VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview – White Rock Titans @ Victoria Spartans

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Sunday, October 4 – Westhill Stadium

Kickoff at 4 pm (PT)
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When it comes to teams on a roll in the VMFL Midget Division, the Victoria Spartans (2-2) are as hot as any team out there.

After starting off the season with back-to-back losses to Chilliwack and Coquitlam, the Spartans have turned their season around in a big way by pulling off back-to-back wins.

Two weeks ago, they shocked the league by upsetting the defending champion North Surrey Bears by a 10-7 score, and followed that up with a 27-21 road win last week over the Comox Raiders.

This week they face the White Rock Titans (2-1), who will offer a tough test for the team. White Rock is coming off a bye week and is understandably itching to get back on to the field after being blanked 28-0 by the Chilliwack Giants in their last game action.

A spot in the top-four of the league standings is on the line in this game so expect both teams to treat it as a critical, albeit early, game.

Other Midget games this week (all games on Sunday, October 4 unless otherwise noted):

Saturday, October 3 – Cloverdale Bengals @ Coquitlam Falcons – 7:30 pm (Coquitlam Town Centre)

Comox Raiders @ Cowichan Timbermen – 1:30 pm (McAdam Park)

Chilliwack Giants @ Langley Stampeders – 2:30 pm (McLeod Athletic Park)

BYE: North Surrey Bears

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UBC Thunderbirds at Alberta Golden Bears – Game Preview

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Saturday, October 3 -Foote Field

Kickoff at 12 pm PT

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Coming off a disappointing home loss, the Thunderbirds (2-2; 3-2 overall) hit the road to play the first of two straight games against the University of Alberta Golden Bears (2-2).

In last week’s 45-29 loss against the Saskatchewan Huskies, the Thunderbirds were unable to overcome the 21-0 deficit they found themselves in at the end of the first quarter despite a good comeback effort. In the loss, Michael O’Connor completed 30-of-48 passes for 335 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. On the ground, tailback Brandon Deschamps had a good all-purpose performance rushing for 53 yards on eight carries and catching three balls for 46 yards. Receiver Marshall Cook led the team with a game-high nine catches for 92 yards and will be one of O’Connor’s favourite targets this week. Kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk also contributed to the scoring, making all four field goal attempts as well as a rouge. On defence, linebacker Yianni Cabylis led the team with ten tackles (five solo), a tackle for loss, and a sack.

The Bears, who are also coming off of a 42-32 loss last week to the University of Manitoba Bisons, will be hungry for a win on home turf. The Bear’s dual-headed rushing attack was led by Ed Ilnicki, who rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries and a score, and quarterback Ben Kopczynski, who rushed 19 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. Kopczynski also finished the day with 20-of-32 passes completed for 303 yards and two touchdowns, one of which went to Tylor Henry who finished the game with a team-high eight receptions for 132 yards, including one off a 50-yard touchdown pass. On defence, look for Rom Tsoumpas and Tak Landry to be standouts. They finished last game with eight and seven tackles, respectively.

Currently, four teams (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and UBC) all have the same 2-2 record in the conference making this game a crucial one. Will the Thunderbirds be able to improve their record this week and make it out of the tight conference race? Tune in this week to find out!

Okanagan Sun at Kamloops Broncos – BCFC Week 10 Preview

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Saturday, October 3 – Hillside Stadium

Kickoff at 7 pm

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It’s the final regular season game, and the final game of the season at Hillside Stadium for the Kamloops Broncos (5-4) as they take on the Okanagan Sun (9-0) in a potential first round playoff preview.

Last week, the Sun continued their BCFC domination by outshining the Westshore Rebels in a 51-10. In the win, Cam Bedore utilized nine targets and completed 9-of-11 passes for 233 yards and five touchdown passes. Receivers Kyle Kawamoto and Thomas Huber each hauled in a pair of scores from Bedore and finished with three receptions for 84 yards and four receptions for 66 yards, respecitvely. On defence, the Sun was stellar again holding the Rebels to only 33 yards rushing. Jonas Gering and Keagan Hughes both recorded sacks, Kent Lawrence recovered a fumble, and Isaiah Stewart finished with a team-high four stops in the team’s win.

