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Ballenas Whalers stop Argyle Pipers 22-15 in high school football clash

Whalers now prepare for Border Battle against John Barsby Bulldogs

The Ballenas Whalers senior varsity team silenced the visiting Argyle Pipers 22-15 in a BC High School Football AA Coastal Conference game that was held at Ballenas field Friday, Sept. 30.

It’s a win the Whalers will savour but it also showed some flaws in their game. They’re now 2-0 this season and head coach Jeremy Conn knows they have to be better as the road ahead will be tougher.

“They had moments of brilliance but there’s too many dropped passes, too many penalties,” said Conn. “I thought the defence was there but they’re hard to tackle. They’ve got some huge kids that are just beasts. They’re a good team.”

It was the Pipers that took the initial lead 7-0 in the first quarter, using an effective passing game that the Whalers struggled to defend.

“It’s something that we really need to work on,” said Conn. “Losing one of our starting players (linebacker Rohan Barlow) early kinda hurt,” said Conn. “That’s tough because when you don’t have a lot of kids, it’s hard to work your pass defence. You don’t have a good look to go against. That’s something we have to get better at.”

The Whalers settled down after giving up a touchdown and took control of the game. Running back Kooper Chambers led the charge with a long punt return and Brayden Harvey finished it off with a six-yard touchdown and two-point convert to give the Whalers a slim 8-7 lead.

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They extended the lead to 14-7 with Mark Filko despite getting tackled near the end zone had the presence of mind to stretch his arm with the ball and get it past the goal line for a touchdown. Carter Brett completed the 0ne-point convert to make it 15-7.

In the third quarter, the Whalers continued to pressure the Pipers defence. Quarterback Brayden Jupe got a touchdown on a quarterback sneak with Carter scoring the one-point convert to extend the Whalers lead to 22-7.

The Pipers bounced back late in the game and was able to cut the lead to 22-15 with the time winding down.

Chambers was very involved on both ends as he posted 15 rushes for 184 yards, a long punt return, an interception return, a sack and five tackles.

The defence was highlighted by Barlow, who had five tackles before he got injured, lineman Will Dubesky, who gave the Argyle defence problems recording two sacks and five tackles. Filko had five tackles and Muelleder had four.

The Whalers will now prepare for their annual border battle against arch-nemesis the John Barsby Bulldogs next week. The Whalers junior varsity will face defending champions Bulldogs first in Nanaimo on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at John Barsby field at 3 p.m. It will the be junior Whalers’ first conference game of the season.

“We want the kids to be excited but not to be too nervous,” said Conn. “We want them to go and have fun and bring the intensity the rivalry game requires.

The Whalers senior varsity will get their turn when they host the Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 7 at Ballenas field at 3:45 p.m.

Conn expects it to be a tough match.

“Barsby is one of the tough teams in the conference and it’s a chance to find out where we’re at,” said Conn.

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Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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