Grade 8 Championship: Luck of the Irish

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The first game of the 2015 Subway Bowl championships started off on an exciting, not to mention super early 9 am, note. Early for both teams, and early and often for the Vancouver College Fighting Irish in terms of scoring as they rumbled past the previously undefeated Seaquam Seahawks by a final score of 30-13.

It was the first Grade 8 championship for the Irish since their Tier 2 victory back in 2012.

In a game of huge plays, running back Daesaun Johnson led the way, stunning everyone on a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to open the scoring. Later on, he would record a pick-six of over 60 yards en route to his MVP performance. Johnson also scored on a pair of two-point conversions in the win.

Fellow Fighting Irish teammate Jason Soriano scored on runs of 65 and 40 yards in the second half to seal the deal for Vancouver College.

The Seahawks answered with one touchdown each in the first and second half, which were scored by Christian Carlon-Diaz and Corbin Grant respectively.

The Fighting Irish defence stepped up big late in the game to prevent a furious Seaquam comeback. Sahil Sandhu recorded a crucial sack, while Hunter Cruz-Dumont recorded two crucial picks in the fourth quarter to hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season.

 

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

Outstanding Lineman: Dimitri Grigg (Vancouver College)
Outstanding Back: Rion Cruz (Seaquam)
MVP: Daesaun Johnson (Vancouver College)

Chiko’s Champion of the Game:

Hunter Cruz-Dumont (Vancouver College) – The defensive back helped seal the deal for the Fighting Irish by making two crucial picks in the fourth quarter, including one in the red zone, to quash any Seahawks hopes for a comeback.

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Devils get their due at 2014 Subway Bowl

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Photo credit: Ray Shum, Tempest Photo/BC High School Football

AAA newcomers South Delta Sun Devils saved their best for last beating out three-time defending Subway Bowl champions, the Mt. Douglas Rams, in dramatic fashion on Saturday at BC Place.

In stark contrast to their regular season meeting when the Rams easily handed the Sun Devils a 44-7 loss, South Delta gained revenge in the best possible fashion by proving they could topple the supposed team to beat this season.

Led by Lucas Kirk, Jack McDonald, and Bryce Conners, the Sun Devils romped to a convincing 55-30 win over the Rams, ending Mt. Douglas’ impressive reign atop the AAA Senior Varsity Division and claiming the school’s first-ever Frank Gnup Memorial Trophy.

Kirk, the efficient quarterback, went 23-of-37 for 342 yards on the night recording six touchdown passes on his way to being named the game’s most outstanding back. Jack McDonald was one of Kirk’s many targets as he caught one of those six touchdown passes and took it to the house 37 yards.

McDonald was fittingly named the MVP of the game after making important stops on defence throughout the game and proving his essential role on the team.

Bryce Conners also stunned the Rams early in the game, returning a kickoff 81-yards to the end zone right after a Rams’ touchdown. Conners would also go on to catch two touchdown passes in the team’s win.

For Mt. Douglas, star running back Seye Farinu recorded one touchdown, while quarterback Joe Clarke passed for 211 yards on the night and three touchdowns – two of those going to Gavin Cobb.

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

MVP: Jack McDonald, South Delta Sun Devils

Outstanding Lineman: Easton Garard, Mt. Douglas Rams

Outstanding Back: Lucas Kirk, South Delta Sun Devils

Chiko’s Champion of the Game

QB Lucas Kirk (South Delta) – Lucas Kirk has been tested at every stage of the playoffs, and their final game was no different. Kirk remained composed under extreme pressure, making great passing plays even while fending off Mt. Doug’s attempts to contain him.

Back-to-back year of the Bulldogs

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Photo credit: Daniel Fung, Football BC

The John Barsby Bulldogs showed their bark and their bite on Subway Bowl Saturday against the Mission Roadrunners on their way to capturing their second consecutive Double A championship at BC Place.

The Bulldogs effectively shut down the Roadrunners’ superstar Jesse Walker when it mattered most, but it was the work of Trentyn Anderson, Kieren Carreck, Cole Virtanen, Chris DeGoutiere and North Rainey that ultimately led the team to their 36-20 win.

Anderson and Carreck both scored touchdowns in the first quarter to put the Bulldogs ahead at 14-0, but it was Rainey and DeGoutiere that helped the Bulldogs fend off the relentless offensive efforts of the Roadrunners.

DeGoutiere caught two passes from Rainey for touchdowns, while Rainey also scored on a 28-yard run. Virtanen, who was named the game’s MVP, did not put any scores on the board but battled for hard earned yards and was especially effective on defence.

This marks the team’s third championship win in five years.

Mission’s only scores of the night came from rushing phenom Jesse Walker, who recorded three touchdowns in the loss.

