Nanaimo Redmen receiver Alex Kutra gains yards on a run play against the Meadow Ridge Knights on Sunday at Pioneer Park.

Nanaimo Redmen receiver Alex Kutra gains yards on a run play against the Meadow Ridge Knights on Sunday at Pioneer Park.

Redmen surge in second half, win

The city’s Vancouver Mainland Football League midget team won its home opener Sunday, defeating the Meadow Ridge Knights 21-3 at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park.

The game was in doubt for a couple of quarters of football, but the Nanaimo Redmen turned it on when they needed to.

The city’s Vancouver Mainland Football League midget team won its home opener Sunday, defeating the Meadow Ridge Knights 21-3 at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park.

The Knights had the better of a penalty-filled first half, leading 3-0 at halftime, but the Redmen made the necessary adjustments.

Todd Hansen came in at quarterback and threw three touchdown passes, all of them to Alex Kutra.

On defence, Jordan Pugh, Jaxxen Wylie and Mike Haverstock had interceptions and coach Sean Roden said in a press release that the rest of the defence was solid.

Nanaimo’s next game is also at home, Sunday (Sept. 18) at 1 p.m. against the Burnaby Lions.