The V.I. Raiders wouldn’t usually keep their star quarterback in the game late in the fourth quarter of a blowout.
But Saturday was a special circumstance.
Jordan Yantz set the B.C. Football Conference record for career touchdown passes when he threw his third TD pass of the game against the Kamloops Broncos at Caledonia Park. Whitman Tomusiak made a 26-yard catch on the play.
“It was in the back of my head a little bit,” Yantz said. “I kind of wish it wasn’t, so it would take a little bit of pressure off. It’s definitely a great accomplishment that I can always have.”
Yantz now has 63 touchdown passes, one more than Shawn Olson, who played with the Surrey Rams 1992-95, and Nate Cote, a Victoria Rebels star from 2005-07.
Raiders coach Matthew “Snoop” Blokker said the team wanted to get Yantz the record so it wouldn’t be a distraction moving forward.
“To get it here at home is awesome and congratulations to him and all our receivers for going out and making plays for him,” Blokker said.
Yantz is in his fourth season of junior football and only his third season as starting quarterback.
“He’s only got 17 games of junior football left, so let’s see what the record is when he’s done,” Blokker said.
GRID BITS … Yantz also holds BCFC records for most pass completions in a game (29), completion percentage over one season (64.1) and completions in one season (182).