April 16, 2017 Sooke, BC (ISN) – Greater Victoria Minor Football’s Saanich Wolverines travelled to Sooke Sunday taking on the Atom and PeeWee Spartans Sooke Thunderbirds at Edward Milne field in an abbreviated weekend of Vancouver Island Community Football Association play.
Sooke, sitting atop the seven team, Atom football standings, looked to keep their 2-0 undefeated streak alive, while their PeeWee comrades hoped to climb the ladder out of fifth place to make the standings even more interesting as the four teams above all sport undefeated 2-0 records going into the holiday weekend.
Weary-eyed minor football fans lined the field for the breakfast game as Atom division teams took to the field under spring-like conditions. It didn’t take long for those fans to find reason to open their eyes a litter wider as they were treated an exceptional football test that saw the Wolverines jump out in front scoring the game’s first two touchdowns despite strong a strong defensive line effort for the Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds would climb back into the game with a pair of their own TD’s mid-game on a ground attack that Wolverines were unable to keep pace with. In a back and forth battle, Saanich would find the end zone late in the third to jump on top in the scoring. Sooke would have the last say, running for a 60 yard major to regain the lead in the fourth frame, and then hold off a late, but dangerous Wolverine drive that would be extinguished by the T-Birds as time expired to secure a comeback, 20-20 draw, and remain undefeated on the season.
In the PeeWee match up, it appeared early that perhaps fans were in for some of the same tightly-matched play that they witnessed earlier, however, despite the early play, the game would be forfeited in the late in the second quarter by the Thunderbirds on the grounds of player attrition, as the hard tackling Wolverines would play partner in Sooke’s player injury woes.
With a sparsely rostered team to start the game now depleted even further, Sooke coaching staff would decide in the best interest of it’s players to hand the win to Saanich Wolverines. Prior to the game’s end the Wolverines enjoyed two TD lead over the T-Birds.
With the win, the PeeWee Wolverines improve to 3-0, while Sooke falls to 1-2 in the early season standings. Next weekend the Wolverines travel to the mid-island to take on the last place Ladysmith Steelers, while the Thunderbirds host the Victoria Spartans.