Photo credit: Jay Prepchuk (Team BC U18 Coach)
This winter break, Team BC will be bringing a Grade 8 team and a U18 team down to Auburn, Washington on Sunday, December 28 for the Tanoa Bowl Classic. As many readers might be wondering, what makes the Tanoa Bowl a Team BC-worthy trip?
Read below to find out more about the team and the tournament!
Showcase of the best high school football players in BC, Washington, and Hawaii
The Tanoa Bowl, now in its 4th year, has had several different state teams participate in the past, including Arizona, Alaska, California, Washington, Utah, and Hawaii.
This year, the Team BC U18 team will face off against Team Washington, while the Grade 8 team will face off against the NW Cougars in a matchup of some of the best age group players across the border!
See how Team BC stacks up against the competition
As the only Canadian Team at the Tanoa Bowl, Team BC will have the chance to not only represent the province, but Canada as well. Ultimately, our players will get the chance to see how they stack up against their American counterparts, which should make for a pair of exciting games. With a lot of pride on the line, it will definitely be an eventful game!
Team BC full of high school prospects waiting to be scouted
The Tanoa Bowl could be a great place for even more of Team BC athletes to be recognized with many scouts expected to attend the game. The U18 team has several top-notch players from across the province who are already attracting the attention of recruiters in Canada and the US.
These players include defensive linemen Connor Griffiths (Langley Minor Football) and Keiran Janes (St. Thomas More Knights); receivers Jesse Walker (Mission Roadrunners), Lucas Bill (Carson Graham Eagles) and Justin “JJ” Deslauriers (St. Thomas More Knights); offensive lineman Nick Cessford (Ballenas Whalers); linebacker Caleb Abraham (Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers); and quarterback Theo Landers (Notre Dame Jugglers).
The Tanoa Bowl is expected to be attended by individuals from Scout.com and Rivals.com, two of the biggest recruiting databases for football.
Tanoa Bowl connections to NCAA Football
In the past four years, several Tanoa Bowl participants have gone on to play football in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, with over fifty past participants of the Tanoa Bowl having gone on to play at different colleges and universities across the United States.
Tanoa Bowl alumni have gone on to play at Yale University, Western Oregon University, Dixie State College, Central Washington University, and University Texas El Paso, to name a few. It’s highly likely that we’ll see some up-and-coming Canadian and American football stars taking part in the Tanoa Bowl this year!
Several athletes who have played in the Tanoa Bowl and have gone on to play in the NCAA include Chet Spears (Western Oregon University), Calvin Chandler (Yale University), and Chris Miedema (Idaho State University), to name a few.
To see Team BC’s rosters, click on the links below!
The U18 roster:
The Grade 8 roster:
Make sure you follow Team BC at the Tanoa Bowl! Bookmark the Tanoa Bowl page on Football BC’s website at http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/programs/view/15.