Exciting nail-biter opens Pre-Atom Seahawks season

The Sooke Pre-Atom Seahawks came up just short in their tackle football season debut in Nanaimo on April 6.

The Sooke Pre-Atom Seahawks came up just short in their tackle football season debut in Nanaimo on April 6.

With the score 13-12 in favour of the host Bombers, the Seahawks stood stout on a third and goal to keep Nanaimo out of their end zone early in the fourth quarter. Taking over in the shadow of their own goalposts, the Seahawks offence moved the ball down the field, getting key runs from Hunter Swift and Brody Reinsch.

With just 26 seconds remaining, Sooke faced a third and long from inside Nanaimo’s 20 yard line with the game on the line. Swift fought hard for every yard, started left, cut back to the right, broke numerous attempted tackles, but the swarming Bombers’ defence stopped him shy of the first down marker. Nanaimo scored a long touchdown on the last play of the game to make the final score 19-12.

Swift had a monster game, accounting for both scores and numerous long runs. He also laid some big hits on the defensive side of` the ball, showing why he is one of the best pre-atom players on the Island.

Tagish Page, playing his first real game at centre, was nearly flawless with his snaps and blocking. Workhorse Michael Lundell played every snap of the game and had a couple of sacks on defence. Christian Kaisinger and Logan Banebridge were the other experienced Seahawks, and both had strong games, including a great play when Banebridge and first-year player Gabe Nelson double-teamed a Nanaimo defender and blocked him clear across the field, nearly depositing him on his bench.

The rest of the Seahawks, including Reinsch, were playing in their first real game. James Mullen and Wesley Johnson led the way physically, while Weston White flew around the field on defence. William Daoust had a couple nice rushing attempts, and was just a zig instead of a zag away from some big gains.

Offensive tackle Kiran Rheault worked hard opening holes for his running backs and defensive tackle Zander Adams helped keep the Bombers’ backs in check. Also, a quartet of seven-year-olds, Heath White, Dayton Planes, Mitchell Sutherland and Trystyn Schroeder showed glimpses of a bright future.

By Nathan Lowther

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Activists from the Fairy Creek Blockades hold the injunction application notice which was submitted by logging company Teal Jones to the B.C. Supreme Court. The application, which asks to have blockaders removed from the sites that stop access to cut blocks, is set to be heard on March 4. (Photo contributed/Joshua Wright)
Activists hunker down to protect Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew from logging

Forest company Teal Cedar applies for injunction to remove seven-month-old blockades

The application proposing to rezone Western Speedway was passed by Langford’s planning, zoning and affordable housing committee Feb 8. A petition has since been started by residents of Trudie Terrace, hoping to stop the proposed residential portion of the development plan. (CBRE Victoria)
Petition opposing Western Speedway development proposal gains steam

Save Thetis Heights Neighborhood petition aims to stop extension of Trudie Terrace

The City of Victoria filed a petition with the Supreme Court of B.C. March 2 to have it clarify whether, under the Trustee Act, Beacon Hill Park can be used for temporary sheltering. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria asks court to clarify if Beacon Hill Park can be used for sheltering

City of Victoria filed petition to Supreme Court of B.C. March 2

Boma Brown won the Emerging Leader Award for her work founding the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour. (Courtesy of Boma Brown)
Victoria SNIWWOC founder up for national women’s award for volunteer efforts

Victoria’s Boma Brown is a semi-finalist in the running for the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth award

Older rental apartments are prime candidates for renovations, and could result in lost affordable housing stock. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
B.C.’s renoviction overhaul a good start, but won’t preserve affordable stock, lawyer says

And still no protection for people who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19

(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities

Kelowna, Kamloops centres chosen to host B.C. WHL teams for 24-game regular season

.
LETTER: Anti-semitism definition lacking

Re: We must identify anti-Semitism and combat it (Online, Feb. 26) I… Continue reading

The victim of the homicide on Cowichan Lake Road early Monday morning was 17 years old, and was stabbed in the incident. (File photo)
Duncan homicide victim was 17 years old

RCMP report that teenager was stabbed

(File photo)
RCMP arrest man after report of gun-toting threat-maker near Parksville schools

43-year-old man taken into custody; students at nearby schools were asked to stay inside

The machines are akin to ATMs and allow drug users at risk of overdose to get hydromorphone pills dispensed to them after their palm has been scanned to identify its unique vein pattern. (CANADIAN PRESS)
Feds dole out $3.5M for ‘vending machines’ to dispense safer opioids in B.C.

The machines are located in four cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Victoria

Kelowna’s lakefront visitor centre is one of 130 around the province. Tourism businesses have been hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions on travel. (Destination B.C.)
Tourism, small business getting COVID-19 help, B.C. minister says

$300M grant program has delivered $50 million so far

Most Read