Sun Devils in B.C. finals
The South Delta Sun Devils knocked off their perennial rivals, Nanaimo's Barsby Bulldogs, 27-12 at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium on Nov. 24, setting up a showdown with the Mission Roadrunners this Saturday (Dec. 1).
The Sun Devils are the only undefeated high school football team in B.C. this year, which head coach Ray Moon says has long been a target on their backs.
"I'm happy for the success, the team, the players and all that, but you know it's also added pressure," he said.
Everybody wants to knock off the undefeated group so sometimes they give it that little bit extra, he added.
The win over Nanaimo was sweet, having been knocked out of the playoffs by the Bulldogs in previous years, and squeaking by in a 13-6 win in an exhibition matchup on Oct. 19.
"It's kind of like a little bit of a rivalry we've got against that school. It's been a hard-hitting, chippy affair," said Moon.
The coach credited the team's seniors for taking on a leadership role this year for their success, as well as the South Delta Rams, which acts as a development league of sorts for Varsity.
Moon also points to his MVPs, wide receiver David Mann, who's scored 16 touchdowns this season, and QB Kyle Menzie, throwing for over 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in 10 games.
"But without the other weapons we've had, those guys wouldn't have the opportunities, so it's a team effort."
This is the third trip to the finals in a row for the BC Champion Mission Roadrunners.
South Delta — John Longuay 32-yard field goal, 3-0 SD
10:18 John Barsby — Kyle Vollett 4-yard run (PAT failed), 6-3 JB
8:30 John Barsby — Tyler Harvey 17-yard fumble recovery (PAT failed) 12-3
0:35 South Delta — David Mann, 76-yard pass from Kyle Menzies (2-pt convert good) 12-11
0:40 South Delta — Shane Dagg 87-yard run (2-pt convert good) 19-12
3:42 South Delta — David Mann, 65-yard interception return (2-pt convert good) 27-12