Pictured (from left): Glen Jackson, Ed Murray, Bret Anderson
Last week, I had a chance to attend the BC Football Hall of Fame press conference with the Football BC staff and learn about this year’s list of inductees.
I also had a chance to interview Bret Anderson, a Terry Fox Secondary School and Simon Fraser University alumnus, who played as a placekicker and slotback for the BC Lions. Thank you Bret for taking the time to talk to us!
After a close game against the Azusa Pacific Tigers last weekend on the road, the Simon Fraser University Clan (0-3; 0-0 Conference) are crossing the border once again for the first-ever Battle of the Border event this weekend against the Central Washington Wildcats (1-2; 0-0 Conference).
The Wildcats, who scored 20 points in the fourth quarter in their close loss against Western Oregon last weekend, will be a team that should challenge the Clan continuously with their unpredictable scoring drives.
Several players to watch for the Wildcats include Tyrell Williams, who scored two touchdowns last week, and quarterback Jake Nelson, who set a career high for passing with 303 yards, two touchdowns, and recording 27-of-47 in the air.
As for the Clan’s standout players, if there’s one player who’s been consistently delivering for the team, it’s Jordan Herdman. In last week’s game, Herdman recorded 20 tackles demonstrating he’s an integral part in the Clan defense. As for offensive players, quarterback Ryan Stanford will look to connect with running back Cole Tudor, who has been successful at scoring touchdowns for the last two games, and receivers Kyle Kawamoto and Bobby Pospischil, who lead the team in receiving last week.
The UBC Thunderbirds (0-3), still looking for a win this season, will be hosting the University of Alberta Golden Bears (1-2) this weekend at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.
In a historic moment last weekend, Golden Bears emerged victorious against the Regina Rams by a score of 44-42. This long-awaited win allowed them to snap their 26-game losing streak which spanned a long three years, 10 months and 14 days. The Golden Bears will look to ride this momentum and grab another win on the road against the Thunderbirds.
Notable players to watch in this matchup for the Golden Bears include quarterback Curtis Dell, who threw for the fourth-highest passing yards total in Golden Bears history two weeks ago with 413 yards.
As for the local lads, quarterback Carson Williams, who went 23-for-38 for 279 yards passing and one interception in last week’s loss to the Manitoba Bisons, will be looking to team up with Alex Morrison, who led the receivers with seven catches for 108 yards, and Brandon Deschamps, who was the Thunderbirds’ rushing leader last weekend with 37 yards on 13 carries.
In a match-up of the top two teams in the league, the Langley Rams (6-2) will visit the Okanagan Sun (7-1) this week at the Apple Bowl in a potential Cullen Cup championship preview.
With the season series tied at 1-1 win apiece, this game has major playoff implications for first place. The top-seeded team will have the home turf advantage throughout the playoffs.
Nathan Lund will be a key offensive player for the Rams. Last week against the VI Raiders, Lund was able to show his versatility by scoring three touchdowns, one of them through the air.
For the Sun, Robbie Yochim will be a player to watch. Yochim recently broke the Canadian Junior Football League record for punt returns for touchdowns in a game, returning three punts for touchdowns in last week’s game against the Westshore Rebels.
Other games this week:
Westshore Rebels at Valley Huskers – 1 pm, Exhibition Stadium
VI Raiders at Kamloops Broncos – 7 pm, Hillside Stadium
Photo Credit: Christian J. Stewart Photography, Mauinow.com
In this weekend’s featured match-up, two of the top-ranked teams will go head-to-head when the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (0-0) head to Victoria to face the Mt. Douglas Rams (1-0) at Westhills Stadium.
The Rams have been looking like strong contenders once again for this year’s Subway Bowl Triple A championship and, if their regular season opener was any indication – a 36-7 win over Notre Dame last week – then they certainly look poised for a run at a fourth straight title despite losing some top talent to graduation. Led by new starting quarterback Joe Clarke, the Triple A player of the week, the Rams will look to continue to impress with their offensive abilities against Vancouver College. Wide receiver Gavin Cobb, who scored two touchdowns in last week’s game, will also be a player to watch.
For the Fighting Irish, tailback Ovie Odjegba will be a player to keep an eye on. He recently broke a school record for longest touchdown score from scrimmage on a 90-yard run in a game against St. Thomas More. On defence, Matt Legge and Ethan Alban will be key players for the team, as they recorded 13 and 11 tackles respectively against O’Dea (Seattle) in a recent game.
After falling to the Western Oregon Wolves 38-14 last weekend at Homecoming, the Simon Fraser University Clan (0-2; 0-0 Conference) will go in search of their first victory of the season on the road against the reigning GNAC champion, Azusa Pacific (1-1; 0-0 Conference) on Saturday.
Azusa Pacific, although coming off of a 30-10 loss to Humboldt State, will be a tough match up for the Clan. The Cougars will look to All-American tailback Terrell Watson to carry the ball while C.J. Brossard, who received the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week award last week, will be a key defensive player to watch.
SFU will look to improve offensively as they were unable to capitalize on their 28 first downs and 410 yards passing in last week’s game against the Wolves. With receiver Lemar Durant unable to play last week, Bobby Pospischil stepped up for the Clan and recorded 10 receptions for 145 yards. On the defensive side, Jordan Herdman has proven to be a key player for the Clan recording with nine tackles in the loss to the Wolves and leading the team in tackles for two weeks in a row.
This is the first of two meetings between SFU and Azusa Pacific this season. SFU dropped both games to Azusa Pacific a year ago.
After dropping a 59-11 decision to the powerhouse University of Calgary Dinos last Saturday, the Thunderbirds (0-2) will try to bounce back and capture their first win of the season this Saturday on the road when they take on the University of Manitoba Bisons (1-1).
The Thunderbirds will be looking to improve their passing game as UBC quarterbacks Carson Williams and Greg Bowcott combined for just 57 yards through the air on 6-for-25 passing in last week’s game against the Dinos.
The Bisons’ quarterback Jordan Yantz, a former VI Raider, will be a player to watch. He rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two scores in last week’s 42-18 win against the Regina Rams in their home opener. Other key players for the Bisons include Nic Demski, a slotback with three time All-Canadian honours, and Alex Vitt, who recorded 105 yards on six catches in last week’s game.
This is the first and only meeting between the T-Birds and Bisons this season. Last season, the T-Birds split their two meetings against the Bisons dropping a 36-32 home decision before earning a measure of revenge on the road with a 28-24 win.