Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2015 | Issue #316  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Calling all Amateur Football players - Come Cheer on the UBC Thunderbirds for FREE

The UBC Thunderbirds are hosting the Manitoba Bisons in the first round of the Canada West playoffs this Saturday, November 7 at Noon and they want to pack the stands with fans from across the football family!

Through this special Football BC offer, the T-Birds would like to invite all amateur football players aged 17-and-under to attend Saturday's game for free.

The package includes:

- A ticket to UBC vs Manitoba game on Saturday

- A free hot dog

- A free drink

- A tour of the UBC Thunderbirds facility 
(subject to time constraints)

To receive this offer, please email Bobby Singh at by no later than THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 at NOON.

Please indicate your name(s), team/association, and the number of parent tickets required. A maximum of four free tickets are available with the purchase of one parent ticket.

Parent tickets are available for purchase for $10 each.


The Clincher

Football BC's content team took in just one game this weekend but it was a big one.

Needing a win over a team they already know they will be meeting in the opening round of the Canada West playoffs, the UBC Thunderbirds took care of business on home turf on Saturday afternoon scoring a 24-10 victory over the Manitoba Bisons to secure second spot in the Canada West standings and earn themselves a home playoff date this coming Saturday when they once again will host the Bisons.

The Bisons' roster included nine BC-born players, two of whom were stars playing with BC High School Football in Jamel Lyles (Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers) and Jesse Walker (Mission Roadrunners).

Bisons head coach Brian Dobie was kind enough to share his thoughts on recruiting in BC and his two BC-born super freshmen, while we also caught up with Lyles who spoke about his first season in Canada West.

Video: Interview with Bisons head coach Brian Dobie

Video: Interview with Bisons RB Jamel Lyles

Photo Gallery

Half-time Photo Gallery featuring Westside Warriors players and cheerleaders


Valley Huskers seeking coaches


Win BC Lions tickets and support the "Football BC Goes Blue" campaign

Football BC will go BLUE in the month of November and partner with HEAL4Life to raise awareness around men's health and early cancer detection.

To kickoff the campaign, we have a special contest for early donors. Donate a minimum of $10 between November 1 to 5 and you will be entered into a contest to win a pair of tickets for the November 7 BC Lions vs Calgary Stampeders game, courtesy of the BC Lions.

The winner will be announced on Friday, November 6.

To donate, visit Remember to also order free helmet decals for your team while you're there to show your support! 

About HEAL4Life:

This non-profit organization was founded by brothers Kyle and Drew Williams shortly after Kyle's successful battle with testicular cancer. The brothers chose to create an organization which educated young men on the importance of healthy choices, personal fitness, and self-awareness. The organization raises awareness of men's health and early cancer detection through social media campaigns and helmet stickers. Visit or follow @h4lkyle on Instagram for more information. 

Team BC update from Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia

Dear Team BC prospects;

I hope all of you are having strong starts to your respective seasons.

I apologize in advance for our lack of communication in recent months. Our office has been waiting to confirm details on Team BC tournaments for the winter season but unfortunately we have hit a few snags.

Our original intent was to have all three of our teams - Grade 8, U16, and U18 - compete at the Tanoa Bowl in Auburn, WA in December.

Several weeks ago, we were informed that Simi Strickland, who is the primary organizer for the Tanoa Bowl, suffered a health scare and had to be hospitalized. We are pleased to hear that Simi is on the road to recovery. However, due to his condition, the Tanoa Bowl will be unable to proceed this year.

We are currently working with several groups to look into potential tournaments for our teams. We are hoping to have some exciting news to share in the near future.

Unlike previous years, the timeframe for a potential tournament is likely to be in mid-to-late January as opposed to late December.

Our plan is to host a single-day final cut-down camp tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 12. Location is TBD but it will be in the Lower Mainland.

To remind everyone, the following players are on the invite lists:

U16 Invite List

U18 Invite List

Grade 8 Invite List

Our Team BC coaching staff is looking forward to seeing you all again in December. In the meantime, good luck to each of you with your respective club teams. Our coaches are constantly keeping track of your performances so play hard!



