Knights tame Panthers, can clinch first
An Eastern Conference title is within the St. Thomas More Knights grasp when they wrap up the B.C. AAA high school football regular season against the West Vancouver Highlanders on Friday.
A win would clinch the conference crown with a 5-1 record. The W.J. Mouat Hawks could match that but since the Knights defeated the Abbotsford school earlier this year they would hold the tiebreaker.
STM reached 4-1 by downing the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers 20-13 at the Surrey school last Friday. Quarterback Chase Malcolm scored the winning touchdown on a 17-yard run late in the game. Malcolm threw for 182 yards and touchdowns tosses to Malcolm Lee and Dante Vigini. Lee had eight catches for 122 yards in the game. Jalen Jana rushed for 103 yards on offence while making seven tackles and picking off a pass on defence.
Friday’s game will be at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West with the kickoff at 5 p.m. STM is ranked second in the province to Victoria’s Mount Douglas, the only team to beat the Knights in the regular season.
• In junior varsity play, the Knights improved to 4-1 in conference play by defeating the Panthers 21-7 Thursday. They will take on West Van at Burnaby Lake this Thursday at 2:30 p.m.