Team BC Takes on Vegas!

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My second Team BC trip is now in the books, and after an eventful five days with our Grade 8, U16 and U18 teams, our players, parents, and coaches are now back home with some fond memories of Team BC’s first ever trip to Las Vegas!

Our players had a chance to test their skills against some American competition as they took on players from Team Edge, Team Vegas, and the San Jose Hit Squad. The Grade 8 teams lost both games, but our U16 team came back with a 1-1 record after a close 14-6 loss to Team Vegas and a 28-0 win over the San Jose Hit Squad. Our U18 team had the chance to take on Team Vegas on their second last day of the trip and came out with a stellar 23-20 win to wrap up all of the games for Team BC.

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Aside from having the chance to meet our talented players, I also had a chance to meet some Team BC parents and grandparents who came all the way down to Vegas from as far as Ontario to cheer on the team. For some, it was their first time watching their grandson, and for others, it would be their last time watching their son play before graduation after coaching them for the past 13 years. Either way, it was great to see so many Team BC supporters so far from home!

Once again, the Team BC experience did not disappoint. Here are some key things we all learned on this trip:

Win or lose, there’s always an opportunity to learn.

We all love to win, but losing builds character. This is a lesson that our Grade 8 team can take away the most out of all of the other teams on this trip. Although they lost both games this weekend, they can take this experience and figure out what they need to work on to come back even better next season. After facing adversity, it’s what you do that ultimately separates good players from the great. Grade 8 Coach Will Loftus puts it best in his interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAk7eHD_V_o

Hear Grade 8 player Taran Birdi’s thoughts on the Team BC experience:

Friendly competition creates great bonding experiences.

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On the day before their game, the U18 players had a chance to take part in a skills competition at Athletic Gaines, where they took part in one vs one and team drills against the Team Vegas players they would have a chance to face on the field the next day.

This was one of the highlights for me on this trip as I got to see the U18 players break out of their shell to cheer on their teammates. Our players took part in the bench press, L-drill, medicine ball toss and many other drills, and the atmosphere began to intensify throughout the event, with the final tug-of-war competition proving to be the most exciting event of the day. Team BC ended up winning two out of three tug of war events, and the team- including the coaches – were going insane. That, I believe, is when our team really bonded!

Check out the skills competition footage below:

Team BC is one big family, regardless of where you’re from.

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When we had the chance to talk with several players, one thing they loved about being a part of Team BC was having the chance to play alongside players they played against all season. When coming together as a part of Team BC, school rivalries were cast aside as the players cheered and supported each other throughout all of the games, which was great to see!

Team BC has given players from across the province a chance to showcase their skills in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Winnipeg, and across the border in Auburn, Seattle, San Antonio, Dallas, and now Las Vegas. Where will we head to next? Only time will tell, but until then, a big thank you to all of the coaches, players, and parents for supporting Team BC!

Last but not least, a big tournament isn’t complete without the Chiko’s Champions of the Game. Since this is a special edition, here are some of Chiko’s Champions of the Weekend:

Player Awards:

Most Composed: Cole Theobald (U18)

Best Interviewee: Niko Pavicic (Grade 8)

Happiest: Teon Alexander-Amour (U16)

Best On-Field Dancer: Zach Welton (U16)

Most Competitive: Zac Callaghan (U18)

Most Polite: Ivan Xu (U16)

Coaches/Staff:

Most Animated/Best Laugh: Jay Prepchuk

Most Friendly: Jim Head

Most Valuable Intern: Luke Sakakibara

Most Hardworking: Daniel Fung

Most Valuable Drivers: Dave Henderson, Dino Geremia, Leon Lilley, Glenn Cook and Paris Jackson

Best Post-Trip Email: Tom Kudaba

 

Missed the game highlights? Make sure to check them out below and on our Youtube page:

U16 second game highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzIvw0F5e4

U18 game highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=630VPYkEcaI

 

SV AAA Championship: King of the Hill

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After a one-year fall from the top after a loss to South Delta in last year’s championship game, the Mt. Douglas Rams are atop the AAA Senior Varsity ranks once again after capturing the Frank Gnup Trophy winners for the fourth time in the last five years with a 34-17 win over the Vancouver College Fighting Irish.

Grade 9 pivot Gideone Kremler was put to the test for the second time today after appearing in the JV AAA final, but had tons of energy left as he opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to Griffin Posynick. Kremler would finish the game with two more touchdowns to Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty, including a 34-yarder. Oliver Mackenzie would round out the other receiving touchdown for the Rams as they challenged the Fighting Irish defence all night.

