Saturday action wraps up another week in the world of B.C. High School Football.
It was a day for Victoria’s two Triple A teams to flex their muscle, each getting wins on the Mainland.
No. 2 MT. DOUGLAS 40 at SEAQUAM 18
NORTH DELTA — Kevin Phillips has been coaching B.C. senior varsity high school teams off and on for a good number of years.
Yet when the head coach of North Delta’s Seaquam Seahawks got a chance to see his team’s Saturday opposition, the AAA No. 2-ranked Mt. Douglas Rams roll into North Delta on Saturday, a new standard was set in his eyes.
“This afternoon we faced one of the biggest high school football teams I have seen in the last 20 years,” Phillips said in describing a Rams team which came away with a hard-fought 40-18 victory.
“They played physical, fast, tough and were extremely classy,” he said. “I am proud of our group for competing until the very end. It was also nice to see our younger players begin to come of age.”
Mount Douglas showed a balanced attack of pass and run coupled with some timely forced-turnovers by its defence en route to the win in a game it led 27-6 at the half.
Miltiadis Koulelis led the way on the ground with 107 yards rushing followed by Malik Gagne-Smith with 57 yards and rushing scores of one and five yards.
Quarterback Hunter Swift scored on a 13-yard run, while passing for 206 yards, including a 60-yard strike to Bryce Reuther and a nine-yard strike to Jacob Greenway.
Bronson Pheiffer had his best game of the year in all aspects of the game, including three catches for 131 yards, a 70-yard kick-off return for a touchdown, in addition to three tackles on defence.
Leading the way on defence were Liam Warde and Malik Gagne-Smith with six tackles, followed by Gjin Gashi with five tackles and T.J. Daw with four tackles.
Kayden Harris had two interceptions for the Rams.
Seaquam got a very productive day from its quarterback.
Jack MacQuarrie went 15-of-25 for 241 yards, connecting with Connor McCauley, Adeep Sraw and Lucas Shannon for scores.
Jalen York hauled in two catches for 77 yards, while Ryder Kusch had three catches for 52.
Sraw and Jalen York had six tackles apiece, with York, Kamran Malone and Alex Jiang all coming away with interceptions.
BELMONT 14 at SOUTH DELTA 7
TSAWWASSEN — Fin Duncan rushed for back-to-back touchdowns in the second quarter, one from 16 yards and the other from 42 yards to build up a 14-0 lead as the visiting Bulldogs held off the host Sun Devils.
“Belmont came out firing on all cylinders… they didn’t look like the team that played New West,” said South Delta head coach Ray Moon after the Bulldogs, 13-0 loser to the Hyacks last week, played to their strengths along the offensive line.
South Delta made it 14-7 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Kenny Scott hit Declan Dunn with a 34-yard TD pass.
The Sun Devils threatened even further by coming up about a half-yard short of converting a 4th-and-25 in the late stages.
“We knew that South Delta was very athletic, starting with their quarterback,” said Belmont head coach Alexis Sanschagrin. “We felt that we had an advantage on the line and it got even bigger with their loss.”
The Sun Devils lost two starters up front on their O-line in the first half.
Belmont defensive linemen Malcolm Fraser and James Mullen had two and three sacks respectively.
South Delta’s Scott went 8-of-17 for 111 yards and one score, but the Belmont run defence was the key, holding the hosts to just 19 yards on the ground all game.
“It’s two weeks in a row that our defence plays fantastic … we improved on offence today, which we will need as we move on for a big game next week against Mount Douglas,” adds Sanschagrin.
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