Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Langford, BC November 14, 2015 (ISN) – The Victoria Hitman of the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association wasted no effort in handily dispatching the Victoria Spartans peewee football team 40-0 to claim the Vancouver Island football championship Sunday afternoon at Westhills Stadium.
Hunter Swift of the Hitman straight-arms defender Will Dolan on his way for a TD. Switft would record 3 TD’s on the afternoon to lead all scorers – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Hitman’s QB Hunter Swift would run for three touch downs, and Bryce Ruether would add another to lead their team to the shut out, championship win.
Bryce Ruether broke out of the pile for this TD run in the second quarter – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Hitman, coming into the final after an undefeated regular season record, outscoring the Spartans 44-8 in their previous two meetings this season, looked well rested after a bye last weekend. The Spartans, finishing second according to league standings, entered the final via last weekend’s win over the Victoria Outlaws looked to spoil the Hitman’s regular season dominance of the junior Spartans.
Swift runs through the Spartans defense for first quarter yards – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Victoria Hitman’s starting QB Hunter Swift and Bryce Ruether would do all the scoring damage in the first half to take a 16-0 lead. It was Swift would open the scoring. After first running for a big gain to put the Hitman on the Spartans side of the field, Swift would use his legs once again, keeping the ball to run the sideline forty-two yards for his teams first major. Ruether, looking to better Swift’s scamper, would find a path through the Spartans defensive line on the opening possession of the second quarter to run for the only other TD in the half, taking the ball fifty-five yards the house.
Hitman team Captains hold high the championship trophy – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Spartans defensive line, lead in the charge by Sebastian Sibbald and Malcolm Fraser, would do their best to contain the Hitman running game, pairing up on key tackles to stall the Hitman offense. Spartans starting QB feild general Rory Robbins, woud feel the Hitman heat despite having the more than capable release in Dante Scott, Jason Boyd, and Malcom Fraser.
Spartans QB Rory Robbins pitches out the ball to his waiting ball carrier – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Hitman defense would continue forward pressure on the Spartans in the second half, frustrating Spartans offense with their quickness and pursuit. Spartans Dante Scott and Malcolm Fraser would give the Victoria Hitman pause for thought, as they would find some success in the open field to extend the Spartans play at times. Spartans, appearing to go big in the second half would insert James Mullen in at QB to try to spark the home team.
Spartans Malcolm Fraser rumbles for yards as he pushes off an ambitious tackler in Kayden Harris – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The 2015 Vancouver Island PeeWee Football Champion Victoria Hitman – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Hitman, making their own second half adjustments would exchange starting QB Swift with Ruether at the helm for a different look. Ruether would manufacture three TD’s in the second half to solidify the win, putting the ball first in the hands of power runner Miltiadis Koulelis, and then to Hunter Swift, running for the two final TD scores of the game to tally a final 40-0 win and help give his team the 2015 Fall PeeWee football championship win.