The Sooke Seahawks Peewee football team started strong then hung on late for a 16-12 victory over the Nanaimo Redmen on April 20 at Langford’s Westhills Field.
For the second straight week, Matt Holmes ran for two long first-half touchdowns. On the first he started up the middle but made a great cut to the outside and raced 30 yards to the Redmen’s endzone.
The second touchdown was a 100 yard thing of beauty. With the Seahawks facing second down from inside their own 10-yard line, Holmes burst through the left side of the line and up the sidelines. At about midfield he cleverly cut back inside, used an official to screen himself from his pursuers, and outran everyone to paydirt. Holmes has accounted for all four Seahawk scores this season.
Sooke came out of halftime up 16-0, but some turnovers and sloppy tackling let Nanaimo claw back into the game, leading to a nail-biter of a finish. Nanaimo got the ball back with just under 90 seconds remaining, trailing by four, and started moving the ball down the field. But the defence dug in, with Cole Johns and Andy Abel playing key roles in the game-saving defensive stand.
But it was special teams that ultimately decided this game. Tie Boake and Logan Winger both recovered well-placed short kicks from Abel to keep the ball out of Nanaimo’s hands. Nick Pollock, filling in at place-kicker, booted both convert attempts through the uprights (a kicked convert counts for two points at this level) after perfect snaps from Jordan Schutt. Nanaimo botched both their convert attempts after bad snaps, providing Sooke the margin of victory.
The 2-1 Seahawks go for their third straight win Sunday, April 28 against the 1-1 Cowichan Bulldogs at Westhills Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
Submitted by Nathan Lowther