The South Delta Sun Devils overcame the Handsworth Royals and their sun-baked home field to get the 2022 high school football season off to a winning start last Friday.
The Tsawwassen school opened up a 22-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 38-8 victory over their North Vancouver opponent. A long stretch of dry weather coupled with an electrical problem with the irrigation system has left the SDSS oval field with little in the way of green grass.
Fortunately, the senior varsity team doesn’t play at home again unit early October and the drought conditions didn’t slow down its running game.
South Delta rushed for 238-yards on the day — led by 100-yards on just 10 carries from Grade 11 running back Ryan Roberts.
Fresh off a productive summer playing baseball for Team B.C. at the Canada Summer Games and for the B.C. Premier Baseball League champion Delta Blue Jays, returning starting quarterback Kenny Scott showcased his athleticism to throw for 60-yards and rush for 61 more before making way for back-up Darius Hanna in the second half.
Cameron Trolland gave the hosts a 6-0 lead on a six-yard run in the opener quarter. Scott then found the end zone on a one-yard sneak, before hitting Dawson Sjoberg from 22-yards out to make it 22-0 at the half.
Hanna then found Morgan MacCubbin on a 21-yard third quarter touchdown strike before closing out the scoring on a 13-yard keeper. The Royals broke the shutout in the fourth quarter.
MacCubbin was South Delta’s leading receiver with four catches for 44 yards. The defence was led by five tackles from Oskar Mcphie and another four from Trent Clisby.
The Sun Devils continue their four-game non-conference schedule with a trip to Town Centre Stadium in Coquitlam on Friday night to take on the Terry Fox Ravens.