MINOR FOOTBALL REPORT: WEEK TWO
Chilliwack’s midget football Giants are unbeaten to start the season following wins over the Cloverdale Bengals and Cowichan Bulldogs.
The locals opened the season with a 31-21 win over the Bengals at Townsend Park. Running backs Brad Esau and Drae Juniper had big days on the ground, and quarterback Cam Bedore hit for some big plays through the air.
Special teams were the only sore spot for the Giants, who gave up some big returns that cost them valuable field position.
The Giants took to the road for their second game, hitting the Island for a clash with the Bulldogs.
After a long and draining ferry trip, Chilliwack got off to a predictably sluggish start.
Cowichan’s first offensive play was a double-pass for a touchdown against a sleepy secondary.
That woke the Giants up, and their offense ran roughshod all over the Cowichan defense.
Shifty running back Steven Porcina slashed and dashed all over the field, chewing up big yardage to keep the O moving.
Bedore hooked up with fellow rookie Craig Zylstra on two long touchdown tosses.
Bedore also found Klay Laroque with a touchdown pass and ran for one of his own.
But for the one play, Chilliwack’s defence was stellar, thwarting Cowichan on a three-play goal-line stand in the third quarter. Standouts on D were linebackers Brennan Breuker and James Gauthier.
The G-men host the North Surrey Bears on Saturday.
— The bantam Blue Giants came up short in their game against the North Surrey Tigers, losing 28-18.
The Giants opened the scoring when Conner Herrmann pushed his way through the Tiger defense for a touchdown early in the first quarter.
Filip Horak added a major late in the first half and Kirkland Kennedy scored the final Giants TD early in the fourth quarter, aided by a Ryan Connelly reception that moved Chilliwack into the red zone.
The Giants are prepping for their home opener as they host the North Surrey Panthers Saturday afternoon at Townsend Park.
— Chilliwack’s junior bantam Red Giants demolished the Mission 9ers in enemy territory last weekend, establishing themselves as a championship contender in the Valley Community Football League.
Warren Rogers was the game MVP, but he had plenty of help.
Running back Billy Hansen carried six times for 107 yards, adding a couple of tackles on defence. Cameron Betker picked up 72 yards rushing plus a touchdown.
Emerson Harvey and his sister Ayden both found the endzone, with Emerson adding five solo tackles on D.
Kicker-quarterback Jordan Breuker had a great game with 103 yards on five boots, adding a touchdown on a 26 yard scamper up the left sideline.
The Giants host the Abbotsford Falcons at 1 p.m. Saturday at Townsend Park.
— With a final score more suited to hockey than football, the junior bantam Blue Giants lost 3-1 to the Meadow Ridge Knights.
Chilliwack’s lone point came on a Tyler Sprott punt that rolled through the endzone, and for the longest time it looked like that single might stand up as the winner.
But an untimely interception set the Knights up in field goal position late in the fourth quarter, and they nailed the kick for the win.
Chilliwack’s defense was sound, giving up just a handful of first downs throughout the entire game.
Spencer Breslin, Sam Meyers and AJ Sagrott led the D in tackles, with great pass coverage coming from halfback Trevan Kehoe and cornerback Ethan Mastin.
Chilliwack’s offense struggled, coughing up the ball three times on interceptions.
The Giants play the Langley Bears Saturday in Langley.
— Chilliwack’s peewee Red Giants fought the Mission 9ers to a standstill last weekend, settling for a rare 0-0 draw. Hayden Oraschuk led the offence with four carries for 93 yards.
Hudson Harvey caught two passes from quarterback Tommy Janzen, good for 46 yards.
Chilliwack’s offence generated 176 total yards.
Justin Crooks led the D with six solo tackles and three assists. Riley Egan and Andrew Locke had three interceptions between them.
The defence yielded just 164 yards.
— The atom Blue Giants suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of the reigning provincial finalist Abbotsford Falcons, dropping a 40-18 decision.
Running backs Colton Holt and Samuel Mannes each scored touchdowns for the Giants behind great blocking from Jayden Okoth and Noah Kling.
On defense, outside linebacker Dhillon Myers picked up two more sacks and several tackles.
Defensive tackles Maddy Eyres and Austen Dueck effectively shut down the inside run for the Falcons.
The Giants play Saturday at Meadow Ridge.