Fearless Felix may have blanched at the challenge.
Despite missing both their No. 1 and 2 quarterbacks, the Terry Fox Ravens put a gutsy effort on the line Friday against the No. 2-ranked team in B.C.
In the end, the line was drawn 36-6 in favour of the St. Thomas More Knights.
Minus pivots Trevor Casey and Jake Bye, Fox turned to running backs Brad Lyons and Kyle Miller, who took turns taking the ball in what was a mostly run-based attack.
The pair had just a couple of days to prepare, but both mustered some solid gains under trying conditions.
The Knights were up 22-0 before Fox put six points on the board, when Lyons scored on a 24-yard run. That was it for offence.
"Without either of our top-two quarterbacks we had to throw (Lyons and Miller) into the fire," remarked Ravens co-coach Tom Kudaba. "Our gameplan was a pseudo wildcat formation, where the quarterback essentially just runs or hands off the ball.
"You can't make a quarterback with three days of preparation."
The duo combined for four passes, completing none. Lyons did post 114 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Leading the defence were Kyle Deugau, with nine tackles and two assists, and Lyons, who hauled in eight tackles and a QB sack. Mike West registered six tackles.
The assignment doesn't get any easier for the 2-1 Ravens. On Friday, they host the W.J. Mouat Hawks (7 p.m.) at Percy Perry Stadium.
Mouat improved to 2-1 with a thrilling 52-49 victory over No.
1 and defending B.C. champion Mount Douglas last week.
Hawks' running back Maleek Irons accounted for 491 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the game, and will present a unique challenge for Fox's defence.
"It's going to be difficult to contain [Irons], he's been setting the league on fire," said Kudaba. "We'll try to do what STM did (two weeks ago) and hold him to 100 yards."
Injuries to their starting core proved costly to the Centennial Centaurs on Saturday, as they suffered a 21-6 setback at the hands of the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers.
The Cents were minus four key starters on offence and relied heavily on Grade 10 and 11s to restock the roster.
And while they grabbed the early lead when JP Kalambay returned a fumble 50 yards for the opening salvo, Centennial couldn't muster any more offence.
"We had Grade 11s and 10s in positions where Gr. 12s were," noted Cents coach Ryk Piche. "When you're that green it's hard to sustain your gameplan."
Centennial was without starters Justin Buren, Will Carter, JT Naso and Travis Starinovich, and lost running back Nathan Lund in the third quarter.
The 1-2 Centaurs will square off against No. 2-ranked St. Thomas More on Friday, 7: 30 p.m. at Burnaby Lakes.
. The Terry Fox junior Ravens handed the St. Thomas More junior Knights their first loss of the season in an 18-12 triumph that was decided on a 41-yard pass by Connor McKee to Dylan Foulds.
It was McKee's third TD pass of the day. After STM opened the scoring, McKee hit Mike West for a 21-yard TD. After the Knights regained the lead, McKee connected with West again on a 24-yard pass.
Powering to 114 yards on 22 carries was rusher Jan Cabrera, while McKee completed five of 10 attempts for 113 yards.
Defensively, Isaiah Stevens racked up eight tackles, a QB sack and a fumble recovery.