The Broncos also come into the game on a high note after beating the Valley Huskers 58-15 last week. Running back Jacob Palmarin became the first rusher to hit the 1,000 yard mark since 2012 after gaining 174 yards over 12 carries and scoring two touchdowns in the win. Quarterback Stephen Schuweiler finished 21-of-28 for 360 yards and three touchdowns, one of which went to Devin Csincsa who also hit the 1,000 yard plateau with six catches and 137 yards. On defence, the Broncos were also able to put scores on the board as Braden Vankoughnett recorded an 18 yard pick-six while Lucas Hofer jumped on a loose ball in the end zone. Other defensive highlights for the team included defensive back Derek Trager, who had a blocked kick and recovered a fumble.

This week’s matchups are crucial for the Kamloops Broncos and the Langley Rams, who are both tied for third place in the BCFC. Kamloops would need a win against the Sun coupled with a Langley loss to Westshore in order to avoid playing Okanagan in the first round of the playoffs.

In their lone meeting this season, the Sun beat the Broncos 39-17 in week 8 of BCFC action. Will the Broncos be able to pull off an upset and defeat the Sun? Or will the Sun remain undefeated in regular season play?

Other games this week (all on Saturday, October 3rd):

VI Raiders @ Valley Huskers – 2pm (Exhibition Stadium)

Langley Rams @ Westshore Rebels – 3pm (Westhills Stadium)

Kelowna Owls at Mt. Boucherie Bears – BCHSFB Game Preview

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Friday, October 2 – Apple Bowl

Kickoff at 6:30 pm

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This week, it’s a AAA Eastern Conference clash that highlights the schedule as the Kelowna Owls (1-0) go head-to-head against the Mt. Boucherie Bears (1-0) in a battle of two teams looking to get an early jump on the conference standings.

The Owls have a key player in Parker Simson, who has been an absolute stud so far this season. In their 49-8 win over Lord Tweedsmuir last week, Simson would end the day throwing for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns, making three catches for 77 yards and a score, and also rushing four times for 57 yards and two more touchdowns. Filling in at quarterback, Adam DiBiase also had a productive day completing five of six passes for 148 yards and a touchdown and also catching  four passes for 99 yards and a score, while also adding in another off a one-yard sneak. On defence, Sean McMechan led the team with eight tackles, Cole Stregger recorded five tackles, and Zack Vint finished the day with four tackles and a sack.

Last week, the Bears’ strong defense was highlighted in their 32-0 win over Centennial. In the shutout, Zac Callaghan recorded six tackles and two fumble recoveries, cornerback Chris Smith recorded two picks and four tackles, and Taylor Knoll recorded five tackles, a pick, and a safety. On offence, Ty Truong led the team with 14 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown, while Spencer Schmidt led the receiving corps and hauled in six catches for 114 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass. Callaghan also rumbled for a score in the team’s win.

In a matchup of two solid teams, which team will come out on top? Tune in this week to find out!

SFU Clan at Central Washington Wildcats – Game Preview

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Saturday, September 26 – Tomlinson Stadium (Ellensburg, Washington)

Kickoff at 1 pm

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After a heartbreaking loss at Swangard Stadium last Saturday, the SFU Clan (0-2) travel down to Tomlinson Stadium in search of their first win of the season against the Central Washington Wildcats (1-2).

In last week’s 10-16 loss to GNAC conference favourites Azusa Pacific, Clan quarterback Ryan Stanford completed 21 of 32 passes for 248 yards and threw a touchdown and an interception despite being sacked seven times in the process. Justin Buren led the team once again with three receptions for 77 yards including catching a 44-yard pass from Stanford, the longest of the night. The lone touchdown from the Clan came from Sam Nadon, who finished with four receptions for 35 yards. On defence, linebacker Jordan Herdman led the team with 11 tackles while defensive back Ben Minaker recorded ten tackles, and they’ll be needed to step up again this week against the Wildcats.

