The Meadowridge Knights community football program had another winning weekend as all six teams in action came away with wins.
The program’s midget squad made short work of the Vancouver Trojans, as it routed the visitors 25-6 in front of a soggy crowd at Samuel Robertson technical secondary Monday afternoon on a typically rainy Thanksgiving.
Both teams struggled to hold on to the ball in the rainy conditions, but the Knights’ role players managed to put together three touchdowns and a field goal to eventually secure the victory.
The Knights’ scored on their opening possession thanks to a touchdown by Ross Allam. Nick Stoyeff booted an impressive 40-yard field goal to give the Knights a 10-0 lead. After the Trojans conceded a safety, receiver Rashaun Simonise caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Cole Warren to put the Knights ahead 19-0 at the half.
Vancouver carried much of the play in the second half but the Knights defence led by Taylor Connolly, Justus McGonigal, Colton Davies, Marc Kalmykov and Nick Bradbury hung in tough when they had to.
On the final play of the game, Travis Macrae recovered a fumble for a touchdown after sacking the Trojans’ quarterback, giving him two sacks for the afternoon.
Warren went six-for-11, finishing with 62 yards passing, 10 yards rushing, and two interceptions.
With the win, the Knights improved their record to 3-3 on the season, and are still in the hunt for a playoff berth in November.
The midget Knights next home game is Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. against the Richmond Raiders. Admission is free, a 50/50 draw always takes place, and concession food is available.
The junior bantam Knights blanked the North Langley Bears 34-0 on the road Saturday afternoon to improve their record to 6-0. The game was called at half time due to lack of players for North Langley. Dexter Stewart, Trent Cooper and Jason Dongalen all had strong defensive games. Drake Kindred scored on a nice screen pass from Jaden Shanley and Chico David was perfect on all four convert attempts.
The peewee Gold Knights defeated the North Langley Bears 18-7 in Langley, Saturday afternoon. The Gold Knights scored on their first offensive play of the game and led 18-0 at half time. North Langley scored late in the game to prevent the Knights from recording their third shutout in a row. On offence, quarterback Colton Marshall continued with his strong play, while Tim Janke and Lukas Kolobara led the way blocking for the Knights strong running attack. On defence Taylor Caughy, Blake Alford and Mason Reeves made numerous tackles. Next Saturday, the 5-1 Gold Knights travel to Rotary Stadium to play the 4-2 Abbotsford White Falcons in a battle for second place in the Valley Community Football League peewee division.
The peewee Blue Knights hosted the Chilliwack Red Giants at home Monday, shutting them out 20-0. Liam Cumarasamy, Tyler Spencer, Adam Brass, Jevon Anutooshkin and Tato Ferreyro-Araya made key tackles by shutting down the running game as they forced three turnovers. The offence used a balanced run and pass combo, with Alex Rideout, Mahlon Taylor, Jake Loftus and Jacob Petersen helping Brandon Hunt score three touchdowns.
The atom Blue Knights put another tick in the win column as they blanked the Chilliwack Red Giants 26-0 on Monday.
The Knights won the battle in the trenches with offensive linemen Tyson Smith, Carlos Redekopp and Mitchell Alcinay splitting the centre of the Giants’ defense and opening lanes for the Knights’ backfield. Tight end Riley Rooney scored his first touchdown of the season helping his team to the win. The Knights defense, led by Evan Vassarhely, Jaxon Smart and Dominick Hawke, came up big at crucial moments, including two red zone stands.
The atom Gold Knights beat North Langley on Saturday 36-0. The team was led by their offensive linemen James Harder, Mackenzie Gordon,and Liam Mountford, who helped five different players score touchdowns. Evan Love scored his first touchdown of the season with a key block by wide receiver Jake Bell. Langley was kept off the score sheet by the defensive led by Josh Tokaryk, Tyson Caughy and Brandon Goodbridge. Isaiah Cavalli added four tackles. Of the 17 kids on the atom Gold team, 13 are in their first year of playing football yet they have managed a 5-1 record this season, good for second in the VCFL’s atom division.