Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
June 25, 2016 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Very few of lifes accolades can mirror that of playing for a championship, and the for the Atom and PeeWee Divisions of the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association, the Founders Cup represented just that for local youth football playing off for the coveted Founders Cup.
Wolverine team captains hoist the Founders Cup pressented by league president Jonathan Poppit. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Action Saturday saw the Atom Division Saanich Wolverines, 2-6 on the season, defeated the 4-4 Sooke Seahawks 20-13 in a defensive battle of two teams looking to put their stamp on a championship trophy. Both teams would rely on their defensive line early, neither side able to mark the scoreboard until midway through the second quarter when Wolverines Isaiah Henderson would strike first on a TD run. In a game of push and shove, the Seahawks would answer back with their own TD soon after to pull to within a point of knotting the score going into halftime.
Saanich ball carrier has takes the advantage as he runs over a Sooke tackler – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Despite a strong defensive Seahawks effort in the second half, the Wolverines would have answer with the outside quickness of QB Michael Ennis and Ewan Gardner, each sharing scoring duties in the third and fourth quarters with two running TD’s to pull away with a 20-7 lead late in the last frame. Seahawks, with a sense of pride and determination would be rewarded for their efforts in the dying minutes of the game with an Austin Perry scamper to the end zone to pull to within seven points. The Wolverines would take the victory, and the Founders Cup with the 20-13 win.
QB Micheal Ennis shrugs off a Sooke tackler on the roll out. – Erich Eichhorn image (ww.allsportmedia.ca)
Wolverines Ewan Gardner would be named the Offensive Player of the game, and Seahawks Austin Perry would take Defensive Player honours.
Wolverine’s Ewan Gardner hunts down the ball. Gardner was selected Offensive player of the Atom Founders Cup Championship – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The PeeWee Division saw the Westshore Warriors go head to head against the up island Cowichan Bulldogs. Both teams were almost neck and neck in the regular season standings, with the edge going to the Bulldogs on the merit of a tie and a better points for and against record. That stat would come to haunt the Warriors, as a well balanced Cowichan team would dominate the Warriors with a decisive 38-0 win to claim the Founders PeeWee Cup.
PeeWee Division Champions Cowichan Bulldogs gather around the Founders Cup after winning 38-0 over the Westshore Warriors. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Cowichan Bulldogs stalwart defense would be overshadowed by the offensive performance of Jessy Kwasny. Kwasny would put behind himself some impressive running yards on his way to recording 5 TD’s to power his team to the win.
Jessy Kwasny takes off again with one of his 5 TD’s on the afternoon with a Warrior in chase. Kwasny would be name Offensive Player of the game for his performance. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The smaller team in the Warriors would look to Sebastian Sibbald and Malcom Fraser to shore up the defensive line, but despite the bright spots in the defensive game, there would be too few to contain Kwasny and his teammates. Fraser and Aaron Lemmen would provide movement out of the backfield with some success, but the Bulldog defense would prove too consistent in stopping the Warriors and preventing Westshore from extending their field. The Warriors “big man”, Sebastian Sibbald, would do a yeoman’s job on both sides of the ball, especially off the short passing play that inevitably attracted four or five tacklers, all in tow around Sibbald.
Sebastian Sibbald for the Westshore Warriors proved hard to pull down as noted by the five Bulldogs gathered around him. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
No surprise that Jessy Kwasny would be chosen as the game’s Offensive Player for his performance, while on the defensive side of the ball the Warriors Malcom Fraser would be recognized.
The PeeWee Cowichan Bulldogs team captains lift the Founders Cup as presented by league president Jonathan Poppitt. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Next up is Super Sunday at Westshills where all three divisions will put there best six teams this season head to head in a tilt for the the Gold Cup Championship in their respective division.