Ayden Chambers. (Michael Briones photo)

Ballenas Whalers advance to junior varsity Subway Bowl title game

UPDATE: Senior squad falls to Vernon in semifinal

The Ballenas Junior Varsity Whalers will play for a provincial high school football title.

The Whalers rolled to a dominating 42-6 win over the South Kamloops Titans Wednesday at Burnaby Lakes, in Subway Bowl semifinal action. On Nov. 30, the locals play the Windsor Dukes (50-34 winners over G.W. Graham Grizzlies in the other semifinal) in the Subway Bowl at BC Place. Earlier this year, the Dukes edged the Whalers 14-6 at Windsor.

A powerful running attack led the way for the Whalers against South Kam, with Ayden Chambers turning in a massive effort with 16 rushes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, including a 78-yard jaunt.

Quarterback Ryker Pearson tossed just four passes on the day (completing two for 20 yards), but also had 87 yards on 10 carries and two TDs on the ground.

Kooper Chambers and Gage D’Lerma each rushed for 72 yards, on seven and eight carries, respectively.

Pearson also had five tackles on defence, while Enzo Agostini, Reme Conway and Aiden Nicholls had four stops apiece, and Rio Shoda-Dooher had a QB sack. Agostini also recovered a fumble.

READ MORE: Ballenas junior, senior football sides in B.C. semifinals

• In senior varsity action, Ballenas saw its stellar season reach a conclusion, following a tough 37-0 loss against the powerful Vernon Panthers in Subway Bowl semifinal action Saturday at B.C. Place.

The Whalers defence was stellar for much of the first half, with the teams locked in a scoreless duel. But two TDs in the final two minutes of the half broke the game open for the Whalers, and they continued to cruise from there.

Five Whalers were named provincial all-stars, with Ben Chomolok named as AA offensive MVP. Receiver Jacob Stockton, defensive lineman Demar Hohnstien, linebacker Adrian Friesen and offensive lineman Gage Geiger earned the other all-star accolades.

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