JV AAA Preview: Mt. Douglas Rams vs New Westminster Hyacks

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Saturday, December 5th – BC Place

Kickoff at 1:30 PM PT

Watch on http://www.SportsCanada.TV

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It’s a double championship contention year for the Mt. Douglas Rams as they take on the New Westminster Hyacks in the Junior Varsity AAA championship only five hours before they play the Senior Varsity AAA final against Vancouver College under the safe roof.

In their semi-final game last week, the Rams beat Lord Tweedsmuir 26-14. The JV team will feature grade 9 standout Gideone Kremler at quarterback. Kremler just happens to also be the starting quarterback for the Rams’ Senior Varsity team meaning it will be quite a busy day for the youngster. This season, the JV Rams went 2-2 and ranked third in the JV AAA West division, and scored 122 points while only allowing 60 points, which was the second lowest for points against for all JV AAA teams. The last time the Rams made it to the JV AAA final was back in 2011, where they lost to St. Thomas More after winning the championship the previous year.

The Hyacks, meanwhile, defeated Seaquam 66-38 last week to earn their spot in the Final. This season, the Hyacks went undefeated in the JV AAA West division in four games and finished above the Rams, who finished third in the conference. In four games, the Hyacks put 160 points on the board but also let 97 points against them. The Hyacks ranked highest in all JV AAA teams in the amount of points they scored during the regular season. This also marks the Hyacks’ first ever appearance in the Junior Varsity AAA final, and they’ll look to make it count.

In a matchup of a strong offensive team in the Hyacks and a strong defensive team in the Rams, which team will come out victorious? Find out on Saturday!

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JV AA Preview: Windsor Dukes vs Mission Roadrunners

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Saturday, December 5th – BC Place

Kickoff at 11 AM PT

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In the Junior Varsity AA championship, the Windsor Dukes will face off against the Mission Roardrunners under the roof at BC Place.

The Dukes earned their way to the final last week by scoring a 52-30 win over the Abbotsford Panthers. This season, the Dukes went 4-1-1 and finished second in the JV North Shore conference to Seaquam. In six regular season games, the Dukes scored 165 points while allowing only 68 points. The first and last time the Dukes appeared in the Junior Varsity AA Final was back in 2008, when they captured the title over Pitt Meadows.

On the other hand, the Roadrunners have made it to the championships plenty of times. Most recently, the Roadrunners made four consecutive appearances in the Junior Varsity AA Final from 2009 to 2012 capturing the title in 2010 and 2012. This marks Mission’s first appearance in the Final since winning three seasons ago. To get to the Final this year, the Roadrunners defeated Ballenas 14-6 in the semifinal. In seven regular season games, the Roadrunners went 6-1 and finished second in the JV Valley conference to Abbotsford and scored 128 points while allowing 128 points against.

Will Windsor be able to capture the JV AA championship title for the second time in only two appearances in the final? Or will the Roadrunners run all over the Dukes to capture the title? Tune in to find out!

SV AAA Preview: Mt. Douglas Rams @ Vancouver College

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Saturday, December 5th – BC Place

Kickoff at 7 PM PT

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After knocking out the number one seed Terry Fox last weekend, the Mt. Douglas Rams are back in the AAA Subway Bowl Final for the fifth season in a row. This time around, they’ll face off against the Vancouver College Fighting Irish in a rematch of the 2012 championship game.

Last week, the Rams not beat the previously undefeated Ravens but did so in convincing fashion scoring a 53-20 victory. In the win, senior Gavin Cobb rushed for a pair of touchdowns and also kept things interesting by throwing one of his own. Grade 9 starting quarterback Gideone Kremler threw two touchdowns in the win – a 44-yard score to Oliver Mackenzie and a 55-yard pass to Cobb. To round out the scoring, Declann Michielin rushed for two scores, defensive back Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty picked off Terry Fox quarterback Jake Laberge for a 45-yard pick-six, and Manny Lopez rushed 15 yards for a touchdown. On defence, Aidan Kachanoski recorded seven tackles and two sacks, Trystin Waters had six tackles and a sack, and Justice Kremler had five tackles plus an interception.

