The Salmon Arm bantam Chargers battled for first place against the Kelowna Mission Lions, the only other undefeated bantam team in a Kelowna match-up Sunday.
The Chargers mounted a relentless ground attack to take a 20-0 lead in the first half leaving Lions reeling.
Playing at home and determined to fight back, the Lions clawed back within one point of the Chargers lead early in the second half.
A little rattled but determined, the Chargers returned to their strengths and took back control, winning the game 33-19.
The Chargers played without their starting QB, and relied on a strong performance from their back-up QB, and player of the game, Austin Crocker.
Other strong performers were Noah Dies, Mathew Nesdoly, Ben Novakowski and Jacob Zyri on defense.
Tyler Chartier, Bladen Stephens, and Hayden Henning also had strong games on offense.
The Salmon Arm peewee Colts played their first away game of the season in West Kelowna against the Sun Devils.
They put together their best team effort of the year, in a 34-6 victory.
Offense was again led by Sam Hall, who rushed for four touchdowns, bringing his total touchdowns to eight for the season.
The Colts also enjoyed strong games by player of the game, QB Vaughn McManamna, who threw for his second touchdown of the season to receiver Isaac Neilsen.
Other strong offensive performances came from slotback Jonah Rivette and Teagan Mazzatto.
Defensively the Colts were led by Landen Sherwood and Dom Kemitzis, giving up only one touchdown, and forcing multiple Sun Devil turnovers.
Salmon Arm junior bantam Broncos also played an away game against the West Kelowna junior bantam Sun Devils but lost a hard-fought game.
Bronco’s Josh Seaman was awarded player of the game for his strong contribution on defense.
Bronco touchdowns came from strong running by Luke Matheson and Tristan Kenoras.
Sunday at Little Mountain is Shuswap Minor Football’s Annual Football Day.
The peewee Colts and the junior bantam Broncos play the West Kelowna Stamps at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., while the bantam Chargers play the Kelowna Riders at 3 p.m.