Today was a tough loss for the Varsity Highlanders in the rain as they lost 29-6 to the Nanaimo District Islanders.
On a day when it’s defence was the story, it seemed fitting that a defensive end could put the exclamation mark on a big road win for the Islanders.
Zephyr Melnyk returned a blocked punt 17 yards for the game’s final score, capping a day in which he recorded a pair of sacks and collected a fumble recovery in the Pacific Conference opener for both teams.
“I thought our defence played exceptionally well this afternoon,” said Nanaimo District head coach Nate Stevenson of a group that procured three fumble recoveries. “We managed to put a lot of pressure on the West Van offence and create numerous turnovers. The defensive unit was a highlight for us today.”
On offence, quarterback Maren Bradbrooke threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Liam Colbourne and rushed for a 20-yard score himself.
Running back Kyle Lindsay, who carried 14 times for 98 yards, also rushed for an 11-yard score.
“Not a lot to say about this one,” said West Vancouver coach Pooya Dourandish. “We came out flat and stayed that way for the rest of the game. We showed flashes here and there but never came close to our usual production on both sides of the ball. Pair that with Nanaimo showing up to play and it leads to a long day. We will need to forget about this one and move on fast in order to right the ship.” ~ Article by Howard Tsumura @ VarsityLetters.ca
Next up for the Varsity team is the Rutland Voodoo in Kelowna next Friday
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