Photo Credit: Daniel Fung, Football BC
After a slow start in chilly BC Place, the action on the field heated up in the AA Junior Varsity championship game, with the Windsor Dukes outrunning the Mission Roadrunners en route to a 27-21 win at BC Place.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Dukes put the first points on the board to go up 6-0 after a Keelan White touchdown, but it was quickly answered by Josh Guitard before the end of the half to make it 7-6 for Mission.
The second half was a whole different story, with eventual game MVP Ryan Baker rushing for two touchdowns to pull the Dukes ahead 21-7 by the fourth quarter.
However, the Roadrunners would force the Dukes to play until the dying moments of the game, as they slowly crept back towards a comeback after a touchdown by Dhivaan Bhogal. With a kickoff return gone awry, the Dukes were then forced to start on their own five-yard line in the final five minutes of the game.
Luckily for the Dukes, a huge 95-yard catch and run touchdown play by Ben McMichael helped the team pull ahead to 27-14. McMichael also had a crucial pick in the win.
Despite another touchdown by Dhivaan Bhogal late in the fourth quarter, the Dukes managed to outlast the Roadrunners to capture the junior AA title for the first time since 2008 and can now spend the offseason happy as the newly-crowned champions.
Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):
Outstanding Lineman: Jeremy Sinclair (Windsor)
Outstanding Back: Tanner Alward (Mission)
MVP: Ryan Baker (Windsor)
Chiko’s Champion of the Game:
Ben McMichael (Windsor) – Ben’s huge 95-yard touchdown run ultimately gave the Dukes enough cushion to fight off a Mission comeback late in the fourth quarter.