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JV Sun Devils blast Rutland in wild card playoff

South Delta now faces GW Graham Thursday at Minoru Park in round two
The Junior Varisty Sun Devils beat Rutland 42-13 in their wild card opening round playoff game last Thursday, Nov. 9 at Cloverdale Athletic Park. Sarah ter Keurs Photography

The Junior Varsity Sun Devils scored early and often building up a 28-7 half-time lead and cruising to a 42-13 win over Rutland in the opening round of the BC High School Football playoffs last Thursday (Nov. 9) at Cloverdale Athletic Park.

Next up is GW Graham from Chilliwack who beat Centennial 21-13 in their opening round playoff game.

The game with GW is set for this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at Minoru Park in Richmond.

Quinn Sjoberg opened the scoring last Thursday catching a four-yard TD pass from Damian Dumas.

Dylan Lappin made it 14-0 with a 12-yard TD run to end the quarter.

David Christian made it 21-0 after catching a 14-yard pass from Dumas.

Rutland got on the board with a five-yard TD pass to make it 21-7, but South Delta upped the advantage to 28-7 as Sjoberg scored his second TD of the game – this one a 25-yard pass from Dumas.

Sjoberg caught his third TD of the game in the third – a 45-yard pass from Dumas.

Then Will Jollymore scored on a three-yard run to make it 42-7.

Rutland scored a TD late in the third to close out the scoring.

Dumas finished 9/11 with 173 yards passing and four TDs.

Lappin rushed for 94 yards and one TD while Sjoberg led the receivers with 102 yards and three TDs.

“It was a solid win for sure,” said head coach Scott Martens. “GW Graham is known to be big and physical and they will have size on us, so we will have to be sound in our defensive responsibilities, because if we get out of shape, we will be in some trouble.

“This won’t be the first time we are up against a team that is bigger than us. STM was bigger, Mt. Boucherie, and so was Centennial. We are used to being a smaller, athletic team that flies around on defence and executes our game plan. If all of our guys maintain their keys, we have a really good chance to smother them and take away their run game.”

Martens said he is looking forward to playing a bit closer to home this week.

“It’s nice to be at Minoru versus Cloverdale,” he said. “It’s a nice surface and a place that we haven’t played in a long time, but hopefully that will be a regular place we play playoff games in the future.”