On the ground, Declann Michielin rumbled for hard earned yards as he ran in for the final score of the game, capping off 20 unanswered points for the Rams following a Vancouver College touchdown in the second quarter that was somewhat controversial in nature as it appeared the Irish had fumbled the ball prior to it cross the goal line. The touchdown would put the Irish up 17-14 at the time.

On defence, Justice Kremler recorded two sacks, while Trystin Waters and Aidan Kachanoski had one apiece. Braden Routley had a fumble recovery to round out the tough Rams defence.

The Fighting Irish did give the Rams some scares throughout the game after scoring two early touchdowns (one off a Jasper Schiedel 21 yard run) and Kieran Mitha’s field goal. On defence, Aidan Fay recorded three sacks, Jack Legge had a fumble recovery, and Bobby Singh recorded a pick, while the special teams units also blocked a field goal, a punt, and a convert.

  

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

Outstanding Lineman: Chris Ellis (Vancouver College)

Outstanding Back: Declann Michielin (Mt. Douglas)

MVP: Gavin Cobb (Mt. Douglas)

 

Chiko’s Champion of the Game:

Declann Michielin – According to Coach Mark Townsend’s post-game interview, Declann was so banged up that he wasn’t sure he would play in this game. However, he worked through his injuries and battled it out to help the Rams get back on top of the AAA rankings. Great job, Declann!

SR AA Championship: Fly like Ty

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In a match-up that was sure to be exciting from the start, the Carson Graham Eagles soared high at BC Place as they beat out the Abbotsford Panthers to capture their first senior varsity championship since 2001 with a 53-34 victory.

The scoring would go back-to-back for the majority of the game. Chase Claypool opened the scoring with a touchdown but that was quickly answered by Tyler Nylander, who had an absolute monster game on his way to being named MVP.

Nylander had two majors before the first half was over, while Flynn Heyes would also add another for the eventual winners who led 21-20 at half. Maasin Thompson and Samwell Uko replied for the Panthers in the opening half.

The game took a turn when Claypool went down with an injury, forcing the Panthers to rely on Reese Morrison in the air, and Uko and Richard Tshimpaka on the ground.

Claypool would make a short comeback in the fourth quarter, where he made several big catches despite his injury and even threw a touchdown pass on a trick play to Thompson, who ended up with two touchdowns in the game. On defence, Tshimpaka recorded two picks for the Panthers, while Uko got Outstanding Back honours in the game.

Ultimately, it was Nylander who carried the Eagles to victory recording more touchdowns than you can count on your hand, with the most impressive one being a 52-yard run at the beginning of the second half. Heyes was also productive, battling for hard-earned yards and scoring a touchdown in the process.

 

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

Outstanding Lineman: Christoph Stangl (Carson Graham)

Outstanding Back: Samwell Uko (Abbotsford)

MVP: Tyler Nylander (Carson Graham)

 

Chiko’s Champion of the Game:

Samwell Uko – After losing Chase Claypool early on in the game, Samwell Uko kept the team’s hopes alive by recording a huge 90-yard kickoff return and rumbling for tough yards for the Panthers.

JV AAA Championship: New West Rising

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There was a forecast for multiple touchdowns this afternoon in the game between the New Westminster Hyacks clashed against the Mt. Douglas Rams and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

The Hyacks came out swinging with a flurry of touchdowns to capture the JV AAA title in their first ever appearance in the JV finals.

Game MVP Sammy Sidhu rushed for a game-high four touchdowns, opening the game with a huge 70-yard touchdown and adding another 70-yard run later on, to lift the Hyacks to a 48-29 win over the Rams and capture the JV AAA for the first time in school history in their first-ever appearance in the title game.

The Hyacks also got scores from a Kinsale Phillip pass to Shane Belsher, and one run apiece by Broxx Comia and Robertson Yagyog. Comia was also busy on the other side of the ball recording an interception late in the game, while Severio Abasa recorded a pick. Severio Asaba also made several pass knockdowns that would save the Hyacks from Gideone Kremler’s deep throws.

For three quarters, the game was quite close between the Rams and the Hyacks, with the score being 34-29 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before New West managed to pull away for good. Rams QB Kremler threw several touchdowns, including three to Connor Clarke, to keep the Mt. Douglas close for the majority of the contest even trading leads multiple times throughout the early part of the contest.

