SURREY — The Frank Hurt Hornets are adding some swagger to their sting in their first season of class AA high school football after a four-year absence.
The Bugs have not only proven they belong in the AA ranks, they are also closing in on a playoff spot. The Hornets took a big step in that direction Friday when they topped North Delta's Seaquam Seahawks 36-13 in Newton.
"It was good win, especially because it was a rivalry game," said Hornets coach Duane Linnen. "The biggest thing is we moved one step closer to playoffs and that's important because nobody had us winning any games this year. Everyone said we wouldn't win any games because we came up from Tier 2 and that's nonsense. Football is football and our boys are tired of being dismissed because of where we played last year. This is this year and every week we have to go out and play our game and show other teams that we're for real and we're playing AA ball.
"That was a win we needed because it's going to come down between Holy Cross and us for the number two and three spot for the playoffs. That's going to be the big game for us."
Senior running back Bash Sise-Odaa sparked the Hornets along the ground with 11 carries for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Hornets stung the Seahawks through the air as well Rahshon Loobie hauled in three passed for 100 yards and three more touchdowns.
Loobie's great hands were at work on defence as well where he picked off one Seaquam pass attempt. Geordalen Gamez sacked the Seaquam quarterback three times in the contest while Alex Garcia and Raj Sandhu helped out with a half-dozen tackles and two sacks apiece for Frank Hurt.
Seaquam quarterback Joss Yanciw engineered both Seahawk majors, running three years for one TD and throwing to Masaki Kawanami for a 47-yard score.
In other class AA action, the Holy Cross Crusaders kept their playoff hopes alive with a narrow 14-12 double overtime win over Richmond's Hugh Boyd Saturday in Fleetwood.
In class AAA play, Cloverdale's Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers took their unbeaten show on the road to Kelowna where they battered the Mount Boucherie Bears 34-0 Friday.
Jamel Lyles once again was the focus of the scoresheet for the third-ranked Panthers, but with the Bears packing the box to limit his running threat, the star tailback was forced to widen his skill set. Lyles collected 133 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns along the ground. Then, using the wildcat formation, Lyles competed three passes for 56 yards including 14-yard a scoring strike to quarterback Connor McKay.
Caleb Abraham ran for one TD and McKay completed the Panthers' scoring with a 45-yard TD pass to Joe Carter.
On defence, the Panthers pounced on the Bears offensive line, breaking through for eight quarterback sacks. Defensive end Austin Thornton set a school record with five sacks in the game while linemates Jairo Salazar, Brendan Kennedy and Andrew Diachuk also found the Bears QB behind the line of scrimmage.
"Mount Boucherie is pretty good offensively - they put 28 points up against (second -ranked) Terry Fox a week ago in the first half," said Panthers coach Kurt Thornton. "We were worried about a slow start because of the travel but we managed the trip well so that wasn't an issue. On our first drive we punted and then we scored on our next four possessions.
"Our passing game is getting better and that's important because up until now our running game has been dominant and we need more balance in our offence. The defence continues to improve and gave us good field position so it was a good, all around effort."
The Panthers are on the road again this week when they travel to Rutland to take on the Voodoo Friday afternoon.
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