South Delta Sun Devils head to Abbotsford on Friday afternoon to open the B.C. High School Football playoffs against the Mission Roadrunners.
The wild card match-up features a pair of teams that finished fifth and fourth respectively in their conferences with 4-3 records. The neutral site game will be held at WJ Mouat Secondary’s turf field with kickoff slated for 1:30 p.m.
The Sun Devils will take momentum into the tilt after closing out their regular season schedule two weeks ago with an overtime win over their previously undefeated Notre Dame Jugglers. That followed with a bye week after the Belmont Braves folded in late September.
The Roadrunners also concluded their schedule with a solid showing — dropping a 30-22 decision to Eastern AAA Conference champions St. Thomas More last Friday. Mission’s attack is led by running back Keegan Royal who ranked seventh in the province with 794 yards, averaging 7.35 yards per carry. He also scored nine touchdowns.
The Sun Devils will be hoping for a fast track and dry conditions to showcase the province’s top passing attack, led by quarterback Ben McDonald. He threw for 1717 yards and 16 touchdowns.
His two favourite targets were Ethan Troniak and Evan Paterson who finished fifth and seventh respectively among the top receivers at the “AAA” level.
All three players are in Grade 11 and were named to the Western Conference All-Star Team, along with Grade 12 defensive end Andrew Kraft.