November 12, 2017 Langford, BC (ISN) – The Vancouver lsland Canadian Football Association began it’s championship weekend Sunday under difficult weather conditions as the the 12-man PeeWee Westshore Warriors and the Junior Bantam Victoria Spartans battled victoriously to claim their respective island championship divisional honors.
The two day event, saw the Victoria Spartans fall short of running the table in day one action with a last second 36-30 loss to the PeeWee Westshore Warriors, while a resilient, defensive effort by the Junior Bantam Spartan team would play to a 24-14 win to claim the Junior Bantam island title.
Cole Bekkering of the PeeWee Westshore Warriors, using his legs, would lead the scoring on both sides of the ball in the PeeWee final, running for four touchdowns out of the back field to dominate play.
In a back and forth game that saw neither side gain any clear advantage over the other side on the scoreboard, the Spartans, down 36-30, would march the length of the field with less than two minutes remaining in the game, looking for the come from behind win. A determined Spartan’s Dylan Gilbert, with a nose for the endzone, would take the ball out of the backfield on a fifteen yard scamper only to run out of real estate and time, giving the Warriors the contested win.
In Junior Bantam action, the Spartans would dethrone last year’s island champion Victoria Renegades with an incredible, turn around defensive effort in the second half to take the 2017 island championship crown. In repeat of last year’s final, where the Renegades would dominate with a 32-0 championship win, the Spartans hoped to avenge last years lopsided defeat.
The Spartans, throwing two interceptions in a first half that seemed to defensively belong to the red and white, would find themselves behind going into the locker room at the mid-mark down 14-8 on a pair of rushing TD’s by Renegades Miltiadis Koulelis.
The Spartans would come out in the second half offensively owning ball possession, and controlling the momentum of play in the game with a grinding-style of short, ground attacks that would seem to wear on the Renegades defensive front line.
A rushing touchdown by Spartan’s Kainin McNay with four seconds on the clock in the 3rd quarter would knot the score at 14-14.
As time wore on, the Spartans defensive line would begin to dominate, shutting down any Renegade threat towards the end zone, seemingly able to penetrate at will to pressure Renegades quarterback Jacob Hier and any attack out of the backfield.
Spartans QB Hunter Swift would score what would ultimately the winning touchdown for his team rushing with the ball from five yards out with less than four minutes remaining, lifting his Victoria Spartans to the 22-14 win and the VICFA Junior Bantam Championship.
Both island championship teams will now travel to Vancouver to compete for the Provincial title with semi-final action against Vancouver Mainland Football League’s best.