November 16, 2016 Saanich, BC ( ISN ) – Both PeeWee and Junior Bantam Victoria Renegade teams advanced to the Vancouver Island Minor Football finals Sunday, Novemeber 20th, after a pair of dominating semi-final wins over their competition last Sunday at Copley Park. The Renegades would post a combined 101-6 point performance to advance.
The Jr. Renegades, of the Greater Victoria Minor Football League, hosted the fourth place PeeWee Victoria Warhawks in the luncheon game, while the junior bantam squad would square off against the fourth place Harewood Dawgs of Naniamo in the matinee match up. The Renegade teams, both winning their respective regular seasons with undefeated 8-0 records looked to continue their winning ways on route to an Island Championship Finals appearance.
The PeeWee division Renegades would run away with a 30-0 decision with QB Malik Gagne-Smith at the helm to orchestrate the charge for the red and white. Warhawks field general Christian Kaisinger did his best to stem the defensive line pressure, scrambling out of the pocket frequently to look for yardage on a rain-sodden, slick field, but couldn’t get past the quicker secondary coverage of the Renegades for any sustained attack.
Renagades would take a 22-0 halftime lead on rushing plays by Jacob DeJong-Millette, and Hudson Poppitt. Poppitt, already a football veteran at the ripe old age of 11, would run for 2 TD’s on the afternoon, his last a 70 yard gallop out of the back field and down the sideline to the house.
The Warhawks defense would stiffen up in the second half, holding the Renegades to a single TD. That TD would come after a 38 yard opening kickoff return by Renegades Carter Williams would set up Shymal Brookes for a short, red zone stab into the end zone for a final tally and a 30-0 victory.
JB Renegades vs Harewood Dawgs
The senior Renegades, perhaps looking to do one better than their younger side, would thump the visiting Naniamo Harewood Dawgs 71-6. The Dawgs would watch as the Renegade’s QB Caeden Reiter would send 5 different players to the house 8 times for majors.
The Renegades Hunter Bowles turned loose, would lead all scorers with three TDS including a midfield run on the first play of the game to surprise the Dawgs secondary, running untouched to the end zone. A fourth Bowles TD would go for not, called back on a penalty. Ty Albrecht ( 2 ), Linden Williams (1 ), Connor Pettepiece (1), and Caeden Reiter calling his own number, would all add touchdowns in the game.
The Renegades success would come largely on the part of their relentless offensive and defensive line efforts. The Renegades, perhaps sporting one of the largest O-Lines and D-Lines in the league, were able to contain the Dawgs QB *and their running game, while allowing Renegades Reiter to operate their own ground attack to near perfection most of the game.
In a slight defensive miscue with time running down in the game, Dawgs #71 would take a Renegades kickoff and explode down the sideline, running away from all defenders to erase the Renegades shut out win.
The PeeWee Renegades will now take on third seeded Ocean Side Lions after the Lions defeated the Victoria Spartans in the other half of semi-final play at Westshills.
The junior bantam Renegades will meet the Victoria Spartans in the other finals matchup. The Victoria Spartans, finishing second place in the regular season, followed close behind the Renegades with a 7-1 record. Their only loss on the season at the hands of the Renegades on early in the season, suffering a 48-16 defeat. The Spartans enter the island finals after defeating the Ladysmith Steelers last weekend.
The league championships will be held November 20th. Location to be announced.