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In the high school football championship, Kelowna and Vernon will face off

Kelowna and Vernon will compete in the high school football championship

Key takeaways:

  • Even though neither team had hoped for a championship game, Vernon Secondary and Kelowna Secondary had one regardless.
  • Cartwright said his team was thrilled to have one more game to finish the season.

It wasn’t the championship game either team had hoped for, but Vernon Secondary and Kelowna Secondary had a title game anyway.

On Friday night, the double-A Vernon Panthers faced the triple-A Kelowna Secondary Owls in the Interior/North Championship at Great Vernon Athletic Park, with the Owls winning.

Both teams ‘ provincial playoffs would normally be hosted in Vancouver due to severe floods and damage to B.C. roadways. The place was canceled.

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The Panthers, who are the defending double-A Subway Bowl champions, will not be able to compete for a chance to make it three in a row.

“We were handed a surprise, and the playoffs aren’t what we expected, but you know what? “The excitement comes from our students who want to play,” Kelowna Secondary head coach Chris Cartwright remarked.

Cartwright said his team was thrilled to have one more game to finish the season.

“After the floods and everything, we thought our season was over, but B.C. high school sports figured out a way for us to finish it off, and the lads are just pumped to play, so that’s what it’s all about,” Cartwright said.

Kelowna and Vernon square off in high school football championship
Kelowna and Vernon square off in high school football championship. Image from Global news.

Vernon Secondary School’s head coach, Sean Smith, said his team “would ordinarily be playing in the double-A playoffs right now in B.C. Place.”

“This was a made-up game by the league.” “We wouldn’t ordinarily play a triple-A squad in the playoffs,” stated Vernon Secondary School head coach Sean Smith.

Regardless of the school division, it was a passionate game, with both sides scoring numerous touchdowns.

After scoring a touchdown in the waning seconds of the game, Kelowna Secondary was crowned the Interior/North area winners and failing to convert a two-point conversion for the win.

Kelowna won the game by a score of 21-20.

Kelowna’s Evan Fitchett, a Grade 12 wide receiver and linebacker, was named the game’s most valuable player after catching six passes for 106 yards and one touchdown from quarterback Joey Howorko.

Source: Global News

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