Save the dates! 2016 Combine Sessions announced

The start of the Team BC tryout season begins each year with the Football BC Combine Series. This is also where current Grade 12 players can try out for the annual Senior Bowl camp.

Below is the schedule for 2016. Make sure you save the date for your location!

*Please note the Prince George session date has changed*

- Saturday, January 30 - 
The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre*

- Saturday, January 30 - 
Kelowna Dome

- Sunday, January 31 - 
Kamloops Indoor Soccer Dome

- Monday, February 8 (Family Day) - 
Richmond Olympic Oval

- Friday, February 19 (Fraser Valley Pro D Day) - 
Langley Events Centre Fieldhouse

- Saturday, February 20 - 
University of Victoria Fieldhouse

- Sunday, February 21 - 
Arbutus Meadows, Nanaimo

Remember, in order to be considered for Team BC in a calendar year, you must attend a Combine session.

Price and registration information, along with details on specific times, will be made available shortly.


Football BC to participate in RBC Try-It Days

Do you have friends, family, or classmates who have never played football before? Bring them to take part in RBC Try-It Days on November 19 at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Surrey from 5 - 7 pm where they can try out football!

More details here.


BC High School Football Game of the Week Preview - Notre Dame Jugglers at Vancouver College Fighting Irish

By Michiko Araki

Friday, November 6 - O'Hagan Field at Vancouver College
Kickoff at 2:00 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

As we enter the final week of regular season play in BC High School Football, one of the longest-running rivalry games closes out the schedule when the Notre Dame Jugglers (1-3) visit the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (4-0) in the 59th Archbishops' Trophy game on Friday afternoon.

The hosts, the Fighting Irish, clinched the regular season Western Conference Triple A title last week in their 20-0 win over last year's Subway Bowl runners-up, the previously undefeated Mt. Douglas Rams. In the win, quarterback Jacob Samuels threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Aidan Fay, who finished the day with two catches for 70 yards, and also hit Rysen John with four passes for 72 yards. On the ground, Jasper Schiedel carried 20 times for 83 yards and a score, while Michael Le rounded out the scoring with 20 carries for 81 yards and a score. On defence, Brandan Chandra led the effort with eight tackles while Takashi Kimura recorded seven. Other standouts included Isaiah States, Jag Sandhu and Chris Ellis who each recorded six tackles, and Bobby Singh Jr., who recorded two tackles and an interception.

On the other hand, the Jugglers are coming off a high-scoring 55-44 defeat at the hands of the New Westminster Hyacks. In the loss, Anthony Crescenzo threw for three touchdowns and ran in for two more but was unable to orchestrate a comeback. Steve Moretto caught two back-to-back touchdowns of 32 yards and 80 yards, while Brenden Woodman also caught a 26-yard pass for a score.

Vancouver College leads the all-time Archbishops' Trophy game series 31-26-1, and have won the last 11 in a row. Will the Fighting Irish continue the streak, or will the Jugglers end their Archbishops' Trophy drought? Tune in Friday to find out!


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Langley Stampeders @ White Rock Titans

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, November 8 - South Surrey Athletic Park
Kickoff at 1:45 PM

With just three weekends left in the Midget regular season, the playoff race is starting to heat up. This weekend, we could see a new changing of the guard at the top of the division when the Langley Stampeders (6-1) battle the White Rock Titans (3-4).

The Stampeders shocked the entire division last Saturday when they went into their clash with the undefeated Coquitlam Falcons and not only knocked off the team that held top spot but did so in convincing fashion by winning 66-7. The victory extended their season-high win streak to five games.

A win this Sunday would move the Stampeders into a first-place tie with the aforementioned Falcons with Coquitlam on a bye week this weekend.

The Titans, meanwhile, need this win to stay alive in the playoff picture. They come into this contest not only winless in two straight games, but point-less in two straight as well after being blanked in consecutive outings by the Chilliwack Giants and North Surrey Bears, respectively.

