A purposeful start and an inspiring finish were just the book-end chapters the visiting Islanders were looking for.
NDSS (3-1, 2-1) opened the game with a scoring drive capped by quarterback Finn Bradbrooke’s two-yard run, and then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kick-off which they turned into halfback Kyle Lindsay’s five-yard scoring run.
Tack on a 99-yard fourth-quarter drive capped by a three-yard Bradbrooke TD scamper, and a pair of fourth-and-goal stops by the defence, and you have the difference.
“Both teams brought a passionate effort,” said Isles’ head coach Nate Stevenson. “I am proud of the team for the competitive streak they showed.”
West Vancouver head coach Pooya Dourandish, who saw his team lose for the second straight week and fall to 1-2 in the conference, was adamant that his team try to move on.
“Poor coaching and poor execution killed us today,” Dourandish said. “We couldn’t score from the goal line twice, and we couldn’t stop the run. Credit to Nanaimo for their offensive execution. We need to forget about this one and move on quick if we want to have any success moving forward.”
Lindsay’s 11-yard run accounted for the Isles’ fourth major. West Vancouver scored on a TD pass from quarterback Ben Welsh to Matt Lane. Connor Chapman rushed for 59 yards in the loss and recorded nine tackles.
Nanaimo District got a combined 175 rushing yards from its scoring duo. Bradbrooke carried 10 times for 72 yards and Lindsay 16 times for 103. On defence, free safety Liam Colbounre had five tackles and a pick while linebacker Jamie McColm had five tackles and a sack. ~ Howard Tsumura
Pride ~ Respect ~ United
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