Football BC’s first visit to the Kamloops Legacy Performance Games has concluded. The three-day event, which featured a mini-training camp for the U13 Team BC and Grade 8 Team BC, ended with intrasquad games for both teams on Sunday.
In the U13 intrasquad game, Team Orange narrowly defeated Team Blue by a final score of 7-0. Orange’s lone score game with 6:33 left in the first quarter when QB Nathan Beauchemin (Kelowna-Mission Lions) ran in for a score. Orange appeared to score again late in the second quarter on a 10-yard rush by RB Xavier Cole (North Delta Longhorns) but the play was negated by a penalty flag.
In the Grade 8 intraquad game, Team Blue knocked off Team Orange by a score of 18-8 in a game that demonstrated some tremendous offensive skill on both sides. Blue opened the scoring after a DB Lucas Glenn (Cloverdale Minor Football) interception set up an opportunity for QB Josh Janssen (Chilliwack Giants) to hit Taran Birdi (Cloverdale Cougars) in the end zone in the opening quarter for a 6-0 lead.
A long catch-and-run late in the first quarter by Orange’s Kurtis Flynn (Chilliwack Giants) would give Owen Cheng (Victoria Spartans) a chance to punch it in on the first play of the second quarter. Flynn would add a reception on the two-point convert to allow Orange to go up 8-6. Blue would retake the lead at the start of the fourth quarter with Janssen hooking up with Himmat Aujla (Cloverdale Cougars) on a 48-yard catch-and-run.
Birdi, at quarterback, would find Aujla in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
Glenn, who was part of the U13 roster but was promoted to play in the Grade 8 game, finished the contest with three interceptions.
“We are extremely thrilled with the entire weekend,” said Football BC President Larry Reda. “Everything from our accommodations at Thompson Rivers University, the facilities at the Tournament Capital Centre and Hillside Stadium, as well as the Kamloops Sports Council and Legacy Performance Games volunteers has been first class.
“We are looking forward to returning to Kamloops again next year with our provincial team program.”