Centennial Centaurs 21 - Ballenas Whalers 33
The Centaurs played a good game but couldn't seem to get a break from the referees at times is seemed. The score wasn't indicative of the effort and the fight in the Centaurs.
Article below courtesy of Howard Tsumura of Varsity Letters (www.varsityletters.ca)
COQUITLAM — Big first-half plays set the table and proved to be game-breakers Friday as Parksville’s Ballenas Whalers started as hot as the heat and topped the host Centaurs in front of about 1,000 of the hometown faithful.
“It was a great win in really hot conditions (27 degrees) which makes it tough when you have a smaller roster like we do,” said Ballenas coach Jeremy Conn, “but we are proud of our boys who fought through adversity and made a lot of good plays. That said, we have lots to work on to keep getting better.”
First, Whalers’ pivot Ben Chomolok hit receiver Jacob Stockton on a slant that went 75 yards for touchdown.
On its next drive, Chomolok found Demar Hohnstein on a screen and he took it 49 yards for the score to make it 14-0 for Whalers at end of first quarter.
Centennial would respond but so too did Ballenas, as Hohnstein broke a draw on third-and-long for 50 yards to make it 21-7 at the half.
Chomolok threw a one-yard TD strike while Hohnstein scored off a 15-yard run to account for the Whalers’ second-half scoring.
Linebackers Adrian Friesen led the team with 10 tackles while Jack Giroux added nine.
Article below courtesy of Mario Bartel and the TriCity News
The Centennial Centaurs football team lost its 15th regular season game in a row Friday, but head coach Dino Geremia says it will be how his side responds next week that will determine if this is to be a third straight lost season.
Geremia said there was much to be encouraged about in the Centaurs 33-21 home field loss to the Ballenas Whalers that his charges can build build upon for their game against Sullivan Heights next Friday at Cloverdale Athletic Park.
“The team showed fight and a willingness to dig in and get back out there to make plays,”Geremia said. “It is encouraging to see some of the young players step in and do well.”
Those players included quarterback Kayle Cowley, who threw for 146 yards and made a couple of gutsy runs to gain first downs. Juniors Kayshawn Beswick and Ziad Sabry also stood out on a hot, sunny afternoon.
The heat may have been a factor in a sloppy first half that was bogged down by several penalties by both teams.
The Centaurs also made some mental errors defensively that allowed the visitors to convert a couple some big plays. But Centennial didn’t go quietly as midway through the second quarter, Beswick made a big reception then scampered into the end zone to get his side on the scoreboard.
Geremia said aside from occasional letdowns, he was pleased with his team’s defence, particularly Hussein Sabry, who managed to penetrate the Whalers’ backfield and forced two fumbles.
In the other senior game, Terry Fox Ravens lost to South Delta, 37-0, on Saturday in South Delta.
In junior varsity action last Wednesday, Centennial defeated Ballenas 29-24. Fox opens its JV schedule this Thursday against Kelowna, 2 p.m. at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium.
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