Manitoba Wins Silver at Western U16 Football

WINNIPEG, MB. – Team Manitoba whipped Saskatchewan 33-8 in Lethbridge on Sunday to finish second at the Football Canada U16 Western Challenge.

Alberta completed the round-robin tournament undefeated with a 3-0 record after earning a 28-0 shutout victory over British Columbia in their final outing. Manitoba claimed the silver medal, completing the Challenge with a 2-1 record while Saskatchewan won the bronze medal with a 1-2 mark. British Columbia was winless

On Sunday, Kaiden Bannon scored two touchdowns to help Manitoba secure the win.

In the opening quarter, Jackson Milton-Owens’ field goal attempt went wide to the back of the end zone to give Saskatchewan a 1-0 lead.

But then Manitoba quarterback Carter Kutzan found his way into the end zone for a three-yard major. After Saskatchewan conceded a safety to Manitoba, Kutzan connected with Bannon for a 75-yard touchdown pass to increase the team’s lead.

At halftime, Manitoba led 19-1.

In the second half, Kutzan hit Matthew Saccino on a 99-yard touchdown reception and Bannon added a seven yard major.

Players of the Game for Manitoba were QB Kutzan (offence) and DL Ethan Papineau (defence).

Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports

Editor of the popular Game On Hockey Magazine and The Point After Football Magazine, editor of Canadian Meat Business Magazine, sports editor of Grassroots News, TV play-by-play voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes and author of the bestselling book: The Winnipeg Jets: A Celebration of Professional Hockey in Winnipeg. He likes virgin pina coladas, long walks on the beach, puppies and thoroughbred race horses that run according to form.
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