It's tough to draw up a better Week 1 scenario: there was offence in abundance, the playing time was spread out and the defence posted a goose egg.
The Terry Fox Ravens ran roughshod over the Rutland VooDoos Friday, collecting a 52-0 win on the weight of touchdowns on the ground, in the air and on the defensive side of the ball as well.
Short yardage specialist Kyle Deugau led the ground game, collecting three TDs on nine carries, while Keishon Ross, Adrial Sellers and pivot Conner Mckee also scampered for scores.
Mckee finished with 178 yards in the air after going eight for 10, and connected with receiver Nick Agnoletto on a 40-yard touchdown for his lone TD toss of the day.
Brad Peters recovered a fumble and earned himself a touchdown, while Isaiah Stevens led the defensive corps with nine tackles.
And with the game out of reach essentially at half time, playing time was given out liberally to starters and non-starters alike.
"All the players played and that was a good thing. It's impossible to tell players not playing as much to pull the reins in, so the score became one-sided even with running time in the last quarter," said Fox co-coach Tom Kudaba.
Meanwhile, the Centennial Centaurs ran into a wall at the halfway point of their contest against St. Thomas More Collegiate. Trailing 26-24 at the half, the Centaurs could not penetrate through the Knights' reinvigorated defence, eventually falling 40-24.
That lack of second-half production marred what was an otherwise standout game for quarterback Nick Okamoto, who scored all three Centennial touchdowns.
"Our division is a pretty tough division overall and every week is going to be quite competitive," said Cents coach Simon Quinto.
"Getting [New West] early as an exhibition match was a blessing in disguise as it exposed some of our weaknesses and helped our team realize how much more we will need to prepare for everyone in our league."
Centennial hosts Kelowna on Friday, while Fox takes on Mt. Boucherie.
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