Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn
Saanich, BC June 19, 2016 (ISN) – The Junior Bantam Saanich Wolverines extended their undefeated 2016 league play into the playoffs with a 38-0 thrashing of the Westshore Warriors at Copley Field in Saanich Sunday afternoon to round out next weekend’s Greater Victoria Minor Football Association Championship draw.
Wolverines Payton Cardilicchia celebrates the win over the Westshore Warriors to advance to the Gold Cup final. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
It wasn’t the playoff result the 5-3 Westshore Warriors, sitting in fourth place after regular season play, were undoubtedly looking for, however if there was some consolation to take away from the game it might be that it was a courageous, yet unenviable task, against a club that no team has been able to solve all season. The Wolverines have allowed a stingy 6 points avg. per game this season while amassing 265 points over the eight game regular season in besting the rest of the league.
Westshore’s Blake Stohls could only get as close as arms length of tackling Saanich’s Primeau. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Wolverines, from the opening kickoff, didn’t make things easy for the Warriors, hemming them in behind their own twenty yard line with a combination well-placed kickoffs, strong defensive play and Warrior penalties.
The Wolverines would open scoring in the first quarter on a goal line stab by Peter Primeau. That would be followed later by a defensive TD by Manual Castillo on an errant Westshore pass, taking the pic in to the house to go up 16-0. Wolverines would add two more TD’s in the second to go into halftime with a comfortable 32-0 lead.
Saanich’s Peter Primeau does what it takes for extra yards, even if it means running through his own teammate – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Cooler heads would prevail on both sides of the ball and the sidelines after some “questionable conduct” in the second half would see the game take a darker turn. Westshore, looking to the passing game late, would find some success to back up the Wolverines but would be unable to hold back Saanich’s defensive line pressure to make a viable attempt at the end zone. In the only score of the running time second half, Harrison Emery would take a 20 yard reception on the 5 yard line and run it in for his second TD of the afternoon in the final quarter. With the win the Wolverines advance to next weekend’s Gold Cup finals held at Westhills Stadium.
In the other Junior Bantam game action at Westhills Stadium Sunday afternoon the 7-1 Sooke Seahawks battled the third place Gordon Head Raiders. It would take a last minute TD and a successful conversion to lift the second place Seahawks to a 24-22 victory and book their ticket to the big show vs. the Saanich Wolverines.
In PeeWee Action Sunday, the Westshore Warriors battled tooth and nail too hold off a late surge by the Sooke Seahawks to punch their ticket to the Founders Cup finals with a 16-12 win. Westshore will take on Cowichan Bulldogs next Saturday. Time TBA. Gordon Head Raiders and their municipal cousins, the Saanich Wolverines will meet in the Gold Cup division championship Sunday.
Westshore Warriors held off a late Sooke surge to take a 16-12 win in the PeeWee Division to advance – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In other Founders Cup play, the Sooke Seahawks will take on the Saanich Wolverines in Atom Division, while the Westshore Warriors, with the win over the Seahawks in Sunday’s “breakfast club” game, will take on the Gordon Head Raiders in the Atom Gold Cup final.