Moon shines off the field in Reality TV debut

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Photo Credit: Philip Chan, Football BC

Ray Moon, head coach of the South Delta Sun Devils, has been involved in more than football recently.

This season, he has taken his talents off the field to film a new reality television series called Game of Homes, which will air on the W Network in March 2015.

In the show, teams of amateur home renovators work together to revamp heritage homes and turn them in to dream homes. In the show, Ray teamed up with his daughter, Crystal, for a chance to compete at the ultimate prize of winning the house they renovated together.

Although the filming has been a fun and memorable bonding experience with his daughter, football is still Ray’s number one focus.

Ray, who has coached with the Sun Devils since 2002 and been their head coach since 2006, took several weeks off for filming but is back now and ready to lead his squad hopefully to a AAA championship.

When asked about his passion for coaching, he explained that his success as a coach doesn’t come from winning games or championships, but from having an opportunity to help his athletes succeed by giving them a chance to pursue a post-secondary education through obtaining scholarships through football.

“[Football has] given me an opportunity to be heavily involved and give back to the kids,” says Moon.

One of his most memorable moments as a coach was seeing one of his former players, Dylan Ainsworth, get drafted 11th overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in last year’s CFL Draft. Ainsworth was also one of the players who helped the Sun Devils win their first ever BC AA High School Championship in 2008.

With the South Delta Sun Devils seeing success in the AAA division this season with a current 5-1 regular season record, Ray is excited for what’s ahead for the Sun Devils.

“Our loss last week was an awakening for the boys,” he said. “However, they’re very excited, refocused, and are looking forward to the playoffs.”

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS VS. UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES: GAME PREVIEW

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Saturday, November 1 – Thunderbird Stadium

Kickoff at 2 PM

Game broadcast online at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/ubc/

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Photo Credit: Eric Inasi, photosbyericinasi.wordpress.com

The UBC Thunderbirds (2-5) will host the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (5-2) this Saturday in their final game of the regular season while hanging on to their slim hopes of making their playoffs.

After a 67-6 loss to the University of Calgary Dinos, the Thunderbirds will look to give its fans at home a win in their last game of the season. Once again, the Thunderbirds will look to Carson Williams to play like he did two weeks ago when he threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns and added another 68 yards rushing. In addition, Marcus Davis will also be a player to watch, as the freshman still leads all Canada West players in all-purpose yards at 1144 yards, averaging 163.4 yards per carry.

On the other hand, the Huskies secured their playoff berth with their 41-23 win University of Alberta last week. The Huskies will rely on quarterback Drew Burko, who threw for an efficient 29-of-41 for 360 yards and four touchdowns. Kit Hillis is likely to be a favourite target as he caught nine passes for 116 yards and a score in the victory. On the defensive side, a player to watch for will be Mark Ingram, who forced two turnovers and recorded nine tackles in the game.

After their loss last week, the Thunderbirds’ chances of securing a playoff spot look rather unlikely. However, the Thunderbirds could potentially still sneak in if they manage to beat the Huskies, have Regina defeat Alberta, and then get a bit of luck when it comes to the complicated tie-breaking scenarios.

SFU CLAN VS. HUMBOLDT STATE LUMBERJACKS – GAME PREVIEW

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Saturday, November 1 – Swangard Stadium

Kickoff at 1 PM

Game broadcast online at

http://portal.stretchinternet.com/sfu/

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Photo Credit: Ron Hole, blogs.theprovince.com

After falling short to the Western Oregon Wolves last weekend by a score of 27-16 in their road finale, the SFU Clan (2-6; Conference 2-2) are back at Swangard for the remainder of the season. In the first game of their season-ending three-game home stand, the Clan will host the Humboldt State Lumberjacks (6-1; Conference 2-1) for the first time this season this Saturday.

In their loss to the Wolves last week, the Clan’s lone touchdown was scored by Lemar Durant, who led all receivers with 10 receptions for 184 yards. Meanwhile, Stephen Spagnuolo led the ground game and carried the ball 24 times for 132 yards. On the defensive side, Jordan Herdman recorded ten tackles and one interception, while his twin brother Jordan Herdman had three tackles for a loss and deflected three passes.

The Lumberjacks, who recorded a 38-20 win against Central Washington last weekend, will likely have many balls thrown in the direction of Chase Krivashei, who led all team receivers last week and scored two touchdowns on four receptions for 82 yards. The Lumberjacks will also rely on the leg of Matt Bruder, who is one field goal away from breaking the program record of 32 which was set in 1987. On the defense, defensive back Marcus Graves led the team with five pass breakups last week.

In their two meetings last season, the Clan defeated the Lumberjacks by scores of 41-27 and 38-17, respectively.

BC HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK PREVIEW – ARCHBISHOPS’ TROPHY GAME: VANCOUVER COLLEGE VS. NOTRE DAME

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Friday, October 31 – Burnaby Lakes

Kickoff at 2 PM

Game broadcast online at http://www.sportscanada.tv/index.php/football/hs-fb/bc-hs-fb/2014-game-of-the-week

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Photo credit: Philip Chan, Football BC

In a matchup of one of the longest and most bitter rivalries in BC High School Football, the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (3-2) and the Notre Dame Jugglers (2-3) will clash this Friday in the annual Archbishops’ Trophy game which will be hosted by the Jugglers out at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.

