Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2012 | Issue #163  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Nominations now open for the 2012 Community and Scholastic Coaches of the Year

The nomination form for the 2012 Coach of the Year awards is now available online here

As per usual, there will be two awards you can nominate your respective coaches for: The Community Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a Community team or BC Junior team) and the Scholastic Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a BC High School team or University team).

The award is open to any coach responsible for coaching a football team (not limited to only head coaches) who has resided or whose primary coaching responsibility was in BC during the 2012 calendar year. Nominees will be considered on the basis of coaching amateur performance only. The full list of criteria can be found on the nomination form.

The deadline to nominate a coach is Friday, December 14, 2012.

The winner will be honoured at the 2013 Orange Helmet Awards banquet. The date and location of the event will be announced at a later time.


Okanagan Sun accepting submissions for new head coach

The BCFC's Okanagan Sun are accepting submissions for a new head coach.

All interested parties can apply in confidence to General Manager Jay Christensen at or visit their website at for more information.


Langley Rams fall short in bid for CJFL championship

For almost three full quarters of football on Saturday, the Langley Rams gave the two-time defending national champion Saskatoon Hilltops everything they could handle and looked poised to walk away with their first-ever national title.

Unfortunately things didn’t quite work out for the Rams as they would have hoped.

Despite building up a 21-6 lead at one point in the third quarter, the Rams couldn’t quite hang on to seal the deal as they surrendered 17 unanswered points to close out the game and fell 23-21 in front of a packed crowd at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park.

The Rams fell to 0-2 in Canadian Bowl appearances with the loss.

See Football BC’s photo gallery from the 2012 Canadian Bowl.


BCCFA 9-Man Provincial Championship Recap

The second major championship of the BCCFA season is in the books following the conclusion of the 9-man provincial championship this past Saturday at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops.

Two new provincial champions were crowned at the event.

In the Atom 9-man division championship game, the SIFC champion Kelowna-Mission Lions made easy work of the North Zone champion Vanderhoof Vikings scoring a convincing 48-0 victory.

The Pee Wee 9-man division championship contest saw the Vancouver Island champion Victoria Outlaws knock off the North Zone champion Vanderhoof Vikings by a final score of 36-6.

The Atom Lions and Pee Wee Outlaws join the Junior Bantam Prince George Axemen as a 9-man provincial champion this season. The Bantam 9-man championship is one of the featured games this weekend (see Games to watch listing) and will be contested on Sunday at Richmond’s Minoru Park between the Richmond Raiders and North Delta Longhorns.

BC Community Football Games of the Week

We invite all leagues playing under the BCCFA to email us their featured game(s) of the week to so we can list them in our newsletter and website.


Bantam 9-man: 
North Delta Longhorns (#3) vs Richmond Raiders (#1)

In the Bantam 9-man division, the fans have come to expect the unexpected. Each week this division continues to provide great entertainment with wild plays and fantastic finishes and no one seems to know who is going to win.

Last Sunday, the Longhorns added fuel to the fire by knocking off the number two team, Coquitlam Chargers, in a 36-28 shootout. Across town, the Raiders just edged out the Vancouver Trojans to capture their spot in the Provincial Championship game this Sunday.

While Richmond has two of the three wins this season against the Longhorns, North Delta took the last game with a 24-12 victory at home. Both teams have shown explosive offenses with great aerial attacks and the turf field at Minoru should just add further punch to the game

For these two teams, this game on Sunday represents both the VMFL Championship as well as the BC Provincial Championship. Someone will be wearing two crowns at the end of the night.

Game time is Sunday, November 18 at 7:45 pm at Minoru Stadium in Richmond.

Junior Bantam: 
Coquitlam Wildcats (#2) vs Coquitlam Vikings (#1)

For the Wildcats, a single point means a lot.

In the last week of the season, they needed just one point to defeat the South Delta Rams but instead settled for a tie giving them second place in the Junior Bantam final standings.

Then this past Monday, that single point again made all the difference in the world as the Wildcats hosted the Rams and managed to defeat South Delta by a single point – 17-16.

With that win, we set up an all-Coquitlam VMFL Final Championship game with the Vikings as the host team after their perfect 8-0 season.

So just how good are the Vikings? Six of their wins came by shutouts over their opponents. In fact only one team, the South Delta Rams, managed to score more than one major against this stingy defense. With the Raiders having a tough defense themselves, this game could come down to something of a hockey score by the end of the night.

The winner of this game will be crowned VMFL Champion and will host the BC Provincial Semi-Finals against the Valley Community Football League champion next weekend.

Game time is Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam.

For more information, visit


The VCFL league championship event will take place this Saturday, November 17 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley with four games on tap and all the action getting underway bright and early at 9:30 am.

Atom: North Langley (#2) vs Abbotsford (#1)

Abbotsford has yet to lose a game this season through the regular season and playoffs and included in their run is a pair of victories over North Langley by scores of 20-13 and 18-6, respectively.

The winner will face the VMFL Atom champion on December 1 for the Lower Mainland Atom 9-man championship at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.

Game time is 9:30 am.

Pee Wee: Meadow Ridge Gold (#2) vs Abbotsford (#1)

Meadow Ridge Gold finished the regular season with an impressive 8-2 record but those two losses both came at the hands of undefeated Abbotsford (10-0).

Meadow Ridge Gold will be hoping that third time’s a charm after falling by scores of 8-0 and 20-6, respectively, in games earlier this season against Abbotsford.

The winner will earn a berth directly to the provincial championship on December 2 in Langley.

Game time is 12 pm.

Junior Bantam: North Langley (#3) vs Abbotsford Black (#1)

North Langley enters Saturday’s championship game as the underdog against undefeated Abbotsford Black but perhaps not as much as most people would suggest.