The Fighting Irish, meanwhile, are coming off a closer albeit still dominating 28-12 win over the New Westminster Hyacks. In the win, Jasper Schiedel and Alfred Dela Cruz both scored a touchdown, while Chris Ellis rumbled in for two majors. Schiedel finished the night with 15 carries for 106 yards while pivot Jacob Samuels went 12-of-19 for 166 yards, with five of those passes for 63 yards caught by Regan Oey and two passes for 59 yards caught by Rysen John. On defence, Ellis also led the team with 14 tackles, while Athan Mellios recorded 11.

In their last meeting this season on Halloween, the Fighting Irish came out victorious and handed the Rams a 20-0 loss. This time around, will the Rams get the victory when it counts the most? Or will the FIghting Irish avenge their 2012 loss to the Rams? Come find out at BC Place or watch on SHAW TV.

SV AA Preview: Carson Graham Eagles vs Abbotsford Panthers

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Saturday, December 5th – BC Place

Kickoff at 4 PM PT

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In the Senior Varsity AA match-up, the Carson Graham Eagles battle the Abbotsford Panthers for the rights to the Gary Scott Memorial Trophy.

The Eagles upset number-one ranked GW Graham last week at BC Place by a score of 24-21 en route to securing their second appearance in the AA Senior Varsity finals in three years. In the win, Flynn Heyes rumbled for hard-fought yards and three scores, including a 48-yard touchdown run, to help the team soar above the Grizzlies. On defence, highlights included an interception by Michael Kulic, senior linebacker Christoph Stangl’s key sack to force third-and-long, followed by defensive back James Gemmell’s fourth-down interception to help seal the win in the final minute of play. In their last appearance in 2013, the Eagles lost by one point to John Barsby and will be hungry for a chance to win the AA title this time around.

On the other hand, the Panthers are set to make their first ever appearance in the Senior Varsity AA finals after fending off the Langley Saints 50-29 last week. Their last appearance in a provincial title game came all the way back in 1984 when they beat the Notre Dame Jugglers. In the win over the Saints, University of Notre Dame commit Chase Claypool showed why he’s one of the most coveted high school prospects out of BC, catching four touchdown passes (including a 45-yard score) with ease from quarterback John Madigan. Madigan finished the day throwing another touchdown to Reese Morrison to cap his five-touchdown performance, while running back Richard Tshimpaka rushed for two touchdowns, including a huge 53-yard run for a score.

Although the Eagles have been in the finals before, they’ll face a tough Panthers team equipped with multiple looks on offence. Will the Eagles finally soar to a AA title at BC Place? Or will the Panthers claw past the Eagles? Come find out at BC Place!

 

51st Vanier Cup: UBC Thunderbirds vs. Montreal Carabins

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 Saturday, November 28, 10 am PT – Telus Stadium, Quebec City

Kickoff at 10 am PT

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The UBC Thunderbirds are just one win away from capping their surprise season with a national title as they head to la belle province to compete for the coveted Vanier Cup against the defending champion, Montreal Carabins.

In last week’s Uteck Bowl, the Thunderbirds beat the St. Francis Xavier X-Men by a score of 36-9 to punch their ticket to their first Vanier Cup appearance since 1997. In the win, pivot Michael O’Connor completed 21-of-31 passes for 290 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Trivel Pinto. Pinto finished with four receptions for 73 yards, while Marcus Davis finished with five catches for 60 yards to round out the top receivers on the night. Brandon Deschamps got the Uteck Bowl MVP honours after rushing 20 times for 129 yards and a touchdown and will be a key player once again for the Thunderbirds. Defensively, the Thunderbirds recorded three interceptions with Terrell Davis, Taylor Loffler, and Stavros Katsantonis recording one each, while Terrell Davis led the team with four solo and four assisted tackles. On special teams, Quinn van Gylswyk made four of five field goal attempts in the win and will be a player that the Thunderbirds know they can count on.

