The Kelowna Owls scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to pull away from the Belmont Bulldogs for a 38-12 victory and claimed a first-ever B.C. Secondary Schools Football Association championship by a Central Okanagan team.
Playing at BC Place today in Vancouver, the Owls trailed 6-0 early in the second quarter of the Junior Varsity AAA Subway Bowl final, but quickly took the lead with a touchdown at 10:40 left in the frame.
A TD catch put the Bulldogs of Victoria up 12-7 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, but Nick Tonogai replied with a TD to give the Owls a 14-12 lead before the break.
Quarterback Nate Beauchemin found Noah Gross for a touchdown pass with 3:35 left in the third quarter to make it 21-12 while Beauchemin put the Owls up 27-12 shortly afterward.
Gross scored another touchdown early in the fourth quarter as the Owls took a comfortable 35-12 lead
Runaway winners of the junior varsity (Grade 9 and 10) Interior Division with a 7-0 record that saw them outscore the opposition 323-18, the Owls played a wild-card game against previously undefeated St. Thomas More Knights of Burnaby just to get into the quarter-finals.
After disposing of Knights 55-14, KSS went on to outscore the Notre Dame Jugglers of Vancouver 27-12 on another rainy day in Burnaby for the right to meet Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers of Surrey, a team they had lost to (33-14) in their first exhibition game of the season.
The Owls earned their berth in the Subway Bowl with a 41-0 semifinal victory over the Panthers.
More to come . . .