The Pitt Meadows Marauders senior high school football team made short work of the visiting Nanaimo Islanders Friday afternoon, shutting out the visiting team 14-0.
“We knew they like to run the ball, so we made up a defence that focussed on shutting them down at the line,” said head coach Matt Todd.
Quarter back Joe Schuster threw for 130 yards and ran in a touchdown, while Anthony Gagnon had 100 yards rushing, and touchdown of his own.
Kyle Heiling, playing in just his third game of organized football, ran for 80 yards.
“He’s big and quick and hard to take down,” said Todd. “I wish I’d found him a few years ago.”
With the win, the Marauders are 2-1 this season in exhibition play, and face their first challenge of the regular season this Saturday on the road against the Mission Roadrunners.
“They’re a strong program, but they have low numbers and some of their guys are hurt, so this is our shot,” said Todd. “But the kids need to be ready to go on Friday. And we have to stop their quarterback.”
The two teams kick off at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at Mission Secondary School.