Mission 9’ers peewees off to provincial football final

The local age 10-11 squad rallied for a 28-15 win over Vernon in the B.C. semifinals.

At halftime of their provincial community football semifinal on Saturday, the Mission 9’ers peewee football team found themselves in an unfamiliar position, trailing the Vernon Magnums 8-6.

It was the first time all season that the age 10-11 squad had been behind at the break, and Vernon expanded the lead to 15-6 with a touchdown on their first possession of the third quarter.

It was all 9’ers from there, though – they rallied for a 28-15 victory and move on to face the North Delta Longhorns in the B.C. final on Sunday.

“It’s huge for the kids,” enthused co-coach Dave Hicks, whose undefeated team has out-scored opponents by a total of 356-21 this season. “The pressure doesn’t seem to get to them at all.”

Tyson Black sparked the 9’ers with a pair of touchdowns, including a key kickoff-return major to answer Vernon’s third-quarter TD. Riley Mills also notched a pair of TDs – one on the ground and one on a pass from Brayden Turner – while defensive standouts included Cody McMahon, Karl Von Einsiedel, Mason Schaufelberger, Keenan Baker and Michael Guitard.