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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AAA Semifinal: Vancouver College Fighting Irish vs New Westminster Hyacks

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Saturday, November 28 – BC Place

Kickoff at 7:30PM

Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV

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Photo Credit: Jason Lang

The New Westminster Hyacks have a chance to make history and secure a spot in the Subway Bowl championship game for the first time but, in order to do that, they’ll need to get past the unbeaten Vancouver College Fighting Irish, a team looking to make their way back to the title game for the first time since 2012.

Last week, the Fighting Irish blanked the Notre Dame Jugglers 27-0 to earn their spot in the semi-final. In the win, the defence effectively shut down the Jugglers’ offence by recording picks left, right, and center. Bobby Singh recorded three picks, while defensive lineman Jagroop Sandhu also got into the act tipping a pass to himself and returning it 20 yards for a pick-six. Chris Ellis made seven tackles to lead the defence. On offence, running back Michael Le and receiver Rysen John both scored touchdowns to help the Fighting Irish to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Javier Sanchez Mejorada rounded out the scoring with a touchdown run in the final quarter to ensure a win against their cross-town rival.

The Hyacks, meanwhile, defeated the St. Thomas More Knights 27-13 to earn their spot in the semi-finals for the first time since 2009. In the game, running back Trew Dancey scored on back-to-back majors, including a 45-yard scoring run, while David Penalver and Gurvir Ghuman both found the end zone with a 22-yard run and 40-yard run, respectively, to round out the scoring for the Hyacks. On defence, Jeff Lugtu recorded a crucial pick which eventually led to a touchdown, and will be a player to watch this weekend. The Hyacks did make three trips to STM’s five-yard line without producing scores and they will look to make sure they don’t miss any more of those opportunities against Vancouver College.

Will the Hyacks continue their run and punch a ticket to the Subway Bowl final? Or will the Fighting Irish prove to be too much to handle? Come find out at BC Place!

 

AAA QUARTERFINALS: VANCOUVER COLLEGE FIGHTING IRISH AT ST. THOMAS MORE KNIGHTS

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Friday, November 21 – Burnaby Lake Sports Complex

Kickoff at 6 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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Photo Credit: Jason Lang/Burnaby NOW

After a 43-30 win over W.J. Mouat Hawks in the first round of playoff action, the Vancouver College Fighting Irish are on their way to a quarterfinal clash against archrivals St. Thomas More Knights.

For the Fighting Irish last weekend, standout player and running back Ovie Odjegba carried 14 times for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Odjegba ranked fourth in rushing this season, recording five touchdowns and 686 yards on 90 carries. Meanwhile, quarterback Giordano Belfiore was able to complete 7-of-16 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. In the regular season, Belfiore ranked sixth in passing in the conference going 45-of-94 for 864 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense, linebacker Chris Ellis recorded 15 tackles in the win over the Hawks.

The Knights are led by Terrell Jana, arguably the most mobile quarterback in the conference. In the regular season, he ranked third in rushing with 722 yards on 55 attempts averaging 13.13 yards per carry and also scoring eight touchdowns in seven games. He also ranked fourth in the conference in passing going 55-of-92 for 1091 yards and 14 touchdowns. His favourite target will likely be JJ DesLauriers, who ranked second in the conference in receiving with 23 receptions for 553 yards and ten touchdowns in seven games this season. On defense, Spencer Moore will be a player to watch as he led the Knights in tackles with 56 and had four sacks in six games.

Great players making great plays – October was chock-full of that. Check out the best plays from this past month.

BC HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK PREVIEW – BELMONT BULLDOGS AT VANCOUVER COLLEGE FIGHTING IRISH

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Saturday, November 8 – O’Hagan Field at Vancouver College

Kickoff at 2 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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Photo credit: Erich Eichhorn, http://www.allsportmedia.ca

This week’s high school game of the week will have playoff implications for the Belmont Bulldogs (2-4). If the Bulldogs win against the Vancouver Fighting Irish (4-2), they will clinch a spot in the Subway Bowl playoffs that begin next weekend.

The Bulldogs will be led by Court Boice, this week’s Triple A player of the week. Last week in a must-win game, he caught five passes for 151 yards, recorded two touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 70 yards to lead the his team to a win over West Vancouver. Quarterback Brendan Holland, in addition to throwing a pair of touchdown passes, also rushed for a score of his own in the victory.

The Bulldogs will be looking to contain Vancouver College QB Giordy Belfiore. Belfiore went 9-of-12 for 193 yards and threw three touchdowns in last week’s Archbishops’ Trophy game win over Notre Dame. Running back Ovie Odjegba will also prove to be a key player for the Irish. Last week, he had 11 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side, Jorden Yuen led the team with four solo sacks and three tackles.

*record includes only regular season play

The opening month of the season brought us outstanding plays all over the province. Enjoy BC High School Football’s September Highlights.

