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Westshore Warriors receiver Daunte Nelson (6) can
Westshore Warriors receiver Daunte Nelson (6) can't quite haul in a pass, with Cowichan Bulldogs defensive back Evan Kwasnee in coverage. Westshore's Riley Wilson is following up close on the play, which happened in the second quarter of the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association's Silver Cup pee final at Westhills Stadium in Langford. The home team won this game, but Gordon Head downed the Warriors in the atom Cup final earlier in the day.
— image credit: Don Descoteau/News staff

The Westshore Wolves and Gordon Head Raiders are getting to know each other quite well.

In the atom division, the clubs have faced each other three straight years in Greater Victoria Minor Football Association cup finals. The Raiders have won the last two, including Saturday’s Silver Cup final, 22-14 at Westhills Stadium.

The Warriors beat Gordon Head handily in their final regular season meeting, but as Westshore head coach Richard Johma said, anything can happen come playoff time.

“We had some inopportune fumbles that cost us,” he said of the close game, which followed Westshore’s 32-12 win over Cowichan in the Silver Cup semifinals.

“The competition keeps on getting tighter and tighter,” said Johma, whose team lost last year’s Gold Cup final after winning it in 2012. “There’s some good coaches and good players right across the division.”

In the other Cup game involving a Westshore team, the Warrior pee wees rolled over Cowichan 35-6 on Saturday.

Both teams made a number of solid tackles in the game, but the Warriors broke some long gains that either scored or set up touchdown plays.

The other Silver Cup game saw Cowichan beat the Nanaimo Bombers 22-6 in the pre-atom division final. Gold Cup games Sunday saw the Saanich Wolverines beat the Peninsula Wildcats 30-8 in pee wee, Saanich beat Peninsula 32-0 in atom and Saanich beat Gordon Head 18-12 in pre-atom.

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