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.

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.

5 Reasons to Watch the Subway Bowl!

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One of BC’s most exciting amateur sports events, the Subway Bowl, is taking place at BC Place this Saturday! Not sure whether you want to go and need some convincing? Here are five reasons you don’t want to miss out on the Subway Bowl this year!

High quality sports experience at a great budget

Love sports but have a tight budget? Have no fear – entrance into BC Place for Subway Bowl is only $10! With such a great deal, what sports lover would pass up this opportunity?

*You can also get half-price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame by showing your Subway Bowl ticket on Saturday*

Pure drama & raw emotion

For many of these players, this is the highlight of their football careers thus far. Whether it’s a Grade 8 game filled with aspiring high school football stars or a senior high school game with well-known players in the high school scene, this is as exciting as it gets! For some graduating seniors, this may be the last time they’ll get to play football, meaning that there will be lots of drama, emotions running high, and some great moments on the field!

Watch history in the making

A highlight of Subway Bowl this year will be the history making implications in the senior Triple A and Double A finals. In the Double A final, John Barsby has a chance for a repeat, while Mission has a chance to recreate 2011 when they beat out John Barsby in the final. In the Triple A final, high school football powerhouse Mt. Douglas has the chance to win four straight championship titles, a feat that has not been accomplished since BC High School Football began playing U.S. rules in 1949. Last but not least, South Delta, the Cinderella team of the playoffs, has a chance to make their mark in their first year as a Triple A school if they succeed in overthrowing Mt. Douglas.

See future CFL stars play before they get drafted!

Did you know that currently 31 BC high school football graduates are playing in the CFL? Some players of note who were drafted last year in the CFL were Casey Chin (BC Lions – New Westminster alumnus), Matthias Goossen (Winnipeg Blue Bombers – Vancouver College alumnus) and Dylan Ainsworth (Saskatchewan Roughriders – South Delta alumnus). What better place to see future rising stars than at Subway Bowl, a showcase of some of the best players and teams in the province?

Be inspired

One thing’s for sure – if there’s a sport that will tug at your heartstrings, it’s high school football. Even for someone with little football knowledge, the way these players will leave everything on the field will definitely be inspirational to watch. With so many great players and unpredictable plays at every turn, the Subway Bowl is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

GRADE 8 FINAL: LORD TWEEDSMUIR PANTHERS VS. NOTRE DAME JUGGLERS

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Saturday, December 6 – BC Place

Kickoff at 8 AM

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A new crop of high school football players will battle it out for a chance to be crowned the Grade 8 provincial champions onSaturday.

The Notre Dame Jugglers, who were 5-0 during the regular season, will face Lord Tweedsmuir, who went 4-2 in the regular season. During the regular season, the Jugglers scored 79 points and allowed only 25 points.

Lord Tweedsmuir, meanwhile, scored more points in the regular season than the Jugglers putting up 138, but also gave up 95 points on defence showing that they are more offensively oriented than their championship opponent.

It will be interesting to see how the Panthers’ offence matches up against the Jugglers’ defence.

Notre Dame beat Lord Tweedsmuir twice during the regular season.

AAA FINAL: MT DOUGLAS RAMS VS. SOUTH DELTA SUN DEVILS

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Saturday, December 6 – BC Place

Kickoff at 7 PM

Game broadcast on SHAW TV and online at http://www.sportscanada.tv/index.php/football/hs-fb/bc-hs-fb/2014-game-of-the-week

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The three-time defending Subway Bowl Champions Mt. Douglas Rams go for a historic four-peat this Saturday but, in order to do so, will have to top the South Delta Sun Devils, the Cinderella team of these playoffs who have already knocked off the No. 1 ranked Terry Fox Ravens.

In last week’s 23-13 win over St. Thomas More, the Rams went back-and-forth against the Knights for the early part of the contest having to settle for a 13-13 tie at half-time thanks in large part to a pick-six they recorded with just a minute left in the first half. When star running back Seye Farinu was carried off the field in the third quarter due to a leg injury, fullback Pato Vega quickly stepped up recording a six-yard touchdown run and added another 41-yard run with 2:10 remaining in regulation ultimately ending the Knights’ hopes for a comeback. On defence, Byron MacKinnon came up with a huge play when he tipped a pass in the last quarter with 8:16 remaining allowing the Rams to march the ball up the field keeping it out of the hands of the charging Knights.

