Football season kicked off last weekend as Chilliwack Minor Football hosted its 11th annual ChilliBowl preseason tournament.
Here’s how your local teams did.
The junior bantam Giants went 4-0 to win their division title, scoring 79 points while allowing just 12 against.
On offence, the Giants rolled up 679 yards rushing with seven different players (Yapo Conteh, Christian Beck, Jace Chappell, Kaein Jenner, Jiho Shin, Aiden Hewitt and Charlie Larson) scoring touchdowns.
On defence, the Giants recorded three shutouts. Conteh and Beck each had fumble recoveries, with Conteh returning his for a score.
Gavin Parks had an interception.
Chilliwack’s two atom teams finished 1-3, but gained lots of experience that they will draw on when their seasons start.
The Blue Giants had lots of good things happening on both sides of the ball.
On offence, tailback Jackson Gamboa broke free for two touchdowns.
Two way star Caleb Deacon had big runs for positive yards and sacks in the back field while Ike Carstensen shut down the outside run with several huge tackles.
Landon Keddy was a force with four quarterback sacks.
Tyce Underwood was the iron man of the day, playing tight-end and defensive end.
Logan Rainkie produced big plays at quarterback and contributed multiple TD saving tackles on defence.
For the Red Giants, Kingston Moran and Carson Breland made some nice runs on offense, led by a strong performance from the offensive line.
Parker Grant was a two-way star, rushing the football and scoring touchdowns on offence and producing several big tackles on defence. Myles Baker and Peter Froese had interceptions.
Owen Franklin was the team’s most outstanding player, with dominant play on the offensive and defensive lines.
The peewee Blue Giants finished 1-1-2.
Caleb Friesen had an outstanding day on both sides of the ball while Rylan Parks showed leadership and a strong arm from the quarterback position.
Kenna Friesen had an incredibly athletic interception and newcomers Ayden Barwich, Wyatt Tutty and Jake Pronick all played great in their first live action.
Colin Mansfield shone in any position he played.
The peewee White Giants finished 1-3, but the losses were all by narrow margins.
Sure-handed Ridley Mastin scored two TDs on offence and had an interception on defence.
First time tackle player Austin Bennett caught his first interception.
Ben McKay had two quarterback sacks and multiple tackles and pressures. Corbin Holdridge came through with touchdown saving tackles and Judah Lueck and Cole Kermode both produced multiple play stopping tackles.
The Giants nine-man bantam team showed a never-quit attitude despite missing key players.
Austin Wegener had great hands while filling in at tight end, hauling in a 20 yard reception to set up the team’s first TD.
Kade Kelly made his first offensive reception of the season and rumbled down the sideline for a 15 yard gain.
Sebastian Gonzalez suffered an unfortunate injury during the second game but he continued to show positive support from the sidelines while cheering on his teammates.