Mission Secondary School’s varsity football team moved into the next round of the playoffs after walking through Prince George’s Duchess Park 50-24 Saturday afternoon at BC Place.
Jesse Forcier, Brenden Atkinson and Kevin Wiens “lead the way with great efforts … to provide us a balanced attack,” said coach Kevin Watrin. “Duchess Park came out swinging and had a lot of battle to start the game.”
The Roadrunners went up seven points in the first quarter with a 24-yard touchdown run from Forcier. The Roadrunners put serious points on the board in the second quarter with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Wiens to Rhys Perry, a 38-yard TD pass to Daniel Orydzuk, a 10-yard run by Forcier, and a 42-yard TD pass to Erik DiGuistini.
Atkinson scampered for 45 yards for a touchdown in the third, with Elijah Grant snatching a 14-yard pass from Tyler McStravick in the fourth.
Defensively, Hyatt Smith tallied one interception and four tackles; Kristjan Jacobs netted six tackles; Alex McCall had one sack and six tackles.
On special teams, DiGuistini made eight kick-off returns for 291 yards, and Hadley Gwynn had two punt returns for 62 yards and one kickoff return for 23 yards.
The Roadrunners face South Delta Nov. 19 in the quarterfinals held at UBC at 5:30 p.m.
Mission secondary had 12 players named to the of the 24-player conference all-star team, including both offensive and defensive MVPs, said Watrin.
“This seems fitting since the 2011 Roadrunners out scored their conference opponents 173 to 13. This is even more remarkable since the eastern conference now has three of eight remaining teams represented in the AA provincial quarterfinals,” he continued.
Following are the all-stars from Mission:
Offensive MVP: Jesse Forcier
Offensive line : Zack Chamberland, Ben Wells, and Tom Clarkson
Receivers: Kristjan Jakobs
Running Back: Brenden Atkinson
Quarterback: Kevin Wiens
Defensive MVP: Rhys Parry
Defensive Line: Alex McCall
Linebacker: Cam Purdy
Defensive Back: Hadley Gwyn
Defensive Back: Erik DiGuistini
The junior varsity had a bye this week, but will be playing Handsworth Friday at Burnaby Lakes at 8 p.m.
According to coach John Kapty, “It will be a tough assignment against a good Handsworth team. They are well-coached and have a lot of good athletes. If we are going to advance in the playoffs, we are going to have to earn it.”
Several of the JV players dressed for the varsity game on Saturday, with Grade 9 safety Jesse Walker intercepting a pass, as well as Darius Mavis and Wayde Carpenter each getting two tackles.