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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.