November 20, 2016 Duncan, BC ( ISN ) – The Victoria Renegades of the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association were crowned Vancouver Island champions as both their PeeWee and Junior Bantam teams shut out their opposition to advance to the BC semi-finals.
Both teams, coached by Westshore Rebels staff Jonathan Poppitt and Charlie Cardilicchia, could have been reading from the same play book as both would dominate the field of play at MacAdam Park in Duncan Sunday afternoon.
Poppitt’s undefeated PeeWee Renegades team, playing against the Oceanside Lions of Parksville, would run the field, defeating the Lions handily 52-0 largely in support by Hudson Poppitt who, set free, would run for a game-high four TD’s to set the tone.
An otherwise strong Lions defense, dispatching the number two seeded Victoria Spartans last weekend, would find difficulty containing the potent Renegade running game. The diminutive, but nimble QB Malik Gagne-Smith would keep the Oceanside defense guessing, tucking behind blockers to avoid the Lions defenders, extending the field of play when yards were needed.
The Junior Bantam Renegades would defeat the Victoria Spartans 32-0 to earn their ticket to the BCCFA semi-final game in Langley next weekend.
The senior Renegades, also with an intact, undefeated record this season, took on the number two regular season Victoria Spartans. The Renegades, running hot in the post season, last weekend dispatched the Harewood Dawgs of Nanaimo 71-6 in tune up for island final matchup. In the only meeting of the regular season between the two local teams, the Renegades would get the best of the Spartans, defeating them 48-16 in week three of the season.
Branden Turnbull would be inspirational for his Renegade team with a pair of touchdowns, a fumble recovery, and an interception in the first half, including a highlight reel hurdle over a defender to find his way to the house for one of his two majors. Defensively, Cole Bunting was near unstoppable in his pursuit of the ball to keep the momentum the Renegades direction.
Hunter Bowles would add two touch downs of his own, one to open the second half, running the kick off back 50 yards for the major, and the second on a pass reception from QB Caeden Reiter at the two minute warning from 18 yards out.
The Spartan’s QB Noah McMillan was always a threat with his legs, able to scramble seemingly at will to extend the play behind the blocking of his O-line. The Renegades defensive would have to be sharp to counter the running game of McMillan, Brendan Blondeau, and Riley Berfelo in the win.
Next weekend’s Langley semi-final matchups still to be announced at article deadline.