St. Thomas More Knights running back Andrew Flett gets stopped by Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers defenders Colton Zayshley (45) and Jeff Goddard (44) during a game Friday at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary.

Panthers will play for third place in Kelowna

Lord Tweedsmuir falls at home to St. Thomas More Knights

A chance at clinching second place slipped past the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in wet, slippery conditions Friday afternoon on their home field.

Plagued by four turnovers, the Cloverdale team fell 26-14 to the St. Thomas More (STM) Knights, and dropped out of the race for second place in the Southern Conference of Senior AAA high school football.

“We fumbled seven times and lost four of them, including one on our five yard line shortly before half. They scored three plays later to make it 7-0 at halftime,” said Panthers head coach Kurt Thornton. “You can’t win when you turn the ball over that much.”

The win left the Knights with a 6-1 won-lost record while Lord Tweedsmuir fell to 4-2 with one game still remaining on their schedule. The Panthers will play in Kelowna Friday night, against an Owls team which is also at 4-2.

Against St. Thomas More, Panthers running back Caleb Abraham carried the ball 21 times for 212 yard, scoring on a 9 yard touchdown run. Christian MacMillan added the second major score on a one-yard quarterback sneak, and Jeff Godard caught a pass for a two-point conversion. Hayden Hamilton led the defence with 13 tackles, including four sacks.

“It was miserable weather, but both teams had the same conditions,” said Thornton. “We thought that playing at home in the same conditions we practice in would be an advantage. In the end, STM held the ball much better than we did.”

With second place and a first-round bye now out of reach, Tweedsmuir will now go to the Okanagan seeking a win that would clinch third place and home field advantage in the opening round.

“Kelowna has improved over the course of the season as much or more than any team I can remember,” said Thornton. “They have some big wins including their win over Mt. Boucherie (Bears) last week.

“Our kids will have to be very disciplined on defense to contain their run game and solid on the back end against the pass. Offensively, we will have to present a bit more diversity and take advantage of what they give us.”

It will be the second time in three weeks the Panthers will be in Kelowna’s Apple Bowl on a Friday night. On Oct. 24, they topped the Bears 28-18.

“We will have the challenge of game day travel to Kelowna,” said Thornton. “(The Owls) present some of the same strengths that STM has, a very athletic quarterback who likes to run, some talented receivers and a strong running back.

“It should be fun as there is quite a bit on the line.”

In the Senior AA category, the Frank Hurt Hornets clinched third place in the Southern Conference and a playoff position with a 7-0 win over the Moscrop Panthers.

The Hornets (2-2) and the second-place Seaquam Seahawks (3-1) will begin playoffs Nov. 14-15 against opponents still to be determined.

Just Posted

Friends of ‘Mac’ rally to fund young family left behind by former martial arts teacher in Surrey

‘He’s well loved,’ says operator of Fraser Heights academy where Mackenzie MacWilliams studied, worked

Bus driver assault in Vancouver once again raises safety concerns

A 49-year-old Surrey man was released on a promise to appear in court. No charge has been laid

Police food drive to help feed North Delta kids

Donations collected will go support the Rotary Club’s Starfish Pack program

Surrey burglar loses appeal on Hook & Ladder break-in conviction

The case centred on a Jan. 3, 2016 break-in at the Newton pub

‘Inventive ideas’ sought soon for Surrey One Act Festival, set to return to Whalley stage

Also planned by Royal Canadian Theatre Company is a Five Minute Play Writing Challenge

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Woman, 60, charged in connection to thefts at YVR

RCMP believe the foreign national is part of a larger organized theft group

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Worst 10 bus routes in Metro Vancouver for rider complaints

TransLink releases list, with Route 319 at the top

VIDEO: Highway One to be widened east to 264th Street in Fraser Valley

The $235 million project includes upgrades to overpasses and a rail bridge

Most Read