Toryn Fraser on Friday in Vernon ran the senior South Kamloops Titans to a first-round bye in the B.C. Secondary Schools Football Association playoffs.
The Titans knocked off the hometown Vernon Panthers 7-6 in a defensive slugfest that was decided in the fourth quarter, when Fraser scampered off tackle for a 20-yard touchdown run.
South Kam is toiling this season in the hybrid AA/AAA division, along with AAA Rutland, AAA Mt. Boucherie of Kelowna, AAA Okanagan Mission of Kelowna, AAA Salmon Arm and AA Vernon.
The Titans (2-1) and Panthers (2-1) will both advance to the AA post-season. South Kam’s victory over Vernon on Friday clinched a first-round playoff bye for the Titans.
Fraser compiled 130 yards on 23 carries to pace the visitors offensively.
Titans’ quarterback Jesse Peters completed three of 16 passes and threw two interceptions. Peters offset an off day through the air by making seven tackles on defence and booting the game-winning extra point.
Kai Yamaoka, who had a fumble recovery, Chase Argue and Grayson Peters had seven tackles apiece.
Argue, Grayson Peters, Mitch Landry and Ben Sofiak each recorded a quarterback sack.
South Kam will play next on Oct. 29, when Okanagan Mission comes to town. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Hillside Stadium.