Lake City Falcons senior boys rugby player James Kaufman carries the ball during a tournament in Burns Lake on the weekend.

Lake City Falcons senior boys rugby player James Kaufman carries the ball during a tournament in Burns Lake on the weekend.

Falcons unbeaten to win Burns Lake tourney

The Lake City Falcons senior boys’ rugby team went unbeaten during the weekend in Burns Lake.

The Lake City Falcons senior boys’ rugby team went unbeaten during the weekend in Burns Lake.

The seniors opened the tournament against Prince Rupert, playing a close match for the first half but moved the ball well. Despite Prince Rupert having most of the possession, the Falcons played solid defence and scored on a turnover.

Spencer Holland and Chase Gannon both scored singles and Brendan Jaques scored a pair.

Gannon also kicked a conversion to round out the scoring in a 22-5 win for the Falcons.

Next, the senior boys dominated against Burns Lake, winning 32-5.

The Falcons tackled well, and also capitalized on overlap by moving the ball away from the bigger Burns Lake players.

Lukas Johnson scored the first try when he went blind on a set scrum and scampered 60 metres. James Kaufman also scored a nice try on an 80-metre run.

Holland, however, stole the show scoring four times, while Gannon kicked a conversion in the win.

In Lake City’s last pool game against Smithers the Falcons dominated the first half, going up 27-0.

Justin McKeakenn (a junior player) played his first game with the seniors and acquitted himself well.

Brandon Zimmer, Nate Ives and Lund-Schmidt (all juniors) played the second half of the game and got their first taste of senior ball in the 27-15 victory.

Try scorers included Holland, Zeb Matherly, Kaufman and Jacques, with two.

In the championship, the Falcons against matched up with Prince Rupert in what proved to be a tough match.

Prince Rupert got on the board first when their scrum-half picked and went blind on a 50-metre run.

Jacques evened the score, while Gannon kicked the conversion to put the Falcons in the lead, however, Rupert answered back when their scrum-half made another brilliant long run.

Johnson scored in a perfectly executed two-on-one pass from Holland and the Falcons took the lead, 12-10.

Kaufman added the last two tries of the game — one on a great break and run and the other on defensive pressure and a turnover in the 22-10 win.

The Falcons’ junior side, meanwhile, tied Prince Rupert 15-15 in their first game.

Jackson Briscoe, Zio Faubert and Hunter Fochuck scored for the lakecity.

Briscoe was a tackling demon and his defensive efforts kept the game close. Faubert made two brilliant runs using his strength to overpower would-be tacklers scoring once and setting up Fochuck’s first try.

In their second game the Falcons overpowered Burns Lake, 27-5. Faubert scored three tries, and Briscoe and Fochuck added one a piece.

Martin Lund-Schmidt kicked the only conversion.

Coaches Todd Pritchard and Brendon Pritchard said they were both happy with their team’s performances and look forward to their next game against 100 Mile House on Oct. 12, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Lake City Secondary School Columneetza Campus.

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