Oceanside Lions Test Gordon Head Raiders

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Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – The third place PeeWee Gordon Head Raiders of the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association were tested Sunday at Copley Park by a strong defensive second half effort by the Oceanside Lions but came out on top 18-0 for the win.

Raiders Bryce Reuther carries the ball and two Lions defenders for extra yards Sunday afternoon in a 18-0 win over the Oceanside Lions – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The plucky Lions, comprised of predominately 7-8 year olds from Parksville, stood up to the elder Raiders team in what, looked like on the stat sheet, should have been a “walk off the field”, blow out win for the Raiders. 

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Gordon Head Raiders QB looks down field, airing the ball out on occasion as a stingy second half Lions defense would slow down the Raiders running game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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Some big air from Lions QB as he tries to spread the field to open up a running game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Gordon Head team, sitting in third place behind the Saanich Wolverines and the Westshore Warriors, have only one loss on the season. That was a 47-0 throttling by  the Saanich Wolverines, while the inexperienced Lions are still looking for a mark in the win column this season with three games to go. It was only last week that the fledgling Lions put their first 8 points on the board in a 22-8 loss to the Cowichan Bulldogs.

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Lions defense could only look back as RB Byrce Reuther slips past on his way to a first down  – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Raiders RB #22 Bryce Reuther would take the ball into the house to open the scoring in the first half after backing up the Lions in their own red zone. With a successful convert, the Raiders would go up 8-0 early. Raiders starting QB #12 would add to the lead in the second quarter on a rushing play from about the 20 yard line to give the Raiders a 16-0 lead at the half.

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Raiders Reuther pepares to take a hit. The Lions would make some big stops in the second half to quiet the Raiders offense  – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

In what was expected to be a second half continuance of the dominating first half performance didn’t materialize as the Oceanside Lions found a breath of fresh air in their defense.

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Big defense from the Lions would prevent a blow out win by the Raiders. The Lions would only give up two points in the second half – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Lions defensive rally would start on the Raiders first possession of the second half, throwing an interception to Lions #69.  The Lions, in a positive step in the right direction would be able to convert on downs, backing up the Raiders, but would be unable to put any points on the board. The final points of the game would come when the Raiders defense would back up the Lions on their own goal line to force a 2 point touchback and a 18-0 win.

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More defensive might of the Lions against an elder Raiders team – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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