Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – The Greater Victoria Minor Football Association’s Peewee Division Victoria Outlaws became the island champions last Sunday with a decisive 48-20 win over the Victoria Spartans in an all-Victoria final.
An Outlaw player takes a straightarm from a Victoria Spartan ball carrier finding extra yards down field – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Victoria Outlaws found their way into the island final with a win last weekend over the Nanaimo Bombers, while the Spartans would defeat the Victoria Hitmen in last weekend’s semi-final action.
Players, boys and girls alike, aged 9-11, braved a biting cold wind and a frozen turf at Copley Park as if battling each other wasn’t enough, hoping to lift the championship trophy at the end of the contest.
The Outlaws ground game was hard for the Spartans to stop once the purple and white found how to exploit the Spartans defense – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Victoria Outlaws defense would set the tone early, recovering a Spartans loose ball on their first possession of the game. Outlaws QB and general utility player was impressive in his play. Running the Outlaw’s offense at both QB, running back and field goal kicker was key to the Outlaws jumping out to a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on 2 touchdowns both on running plays, the last one capped after the Spartans would give up the ball on a loss of downs gamble.
The Outlaws utility player, playing and amazing 3 positions all game, slices the Spartans defense with his running game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Spartans would show glimmers of igniting in the second frame, able to string together successive first downs to shorten the playing field. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the Outlaws defensive line would be equal to the task, wrapping up any chance of a meaningful Spartans sustained ground attack. The Spartans would find some offense in the scoring plays of their own utility player to finally put the Spartans on the board, but not before Outlaw’s would find the end zone once again for their third touchdown of the game. The Outlaws would close the first half of play with a final catch and run play for the major, extending their lead to 32-6 at halftime.
Victoria Spartans running back holds on tight the ball as he takes on an Outlaw tackler – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Outlaw’s machine would add two more touchdowns in the second half to extend the lead to 48-6,seemingly put the game out of reach. The Spartans, sensing the urgency, and finding some fight left in their game in front of a sideline of boisterous fans and parents, would push back, forgoing the stagnant running attack and go to the air hoping hoping to find a shorter field advantage to work with. That strategy would pay off for the hopeful Spartans, finding the end zone twice in the second half to make the score respectable, and pull closer with the score now 48-20.
The Victoria Outlaws team poses with the spoils of an Island Championship for ISN photographer Erich Eichhorn – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both teams would play to a stalemate defense through the last seven minutes of the fourth quarter. Unable to muster any additional offense against the Outlaw’s defensive wall, the Spartans would go down fighting. The Outlaw’s would secure the Island Peewee title, and many championship dreams and aspirations for the years to come.
Well done Spartans and Outlaws!!
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