Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
May 8th, 2016 Langford, BC (ISN) – The Junior Bantam Westshore Warriors gave something for their football moms to cheer about on Mothers Day as Blake Stohls ran through and around the Nanaimo Redmen defense for three touchdowns, to help propel his team to convincing 24-6 win at Westshills Stadium in Greater Victoria Minor Football Association action Sunday.
Warrior’s Stohls would have his way with the Nanaimo defense much of the game, running for three TD’s on the afternoon in a 24-6 Westshore win. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca
The Redmen would find the scoreboard early in the opening quarter for their only points of the game when QB MacKenzie Livingstone, flushed out of the back field by an aggressive Warrior defense, would find open field to stretch his legs, running for twenty yards to the end zone to set the early tone in the game.
Westshore would answer back with TD of their own, when, after a heads up play by William Gorshounov to intercept the Livingstone toss to give his team field advantage, Blake Stohls would take the ball from just inside the Redmen midfield for his first of three TD’s on the afternoon, carrying two defenders for the last ten yards into the end zone for the major to knot the score 6-6. Stohls, taking the ball from Warriors QB Simon Hales late in the first quarter, would take the ball in the backfield, finding the hole made by the Warrior offensive line and take the ball once again down the sideline once again to put the Warriors in the lead 12-6 to finish the quarter.
Nanaimo Redmen starting QB MacKenzie Livingstone proved his value with his scrambing ability against the Warrior defense. Livingstone would score the lone TD for his side. Hunter Bowles wiht the tackle. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Warriors would continue to enjoy favorable field position much of the second quarter. Camped on the Redmen’s four-yard line, Hales would hand off to Khang Chau to power in across the line with the rock in hand to increase Westshore’s lead 18-6.
Kang Chau breaks through the Redmen defensive line for the lone 2nd quarter TD. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Redmen defense would step up their play in the later portion of the second, despite some ill-afforded offensive miscues that would hem Nanaimo deep in their own zone. Nanaimo’s defense would hold the Warriors out of the end zone with time running out in the half with an impressive red zone stand to keep themselves within a plausible two-TD comeback bid.
Nanaimo would attempt to solve their offensive woes against the stingy Westshore defense in the second half, putting the ball to the ground, and in the hands of QB Livingstone and a lanky ball carrier in Jonathan Nantais. Both would prove difficult for the Warriors to contain as the game wore on. Livingstone, showing his more than capable scrambling skills, would start to break down the containment the Warriors enjoyed much of the first half. Despite lapses in defense, Westshore would hold field advantage, keeping Nanaimo out of scoring position.
The Hand Off. Warrior QB Hales teams up with Stohls on the running game. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsortmedia.ca)
Westshore’s Stohls would add his third and final touchdown of the game in the third quarter, much in the same manner he found success earlier in the contest, finding room down the sideline against a spread-wide defense to put his team in a commanding 24-6 lead.
A late Nanaimo scoring drive with forty-five seconds left on the fourth quarter game clock would be all for not as Livingstone’s end zone toss to Dallon Huschi would be intercepted by Westshore’s Hunter Bowles to negate a final chance to add points what was otherwise a 24-6 margin of victory for the Westshore Warriors.
Warrior’s Hunter Bowles, not to be denied his second attempt at an interception in the same set of downs, rubs salt into Nanaimo’s wounds with this competed interception cutting under receiver Huschi on a last gasp Nanaimo attempt at slimming the margin of victory.
In local GVMFA action next weekend, Westshore Warriors will take on the 3-1 Saanich Wolverines at Copley Field in Saanich, BC. Game time is 2:00 PM