The Chilliwack Giants lost 14-0 to the Nanaimo Redmen in a midget football clash last weekend.
Strong defence kept the final score close.
Brandon Tooke led the D, recording one fumble recovery and one quarterback sack. Paul Anghel and Raphael Olivares also had QB sacks.
Chilliwack’s offensive struggled mightily, though running back Steven Baker and receiver Keenan Godden had productive games.
The Giants (0-2) stay on the road this week, facing the Meadow Ridge Knights on Saturday.
— The bantam Giants dropped a 31-7 decision to the Langley Mustangs.
Chilliwack’s lone major came on a 60 yard drive in the fourth quarter, capped off by a three yard Cam Lampart run.
Trey Issac added the convert.
Tailback Karan Deol was another offensive star.
The Giants D started strong but wore down as the time-of-possession stat swung in favour of Langley. Lampart was solid at linebacker alongside Austin Penner.
Emerson Harvey and Chris Derksen did good work on the defensive line.
The bantams have a Saturday night rematch with Langley at Townsend Park (6 p.m.).
— The junior bantam Giants dropped to 0-2 with a 14-0 loss to the Abbotsford White Falcons.
The only TD the Chilliwack defence allowed came off a fluke catch.
The other Abby major came off a fumble recovery.
The vaunted Falcon sweep was thwarted by Giant defensive backs Austin Kardux and Josh Roos.
Defensive linemen Jaiden Klassen, Justin Crooks and Tommy Helget shut down the inside run, with linebackers Nick Butler and Dustin Wutzke adding a couple sacks.
Running backs Haden Oraschuk and Helaman Ochoa moved the ball well, and quarterback Colin Campbell connected several times with receiver Mattias Chand.
The Giants face Langley Saturday.
— The peewee blue Giants lost their first game of the season, falling 13-12 to the Meadow Ridge Gold Knights.
The Giants trailed 13-6 with two minutes left in the game when Kurtis Flynn scored a touchdown.
But Chilliwack failed on the convert that would have tied the game.
The other Giant major came on a Flynn to Kaleb Spaner TD toss.
Grayson Frick, Kaleb Reemeyer and Jaxson Wilkins led the Chilliwack defence.
The Giants travel to Mission this weekend.
— The peewee Red Giants fell 13-12 to the Meadow Ridge Blue Knights in another last-second thriller.
Chilliwack opened the game with some trickery, with Colman Hughes taking a reverse 70 yards to paydirt.
Tied 6-6 in the third quarter, Chilliwack’s offensive line took over and Jackson Saunders plowed into the endzone to give the Giants a 12-7 lead.
But Meadow Ridge got the ball back in the final minute.
Starting from the Chilliwack 40, they drove to the winning major.
The Giants were led on defence by lineman Mason Murphy, and on offence by linemen Jacob and Braeden Dyck.
— The atom White Giants lost in a shootout, falling 30-20 on the road to Meadow Ridge. Chilliwack’s offensive line paved the way for huge gains by Austin Wegener.
Vincent Braunaur ran for two TDs and speedster Jaxon Visser burned down the sideline for the third Chilliwack major.
The Giants D was tenacious, with Tayor Both, Dayton Rogers and Braunaur recording sacks.
Trent Cote had a handful of touchdown saving tackles.
On one series, Meadow Ridge had the ball first-and-goal at the three yard line, and the Chilliwack defence pushed them back to the 30.
— The atom Red Giants fell to 1-1 with a 27-14 loss to Meadow Ridge. Jesse Reddick led a tough defence, returning a Meadow Ridge fumble for one Chilliwack TD.
The Red Giants visit Mission this weekend.
— The atom Blue Giants were blanked by the Abbotsford Falcons, losing 36-0.
Travis Richley and Raiden Mastin were two-way stars.
Nathan Pickles had a great showing at cornerback, producing one quarterback sack and several tackles for a loss.
Running backs DJ Stephens and Aiden Saunders kept drives alive with punishing runs.
The Blue Giants face Meadow Ridge on Saturday.