The Vernon Magnums closed their first month of regular-season play with a 38-0 win over the visiting Richmond Raiders in Midget minor football play Sunday afternoon at Grahame Park.
Vernon QB Kyle Richardson and running back Colton Klein treated the large crowd to a great rushing display, combining for more than 300 yards.
Guard Tanner Bishop led the blocking on a solid offensive line, recording five pancake blocks to earn him Carl’s Jr. game MVP.
On defence, coaches Ryan Bridge and Dan Vassberg called a smart game, highlighted by sacks from Mike Ochoa, Jordan Johnson and Jon Roy. Travis Winship, Lucas Hofer, Mykenzee Ramunno, Justin Vicklund and Adam Woods also had solid defensive efforts.
The return of Vernon kicker Clark Richardson had Richmond starting sequences from inside their own 10-yard line for the majority of the game.
“Despite some key player injuries, we finally came together and played our style of football,” said head coach Bill Tarr, whose Magnums visit White Rock this Sunday.
In Bantam play, the Vernon Wolverines stuffed the Langley Bears 26-12 Sunday at Grahame Park.
Vernon started slow, putting up two singles on missed field goals. Davron Polok was an offensive standout, scoring two touchdowns, and Brandon Isaac rounded out the scoring in the third quarter on a 20-yard pass from game MVP Levi Nicholas.
Trey Isaac converted on all three scores and added a 30-yard field goal.
The Wolverines visit Abbotsford Saturday.
The Vernon Marauders bounced the visiting Kamloops Broncos 56-0 in Junior Bantam action.
Connor Manahan opened the scoring on Vernon’s first possession with an 18-yard carry. Morgan Nichols had the second TD on a 45-yard burst, behind the solid blocking of Tommy Bettcher and Clayton Hamming.
QB Keegan Vicklund dished a screen pass to slot Zack Rogers late in the first quarter for the third score. Tyler Sova scored early in the second quarter with a 100-yard ramble down the sideline, and the Marauders’ fifth TD in the half was an 18-yard punt return from linebacker Sebastian Sanchez, who recorded eight tackles and seven converts.
Nichols and Sova added TDs in the second half.
The Vernon Yellow Jackets went to 6-0 with a 39-0 Pee Wee victory over the visiting Kamloops Wildcats.
After a scoreless first quarter, Zack Smith barged in from five yards to open the scoring. Liam Glennon added the convert to make it 8-0. On the Jackets’ next possession, Kaden Daughty took a reverse 15 yards to the end zone.
The offence exploded late in the half, with Riley Macgillivray scoring on a 10-yard run and Bryce Tkachuk taking a swing pass from QB Ethan Anderson 55 yards to paydirt. Glennon kicked both converts for a 31-0 halftime lead.
“Our defence kept us in the game early when the offence wasn’t clicking,” said head coach Bryan Cragg. “Once again, we held our opponent scoreless. Isaiah Ondrik (four tackles) and Thomas Satterthwaite (four tackles) had great games.”
Tkachuk, who ended with 112 yards, six tackles and game MVP, took a swing pass from Smith 47 yards to the end zone to keep Vernon rolling in the third quarter.
In Atom action, the Vernon Blue Bombers iced the Kamloops Broncos 26-6.
Bomber QB Ethan Mitchell passed for 120 yards and two touchdowns, with one rushing score and one interception. Kolby Thorpe (70 yards) and Mekhi Mitchell (50 yards) had TD receptions, while Jayden Wied added a two-point conversion.
Defensively, William Satterthwaite had a huge game with four tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery return for a touchdown. Colin Chartlon, Jared Cooper, Ethan Cornies, and Gunnar Nyberg all had strong defensive games. Thorpe and Ethan Mitchell also recovered fumbles.