Sooke players celebrate after their big junior bantam football win.

Sooke players celebrate after their big junior bantam football win.

Sooke players driving force behind championship win

Victoria Spartans knock out Nanaimo in junior bantam football finale

After giving up the first touchdown of the game and behind 6-0, the Victoria Spartans Junior Bantam team led by nine Sooke players rallied to win 48-18 against Nanaimo in an all-Island final at Westhills Stadium in Langford Friday.

In only their second year in this four-down American High School rules league, the Spartans had a perfect 7-0 record-outscoring their opponents 226-60, with most of the starters pulled at halftime.

Highlights of the day include MVP of the game Spencer Logan with one touchdown, 115 all-purpose yards, numerous blocks on defence, tackles and sacks.

Jared Steele scored two touchdowns and led blocking on all for other touchdowns.

Owen Cheng had two touchdowns and four touchdown-saving tackles at full safety.

Caleb Carrier centered his offence, had a kick-off recovery, long-snapped his team and had numerous tackles at interior lineman.

Avan Wickheim captained the defence to another stellar performance.

Riley Brefelo picked up a fumbled kick-return and led by Logan expertly ran it back. It was called back due to a penalty, however. Brefelo had many tackles and superb coverage at corner.

Sam Lowden had two receptions at tight-end both screens thrown by quarterback Will Gorchinov, with Lowden running one in for his first touchdown of the season.

Simon Hadley blocked and consistently ran his routes as a receiver.

Missing on the day was Anthony Tucker with an injury. Peewee call-up player James Mullen played right guard and finished all his blocks.

“All in all it was a great season,” said coach Andy Carrier, with Sooke [players] figuring in prominently and leading by example with sacrifice and hard-work.”