The defending Vanier Cup champions, the Carabins, are coming off a 25-10 win over the Guelph Gryphons. In last week’s win, the team was led by Gabriel Cousineau, who completed 18-of-27 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown to Philip Enchill, who finished with four catches for 65 yards. On the ground, Sean Thomas-Erlington led the way with 23 carries for 179 yards and a score. On defence, Maiko Zepeda, Junior Luke and Mathieu Dupuis all contributed to the Carabins’ three sacks, while Zacary Alexis, Junior Luke, and Frédéric Chagnon all recorded an interception. Kicker David Deschamps was consistent all day, making all three of his field goal attempts to help the Carabins advance to back-to-back appearances in the Vanier Cup.

Can the Thunderbirds overcome last year’s returning Vanier Cup champions, or will midnight strike on their Cinderella run? All eyes will be at Telus Stadium on Saturday, and it’s a game you won’t want to miss! Catch it on Sportsnet at 10 am PT.

 

 

AA Semifinal: Langley Saints vs Abbotsford Panthers

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Saturday, November 28 – BC Place

Kickoff at 5:00PM

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School history will be made one way or another when the Langley Saints face off against the Abbotsford Panthers with both teams looking to earn a spot in the AA Final for the first time in their respective program histories.

The Panthers knocked off the two-time defending AA champions, the John Barsby Bulldogs, by a score of 50-36 last week to make it to the semi-final. Standout Chase Claypool was a threat on both sides of the ball, but especially on offence, as he caught four receiving touchdowns from quarterback John Madigan and rushed for a pair of scores. On defence, he also recorded an interception. Another key part of the Panthers’ defence will be Richard Tshimpaka from his safety position, who ranked tenth in the AA conference with 32 tackles and four sacks in five regular season games and has recorded 12 tackles in two playoff games. Claypool, meanwhile, has also chipped in with 18 tackles in two games.

The Saints, meanwhile, are coming off a close 28-27 win over Vernon thanks to a crucial interception by Bryce Hamilton which would lead to a short touchdown run by Azuka Okoli late in the third to help the Saints hang onto the win. Okoli also scored on a 27-yard run in the first quarter, and the top-five ranked AA rusher will be a player to look out for in the match-up. Pivot Wes Van Vliet also threw a 25-yard touchdown strike to Max Joseph and as well as one to Jayden Korfman to round out the scoring. On defence, look out for Isaiah Okoli to make some key stops as the third-ranked regular season player in tackles looks to help stop the Panthers in the tracks.

In their first-ever meeting, will the Panthers claw past the Saints? Or will the gods of victory bless the Saints with a win and a berth to the Final? Tune in on Saturday to find out!

 

 

AA Semifinal: Carson Graham Eagles vs GW Graham Grizzlies

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Saturday, November 28 – BC Place

Kickoff at 12:00PM

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The Carson Graham Eagles look to get back to the Senior AA championship final for the second time in three years but standing in there is the GW Graham Grizzlies, who will be looking for their first trip to the senior title game in school history.

The top-ranked Grizzlies survived an overtime scare at the hands of Holy Cross in their quarterfinal contest but came out with a 33-27 win over the Crusaders to advance to the semi-finals. The Grizzlies are led by AA regular season passing leader Gabriel Olivares, who has thrown a combined 22-of-40 for 346 yards and three touchdowns in two playoff games so far. Other players to look out for include Von Richardson who has carried 57 times for 392 yards and two scores, and receivers Tyler Sprott and Emerson Smith, who recorded 11 receptions for 187 yards and a score and eight catches for 124 yards and a pair of scores, respectively, in two playoff games. On defence, look for Jordon Breuker, who has led the team in tackles during the playoffs with 14.

The Eagles are making a return to the semi-finals after being out of contention early last year in the quarterfinals. The Eagles are coming off a 34-20 win over Prince George and will look to get another championship shot after falling just short in 2013. In the win over Prince George, Flynn Heyes carried 34 times for 215 yards and rumbled for three touchdowns, while wide-receiver-turned-starting-quarterback Tyler Nylander carried ten times for 60 yards and completed 8-of-11 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown strike to Max Goodman. On defence, Ben Cameron recorded a team-high four interceptions while Christoph Stangl led the team with 14 tackles and Aaron Skye recorded eight tackles and a sack.

In a match-up of the two Graham schools, which team will crack first and which team will go on to s’more action? Find out on Saturday!