Putting last week’s tough loss behind them, the Terry Fox Ravens demonstrated Friday that they are serious about contending in the B.C. High School AAA football playoffs.
By besting the No. 2-ranked Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers 21-10, Fox has a good shot at returning among the top-three in the next provincial rankings. And more importantly, it establishes that last week’s turnovers were an aberration.
“It was an important step, coming off the St. Thomas More (loss),” noted Ravens co-coach Tom Kudaba. “Our offence didn’t turn the ball over as we addressed the things we needed to in practice and the players brought that to the game.”
While they trailed early when Tweedsmuir cashed in a field goal, Terry Fox charged right back and took the lead on Mike West’s 24-yard dash. The Surrey squad, who entered the game unbeaten, answered back on Jamel Lyles’ three-yard major to make it 10-7 at the half.
Then the Ravens defence went to work the rest of the way.
Limiting Tweedsmuir to just 50 yards and two first downs over the second half, the PoCo crew took control and gave the offence good field position to work from.
Quarterback Conner McKee hit Adrial Sellers for a six-yard score that gave Fox a 13-10 advantage, followed by a 14-yard bootleg by McKee.
“The one consistent thing all year has been our defence’s ability to keep us in every game,” said Kudaba. “The boys showed that we can play with anybody.”
West, who returned to the lineup after missing the past two games, racked up six tackles, a pair of assists and a QB sack on defence, while carrying the ball 13 times for 66 yards.
Also posting six tackles was Kyle Miller, while Jason Shamatutu added five takedowns. McKee completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 92 yards, while scampering for 55 yards on 11 carries.
The 5-1 Ravens now visit Kelowna on Friday.
While Fox will be heading to the Okanagan, the Centennial Centaurs have returned with just what the doctor ordered — a healthy win.
Centennial defeated Rutland 44-28 and ended a two-game losing skid and improve to 3-3 in Eastern Conference standings.
Powered by J.P. Kalambay’s 266-yard performance, which involved just 12 carries and resulted in two touchdowns, the Cents grabbed a solid lead early and never looked back.
“J.P. was able to make make plays from his vision and patience in looking for the right seam to hit,” remarked Cents coach Simon Quinto. “(Quarterback Nick Okamoto) also did a great job of keeping the defence honest.”
Okamoto completed six of nine pass attempts for 90 yards, hitting Jordan Kennedy for two majors. Kennedy would also add a 75-yard kick-off return for a TD.
Centennial’s next test is Friday in Cloverdale against 5-1 Lord Tweedsmuir.
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