Other Midget games this week (all games on Sunday, November 8):

Cowichan Timbermen @ Comox Raiders - 1:30 pm 
(Bill Moore Park)

North Surrey Bears @ Cloverdale Bengals - 1:30 pm
(Cloverdale Athletic Park)

BYE: Victoria Spartans, Chilliwack Giants, Coquitlam Falcons


Manitoba Bisons @ UBC Thunderbirds playoff preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 7  - Thunderbird Stadium
Kickoff at 12 PM PT

After an exciting 24-10 win at home against the Manitoba Bisons to cap off the regular season, the Thunderbirds earned the right to host the Canada West playoff semifinal this Saturday when they face the Bisons once again on home turf.

In last week's win, the Thunderbirds defence put on a show and were led by linebacker Terrell Davis, who finished the game with six solo and seven assisted tackles and a forced fumble. In the secondary, Stavros Katsantonis had another standout game with two interceptions and three solo tackles. On offence, Michael O'Connor had a slow start but finished the game with 17-of-30 completed passes for 219 yards and two interceptions. He also rushed four times for 62 yards and a score. On the ground, Brandon Deschamps led the team with a solid effort and rushed 16 times for 119 yards and a score while also recording four catches for 54 yards. Through the air, Marcus Davis led the team with five catches for a game-high 94 yards and also ran in a 14-yard score in the win.

For the Bisons, Foster Martens completed the game with 10-of-18 completed passes for 82 yards but was replaced by Billy Hart after throwing his second interception of the night to Katsantonis. Speaking to Football BC following the game, Bisons head coach Brian Dobie indicated that he expected injured starting QB Theo Deezar to be available for this week. On the ground, the Bisons were led by Jamel Lyles' 55 yards on ten carries, while the receiving corps was split almost evenly with Alex Christie, Bryden Bone and Jesse Walker all catching two passes each for for 29, 26, and 25 yards, respectively. On defence, DJ Lalama led the team with seven solo and four assisted tackles, as well as a sack. Brett MacFarlane also rounded out the highlights on defence with two forced fumbles and two solo and four assisted tackles.

In their two meetings this season, the Thunderbirds have beaten the Bisons by scores of 51-48 and 24-10, and both teams will be hungry to advance. Will the Thunderbirds soar above the Bisons once again? Or will the Bisons stomp over the Thunderbirds when it counts?


Okanagan Sun @ Saskatoon Hilltops preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 7 - Saskatoon Minor Football Field at Gordon Howe Park
Kickoff at 12 PM PT

After an undefeated season in league play, the Okanagan Sun travel to Saskatoon this Saturday to take on the defending Canadian Bowl champions, the Saskatoon Hilltops.

After claiming its first BCFC title since 2004 in style, the undefeated Sun are hungry to capture the team's third national championship in club history. However, they\re up against a seasoned Hilltops team who are looking to capture their 18th national championship.

On the way to the Canadian Bowl, the Sun went 10-0 during the regular season and steamrolled their way to the BCFC Cullen Cup, where they blanked the Vancouver Island Raiders by a score of 54-0. In the win, quarterback Cam Bedore had an impressive outing and finished with 14-of-20 for 247 yards and two touchdowns to Kyle Patchell and Kasey Russell, and also ran in for a score of his own. Defensively, the Sun were stellar and held the Raiders to only 67 yards on the ground and forced Liam O'Brien to go 11-of-32 for 107 yards while intercepting him three times. Brennan Van Nistelrooy was also named the Defensive Player of the Game after recording two picks (including a one-handed interception). On special teams, Thomas Huber made three of four field goal attempts and was perfect on six convert attempts.

