It was the first game of football season and the Nanaimo Redmen played like they had been waiting for opening kickoff.
The Vancouver Mainland Football League midget team started the 2011 regular season with a 21-7 win in the Fraser Valley against the Langley Stampeders.
“We accomplished what we had hoped to do,” said Sean Roden, coach of the Redmen. “One of the things I talk about is being physical and we definitely were that, big time. We really exerted ourselves physically, especially on defence.”
The offence also did some good things. The team’s run game maintained possession for long stretches.
Kalden Keen and Brodie Squire both scored rushing touchdowns and Kyle Davies caught an eight-yard TD pass. On defence, Jaxxen Wylie and Trent Wright made some big plays.
GAME ON … The Redmen play their home opener Sunday (Sept. 11) against Meadow Ridge at 3 p.m. at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park. The Redmen bantams play Meadow Ridge at 1 p.m.