The Wildcats, who scored 40 points in the first half alone in their 40-19 win over Western Oregon last week, will look to start off strong again. In the win, quarterback Justin Lane went 18-of-28 for 155 yards and two touchdowns to Christian Gaska and Kyle Self. On the ground, look for Jordan Todd to lead the attack after recording 12 carries for 117 yards and a score last week. Another player to watch for will be Jesse Walk, who was chosen as the GNAC special teams player of the week after taking a punt 79 yards to the house and totaling 200 all-purpose yards (108 on punt and 78 on kick returns). On the D-line, Carson Kass will look to contain Stanford after leading the team with two sacks and four tackles.

Will the Clan rally past the Wildcats this week? Or will the Wildcats claw past the visitors? Tune in this week to find out!

University of Saskatchewan Huskies at UBC Thunderbirds – Game Preview

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Friday, September 25 – Thunderbird Stadium

Kickoff at 7 pm

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After a hard fought game on the road, the UBC Thunderbirds (2-1) are back at Thunderbird Stadium to face the Saskatchewan Huskies (1-2).

The Thunderbirds toppled #7 ranked Manitoba Bisons last weekend by a score of 51-48 and recorded 473 yards of total offence in the process, 423 of which were passing yards. The Thunderbirds’ drives were orchestrated by none other than Michael O’Connor who finished with 26-of-38 completed passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns, two of which were caught by Will Watson. Watson finished with four receptions for 83 yards and two scores, while Alex Morrison led the team with five receptions for 118 yards and a score. In the backfield, running back Brandon Deschamps led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown. On defence, linebacker Terrell Davis led the team with eleven tackles while Taylor Loffler finished with nine tackles.

The Huskies, who beat their provincial rival Regina Rams last week by a score of 33-18, are led by fourth year pivot Drew Burko. Burko had a solid performance last week, completing 19-of-30 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Two of Burko’s touchdown passes were caught by receiver Mitch Hillis, who hauled in nine passes for 135 yards. The Huskies O-line also had a strong performance allowing a combined 230 yards of rushing by running backs Tyler Chow (124 yards on 15 carries) and Shane Buchanan (87 yards on 14 attempts). On defence, the Huskies will look for Dane Bishop to have another outstanding performance after recording nine tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in last week’s game.

After strong performances last week, will the Huskies be able to topple the Thunderbirds? Or will the Thunderbirds soar to another win at home?

VI Raiders vs. Langley Rams: BCFC Week 9 Preview

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Saturday, September 26 – McLeod Stadium

Kickoff at 4pm

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After the dust of the three-way BCFC tie-breaking games settled with the Langley Rams (5-3) and VI Raiders (5-3) coming into a two-way tie after last week, the teams will battle it out in an attempt to solidify their number two standing in the conference.

Last week, the Rams rumbled to a 53-7 win over the Valley Huskers and recorded 601 yards of net offence. Quarterback Dylan Tucker completed 11-of-20 passes for 276 yards, one interception, and three touchdowns – one each to Seye Akinsanmi, Devoun Hallums, and Khalik Johnson – while running back Jacob Patko led the team with nine carries for 110 yards and a score. On the other hand, the Huskers were only able to produce 58 yards of total offence thanks to a strong defensive showing by the Rams. Several players of note in the Rams’ win were Nathan Carrol and Denis Olivera, who intercepted a pass each, and Kyle Sagmoen, who collected the lone sack for the team.

The Raiders also roll into McLeod Stadium coming off a win after beating out the Westshore Rebels 35-16 last week. Quarterback Liam O’Brien had an outstanding game and finished 17-of-20 for 337 yards and five touchdown passes, three of which were caught by Arthur Fabbro. Fabbro would finish the game with six catches for 156 yards while Dustin Rodriguez caught a game high seven passes for 148 yards and a major. On defence, Travis Novak and Dexter Shea led the team with seven and five solo tackles, respectively.

With only two more weeks of the BCFC regular season left, the Rams and Raiders will be hungry for wins as they hope to secure their number two spot and fight for a chance to host a playoff game on home turf. It’s a game you won’t want to miss!

Other games this week (All on Saturday, September 26):

Okanagan Sun @ Westshore Rebels – 3pm (Westhills Stadium)

Valley Huskers @ Kamloops Broncos – 7pm (Hillside Stadium)