The Chilliwack midget elite Giants played their first ever game last weekend against the White Rock Titans, dropping a 20-18 heartbreaker at Townsend Park.
Chilliwack opened the scoring early in the first quarter when quarterback Mufeed Romaya spotted tight end Zach Wilson on a quick out. Wilson made a circus-like catch and rumbled into the endzone for a touchdown.
The Giants added to their lead when speedy running back Justin Hopwood powered his way to the Giants second touchdown of the game behind an enormous trap block by guard Cole Kelly.
After White Rock battled back to take the lead midway through the second quarter, the Giants responded. Jesse Hough rambled through and around several Titan defenders on a 40 yard touchdown run that gave Chilliwack an 18-14 edge at the break.
The skies opened up in the second half, dropping buckets of rain on the football foes.
Slick conditions led to several dropped passes and fumbled balls.
The Titans scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes and hung on as the Giants desperately tried to get into field goal range.
Chilliwack got strong defensive performances from Tyler Kermode and Kalum McPherson.
A defensive duel saw the White Giants squeak out an 8-6 win over a very tough Blue Giants squad last Saturday at Townsend Park.
Cornerback Ashton Hislop led the stifling White Giants D along with safety Myles Mucha and linebackers Carson Breland, Tristan Rogers and Jackson Gamboa. Liam Sterling, Kingston Moran, Carter Roger and Jack Cahoon provided pressure up the middle.
Rylan Janke recovere a fumble and an onside kick to give the White Giants great field position. Kruz Luis and Corbin Holdridge buzzed all over the field making tackles.
Lincoln Boyd plowed his way into the end zone from six yards out for the lone White Giants major, and Holdridge provided the winning margin, sending the convert sailing through the uprights for the two point convert.
The junior bantam Blue Giants played their home opener last Saturday, powering past Chilliwack’s Red Giants at Townsend Park.
The Blue Giants actually trailed at halftime, but came alive when Blaize Cameron pulled down an interception and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. That was the first of four majors for the two-way star who also posted four tackles for loss on D. Braeden Macdonald, Vincent Branauer, Lucas Feaver, Wyatt Stobbs and Tyler Kelly all joined Blaize on the score sheet.
Jake Wood and Jake Sondervang anchored the Blue Giants offensive line, creating huge holes for the running backs and protecting quarterbacks Lucas Feaver and Wyatt Stobbs. The Qbs split the duties and both had great days firing bullets all over the field. Andrew Fawcett and Gracie Tolmie were fantastic pass catchers.
Evan Butler was the standout defensive player on the day. The linebacker was a run stuffing machine. Cornerbacks Logan Milco, Austin Staffen and Talon Fischer each made touchdown saving tackles on the outside. Davis Lapierre was the unsung hero of the defence, filling in and learning several positions and doing a spectacular job.