Chilliwack’s junior bantam Blue Giants outscored three foes by a combined 42-0, taking the title at last weekend’s 49th annual Bronze Boot football tournament in Surrey.
Games were played at Bear Creek Park, and the Giants opened with a 21-0 win over the North Surrey Eagles.
Double threat Blaize Cameron set the tone in this game. Playing tailback on offence, he scored on a long touchdown run. Playing linebacker on defence, he returned an interception for another major. Key blocks were thrown by Brody Munro, Christian Beck and Tyler Kelly.
Fullback Vincent Branauer scored the other touchdown for the Giants.
Linebacker and team captain Braeden Macdonald was a force, roaming sideline to sideline behind dominant defensive ends Davis Lapierre and Pierce Hamstra. Macdonald finished the tournament with seven QB sacks.
Talon Fischer provided shutdown coverage at cornerback.
The D pitched another shutout against the North Surrey Falcons as the G-Men won 14-0.
Braunauer caught a pass from quarterback Wyatt Stobbs and followed the blocking of Andrew Fawcett into the endzone. Logan Duff and Brayden Fraser opened a huge hole for Cameron to run through for the second Chilliwack score.
The Blue Crew welcomed back powerhouse lineman Evan Butler from injury, and he crushed Falcons on both sides of the ball. Defensive linemen Austin Staffen and Lucas Feaver pushed the Falcons backwards and cornerback Gracie Tolmie made several spectacular tackles in the backfield.
The Richmond Raiders were the final victim as the Giants prevailed 7-0.
Fullback Jake Sondervang produced the game’s only TD, following the lead blocking of Tyler Bergin into the endzone. His score was set up the play previous when Macdonald, playing tailback, dragged five Raiders for 10 yards in an impressive display of power running.
Cornerback Logan Milko produced a very athletic strip and fumble recovery to keep the Raiders at bay.
The Giants recovered four fumbles through the three games.
The team heads into their season opener this Saturday, hitting the road once more to visit the Abbotsford Falcons.