The bantam Raiders suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday.

Peewees advance to Island final; bantams ousted from playoffs

The Comox Valley Raiders peewee football team is moving on to the Island championship while the bantam Raiders suffered their first defeat of the season on the weekend.

The bantams compiled a 10-0 regular season record to gain home field advantage, but winter conditions forced Sunday’s playoff game against the Victoria Spartans to be played on the turf in Ladysmith.

In their first meeting last month in Victoria, the Raiders won 38-7 in what was possibly their best game of the year. But on Sunday, the score was 29—22 in favour of Victoria.

“We made two really big fumbles,” bantam head coach Damon Mair said. “They scooped them up and shortly thereafter scored. That was the difference in the game. Then they made a few big pass plays that got right over top of our defensive back, and the kid made a great catch. They played mistake-free football and we made a couple of mistakes, and that was the difference.”

Mair added the turf field likely favoured the Spartans. The Victoria side has four of five fast players, who at times could not be caught on Sunday.

The Raiders consist of 14- and 15-year-old boys and girls from Campbell River and the Comox Valley, and can take solace in the fact that it’s been several years since a Raiders team has gone undefeated during a season.

“I mentioned this isn’t the end of the world,” Mair said. “This team is just starting to realize how good it can be. They have the potential to play three more years with midget. If they stick together, they should continue to have success…This is their first taste of success. Hopefully that spurs them on to continue and get better. I don’t see why they aren’t a contender every season from now on.”

Before the bantams took to the field, the younger peewees defeated the Oceanside Lions 38-6.

“They had a great game,” Mair said. “They were just dominant on defence, offence. It was fantastic.”

The peewee Raiders were down by six early in the game, but then the offence kicked into high gear. David Chincoya, Sam Humphries and Caleb Gosselin-Elliot scored touchdowns, Brian Morrison kicked four converts, and Kayla Short-Billy ran for some big gains.

The defence dominated throughout the game, managing to hold the Lions to a single touchdown. Rhys Binney, Chincoya and Morrison shut down the offence with multiple sacks.

“Strong blocking by the entire defensive line and big plays by the offence gave the peewee team a spot in the final of the Vancouver Island Championship,” a press release states.

The peewees, who finished second in their league, face the top team, the Victoria Renegades, in the final, Nov. 12 at Merle Logan field in Nanaimo. The winner advances to provincials Nov. 18-19 in Kamloops.

Just Posted

Draft plan for Union Bay coal hills remediation to be submitted this spring

West Fraser Mills is paying for the installation of an engineered membrane

Crowdfunding page created for family of Comox Valley man killed in Peru

A GoFundMe page has been created for the family of Sebastian Woodroffe,… Continue reading

Comox Valley’s living wage sees four per cent increase from 2017 – report

Advocacy groups say the Valley’s inflation rate was nearly double the provincial average

Peru authorities order arrest of two suspects in Vancouver Island man’s killing

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the… Continue reading

Big Read: locked out of the woods

Vancouver Islanders struggle to balance back country public access with private land protection

VIDEO: Third annual SD71 student inquiry fair celebrates Comox Valley students’ creativity

The creativity of Comox Valley students was on display at School District… Continue reading

Former Social Credit MLA dies at 88

Lyall Hanson was mayor of Vernon in 1981 and moved to provincial politics from 1986-96

WATCH: Officers recognized at 10th anniversary of anti-impaired driving program

Alexa’s Team has grown from 26 members in 2008 to the current 2,400

Police searching for escaped prisoner in B.C.

Ralph Whitfield Morris, 83, is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder

B.C. set to introduce pot laws, but years of fine tuning likely: minister

Legislation regulating recreational marijuana is expected to be introduced Thursday

Arrests made after truck crashes into unmarked police cars in Nanaimo

Two men facing numerous charges after allegedly fleeing scene on the mid-island

Canadian driver uses lawn chair as driver’s seat, gets caught

Ontario police detachment caught the male driver during a traffic stop

B.C. moves to restrict pill presses in opioid battle

Minister Mike Farnworth says federal law doesn’t go far enough

VIDEO: Vets, volunteers set up vaccination station for sick bunnies

Volunteers, vets try to stop spread of lethal virus

Most Read