Story / photos by Chris Wilson
At the Burnaby Lake Sport Complex two team were to battle in the BC High School Semi Final in Tier 2 Varsity football. Spectrum in their third year of a new football program and Earl Marriot.
Earl Marriot were the first placed team after the regular season where as Spectrum the fourth placed team was making their first appearance in playoff football. The first quarter was a defensive battle, with both teams not giving up much ground. Spectrum scored first but it was called back due to a offensive pass interference penalty. The first points on the board were by Earl Marriot but a missed conversion kept the game close. Both teams used their strengths well, hard running and good ground games. Earl Marriots # 1 Rhys McMartin carried the ball often and gained some good yards. Both defensive sides stood strong and neither team were able to mount a long drive down the field. Spectrum had some good runs by #34 Oliver Adams who had some long runs but couldn’t continue the momentum. Spectrum did get on the board with a pass reception and run by #32 Bartu Kayan. Spectrum went for a two point conversion but didn’t succeed.
Earl Marriots #11 Alonzo Vergara was a difficult player for Spectrum to tackle and made some nice advances down field. This game was very back and forth and mostly played in the middle of the field. Spectrum #19 Riley Wilson had a strong game on both sides of the ball with some decent pass receptions and some good tackles. His counter-part Earl Marriots #87 Wylie Gillette also played well.
Earl Marriot scored again and again missed the conversion kick, so Spectrum weren’t out of it yet. Spectrum pressed hard trying to force Earl Marriot to make a mistake. They pushed right until the end but just couldn’t pull off the upset. Earl Marriot won 13-6 in the end and now will face Howe Sound in the final Nov 27.
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