Pair of Raiders earn honours after huge result in Kelowna

By Dominic Abassi
September 12, 2017 - 5:44pm

Quinton Bowles (left) and James Parker (right) were huge factors in the Raiders 31-31 tie in Kelowna last weekend.Brenda Pelland McIntosh/Facebook

NANAIMO — A pair of VI Raiders are being singled-out for their efforts in a huge result for Nanaimo's junior football squad.

Quinton Bowles is the BC Football Conference's defensive player of the week, while James Parker is the special teams player of the week. The Raiders went on the road and tied the previously undefeated Okanagan Sun 31-31 in Kelowna on Sunday. That effort came on the heels of a blowout loss to the Sun in week five in Nanaimo.

Bowles, who leads the league in sacks with 9.5, recorded five tackles and two sacks on Sunday. It's the second time in three weeks Bowles has been selected as the best defensive player of the week.

Parker meanwhile continued his near-perfect season, hitting all three of his field goal attempts. His longest effort on the day was from 39-yards out. Parker has hit 12/13 field goals this season and is on pace to set a new conference record for accuracy.

The Raiders hope to carry the momentum from Sunday's result into week seven when they travel to Westshore on Satuday, Sept. 16 to take on their rivals the Rebels at 7 p.m. The Raiders lost 27-25 to the second-place Rebels in week two.

 

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