Tight battle for Peewee Colts

The Salmon Arm Peewee Colts played an amazing quarter-final game Sunday versus the Vernon Peewee Yellowjackets in Vernon.

Close contest: Salmon Arm Colts’ Tyler Chartier braces himself to charge through the defences of Vernon Yellowjackets’ Bryce Turner after leaving Yellowjackets’ Isaac Olson in the dust during peewee football playoff action Sunday at Grahame Park.

The Salmon Arm Peewee Colts played an amazing quarter-final game Sunday versus the Vernon Peewee Yellowjackets in Vernon.

The whole team came together as a unit, says coach Rob Seaman.

In an exciting finish, the lead volleyed back and forth up to the last three minutes, when Vernon ran 55 yards for a touchdown, making the final score 12-6.

The great thing about a good football team, especially one with a small roster, is that it is a true team effort, remarked Seaman.

“They played with heart and they all played together as a team.”

 

Off to the dome

The Salmon Arm Varsity Golds are heading for the dome.

The team will go to Vancouver’s BC Place for the first round of provincials. The playoffs were originally to be held in Kamloops, but they’ve been moved.

“We’re really excited about that,” says head coach Rob Neid.

The Golds play Friday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m., where they face Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers.

Last Friday the Golds downed Rutland 34-14.

“It’s a great way to finish. We didn’t have to win the game, but we played well anyways,” Neid said. “We’re really happy the kids responded because we were saying we have to keep improving and keep taking a step towards playoffs.”

As for next Friday’s game, Neid is expecting a tight contest. The one team both Lord Tweedsmuir and the Golds have both played is Terry Fox. The Golds lost to them by two points and Lord Tweedsmuir by one – so it could be anybody’s game.

“They’re good, they’re a quality team.”

 

Heartbreaker

The Salmon Arm Broncos lost a heartbreaker in their first Junior Bantam playoff game in Kelowna on Sunday.

The final score of 16-12 in favour of the hosting Kelowna Dragons did not accurately display the heart of Salmon Arm’s ‘tough as nails’ team. The Broncos defence, led by Cody Schweb, Caiden Holmes, Norman Ambauen, Ben Lea and Sage Brooks, held the Dragons to only two big plays which unfortunately was too much to overcome. Many Broncos players made clutch defensive plays, including Tyson Qiodravu, Benjamin Novakowski, Cody Jordan, Hayden Henning, Joshua Kline, Jess Potvin and Brandon Parent

On the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos consistently drove down the field into the redzone, but were only able to convert for two touchdowns due to poorly timed penalties and a stingy ‘bend but won’t break’ Dragons defence. The offence was led by quarterback Kevin Schmidt, and touchdowns were scored by Schweb and Brooks. The Broncos also enjoyed strong offensive play from Jace Robert and the offensive line. The Broncos offensive line, led by Caiden Holmes, enjoyed one of their better games. Logan Christian, Jacob and Ethan Morland, Riley Cochrane, Matthew Nesdoly, Michael Onsorge and Holmes all made strong, timely blocks. The receivers, Oscar Kolotyo, James Huntington and Isaac Boersma all made strong contributions in the run game as well.

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