Running back Thomas Franks rushed for 137 yards and two TDs on 12 carries, and the Ballenas Secondary Whalers rolled over the Spectrum Thunder from Victoria 51-0 in AA B.C. High School Football preseason action in Parksville last Friday.
“It was a good game, we did a lot of things well but we still need to keep working on the fundamentals,” Whalers’ head coach Jeremy Conn said after the dust had settled, adding “Spectrum is a pretty young team, this is their fist year in the league, but they have good numbers and they played with heart.”
Rounding out the Whalers scoring were fullback Coltin Laplante who had three carries for 34 yards and a TD. QB Garrinn McDonnell, who looked sharp in his first varsity start, also ran a TD in on a QB sneak at the goal-line.
McDonnell also found Laplante on a 30 yard touchdown pass.
AJ Messner peeled off a 12 yard touchdown run, and Tyson Low punched in another TD from one yard out. Brandon German added a sack for a safety, and McDonnell was also stellar kicking the ball on kickoff, and went 7-for-7 on extra points.
On defense the Whalers pitched a shut out led by Laplante who had eight tackles, and Franks with four.
“I was happy with our performance as everyone had a chance to get significant playing time and many of our guys really stepped up,” said Conn.
The JV’s were in Nanaimo at NDSS to take on the Islanders on Wednesday (score unavailabkle at press time).
The seniors travel to Richmond Friday to take on the AA Hugh Boyd Trojans.
Both teams are home the following Saturday for a double header against the Belmont Bulldogs.