Raiders, Warriors Win In Local Saturday GVMFA Action

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Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn

April 23rd, 2016   Victoria, BC (ISN) – With the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association now in full season swing, three teams came away with resounding wins Saturday, in the 3rd weekend of local football action.

The PeeWee Gordon Head Raiders would dominate the field against the Cowichan Bulldogs winning 24- 8. Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

In Saturday morning play, the undefeated Gordon Head Raiders PeeWee football club paid a visit to MacAdam Park, in Duncan, defeating the winless Cowichan Bulldogs 24-8. The Bulldogs would make Raiders life difficult, sticking around in the first half on stellar defensive play that would keep the highflying Raiders margin close. Although early in eight game season, the Raiders have managed to outscore their opponents and impressive 104-16 through three games this season to sit on top of the leader board. The Raiders would find their offensive touch in the second half on a three touchdown scoring performance. Despite a late defensive push by the Bulldogs, the Raiders would improve to 3-0 with the decisive win.

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The Bulldogs had glimmers of defensive brilliance against the highflying Raiders. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

In Saturday matinee action, the Westshore Warriors PeeWee and Junior Bantam teams saw action against the visiting Campbell River Eagles at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC, clipping the wings of the visiting raptors by scores of 38-7 and 34-13 respectively in front of a partisan crowd of Warrior supporters.

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The PeeWee Westshore Warriors would explode in the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points to win 38-7. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The PeeWee Westshore Warriors would hold a seven point, 14-7 lead at the half.  M. Fraser would set the Warriors tone early in the second half with a mid field run for a TD that would seemingly open the offensive floodgates with and explosive 24 point second half team performance to cap the win. With the win the Warriors stay undefeated, and with a game in hand, keep pace with the cross-town rival Gordon Head Raiders, who also with a win this weekend, stay atop the leader board in the division.

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A Warrior breaks tackle for extra yards against the Eagles in PeeWee football action – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Junior Bantam Westshore Warriors, perhaps feeding of the successes of their younger counterparts, came away with much the same outcome against the Eagles. The elder Warriors, playing in the very competitive, 9 team, JB division, and sitting in seventh in the standings after playing only one previous game, were certainly itching to get back on the field to try climb the points ladder. 

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Hunter Boles of the Westshore Warriors uses an opportune block to get around the Eagle tackler. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

That itch, perhaps too unbearable, would drive the Warriors to an 18-0 lead after one quarter of play.  An early second quarter defensive lapse by the Warriors, combined with great runback by the Eagles, would erase their goose egg and cut the lead to 18-6. The Warriors would erase any hopes of an Eagle comeback, adding three more majors in the second half to solidify the lead.

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The Campbell River Eagles were tripped up by the Westshore Warriors 34-13. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Defensive miscues late in the game would allow the Eagles one last stab at the end zone with a game ending, diving effort to cross the line to close out the scoring on both sides of the ball. The JB Warriors would come away the victor with the 34-13 win, and hopes of putting early pressure on those teams sitting within one games reach.

** Names not available as per GVMFA website team rosters.

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