November 24, 2018 2:51 pm

Kelowna Junior Sun tie for third at national youth flag football championship

The Kelowna Junior Sun represented B.C. in the U12 division at the 10-team national youth flag championship in Edmonton on Friday. Kelowna lost in the semifinals to Montreal, finishing in a tie for third with Edmonton.

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The Kelowna Junior Sun came close, but, in the end, had to settle for a final-four finish.

At Edmonton, Montreal Flight School soared to victory at the CFL NFL youth flag football championship on Friday, winning the U12 division with a 30-0 victory over the Hamilton Hammer. En route to winning the one-day, 10-team tournament, Montreal defeated Kelowna 22-12 in semifinal action.

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As national champions, Montreal will now represent Canada with an expenses-paid trip at the NFL flag football championship in Orlando, Fla., in late January.

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Overall, Kelowna suffered only one loss in five games, that being the semifinal setback to Montreal. In their four round-robin games, the Junior Sun started with two ties, drawing even with Edmonton 20-20 and Ottawa 19-19, before rolling off two wins, beating Toronto 28-0 and Winnipeg 24-13.

The tournament was divided into two pools of five: Division A (Edmonton, B.C., Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto) and Division B (Montreal, Hamilton, Halifax, Saskatchewan and Calgary). The top two teams from each pool advanced to the playoffs.

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In Division A, Edmonton (3-0-1) took first with seven points with Kelowna (2-0-2) placing second with six. In Division B, Montreal (4-0-0) was first with eight points with Hamilton (2-1-1) in second with five.

In cross-over playoff action, Hamilton edged Edmonton 20-19 while Montreal beat Kelowna 22-19.

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Of the final four teams, Montreal had the best points differential at plus-70 (98 points for, 28 points against). Edmonton was second at plus-69 (115 for, 46 against) with Kelowna third at plus-39 (91 for, 52 against). Hamilton was fourth at plus-4 (79 for, 75 against).

Against Montreal, Kelowna trailed 8-6 at halftime. In the second half, the Junior Sun started with the ball and drove to the five-yard line, but couldn’t punch it across and suffered a turnover on downs. Montreal then scored and added a two-point conversion to go ahead 16-6. The Quebec reps added another major to round out the scoring.

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Though the tournament is over, the Junior Sun, plus parents and siblings, will be staying in Edmonton to watch Sunday’s Grey Cup.

Other teams competing were the Calgary Cobras; the Saskatchewan Bomb Squad; the Winnipeg Tuesday Night Tykes and the Halifax Titans.

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