Game review by Coach Andrew Van Dokkumburg
Photos from Selina Metcalfe
Salmon Arm's Junior Bantam Chargers were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday in heartbreaking fashion. The Chargers hosted the Kelowna Lions, a team they had defeated twice in regular season action, and both teams came ready to play. The score stayed close from beginning to end, with the Kelowna Lions scoring the game-deciding points on a 50 yard pass completion with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game.
The Chargers lone offensive touchdown came on a run by the team's leading scorer during the season, Dylan Eugster. The offensive player of the game award went to Chase Henning for his inspirational leadership on and off the field. The Top Lineman award went to Colby Heckrodt for his tireless fighting in the trenches.
Defensively, the Chargers played a very stout game, allowing only a handful of first downs and two big plays. Unfortunately, those two big plays were the deciding factor in the game. The defensive player of the game award went to Sam Hall for his outstanding play from the corner position, including multiple tackles and one long interception return.
While the Chargers' season ended with them on the wrong side of a heartbreaking loss, the coaches are very proud of the effort the team put forward all year long. The players worked their tails off every week, and reinforced to the Southern Interior Football Conference that Salmon Arm is one of the toughest teams to play against in the league.
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