The Robert Bateman junior varsity Timberwolves traveled to North Vancouver last Thursday to beat the Windsor Dukes 21-20 in round one of the AA football playoffs. The Dukes opened the scoring in the first quarter and went ahead 7-0. Bateman’s Anthony Bodger fired back with a 65-yard run for a major and the Wolves were able to tie the game at seven.
Bodger rushed for two more TDs in the second quarter on runs of 79 and 75 yards. Kicker Terry Bagri again made both converts, giving the ‘Wolves a 21-7 lead at the half. The Dukes fought back and closed the score to 21-20 late in the forth quarter. The Dukes attempted a convert and the ‘Wolves safety, Keegan Vicklund, blocked the kick to preserve the 21-20 victory. Bodger finished the game with 18 carries for 274 yards and 3 majors.
The Wolves defence was lead by Dawson Davis, Josiah Ordough, Lashawn Berg and Cort Joseph. Collectively, the defense had five sacks and two interceptions. Next week in the quarter-finals, the Wolves take on the Abby Panthers at Abby on Wednesday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m.
The W.J. Mouat junior varsity Hawks rolled through their first playoff game last week, defeating the Handsworth Royals of North Vancouver 55-26.
Despite an opening drive touchdown by the Royals, the Hawks responded in a big way and led by a score of 24-6 after the first quarter. However, a highly skilled Royals team did not back down, battling back to make it a 32-20 game at half-time. The Hawks came out after the half and re-established their dominance, scoring the next three touchdowns of the game to put it out of reach. The Hawks relied on a steady ground attack behind the strong play of their offensive line, with three running backs rushing for over 100 yards: Nelson Lokombo (17 rushes for 227 yards), Austin Lal (13 rushes for 173 yards), and Edward Escobal (6 rushes for 119 yards). The Hawks now move into the semifinals of the AAA playoffs, journeying to Vancouver College this Thursday.