To get to the Canadian Bowl, the Hilltops beat out the Calgary Colts 38-16 and will be led by quarterback Jared Andreychuk, who makes his third appearance at the Canadian Bowl. In the win over the Colts, Andreychuk was only able to complete 7-of-17 attempts for 149 yards and a score, but the team was able to rely heavily on the run game to secure the win. Logan Fischer ran the ball 23 times for 170 yards and four touchdowns, thanks to a strong showing by the Hilltops' offensive line. Defensively, the Hilltops recorded two interceptions, three knockdowns and a quarterback sack to hold back a Colts team which finished with 486 yards of net offence in comparison to their 350 yards of offence, and may prove to be a difficult matchup for a high-octane Sun offence.

The last time the Hilltops faced the Sun was back in 2002, when the Hilltops topped the Sun by a score of 55-9. Will the defending champions be crowned once again? Or will the Sun continue to dominate as they have been all season long and bring the title back to BC? Tune in to find out!


Central Washington Wildcats @ SFU Clan preview

By Michiko Araki

Friday, November 6 - Swangard Stadium
Kickoff at 6 PM

After another loss on the road, the SFU Clan (0-7; 0-4 GNAC) will head home for its final game of the season under the Friday Night Lights where they'll take on the Central Washington Wildcats (3-5; 1-3 GNAC).

The Clan will look to bounce back after losing 57-0 to No. 15 Humboldt State on the road. In the loss, the Clan defence had difficulties containing the Lumberjacks' 631 yards of total offence although their defence did see a strong effort from Jordan Herdman, who had a season-high 17 solo tackles and nine assists. On offence, quarterback Ryan Stanford was held to just 144 yards through the air completing 17-of-36 passes with two interceptions. On offence, Justin Buren led the receiving corps with four receptions for 52 yards, while Ante Milanovic-Litre led on the ground with 14 carries for 28 yards and caught seven balls for 36 yards.

The Lumberjacks are fresh off a bye week after also losing 42-17 to Humboldt State two weeks ago. In the loss, quarterback Justin Lane threw for over 300 yards for the third consecutive game becoming the first quarterback in program history in 17 years to accomplish the feat. Lane finished the game with 23-of-36 completed passes for 336 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, despite being sacked seven times during the game. Lane's favourite targets are likely to be Jesse Zalk and Kyle Self, who finished their last game with seven receptions for 131 yards and a score, and five for 54 yards and a score, respectively. On the ground, the Wildcats were held to just 48 yards of rushing, led by Quincy Carter's 45 yards on 14 carries. On defence, look out for Marcus Schimmelfennig and Kevin Haynes to lead the team after recording six solo and four assisted tackles and six solo and three assisted tackles, respectively.

In their last meeting, the Wildcats shocked the Clan en route to a 40-7 win at Ellensburg. Can the Clan turn it around this time on home turf and give fans a long-awaited win at home? Friday night brings the answer!


Guest article: Salmon Arm JB Chargers - November 1 Game Report

Write-up: Coach Andrew Van Dokkumburg

Photo credit: Selina Metcalfe

The Salmon Arm Junior Bantam Chargers ended the regular season in style on Sunday, with a dominant 47-0 win over the Kamloops Broncos. The Chargers were firing on all cylinders throughout the game, scoring on the ground, through the air and via field goals.

Offensively, the Chargers had two players who shared the game of the day honours. Braidy Parkes scored her first touchdown of the year via a 50 yard rush and Liam Davison notched his first touchdown reception of the year with a 20 yard catch.

Defensively, the Chargers notched their fourth shutout of the season and gave up only a small handful of first downs to the Broncos offense. The defensive player of the game was Spencer Paquette for notching an interception for the second straight game.

Salmon Arm finished off the regular season on a high note, and have punched their ticket to the playoffs. Overall, the Chargers finished with a record of 7-1 and they outscored their opponents by a season long margin of 301-46. The next challenge that awaits them is their home semi-final playoff game against the talented Kelowna Lions. Come on out and support your home town football team this Sunday at 2pm, at Little Mountain Sports Fields!

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Intern Luke preps for playoffs

Football BC's intern, Luke, has seen a lot of football since joining the company. As the regular season winds down for many of the clubs, he's looking forward to some big playoff games.

Read his latest blog here.


