Jr. Bantam Chargers into final

Salmon Arm Bantam Chargers visited the Coquitlam Chargers Sunday in their last regular-season game

Defensive powerhouse: The Chargers’ Dylan Eugster and Josh Seaman haul down a Riders running back during a playoff game in Kelowna on Sunday.

Defensive powerhouse: The Chargers’ Dylan Eugster and Josh Seaman haul down a Riders running back during a playoff game in Kelowna on Sunday.

Salmon Arm Bantam Chargers visited the Coquitlam Chargers Sunday in their last regular-season game.

The Chargers opened the scoring with an 80-yard kick return by Chase Henning in the opening play of the game.

The Coquitlam side answered quickly on their next drive and scored themselves, but the convert was blocked by Salmon Arm, making the score 8-6 Salmon Arm.

From there a defensive battle ensued between the two teams until Salmon Arm finally scored another rushing major by Trystan Kenoras.

The Salmon Arm defence was the deciding factor with the final score favouring Salmon Arm in the end 14-6.  The victory secured a second-place finish for the home town Chargers in the Vancouver Mainland Football League and home-field advantage for the playoffs which commence this Sunday.

Peewee

The Salmon Arm peewee Chargers football team played a hard fought playoff game on Sunday against the undefeated Kamloops Broncos Blue team.

The Chargers kept it close for the first quarter with the score at 8-0 for Kamloops entering the second quarter.

Costly turnovers put a stop to two promising drives and it was all Kamloops after that.

Junior Bantam

The Junior Bantam Chargers are heading to the Southern Interior Football Conference (SIFC) Championship game after a 36-1 victory on Sunday versus the Kelowna Riders.

The Chargers were dominant in all phases of the game, giving up just a single point on a Canadian Football rouge.

Offensively, the Chargers had five different players score.

Led by running back Braidy Parkes, who had 200 rushing yards and a touchdown, the Chargers offence drove up and down the field at will. Other touchdowns were scored by receiver Jonah Rivette, fullback Carter Billey, quarterback Brayton Lawsom and running back Austin Hanna.

The story of the year continues to be the strong play of the Chargers stifling defence.

The Chargers’ defence limited the Riders offence to just one point.

The Riders, who averaged over 30 points per game during the regular season, were held to just a handful of first downs throughout this semifinal game.

The defence was led by the strong play of defensive linesmen Carter Billey, Simon Wiebe, Ethan McPherson and Caleb Seyl.

The Chargers enter into the SIFC Championship game this Sunday versus rivals, Kelowna Lions in Kelowna. Kick of is 2 p.m.