Mount Baker Wild fall to visiting Vikes

Local high school football team struggles on offense as visitors engineer 38-0 win.

BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: Mount Baker Secondary School Wild football player Logan Marion gets a sack on the opposing quarterback for the Valleyview Vikes out of Kamloops on Saturday at the high school field.

The Mount Baker Wild football club had a tough loss over the weekend, dropping a 38-0 decision to the visiting Valleyview Vikes at the high school field.

The Wild held the Vikes to only two touchdowns in the first half, while the Mount Baker offense seemed to struggle all game, according to head coach Steve Lightfoot.

“It’s disappointing,” said Lightfoot. “They’re a good club, they’re second in our league and we thought we had a good shot at them, boys practiced hard, but come game time, we just couldn’t execute.”

The team seemed to struggle on the offensive side of the game, as Lightfoot added that the ball was turned over nine times.

“You can blame it on cold weather, nerves or inexperience, but it’s hard to get anything going when you turn the ball over that many times,” Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot said the defence was a bright spot in the game, as his boys were making a lot of tackles.

Steve Zsillei, the defensive co-ordinator, agreed.

“Defensively, it definitely went our way, but I think 90 per cent of the game we were out with our defence, because offensively we went south,” Zsillei said.

“Every game so far this year, we’ve accomplished something and we’re moving ahead, but in this last game, offensively we didn’t do that.”

The turnovers didn’t help things for the Wild, while Lightfoot said the team struggled to get the ball into the hands of the right players.

“On offense, we got two talented wingmen and we couldn’t get them the ball,” said Lightfoot.

Defensively, Logan Marion had seven tackles and four sacks, while Andreas Guiterrez, had seven tackles and an interception.

Sid Verma had a monster game with 15 tackles and contributed towards two quarterback sacks.

“They played really, really well on defence,” said Lightfoot.

That kind of result is frustrating, especially on the home field in front of a crowd, he added.

“Great fan support and cheerleaders were out, it was a great day for football,” Lightfoot said. “It was cold, but lots of parents were out and we appreciate that.”

It’s back to the drawing board in practice this week, as the Wild finish the season on home field with two more games in the coming weeks.

The Wild will face South Kamloops Secondary School—the top team in the conference—on Saturday, followed by Westside, out of Kelowa in two weeks.

Just Posted

Two fires of note burning in Southeast Fire Centre

As of Saturday afternoon there were more than 20 fires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre.

Ice trade for overage forward

Kootenay sends a conditional 6th round pick to Brandon in exchange for Gunnar Wegleitner

Council provides update on indoor sports facility

Mayor Pratt says the city has provided a letter of intent to facility organizer.

Harley Owners Group makes donations to several organizations

The Kootenay Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) dispersed the proceeds… Continue reading

Cranbrook Dodge helps Las ChaChas roll through their summer tour

Cranbrook Dodge, presented a 2005 Dodge Caravan to Las ChaChas, an exciting band from Sayulita, Mexico, for their use from July 18 through Sept. 8.

WATCH: The Week in Review: July 20

WATCH: READ MORE: Grassfire destroys home One home was lost in a… Continue reading

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

ZONE 1: Hannah Tracey looks to mom as role model while at BC Games

‘She has believed in me when I couldn’t believe in myself,’ Tracey said at BC Summer Games in Cowichan

Most Read