wgs 26-6 in youth football action in Nanaimo Saturday.
“It was a great game,” Lions’ head coach and Oceanside Youth Football president Harold Barker said. It’s the first time we’ve beaten them in league play in five years, so that was really big for us.”
A battle of unbeatens, both teams went into the game 3-0. Oceanside led 18-0 at the half.
Barker said the local squad of 8-11 year olds has been working hard this season.
“They just loved it,” he chuckled when asked if the Lions were happy with the win, adding, “actually they were pretty scared at the start, just the rivalry between the two organizations. The kids know what that rivalry’s all about. We lost to them by a touchdown last year (and) I told them it was our time.”
It was, said Barker, a great team effort in which “all the kids played great.”
Running back Ben Robinson led the charge for the Lions with a ton of yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Matt Giroux also piled up a lot of tough yards running the ball and was the leading tackler on the day.
Tristan Harris pulled down a couple receptions and ran one in from about 30 yards out for the other TD. Ty Barker ran one in for the two point convert.
Jesse Lamont and Adrian Friesen were both stellar on the outside linebacker spot and Ben Chomolok was cool as a cucumber at quarterback.
The Peewee Lions take to the field for an inter-squad game up at Springwood Park at 11 a.m. Sunday (Oceanside’s Bantam Titans are in action after that) and return to Springwood the following Sunday (Oct. 23) against the Ladysmith Steelers.