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Sun Devils can’t overcome key injuries in loss to Belmont

Pair of grade 12 starting linemen lost in the opening minutes
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Trent Clisby, Joshua Cloete and Matthew Mcphie converge on a Belmont player during Saturday's B.C. High School Football game in Tsawwassen. The Victoria visitors prevailed 14-7.

What happened last Saturday didn’t seem fair to a team that was already walking a tight-rope thanks to a razor thin depth chart.

By the midway point of the opening quarter in a key home field tilt with the Belmont Bulldogs, the South Delta Sun Devils were dealing with a pair of significant injuries.

First it was team captain and two-way linemen standout Jack Morgenthaler going down with a knee injury that resulted in him going directly to Delta Hospital. He is expected to undergo an MRI this week to learn the extent of the injury.

Moments later, Nate Guppy, another starting Grade 12 lineman, went down awkwardly. It was determined by longtime team trainer Darrell Ross to immobilize him as a pre-cautionary measure and wait for further medical care from First Responders.

Delta Fire was first on the scene and B.C. Ambulance Services following about 20 minutes later, coming right onto the field. Fortunately, Guppy was diagnosed with a concussion and was resting at home as of Sunday evening.

The Sun Devils nearly overcame the adversity, falling 14-7 to the Bulldogs.

The visitors from Victoria struck for a pair of second quarter touchdowns while South Delta struggled to move the yardsticks in the opening half without its injured starting tackles.

However, the hosts didn’t quit and relied on a terrific defensive effort to stay in reach. Quarterback Kenny Scott relied on his athleticism to escape a constant pass rush and managed to complete eight passes for 111-yards, including a 34-yard touchdown strike to Declan Dunn in the fourth quarter.

South Delta (0-2) continues Western Conference play Saturday when Notre Dame visits Tsawwassen at 1:30 p.m.

End Zone…

The Seaquam Seahawks also sit 0-2 after a 40-18 loss to the No. 2 ranked Mt. Doug Rams. Quarterback Jack MacQuarrie fired three touchdown passes for the Seahawks.

The two Delta schools will square off on Friday, Oct. 22 under the lights at John Oliver Park at 7 p.m.