On the last week of the regular season the Comox Valley Raiders bantam football team was awarded a 10-0 win as the Victoria Spartans forfeited the game. The Raiders finish the season with an 8-0 record.
There are many people involved in making the season such a success and it starts with the club executives made up of Jay Daniels, Michelle Daniels, Allison Brown, Nikki Morrison-Frank and Liz Wootton, who each put in many hours behind the scenes for all the age levels, allowing the individual teams to focus on the football and not the logistics. Specific to the bantam team, Monique Lines-Atherton does a terrific job as the manager ensuring all players are registered and made official by league rules while Janice Craven Hart has been tremendous as the team’s trainer and helped to ensure our athletes are well tended to in the event of any injury. There is also the video group led by Alicia Harris who films all of the games giving the team valuable information each week to use in player development, as well as exciting highlight packages with Liz Wootton and Corrine VanSolkema also filming from different vantage points ensuring the coaching staff gets as many angles as possible to learn from. Last but not least the coaches themselves with HC/OC Damon Mair, DC Brett Pogue, DB/LB Lyle Schwetz, OL/DL Ayden Barnes and Matt Gregory and RB/WR Mark Wootton each putting in countless hours of their time helping to groom our young athletes into a formidable football force and learn valuable life skills along the way.
The team turns its focus to a home playoff game against the Spartans, Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at Bill Moore Park. Despite the results of this past game they are not taking their opponent lightly, expecting a physical match that will require the entire team using all their skills developed over the season to come away with a victory.
The following weekend is the Island final. The winner moves onto provincials Nov. 18-19 in Kamloops.