In their dominant 42-0 win against Handsworth last weekend, the Fighting Irish demonstrated their spread-out offence and efficiency utilizing 10 different rushers and eight different receivers. They rushed 25 times for 286 yards and passed 12 times for 10 completions for 130 yards finishing with an average of 11.4 yards per carry and 13.0 yards receiving per completion. The Fighting Irish’s offence will look to trouble the Jugglers this weekend by employing many players in the game and opening up its scoring possibilities once again. On the offensive side, Javier Sanchez-Mejorda, who rushed for two scores in the win over Handsworth, and Ovie Odjegba, who rushed for one touchdown in that same game, and will be the primary threats against the Jugglers.

On the other hand, the Jugglers didn’t have as many options offensively in their 24-0 win against West Vancouver, but it was enough for them to chalk up a win and remain in the hunt for the Western Conference’s sixth and final playoff berth. The team was led by Theo Landers, who threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Gabriele and rushed for a pair of scores.

This game has been a long-standing staple in both of the teams’ respective histories. The first Archbishops’ Trophy game was played in 1957 and now, 57 years later, the schools are just four wins apart in the all-time series with Vancouver College leading 30-26-1.

*record includes only regular season play

The opening month of the season brought us outstanding plays all over the province. Enjoy BC High School Football’s September Highlights.

UBC VS. UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY: GAME PREVIEW

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Saturday, October 25 – McMahon Stadium

Kickoff at 1 PM

Game broadcast online at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/ubc/

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After a close win at home against the Regina Rams last Saturday the UBC Thunderbirds (2-4) will be back on the road to face the University of Calgary Dinos (5-1) as they cling to their hopes for a playoff berth.

In last week’s game, the Thunderbirds were able to edge out the Rams thanks in large part to quarterback Carson Williams, who finished 20-for-32 for 256 yards and three touchdown passes – two of which were caught by Niko Jakobs and one by Marcus Davis. Jakobs finished the game with three catches for 32 yards and two touchdowns, while Davis would finish with 139 all-purpose yards and a 37-yard touchdown catch. Williams, meanwhile, was named the Canada West Offensive Player of the Week.

The Dinos, on the other hand, have been the team to beat all season as they are undefeated against Canada West opponents this season (their lone loss was due to a forfeit as a result of the use of an ineligible player). In last week’s 52-37 win against the Alberta Golden Bears, quarterback Andrew Buckley stole the show, accounting for nearly 500 yards of offence by throwing 307 yards and two touchdowns, and adding 172 rushing yards and three scores. On the defensive side, the Dinos were led by Adam Konar who recorded nine tackles.

The Dinos defeated the Thunderbirds 59-11 in their lone head-to-head meeting this season back on September 13 spoiling UBC’s Homecoming.

SFU looks to avenge early season loss against western oregon

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Saturday, October 25 – McArthur Field

Kickoff at 1 PM

Game broadcast online at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/sfu/

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After recording their second win of the season against the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers, the SFU Clan (2-5; Conference 2-1) are back on the road one last time this season when they take on the Western Oregon Wolves (1-4; Conference 1-1).

In last week’s 53-31 win against the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers, the Clan offence felt a spark and scored 27 consecutive points to shut out the Hardrockers in the second half for the come-from-behind win. Once again, ex-Centennial players Lemar Durant and Justin Buren led the offence for the Clan, recording three touchdowns and two touchdowns, respectively. Buren led the way in receiving with nine catches for 123 yards, while running back Cole Tudor led the team with 93 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Stanford finished the game 28-of-36 for 372 yards and four touchdown passes after his first start in the last two weeks. On the defensive side, standout Jordan Herdman led the team once again with 15 tackles and two sacks.

The Wolves, coming off a 24-20 loss against the Central Washington Wildcats, will rely on Tyrell Williams, who recorded a career high 171 receiving yards on five catches and one touchdown in the defeat. Quarterback Ryan Bergman also threw for 412 yards last week, capping his sixth 400-yard game of his career, going 24-of-41 and two touchdowns. However, Bergman was sacked four times and intercepted three times, and the Clan defence will look to capitalize on his mistakes in this week’s game. On the defensive side, the Wolves will look to Breeon Moreno and Austin Spencer, who both recorded ten tackles in last week’s game.

The Clan will look to avenge their 38-14 loss in their homecoming game at the beginning of the season to the Wolves.

BCFC CULLEN CUP CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: LANGLEY RAMS VS. OKANAGAN SUN

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Sunday, October 26 – Apple Bowl

Kickoff at 1 PM

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The BC Football Conference (BCFC) Cullen Cup title is on the line this Sunday when the Langley Rams visit the Okanagan Sun at the Apple Bowl in a matchup of the top two teams in the conference.

After a convincing 47-16 win against the Vancouver Island Raiders in the semi-final, the Sun, who finished in first place in the regular season standings, will look to knock off a Rams team that has consistently found themselves in the title picture for the past few seasons. In their win, the Sun showed their strong passing and running game, as they finished with 243 yards through the air and 233 on the ground. Several players to look out for will be BCFC rushing leader Alex Bradley, who carried eight times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, and Cam Bedore, who went 12-of-18 for 226 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Thomas Huber and Lerone Robinson. Defensively, the Sun recorded six turnovers and seven sacks with Zac Ironstand leading the way with three sacks.

On the other hand, the Rams weren’t as dominant in last week’s semi-final winning by a slim 48-46 score against the Kamloops Broncos. The Rams were led by Nathan Lund, who carried 15 times for 185 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Jordan McCarty who only completed eight passes but collected 232 yards, threw three touchdowns, and rushed for a score.

In their matchups this season, the Rams handed the Sun their only loss this year back in August with a 33-20 win. However, in their latest matchup in late September, the Sun defeated the Rams 37-20. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Rams have reached the Cullen Cup final, and they will look to beat the Sun when it counts the most.