Knights secure second consecutive conference crown

The St. Thomas More Knights won their second consecutive B.C. AAA high school football Eastern Conference championship by downing the West Vancouver Highlanders 40-27 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West on Friday.

The No.-2 ranked Knights went 5-1 during the regular season and 7-2 overall, which translates into a first-round bye in the playoffs. They will play the winner of next week’s opening-round encounter between Kelowna and Vancouver’s Notre Dame Jugglers, who have several Burnaby players on their roster.

The Knights were in full control of last week’s game jumping out to a 33-7 lead at halftime. Quarterback Chase Malcolm passed for 183 yards and three touchdowns including ones to Gio Trasolini and Malcolm Lee. Running back Jalen Jana picked up two TDs while rushing for 167 yards.

On defence, Dante Vigini was a demon making seven tackles, recovering a fumble and sacking the quarterback twice. Nico Repole had a huge game too with six tackles and three sacks.

• STM’s junior varsity squad ended the regular season at 5-1 after blitzing West Vancouver 41-0 at Burnaby Lake on Thursday. That put the Knights second behind Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Ravens in the Eastern Conference, but both teams will receive first-round byes.

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