Some young Sealions are going to be roughing it up in Alberni this weekend, but not in the canal.
The junior bantam Alberni Valley Sealions football team is playing the Comox Valley Buccaneers at Bob Dailey Stadium on Saturday for the divisional championship, starting at 5 p.m.
The team won the championship last year and are looking to repeat, head coach John Elley said.
The Sealions are going into the championship with a 6-1 record.
They’ve played the Buccaneers three times this year and have a 2-1 record. “The one was a forfeit on their part and not a loss on ours,” Elley said.
Despite the Sealions’ record against the Bucs the Comox squad is going to be tough. “They’ve got agility, work ethic, and good sized players,” Elley said.
The Sealions are ready though, he added. “We’re talented and have both a good running game and throwing game,” Elley said. And they have their own large players. “When Port Alberni puts out players they put out big players.”
Winning the championship is going to take a complete effort from all 16 players, but quarterbacks Kevin Eauston and Jarred Lucas are going to be counted on to lead the team.
“Kevin is tall, has a good arm and can scramble when he has to,” Elley said. It’s also Eauston’s last year of junior bantam, Elley added.
Jarred Lucas is shorter but sturdy built and dedicated to the game. “It’s his first year of junior bantam and he’s got lots of room to grow and learn the game,” Elley said.
“We really look forward to having him back next year.”