The Salmon Arm Secondary Varsity Golds football team was put to the test over the weekend and passed with flying colours.
The Golds were pitted against the Terry Fox Ravens from Coquitlam – a traditional powerhouse. In 2006 and ’08 they were provincial champions.
The Golds came within reach of a win, losing by just two points in a 20-18 score.
“Our effort was incredible, the kids really rose to the occasion,” said Golds coach Rob Neid. “We were pleased to compete with them and not only compete with them, we had a chance to win the game.”
The Golds’ Warrior of the Week was Chris Szybunka who had eight tackles on defence as well as a big block.
Kyle Jordan was defensive player of the game, with five tackles and an interception.
Offensive player of the game went to PL Lord who rushed twice for 67 yards and two touchdowns – both times he carried the ball he scored. He caught three passes for 85 yards and was the kickoff returner. He returned two for 57 yards, making a total of 209 all-purpose yards.
Special teams player of the game went to Szybunka, who had a tackle on kickoff. Jared Fletcher was lineman of the week with five tackles and a sack.
On Friday, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. the Golds play number-one ranked Vancouver College in Salmon Arm, field to be announced.
Take a drive
Don’t miss Football Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jacobson Ford will host the Drive One 4 UR Community program in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for the Shuswap Minor Football Association. For every person who test-drives a Ford vehicle at Little Mountain Sports Complex, the company will donate $20 to the association’s five football teams.
There will also be many other fun events and family activities throughout the day.