The teams met once during the regular season with Abbotsford Black squeaking out with a 34-31 victory.

The winner will move on to play a provincial semi-final game against an SIFC team next week.

Game time is 2 pm.

Bantam: Abbotsford (#2) vs Chilliwack (#1)

Chilliwack looks to cap off their perfect season with a win over Abbotsford in the league title game.

Chilliwack has already defeated Abbotsford twice this season, including pounding them by a 42-6 score in their most recent clash back on October 12. That big loss might be a source of motivation for Abbotsford who were otherwise perfect this season except in their two losses to Chilliwack.

The winner will advance directly to the provincial championship game on December 2 in Langley.

Game time is 4 pm.

For more information, please visit


All SIFC championship games listed below will take place on Sunday, November 18 at the CNC Turf Field in Kelowna.

Pee Wee: Kelowna-Mission Lions (#2) vs Vernon Yellow Jackets (#1)

The Yellow Jackets will look to complete their perfect season with a league title when they face off against the Kelowna-Mission Lions with the SIFC Pee Wee league championship on the line.

The Lions, however, are the defending champions and won’t be looking to hand over the crown without a fight.

The Yellow Jackets and Lions met twice in regular season action with Vernon earning victories of 10-6 and 21-8, respectively.

The winner will move on to the provincial semi-finals next week against a team from the VCFL.

Game time is 12 pm.

Junior Bantam: 
West Kelowna Sundevils (#2) vs Kelowna-Mission Lions (#1)

The Lions may be the defending SIFC league champions and provincial champion but the Sundevils are looking to end their run this Sunday and they know they have the tools to do so.

Both teams technically finished 9-1 during the regular season with their respective losses coming against one another. However, the Sundevils loss came via forfeit whereas in their last actual head-to-head clash, the Sundevils were 28-8 victors.

This contest should be a barn-burner with the winner moving on to the provincial semi-finals to face a team from Vancouver Island.

Game time is 2 pm.

For more information, please visit

BC High School Football Games of the Week

The BC High School Football playoffs shift to UBC Thunderbird Stadium for the quarterfinal round this Friday and Saturday.

The following is the weekend game schedule for UBC Thunderbird Stadium:

Friday, November 16:

3 pm – Robert Bateman Timberwolves vs Ballenas Whalers (AA)
5:30 pm – Rick Hansen Hurricanes vs South Delta Sundevils (AA)
* 8 pm – West Vancouver Highlanders vs WJ Mouat Hawks (AAA)

Saturday, November 17:

3 pm – John Barsby Bulldogs vs Pitt Meadows Marauders (AA)
*5:30 pm – Mission Roadrunners vs Windsor Dukes (AA)
8 pm – St. Thomas More Knights vs Notre Dame Jugglers (AAA)

*Game will be webcast on
(Webcast schedule is subject to change)

Out-of-town Games (AAA)

Friday, November 16:

1 pm – Mt. Douglas Rams vs Terry Fox Ravens – Bear Mountain Park, Victoria

Saturday, November 17:

1 pm – Mt. Boucherie Bears vs Vancouver College Fighting Irish – Capital New Centre, Kelowna

Visit for more information on the playoffs and the 2012 Subway Bowl.


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Team BC dedicated web page on Football BC site

Football BC's website has a dedicated page for all Team BC related news. Click here to see the page now.

Team BC will be competing at the FBU International Games in San Antonio, Texas in early January 2013.

Subway All-Star Awards Banquet

The 2012 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet, which honors elite high school student athletes and recognizes provincial academic scholarship winners, first-team AAA and AA All-Stars, and all teams participating in the AAA and AA championships, will take place on Tuesday, November 27 in conjunction with the BC High School Football Association championship playoffs.

This year's event will be held at the Italian Cultural Centre located at 3075 Slocan Street in Vancouver and will be hosted once again by Team Radio personalities Bob "The Moj" Marjanovich and Giulio Caravatta.
Tickets are now available for purchase online from the Subway Awards Banquet page.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's event by donating a table to the BCCFA to support a group of 10 elite student athletes, please click here or email Lui Garcea at


Jay Prepchuk Position Camps

Coach Prepchuk's position camps with Geroy Simon (receiver), Angus Reid (offensive line), Brent Johnson (defensive line) and himself (quarterback) will resume in January 2013. Please check the Jay Prepchuk website at for details.

Jay Prepchuk is currently the head coach of the Handsworth Royals and will be serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the provincial under-18 team (Team BC) in early 2013 when the team takes part in a tournament at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Game Ready Fitness

Game Ready offers year-round support for football training and skill development. They are local football stars from the NFL and CFL using their training expertise to give back to our football community.

Game Ready will also provide assistance to Football BC with combines, Senior Bowl, Team BC, the annual Football BC Provincial Conference and the Play Football BC campaign which introduces the game to young, school-aged children for the first time in many cases.

For more information on Game Ready Fitness, visit their website at or contact Will Loftus at 778-987-1818.

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Varsity Program ($249 + tax per month) - for ages 15 and up

This is an advanced level of explosive movement, strength and power. The program is geared to make our athletes pound-for-pound the strongest, most explosive and fastest possible. The training program also includes one day of plyometrics. Starting in March, the training program will include speed training on field: conditioning, agility, footwork, position work, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Total of 6 hours per week.

Football BC Events Calendar Update

Football BC's Event Calendar is your one-stop source for the best upcoming football skills camps and events. Visit today for the complete listing of camps and events in your area.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • 2012 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • 2012 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet (November 27)
  • 2012 BC High School Football Subway Bowl championships (December 1)
  • 2012 BC Community Football 12-man provincial championships (December 2)

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