April 4, 2017 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Last Sunday marked the conclusion to the opening weekend of the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association play, and by all offensive accounts if the talent on the field holds true this season, fans are in a treat for some exciting minor football action this year.
Three Westshore Warrior teams visited the Gordon Head Raiders at Windsor Park, their home away from home, in what looked to be more a mid-season rivalry than an opening day one “scrimmage” as all six teams gave it their all, combining for an offensive scoring feast, totaling 142 points on the afternoon.
Atom Raiders vs Warriors 44-0 *
The “Breakfast Club” game saw the Atom division Raiders jump out to a dominating lead early to run away with a 44-0 win in a game that proved difficult for the seeming less experienced Warrior visitors to keep pace with as a potent Raider ground game would find advantage out of the back field to secure their first victory.
PeeWee Raiders vs Warriors 6-24 *
The PeeWee matchup saw the Westshore Warriors put their best foot forward scoring three touchdowns over the first three quarters of play, before the Raider’s would start to challenge opening the fourth quarter of play to beat the Warrior defense with a TD of their own to take back momentum with the major and some strong defensive play.
That momentum would be short-lived, as the gambling Raiders would fall on their desperate measures for a comeback as the Warriors would go on to score the final two TD’s of the game, including a pic-six that would be run back from mid-field to sink the home team and lift the Warriors to an opening season 24-6 win.
JB Raiders vs Warriors 20-48 *
In the matinee, senior show, the Westshore Warriors would score five first half touchdowns, and then hold off a resilient Raiders squad to earn a convincing 48-20 win.
The Warriors would make a statement from the opening kick off, returning the kick for an early TD to set the home team back on their heals. The Warriors would control the game most of the first half, adding three more TD’s to go up 32-0 until late in the 2nd quarter when the combination of a stronger Raider defensive stand and a hurry up offense would result in a Raider’s 30 yard td pass to erase the donut from the scoreboard to post a 32-7 half time score.
The Raiders would continue their success in the 2nd half, adding two more TD’s, much on their QB’s passing and ability to extend their field of play with his legs. A well-called timeout by defensive coach, and Westshore Rebels defensive lineman, Kent Hicks would seem to settle his squad, holding back a determined Raiders team, allowing Westshore’s offense to match the Raiders end zone tally with 2 final quarter majors, taking a 48-20 final for their first victory of the season.
The Westshore Warriors, comprised of many players that were a part of the 2016 BC Junior Bantam Football Championship team as the undefeated Westshore Renegades of the GVMFA fall league, will be watched closely this season, under Rebels coach Rudy Fjelstad. It certainly is too early to predict, but the Warriors may be the team to beat in the Vancouver Island Community Football Association.
Of course there is never competition without rivalry. It is certain that newly appointed Westshore Rebels head coach Charly Cardilicchia, as last season’s Renegade head coach, and doubling as this spring’s head coach of the Saanich Wolverines, will have something to say about the on field rivalry that will be sure to evolve this spring.
When asked about his newly adopted team’s season-opening win Fjelstad would comment, “ I was a little nervous coming up against my old team, but it’s a great feeling, a great win to start off the season.”
*Player names not available at deadline