Fox’s defensive stud proved his mettle Friday against one of the province’s premier backs, helping to contain arguably the most explosive running game in B.C. for the first time this season.
The No. 2 ranked Terry Fox Ravens downed No. 5 Mouat 17-7 largely on the strength of team defence, a point driven home by Isaiah Stevens’ 12-tackle contest.
Stevens, who also returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown, was instrumental in keeping Mouat back Maleek Irons off the scoresheet for the first time this season.
“Simply put, Isaiah makes our defense much better,” said Fox co-coach Tom Kudaba. “He is a tough, athletic player that loves the game. We are so glad that he is a junior so we can be part of his development for another season as well.”
On the offensive side of the ball, pivot Conner Mckee continued to pad his stats: he completed 12-of-15 passing attempts for 165 yards, and picked up 78 yards on the ground on seven carries.
Centennial, on the other hand, continued to round into form last weekend as well after a 50-41 rout over Mt. Boucherie in the Apple Bowl.
A 14-14 game at the half was blown wide open in the third, as the Cents entered the fourth quarter with a cushy 50-21 lead. That there was a letdown towards the end of the game was overshadowed by the fact that the Cents didn’t concede any turnovers or take discipline-related penalties.
“When we play with composure and nearly mistake free, we can be quite successful,” said Cents coach Simon Quinto. “I have been really impressed with how well our athletes have been responding to the challenges we have been giving them in practice.”
Quarterback Nick Okamoto continues to be Centennial’s offensive catalyst, and rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also aired out a pair of TD passes to Jordan Kennedy, while running back JP Kalambay picked up 185 yards on the ground for two TDs.
The two teams now square off in an all Tri-Cities matchup Friday night at Percy Perry Stadium.
The game will serve as a fundraiser for KidSport Tri-Cities, as both teams look to out-duel one another both on the field and in terms of donations totals.
Friday’s game time is 7:30 p.m.
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