Oceanside Lions Markus Neugebauer (8) Mason Muelleder (77) and Brayden Jupe (14) come in to help Kooper Chambers (Bottom) Rocco Zavaglia-Leclerc (70) and Mark Filko (40) take down a very game Westshore Warriors offence during the Lions win on Sunday. — Baxter Redfern photo

Lions maul tough Warriors

After suffering their first loss of the season, the Oceanside Lions peewee football team came roaring back last Sunday to maul the Westshore Warriors from Victoria.

The Lions got tamed by the Saanich Wolverines the week before and they needed to be at their very best against the formidable Warriors, who were the only unbeaten left in the league.

Coach Bruce Neugebauer said the Lions played their hearts out and did not disappoint. They scored a big win.

“It was the best all-around game of the season for the Lions against a very talented Westshore Warriors squad,” said Neugebauer. “The Lions showed great grit during this game.”

After going down by two scores early and the Warriors defence shutting down the Lions early attempts to score, the Lions held a slim two-point margin at half-time.

The second half featured some very strong play from the Lions including great runs down the field by Will Dubesky, Kooper Chambers and Carter Brett.

Brayden Jupe kept things calm under centre and the entire offensive line gave the Lions quarterback time to execute high quality plays.

Enzo Agostini helped create multiple turn-overs and the special teams shone by denying the Warriors possession on on-side kicks as well as, picking up several loose balls on the field during kick-offs.

The highlight of the game was seeing Matthew Greenshields, a younger and smaller player, tackle a Warrior at least twice his size on a run-back.

The Lions play one more home game at 11 a.m. on June 11. Following that, the playoffs starts.

— NEWS Staff