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.