Nov 2012 13

Lions Roar Loudest

Posted in Featured, Sports

The Atom Lions capped off a perfect season by beating the Vanderhoof Atom Vikings 48 to 0 to capture the B.C. Community Football 9-Man Provincial Championship this past weekend in Kamloops.

A well balanced attack on offense and an aggressive defense was the story of the game for the Lions.

On the opening drive of the game the Lions’ Noah Gross intercepted a pass on Vanderhoof’s first play from scrimmage and ran it back 15 yards for a touchdown.  Gross who played strong on both sides of the ball all day also scored team’s second major on a 25 yard run and forced a fumble on a kick off before the half.  Another key veteran for the Lions was Nate Beauchemin who was a perfect 6 for 6 on point after attempts and also rushed for 3 touchdowns on the day.  The pair of  second year players have played hard and lead the Atom Lions all year with their outstanding effort and focus on the field.

Defensive ends Aidan Vint and Wilson Holland both were outstanding on the line shutting down the Vikings running game.

Chad Laughren, the Lions Quarterback was named game MVP for directing his team to over 250 yards on total offense.  Laughren ran a controlled offense that saw 7 different players carry the ball.  He also threw for one touch down to Wilson Holland who was named Most Sportsmanlike Player of the game for his work on both sides of the ball.  The offensive line of Keegan Bray, Cory Couch, Dylan McBratney, Leon Johns and Morgan Scott were outstanding as well, protecting the quarterback and opening up lanes for the running backs all game.  Without their efforts the Lions success would have been limited.

“This is a great way to end the season for this special group of young players,” states Head Coach Kendall Gross.  “As a coach I could not be any prouder of how hard the Lions have practiced and played all year.  Every player on this team contributed to our success.”

The Kelowna Mission Atom Lions are: Cory Couch, Wilson Holland, Noah Gross, Leon Johns, Xander Kennedy, Chad Laughren, Morgan Scott, Damon Alfonso, Nate Beauchemin, Alex Mace, Dylan McBratney, Aidan Vint, Kian Bos, Ryan Dekleva, Ethan Irvine, Neven MacQuarrie, Keegan Bray, Riley Campbell, Blake Chapman.  Coaches are Kendall Gross, Paul Beauchemin, Mike Irvine, Dean Kennedy, Tony Bray

The Kelowna Mission Atom Lions have players that are ages 6 to 9 years old.  The Lions play in the Southern Interior Football Conference (SIFC) which features teams from Kelowna, West Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Salmon Arm.

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