Nechako Valley secondary completed a very successful season November 11 in Kamloops.
The senior Vikings lost their first round provincial playoff game to Vernon Senior Secondary in overtime.
The Viking defence was stellar, as it has been all season holding a very good Vernon team to 14 points in regulation. The team was lead by Darby Lytle and Peter Lafleur on the D-line with both players getting several tackles for losses, Lytle also had a fumble recovery.
The offence was lead by Connor Nielsen who scored the two NVSS touchdowns with his aggressive running style. The last touchdown came with less than two minutes left to tie the game. Spencer Siemens and Landon Brophy provided the targets for the quarterbacks during the game both making several difficult catches.
To reach the provincials NVSS defeated the north’s top seed Duchess Park. NVSS had already lost to Duchess twice in the regular season and came in as a underdog for the game.
A strong running performance by running back Kyle Varley led the team in the first half. The defence held Duchess to 6 points going into the break. NVSS did not score until the second half where Riley Wallace passed to Siemens for a touchdown to tie the game. Late in the fourth quarter Wallace connected with Jordan Walker on a third down conversion and then passed to Mauricio Parilli who ran through Duchess Park player Montell Lindgren at the goal line to score the game winning touchdown. To finish the game Louis Klopper tackled Duchess Park’s runner in the backfield forcing Duchess to three straight passing plays which TJ VanDamme(interception), Hudson Schneider, Torrin Lytle and Ben Rodts shut down.
This is the second time the senior team has won the PG Bowl (Zone Championship)
On October 29 the Vanderhoof Jr. Vikings football team faced off against the Duchess Park Condors Jr. Varsity team for the title of top junior football team in the north. It was an exciting game with the Vikings breaking out and going up by 20 points in the first half. Duchess Park then came on strong in the 3rd quarter holding Vanderhoof to only one touchdown. As the teams went into the 4th, Duchess Park tied the game up at 26 to 26 with less than ten minutes to go in the game. On a 4th down pass, Vanderhoof quarterback Dillon Siemens through a “long bomb” pass to receiver Cole Daniels. Daniels made the catch with triple coverage in the end zone and fell over the goal line to put the Vikings ahead by one touchdown. The game ended with the Vanderhoof Vikings winning 32 to 26, and the trophy as top team in the Northern junior Varsity Conference.