After a second-half rally on the road to earn a tie in their final preseason game, the Seaquam Seahawks were eager to play their first game of the B.C. High School Football Association’s regular season.
But turnovers and other miscues left the Seahawks on the short end of a 20-6 Southern Conference decision against the Holy Cross Crusaders Saturday afternoon at Seaquam Secondary.
“I felt that we had turned the corner last week,” said Seahawks coach Jerry Mulliss. “But as things turned out we reverted back to the same problems we have been dealing with since the start of the season.”
Sam Orlick scored the lone touchdown for Seaquam, which generated just 131 yards net offense.
“We run a very simple offense,” said Mulliss. “But we are not executing it well.”
Will Gladwell scored two touchdowns for the Crusaders, one on a 35-yard pass reception from Patrick Shoemay and the other on an 85-yard kickoff return. Lucas Ciampeletti ran for the third Crusaders score.
Top defensive efforts came from Anton Cvitkovich with five tackles and a quarterback sack, Sam Garzetto with five tackles, and Ciampeletti, Johnathon Kongbo and Josh Manno with a sack each.
“It was a strong performance by the entire defence, led by Josh Manno and Johnathon Kongbo,” said Crusaders coach Ken Buchan. “We were very happy with our defensive performance, but still have lots to do on offense.”
The Seahawks defense was led by Robert Hodgins and Cory Hudson with seven tackles each, and Jayden Mah and Orlick with six each.
Seaquam will play an exhibition game against the Squalicum Storm from Bellingham, Washington at home Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Crusaders will also play an exhibition contest, visiting the Carson Graham Eagles of North Vancouver today (Friday).
The Frank Hurt Hornets also played the first game of their Southern Conference schedule, and lost 42-14 to the South Delta Sun Devils in Tsawwassen Saturday afternoon. The Hornets will host the Hugh Boyd Trojans of Richmond tonight (Friday) at 3 p.m.
In Senior AAA play, the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers rolled past the Kelowna Owls 35-0 Friday at the Cloverdale high school. Jamel Lyles rushed for 189 and three touchdowns, while Caleb Abraham ran the ball for 110 yards and two major scores.
The Panthers were at home yesterday when the W.J. Mouat Hawks were the visitors. The Hawks defeated the Mt. Boucherie Bears 58-20 in their first game of the Eastern Conference schedule.