BC HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK PREVIEW – ARCHBISHOPS’ TROPHY GAME: VANCOUVER COLLEGE VS. NOTRE DAME

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Friday, October 31 – Burnaby Lakes

Kickoff at 2 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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Photo credit: Philip Chan, Football BC

In a matchup of one of the longest and most bitter rivalries in BC High School Football, the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (3-2) and the Notre Dame Jugglers (2-3) will clash this Friday in the annual Archbishops’ Trophy game which will be hosted by the Jugglers out at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.

In their dominant 42-0 win against Handsworth last weekend, the Fighting Irish demonstrated their spread-out offence and efficiency utilizing 10 different rushers and eight different receivers. They rushed 25 times for 286 yards and passed 12 times for 10 completions for 130 yards finishing with an average of 11.4 yards per carry and 13.0 yards receiving per completion. The Fighting Irish’s offence will look to trouble the Jugglers this weekend by employing many players in the game and opening up its scoring possibilities once again. On the offensive side, Javier Sanchez-Mejorda, who rushed for two scores in the win over Handsworth, and Ovie Odjegba, who rushed for one touchdown in that same game, and will be the primary threats against the Jugglers.

On the other hand, the Jugglers didn’t have as many options offensively in their 24-0 win against West Vancouver, but it was enough for them to chalk up a win and remain in the hunt for the Western Conference’s sixth and final playoff berth. The team was led by Theo Landers, who threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Gabriele and rushed for a pair of scores.

This game has been a long-standing staple in both of the teams’ respective histories. The first Archbishops’ Trophy game was played in 1957 and now, 57 years later, the schools are just four wins apart in the all-time series with Vancouver College leading 30-26-1.

*record includes only regular season play

The opening month of the season brought us outstanding plays all over the province. Enjoy BC High School Football’s September Highlights.

BC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK PREVIEW – VANCOUVER COLLEGE FIGHTING IRISH VS. MT. DOUGLAS RAMS

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Friday, September 26 – Goudy Field

Kickoff at 2:30 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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Photo Credit: Christian J. Stewart Photography, Mauinow.com

In this weekend’s featured match-up, two of the top-ranked teams will go head-to-head when the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (0-0) head to Victoria to face the Mt. Douglas Rams (1-0) at Westhills Stadium.

The Rams have been looking like strong contenders once again for this year’s Subway Bowl Triple A championship and, if their regular season opener was any indication – a 36-7 win over Notre Dame last week – then they certainly look poised for a run at a fourth straight title despite losing some top talent to graduation. Led by new starting quarterback Joe Clarke, the Triple A player of the week, the Rams will look to continue to impress with their offensive abilities against Vancouver College. Wide receiver Gavin Cobb, who scored two touchdowns in last week’s game, will also be a player to watch.

For the Fighting Irish, tailback Ovie Odjegba will be a player to keep an eye on. He recently broke a school record for longest touchdown score from scrimmage on a 90-yard run in a game against St. Thomas More. On defence, Matt Legge and Ethan Alban will be key players for the team, as they recorded 13 and 11 tackles respectively against O’Dea (Seattle) in a recent game.

Amateur football highlighted at SFU Football games this season at Swangard Stadium

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Pictured: Will Clarke, Note Dame Jugglers. 

This fall, SFU is providing the experience of a lifetime for local amateur football teams. As part of a new halftime game entertainment series, teams will have the chance to play in front of a NCAA Division II crowd at SFU Clan home games this season.

“It’s a great feeling to actually get to play in a stadium and have the fans watch you and everybody acknowledging you. It’s a good feeling,” said Will Clarke, a grade eight student from Notre Dame who had the privilege of playing in the first halftime game against rival school Vancouver College during SFU’s home opener against Menlo College last Saturday.

Starry-eyed Will, who has been playing football since the age of five, expressed his interest in playing football or basketball in college one day and about wanting to play at the highest level he could possibly play.

When asked about what he loves about football, he said “I like the competition. I like the feeling you get when you’re actually competing against someone else.”

We think that these halftime games are a great way to involve local athletes and get them excited about playing football at a higher level in the future.

 

Upcoming Halftime Schedule:

September 13 vs WOU (1 pm) – Coquitlam Raiders vs South Delta Rams Junior Bantam

October 18 vs SDM (1 pm ) – Royal City Hyacks vs North Surrey Eagles Junior Bantam

November 1 vs HSU (1 pm) – GSL vs Westside Warriors Atom Flag

November 8 vs APU (1 pm) – North Surrey Atom (opponent spot available)

November 15 vs CWU (1 pm) – North Surrey Pee Wee (opponent spot available)

 

If your team is interested in filling the spots for the last few games of the season, please contact Doug Pauls (dapauls@telus.net) or Nicholas Sirski (nsirski@sfu.ca) for more information.