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JV Sun Devils advance to semifinals

South Delta rolls to big win over GW Graham
The Junior Varisty Sun Devils are now one win away for challenging to a provincial title after a 33-22 win over GW Graham at Minoru Park in Richmond Nov. 16. Jim Kinnear Photo

The Junior Varsity Sun Devils have advanced to the final four of the BC High School Football playoffs.

South Delta opened up a big 33-0 lead in the third quarter winning 33-22 over GW Graham from Chilliwack in the quarterfinals last Thursday (Nov. 16) at Minoru Park in Richmond.

The Sun Devils will now meet Lord Tweedsmuir (Surrey) in the semifinal. They beat Notre Dame 35-13. The other semifinal will feature Vancouver College against WJ Mouat. College beat New West 46-13 while Mouat won a wild shootout 47-33 against St. Thomas More.

South Delta’s semifinal game is 2 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 23) at Minoru.

“It was a big win for us,” said head coach Scott Martens. “We didn’t have the ball that much they had almost twice the amount of offensive plays that we did, but we made those possessions matter.”

After South Delta’s second score to go up 13-0, GW Graham had a long drive that got them inside the Sun Devils five-yard line with about 90 seconds to go, but the defence kept them out of the endzone on three consecutive plays, which ended the half.

“It was inspired play by the defence who executed the game plan perfectly,” said Martens. GW Graham got the ball to start the second half and within a few plays Jarred Brown intercepted a pass and took it back for the score.

A quick three and out with a block on the punt and South Delta had another short field and it only took one play to score.

The score quickly was at 26-0, another interception by Quinn Sjoberg another short field and a score made it 33-0 heading into the fourth quarter.

“GW Graham’s offensive line dwarfed our defensive line, but it was that d-line along with our line backers who ended up dominating the line of scrimmage and was the key to our success today,” said Martens. “GW Graham was able to score three TDs in the fourth, but the game was well out of reach and we were getting some valuable playing time for our young guys.”

Quarterback Damian Dumas was seven for 12 for 129 yards passing and two TDs. He also rushed for 80 yards on 10 carries with a pair of TD runs.

Quinn Sjoberg led the receiving core with 71 yards and one TD, while Dylan Lappin caught 46 yards and one TD.

Sjoberg and Brown each had interceptions on defence with Brown running his back for a score.