The South Delta Sun Devils, meanwhile, pulled off the aforementioned stunning win over Terry Fox after overcoming a 13-0 half-time deficit to win 16-13. Quarterback Lucas Kirk had his trying moments early on but came up huge in the second half throwing a 68-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Franklin to get the first scores on the board for the Sun Devils in the third quarter. Grant McDonald’s one-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point convert attempt by Michael Mann ensured the Sun Devils’ win in the end.

Luckily for the Sun Devils, playing in climate controlled BC place should give them a better offensive edge than they had the last couple of weeks in the playoffs, where their passing game was impacted due to extreme rain in the quarterfinal and freezing cold temperatures in the snow in the semi-final. One thing’s for sure – it will definitely be an interesting rematch this time around if Seye Farinu, who had four rushing touchdowns against the Sun Devils in their last meeting, isn’t playing at 100% this weekend, if at all.

The Sun Devils lost 44-7 to the Rams in their lone regular season match-up in a game that left some bad blood on both sides. Saturday will be a war when these teams battle for the coveted Frank Gnup Memorial Trophy.

Will it be history in the making, or will Cinderella have her night?

Find out at BC Place!

AA FINAL: MISSION ROADRUNNERS VS. JOHN BARSBY BULLDOGS

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Saturday, December 6 – BC Place

Kickoff at 3:30 PM

Game broadcast online at http://www.sportscanada.tv/index.php/football/hs-fb/bc-hs-fb/2014-game-of-the-week

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After enduring the snow at UBC Thunderbird Stadium last Saturday, both the John Barsby Bulldogs and Mission Roadrunners managed to emerge victorious in their respective semi-final contests and will go toe-to-toe in Saturday’s Double A championship.

Defending champion John Barsby will be led by quarterback North Rainey as they look to become the first team since Windsor (2004-05) to repeat as the Double A champs. Last Saturday against Vernon, Rainey recorded a rushing touchdown and had a 37-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Vogt. He was also crucial in his position at safety where he recorded an interception. Cole Virtanen and Trentyn Anderson were also crucial players on offence, scoring two touchdowns, and a touchdown and two converts, respectively. Ultimately, Barsby forced several turnovers which proved costly for their opponent.

The Roadrunners, coming off of a dramatic 62-61 overtime win against Ballenas, saw their star running back Jesse Walker rush for eight touchdowns, including a 53-yard score, in a game where he rushed 24 times for 338 yards. In a tightly contested game involving the Double A tier’s top rushers, including Ballenas running back Coltin Laplante, the game went into overtime, and Walker ran in for a 10-yard touchdown and the decided two-point convert in somewhat controversial fashion to secure the win for Mission.

It will be interesting to see if the Bulldogs can contain Walker’s rushing game, but even more interesting to see if the Roadrunners can maintain their composure and try and keep the turnovers to a minimum against a team that capitalized so well on their opponent’s mistakes in the semi-finals.

Will the Bulldogs make it two straight titles, or will the Roadrunners party like it’s 2011 when they beat John Barsby in the title game? We’ll find out on Saturday as these two teams both look to bring home the Gary Scott Memorial Trophy.

AA JV FINAL: GW GRAHAM GRIZZLIES VS. ABBOTSFORD PANTHERS

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Saturday, December 6 – BC Place

Kickoff at 10:30 AM

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In the Double A junior varsity final, the GW Graham Grizzlies and Abbotsford Panthers will go head-to-head at BC Place.

The Grizzlies will be looking to win back-to-back championships at the Double A Junior Varsity level after they captured their first-ever championship last year against Ballenas. This year, on their way to the final, they defeated Nanaimo (63-14), John Barsby (49-28), and Holy Cross (33-12), in that order. During the regular season, they posted a 4-2 record scoring 144 points on offence but also giving up 101 points.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are back in the Double A Junior Varsity Final and will be looking for their school’s first-ever championship at this level. To get to the final, the Panthers beat Frank Hurt (34-0), Robert Bateman (36-8), and Ballenas (45-6). During the regular season, they had a 5-2 record, scoring 218 points and giving up 121 points in seven games.

The last time these two teams played against each other was in October when the Panthers edged the Grizzlies by a score of 28-22.