting that the final game of the season would be played between the league’s two best teams in one last rubber match.
The Charger’s defence was dominant with Matthew Nesdoly and Noah Dies leading the charge from their defensive end positions.
Numerous turnovers forced by the Chargers seriously hampered the Lion’s ability to mount any sustained attack.
Offensively, quarterback Jayden Mourato scored two majors along the ground.
Hayden Henning, Tyler Chartier and Bladen Stephens also scored touchdowns, rounding out the offensive push.
The game turned out to be very one- sided, with the Chargers pulling off a 45-7 victory.
The Chargers now move on to the provincial championship game, which will be held at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.
The peewee Colts finished off a great season last Sunday in Kelowna.
With only 15 players on the roster, the “ little team that could” managed to beat the odds and finished second overall in the Southern Interior Football League.
The Colts, finished the regular season with a record of 5-1.
They dominated play through the first two rounds of playoffs but came up short against the Kelowna Lions in the championship game.
The undefeated Lions came out strong and overpowered the Colts to take an early lead in the first half.
Despite several players being injured the Colts managed a comeback in the second half.
With time running out the Colts were unable to catch the Lions.
With heads held high, the Colts shook hands and congratulated their opponents, wishing them luck in the provincial finals next Sunday in Kamloops.
“Football is the ultimate team sport. Sometimes in life, you get the chance to do something great with a special group of people – and this was one of those times,” said Colts head coach Andrew Van Dokkumburg.
“The kids worked their tails off this year and really set themselves apart as a special group of people. We are very proud of how they played.”