 

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

Outstanding Lineman: Isaiah James (New Westminster)

Outstanding Back: Gideone Kremler (Mt. Douglas)

MVP: Sammy Sidhu (New Westminster)

 

Chiko’s Champion of the Game:

Gideone Kremler (Mt. Douglas) – Although the Rams lost the game, Kremler worked well under pressure and threw several deep balls to keep the Hyacks on their toes for most of the game and also ran for big yards.

JV AA Championship: King of the Road

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After a slow start in chilly BC Place, the action on the field heated up in the AA Junior Varsity championship game, with the Windsor Dukes outrunning the Mission Roadrunners en route to a 27-21 win at BC Place.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Dukes put the first points on the board to go up 6-0 after a Keelan White touchdown, but it was quickly answered by Josh Guitard before the end of the half to make it 7-6 for Mission.

The second half was a whole different story, with eventual game MVP Ryan Baker rushing for two touchdowns to pull the Dukes ahead 21-7 by the fourth quarter.

However, the Roadrunners would force the Dukes to play until the dying moments of the game, as they slowly crept back towards a comeback after a touchdown by Dhivaan Bhogal. With a kickoff return gone awry, the Dukes were then forced to start on their own five-yard line in the final five minutes of the game.

Luckily for the Dukes, a huge 95-yard catch and run touchdown play by Ben McMichael helped the team pull ahead to 27-14. McMichael also had a crucial pick in the win.

Despite another touchdown by Dhivaan Bhogal late in the fourth quarter, the Dukes managed to outlast the Roadrunners to capture the junior AA title for the first time since 2008 and can now spend the offseason happy as the newly-crowned champions.

 

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

Outstanding Lineman: Jeremy Sinclair (Windsor)
Outstanding Back: Tanner Alward (Mission)
MVP: Ryan Baker (Windsor)

Chiko’s Champion of the Game:

Ben McMichael (Windsor) – Ben’s huge 95-yard touchdown run ultimately gave the Dukes enough cushion to fight off a Mission comeback late in the fourth quarter.

Grade 8 Championship: Luck of the Irish

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The first game of the 2015 Subway Bowl championships started off on an exciting, not to mention super early 9 am, note. Early for both teams, and early and often for the Vancouver College Fighting Irish in terms of scoring as they rumbled past the previously undefeated Seaquam Seahawks by a final score of 30-13.

It was the first Grade 8 championship for the Irish since their Tier 2 victory back in 2012.

In a game of huge plays, running back Daesaun Johnson led the way, stunning everyone on a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to open the scoring. Later on, he would record a pick-six of over 60 yards en route to his MVP performance. Johnson also scored on a pair of two-point conversions in the win.

Fellow Fighting Irish teammate Jason Soriano scored on runs of 65 and 40 yards in the second half to seal the deal for Vancouver College.

The Seahawks answered with one touchdown each in the first and second half, which were scored by Christian Carlon-Diaz and Corbin Grant respectively.

The Fighting Irish defence stepped up big late in the game to prevent a furious Seaquam comeback. Sahil Sandhu recorded a crucial sack, while Hunter Cruz-Dumont recorded two crucial picks in the fourth quarter to hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season.

 

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

Outstanding Lineman: Dimitri Grigg (Vancouver College)
Outstanding Back: Rion Cruz (Seaquam)
MVP: Daesaun Johnson (Vancouver College)

Chiko’s Champion of the Game:

Hunter Cruz-Dumont (Vancouver College) – The defensive back helped seal the deal for the Fighting Irish by making two crucial picks in the fourth quarter, including one in the red zone, to quash any Seahawks hopes for a comeback.

Grade 8 Preview: Vancouver College Fighting Irish vs Seaquam Seahawks

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Saturday, December 5th – BC Place

Kickoff at 9 AM PT

Watch on http://www.SportsCanada.TV

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In this year’s Grade 8 championship game, the Vancouver College Fighting Irish are set to face off against the Seaquam Seahawks.

After defeating the St. Thomas More Knights last week by a score of 35-14, the Seahawks have remained undefeated all season long and would love to close out their season by capturing the school’s first Grade 8 championship in what is their first appearance in the Grade 8 Final. This season, the Seahawks have been undefeated with a 5-0 regular season record, and have scored 157 points while only allowing 39 points to be scored against them so it’s quite obvious that they will be a hard team to handle on both sides of the ball.

The Fighting Irish defeated Lord Tweedsmir 28-22 to earn a spot in the Final, and will look to win their first Grade 8 championship since 2008. This season, the team finished third in the regular season in the AAA Grade 8 conference with a 3-2 record, with 102 points for and 79 points against.

Will the Seahawks top their undefeated season with a championship? Or will the Fighting Irish ruin their plans? Come find out at BC Place!