Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn
May 15, 2016 Saanich, BC (ISN) – The GVMFA Saanich Wolverines PeeWee and Junior Bantam teams combined for seventy-one points Sunday afternoon to sweep their divisional counterpart Westshore Warriors at Copley Field in Saanich.
Warriors Noah McMillan looks to get ahold of Wolverine ball carrier Gerren Hardisty. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In the marquis matchup the Junior Bantam Wolverines, undefeated so far with only three regular season games remaining inthe spring season, would benefit from a three touchdown performance by Peter Primeau and two additional 2nd half TD’s by Harrsion Emery and Markus Modrovic to extend the Wolverine win streak to 5-0 with a 35-6 victory.
Wolverine Peter Primeau runs for one of his three TD’s on the afternoon – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Charly Cardilicchia-coached Saanich Wolverines offense, with veteran QB Caeden Reiter under centre, has so far this year scored 165 points, not to overshadow the defensive performance of the team, holding their opponents to a paltry 4 point average per game this season.
With that Wolverine record in hand, the Warriors (2-3) would find their hands full from the opening kick off as the Wolverines would take advantage of the depleted, but otherwise effective, defensive secondary coverage duo of Blake Stohls and Hunter Bowles. Left to guard the sideline against the fleet footed Primeau in the absence of Bowles, who was called up for Team BC duties, Stohls would valiantly do his all to prevent the Wolverine sideline onslaught.
The Warrior defensive line does it’s best to contain the Wolverine offense – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Wolverines would set the Warriors back on their heals early, jumping out to a 14-0 lead on two TD’s by Primeau, before the Warriors would take advantage of opportune field position and a Wolverine penalty to camp on the Wolverine 5yard line before the end of the first half. In an impressive show of power and determination, Kang Chau would take the rock from Westshore’s QB Simon Hale and carry a small army of four Wolverine defenders into the end zone for the TD, narrowing the Saanich lead 14-6 before halftime.
Warrior Kang Chau runs for his team’s only TD with four Wolverines in tow – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Despite the Warriors “Bigs” successful defensive attempts to negate Wolverine play up the middle in the second half, the Wolverines would appear to wear down Westshore defense as the game progressed. The Wolverine’s Modrovic would spring free from midfield to run uncontested down the sideline to open second half scoring and take a 20-6 lead. Emery and Primeau (3rd TD of the game), of the Wolverines would round out the scoring to seal the 35-6 victory.
A happy Wolverine coaching staff – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In Peewee division action, the 3-1 Wolverines, sitting tied for third place with Westshore in the standings, would run over the Warriors 36-0 to create some separation in the standings with three games remaining in the regular season.
The Wolverines proved too much for the Warriors, jumping out to a 22-0 lead to start the second quarter to virtually put the game out of reach. The Wolverines would add another TD in quarter, and a final score in the second half, on their way to the 36-0 route.
Both, the Wolverines and the Warriors, are hoping that the league leading Gordon Head Raiders and Ladysmith Steelers, both 4-0, blink sometime in their next three games, giving hope to Saanich and Westshore of climbing the standings ladder for favorable upcoming playoff seeding.
In a game that may decide their fate, the Saanich Wolverines will play the Ladysmith Steelers in their final regular game of the season at Copley Field on June 12th.