The South Delta Sun Devils will be jumping into the teeth of their 2022 B.C. High School Football schedule on Saturday knowing they already have a couple of rivalry trophies in their back pocket.
The Sun Devils will play their first home game in over a month when No. 1 ranked Vancouver College Fighting Irish visit Tsawwassen at 1:30 p.m., beginning a string of challenging Western Conference games that will determine if they are headed to next month’s provincial “AAA” playoffs.
They begin the pivotal stretch as Delta Bowl champions for the second straight year after a hard-fought 22-14 win over the Seaquam Seahawks last Saturday at John Oliver Park. The result came on the heels of rallying for a 22-16 triumph over the New West Hyacks in the annual clash for the Bill Kushnir Bronze Boot.
“Anytime you got two rivalry games and come away with two trophies, that’s huge for the kids,” said SDSS co-head coach and offensive coordinator Jerry Mulliss. “We struggled at times and made some mistakes but, the end of the day, the kids rallied and did a hell of a job so we’re pretty happy.”
The Sun Devils compiled nearly 300 yards of total offence against the Seahawks but saw too many promising drives stalled by penalties and turnovers. However, they leaned on the leadership and athleticism of Grade 12 quarterback Kenny Scott to break a 14-14 fourth quarter deadlock on a five-yard run by Ryan Roberts.
Scott used his scrambling ability to compile a team-leading 74 yards on just seven carries and would have also thrown for over 200 yards if not for a number of dropped passes. Dawson Sjoberg did make a terrific catch for an 11-yard major in the second quarter. Ben Holmes finished with three receptions for 85-yards.
With Scott attending the Canadian Futures Baseball Showcase in Toronto, Grade 11 quarterback Darius Hanna stepped up in a big way to lead South Delta to a come-from-behind win over the Hyacks.
Trailing 16-14 in the fourth quarter, he hit Morgan MacCubbin for a 12-yard touchdown. MacCubbin then ran in the two-point convert.
Hanna finished the night connecting on 10 of 19 passes for 143 yards and two majors. The other was to Trent Clisby in the opening quarter.