Ayden Chambers. (Michael Briones photo)

Ballenas Whalers advance to junior varsity Subway Bowl B.C. title game

Parksville squad will play for provincial high school football crown

The Ballenas Junior Varsity Whalers will play for a provincial high school football title.

The Whalers rolled to a dominating 42-6 win over the South Kamloops Titans Wednesday at Burnaby Lakes, in Subway Bowl semifinal action. On Nov. 30, the Parksville high school football side will play the Windsor Dukes (50-34 winners over G.W. Graham Grizzlies in the other semifinal) in the Subway Bowl at BC Place.

Earlier this year, the Dukes edged the Whalers 14-6 at Windsor.

A powerful running attack led the way for the Whalers against South Kam, with Ayden Chambers turning in a massive effort with 16 rushes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, including a 78-yard jaunt.

Quarterback Ryker Pearson tossed just four passes on the day (completing two for 20 yards), but also had 87 yards on 10 carries and two TDs on the ground.

Kooper Chambers and Gage D’Lerma each rushed for 72 yards, on seven and eight carries, respectively.

Pearson also had five tackles on defence, while Enzo Agostini, Reme Conway and Aiden Nicholls had four stops apiece, and Rio Shoda-Dooher had a QB sack. Agostini also recovered a fumble.

READ MORE: Ballenas junior, senior football sides in B.C. semifinals

• The Ballenas senior varsity side plays its Subway Bowl semifinal match against Vernon on Saturday (noon) at BC Place.

Five Whalers were named provincial all-stars, with Ben Chomolok named as AA offensive MVP. Receiver Jacob Stockton, defensive lineman Demar Hohnstien, linebacker Adrian Friesen and offensive lineman Gage Geiger earned the other all-star accolades.

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