Raiders Junior Bantams defeat Nanaimo in tough football contest

The Raiders knocked off defending champion Nanaimo in Junior Bantam football action.

The Raiders knocked off defending champion Nanaimo in Junior Bantam football action.

The Comox Valley Junior Bantam Raiders defeated the defending champion Fairview (Nanaimo) Cowboys 14-8 in a very tough football game on Saturday.

“This is our third win in a row and the players are really coming together as a team,” said coach Damon Mair. “Hannah Bourbyn, Emelie Vansolkema and Lexie Monro were a force in the middle of our defence, making it very difficult for the Cowboys to generate any success running the ball on us.

“On offence Drew Wootton filled in at running back admirably with some strong runs as well as a touchdown and Austin Osterbeck completed many passes, including a touchdown to Xavier Horth-Bourdrias, and held up well against some defensive pressure at quarterback,” Mair said.

“We face this same team next week in Nanaimo as part of home-and-home series and I expect we will be in for another tough match,” the coach added.