Brandon White of Comox helped the B.C. under-16 football team win the 2013 Red River Cup tournament at Investors Group Field Saturday in Winnipeg. The provincial ‘tackle team’ from B.C. defeated Winnipeg West 34-21, concluding the tournament with a record of three wins and two losses.
En route to the final, White recorded an interception with seven seconds remaining to seal a previous win over Winnipeg East.
The 5’10, 150-pound White, who plays for the Nanaimo Redmen, is a defensive back with the provincial team.
In the gold medal game, Team BC outscored Winnipeg West 27-0 en route to victory.
“Team BC came to play,” said head coach Sean Roden. “It was by far our best game of the tournament. The boys clearly wanted it and came with high intensity and when we do that we have good results.”
DL Zackari Vint (Kelowna Owls), who was named Team BC player of the game, got his team on the board early in the first quarter after picking off a tipped pass and running it in for a touchdown to put B.C. up 6-0 following a missed convert attempt. Vint, who finished with six tackles in the contest, added another score with no time left in the first half after recovering a ball in the end zone following a botched snap by Winnipeg West.
Detailed game stats can be found at http://www.redrivercup.com.
Winnipeg West had defeated Team B.C. in the lone meeting between the sides during the round robin portion of the tournament by a score of 21-16.
Team BC finished in a three-way tie for second place in the round robin standings along with Northern Saskatchewan and Southern Saskatchewan but earned the berth in the gold medal game on a tiebreak.
Winnipeg West finished as the top team in round robin play with a record of four wins and no losses.