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.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vehicle parades celebrate birthdays, recognize workers on COVID-19 front lines

Melissa Young started the parades in Cranbrook as a way to mark her son’s 12th birthday

City of Cranbrook seeks public cooperation with provincial COVID-19 mandates

City Bylaw will be monitoring, educating public around orders set by the province

COVID-19: Interior Health orders closure of all fitness centres until May 30

The order is subject to revision, cancellation, or extension

Nelson product commits to Cranbrook Bucks

Noah Quinn will make the jump to Jr. A next year with the BCHL’s newest franchise

MP Morrison ‘disappointed’ in six-week delay for wage subsidy support

Kootenay-Columbia MP says small businesses and employees need financial help now

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19: postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

53 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., four new deaths

B.C. has 498 active confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

Don’t stop going to the doctor, just do it virtually: B.C. association

Doctors encourage patients to access telephone, online visits

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open next week

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Most Read