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

MVP: Cole Virtanen, John Barsby

Outstanding Lineman: Josh Gouldston, John Barsby

Outstanding Back: North Rainey, John Barsby

Chiko’s Champion of the Game

QB Jesse Walker (Mission) – Mission didn’t get the win they’d hoped for, but quarterback Jesse Walker showed how crucial he was to the team by rushing for three touchdowns to keep the team’s hopes of a win alive even after being targeted all game long by the Bulldogs.

Ravens soar to another title

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Photo Credit: Daniel Fung, Football BC

In a game between two traditional football powerhouse schools, it was the Terry Fox Ravens who clawed their way to a provincial title against the Notre Dame Jugglers.

The Ravens’ offence was too much for the Jugglers to handle, as Jeremie Kankolongo and Zander Bailey caught fire, leading the team to a 34-14 win over Notre Dame to capture the Carey Lapa Memorial Trophy, fittingly named after the late coach from Terry Fox.

Kangolongo, who was named the MVP, put three scores on the board for the Ravens, including one on impressive 50 yard run. Bailey, meanwhile, recorded two touchdowns on the day, including the first touchdown of the game on a 57-yard run to stun the Jugglers early in the first quarter.

This is the second time in three years that the Ravens have secured the provincial AAA JV title. Last year, they were runner-ups to St. Thomas More, who they beat this year in the quarterfinals.

Notre Dame’s Brendan Woodman and Matthew Maneta would score Notre Dame’s only touchdowns of the day, with Maneta’s 44-yard run being the offensive highlight for the Jugglers.

The Jugglers were shut out of the provincial title picture this year despite being the only school with two teams competing on the final championship day. Their Grade 8 team lost earlier in the day to Lord Tweedsmuir.

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

MVP: Jeremie Kankolongo, Terry Fox Ravens
Outstanding Lineman: Mario Marra, Notre Dame Jugglers
Outstanding Back: Zander Bailey, Terry Fox Ravens

Chiko’s Champion of the Game

FB Jeremie Kankolongo (Terry Fox Ravens) – Kankolongo was hands down the hardest working player on the field today, recording three touchdowns and battling for every yard. After being shaken on a play late in the game, he returned to the field to ensure that the Ravens kept up the lead. Great work today, Jeremie!

Grizzlies grab back-to-back championships

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The GW Graham Grizzlies are back to back AA Junior varsity champions after a great team effort that saw several players contribute to capturing of their second consecutive championship.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Wyatt Uzick, Von Richardson, and Emilio Pineda, the Grizzlies were able to beat out the valiant comeback efforts of the Panthers to win 23-13.

Uzick, Richardson, and Pineda all recorded one touchdown each, while Uzick had a crucial rush while pinned deep in his own end zone in the fourth quarter to earn a critical first down effectively stopping the Panthers from rallying back.

Notably, the Panthers had a great third quarter, scoring two touchdowns, including one by Samwel Uko, to keep the game close at 14-13. Thanks to the defensive efforts of Tyson Reid, who had several knockdowns including one in his own end zone late in the first half, the Panthers managed to keep the game close up until the fourth quarter when the Grizzlies pulled away for good.

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

MVP: Von Richardson, GW Graham Grizzlies
Outstanding Lineman: Jaren Lengert, GW Graham Grizzlies
Outstanding Back: John Madigan, Abbotsford Panthers

Chiko’s Champion of the Game
 
QB Wyatt Uzick (GW Graham) – Uzick scored the first touchdown for the Grizzlies but, most importantly, orchestrated an important play on fourth down late in the fourth quarter by rushing for a first down deep in their end zone, putting an end to the Panthers’ chances for a comeback.

Lord of the Turf

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The Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers are back on top of the Grade 8 Mountain and for that they can thank star running back Braeden Hutchirson.

Hutchirson found the end zone three times, including twice in the second half, to lead the Panthers to a 28-0 win in the Quadra Cup championship game over the Notre Dame Jugglers.

The win gave the Panthers their fourth Grade 8 title in the last six years and their first since 2011.

With the Panthers already leading 7-0 after a Kojo Odoom score in the opening quarter, Hutchirson scored his first of three on the day just before half-time on a 51-yard touchdown run.

He’d cap his MVP day with two more majors in the fourth quarter scoring on a massive 61-yard run, and then recovering a fumble for another touchdown to put the game out of reach.

The Jugglers had a difficult time putting points on the board all day. Their most impressive drive came on a 29-yard pass by Will Clarke to Nick Belmonte although it did not lead to any points.

Players of the Game (as selected by BC High School Football):

Outstanding Lineman: Hayden Powers-Ginther
Outstanding Back: Kojo Odoom
MVP: Braeden Hutchirson

Chiko’s Champion of the Game:

Kojo Odoom (Lord Tweedsmuir) – Although Kojo didn’t score as many touchdowns as Braeden Hutchirson, he was a workhorse all throughout the game, literally carrying the team on his back to gain tough yards.