Join the BC Lions in Mexico


Jay Prepchuk camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback/receiver camps will start up again on January 13, 2016.

Please contact Jay at for private or group sessions which run all year round.

Visit for more information.

Upcoming UBC Camps

Vancouver - 6th annual Winter Skills Camp - 
March 5, 2016

Date: Saturday March 5, 2016
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Age Groups: Junior 12 - 14 / Senior 15 - 17

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 7 hour period, plus a session on UBC academic requirements and tips on how to be recruited. On field skills will be taught and full equipment will be required for these practices. The classroom session will include a breakdown of the film that is taken in the morning sessions and will be highly personalized in terms of feedback.

For full details on all camps, click here


Football Canada bans overbuilt facemasks/faceguards

Football Canada has banned the use of non-traditional/overbuilt facemasks.

Click here for the Football Canada news release.

Click here for Football BC's advisory.


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations

Nominations are welcomed for the 2016 Inductions to the BC Football Hall of Fame.

Categories include: Athlete (both amateur and professional), Builder, Media and Teams (both amateur and professional).

The Hall is looking for worthy candidates from across the province of British Columbia, especially in the amateur categories.

Please visit their website at and click on "Nominations" for more details and the opportunity to put forward the names of your nominees.

Your assistance will enable the BC Football Hall of Fame to continue to celebrate those who have contributed greatly to the sport of football in our province.


The Bob Ackles Collection at the BC Sports Hall of Fame

The BC Football Hall of Fame has loaned a number of Bob Ackles' personal items to display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Visit them now to see these rare items up close and personal.

To see what items are there now, click here.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Support amateur football in British Columbia and showcase your products and services to a wide-ranging market.

Football BC can tailor a sponsorship package to suit your company's needs.

Sponsorship opportunities include an opportunity to advertise in Football BC's publications such as the Football BC Playbook, Senior Bowl program and Conference program as well as opportunities to attend events such as the Football BC Combine Series and the Team BC May Long Weekend camp.

Get more information here.


Baron Championship Rings

Baron Championship Rings is the official ring supplier for Football BC. Click here to visit their website.


Gear up with Team BC!

Want to show off your support for Team BC? Pick up some Team BC gear from official online store here


Support Team BC with our Football BC - Schnitzer Scrap Metal Drive Fundraiser

Football BC is asking the football community to join us in a fundraiser that will allow our entire football community to help raise money for all six of our Team BC programs as well as enable us to deliver more of our "Play Football" programs in elementary schools.

Supporting our program is easy. Simply deliver any scrap metal you may have to one of the following locations and be sure to mention that you are contributing to the "Football BC Scrap Drive."

Schnitzer Victoria
307 David St.
Victoria, BC - V8T 5C1

Schnitzer Duncan
3015 Boys Rd.
Duncan, BC - V9L 6W4

Schnitzer Cassidy
13271 Trans Canada Hwy.
Cassidy, BC - V9G 1L8

Schnitzer Campbell River
5551 Duncan Bay Rd.
Campbell River, BC - V9H 1N6

Schnitzer Surrey
12195 Musqueam Dr.
Surrey, BC - V3V 3T2

Grandview Printing discount for Football BC members

Are you looking for a company to design posters, programs or do all sorts of printing?

Grandview Printing offers a 10% discount to all Football BC members

Visit their website at to learn more about their services.


Football BC and Sandman Hotel partners up to offer great rates for members

Football BC and Sandman Hotels have partnered up to offer all Football BC members access to discounted rates with Sandman and Sandman Signature hotels across British Columbia.

To access these special rates, follow these directions:

1. Go to 

2. Select your preferred property in BC

3. Under "Access Code" and "Corporate Code" type in "footballbc"

4. Select your preferred dates and enjoy the discounted rates!

The Sandman and Sandman Signature are Canadian owned and operated.


Football BC elementary school skills program

Football BC's elementary school skills program is open to all school aged children and is conducted during regular school hours usually as part of P.E. class.

This program allows kids to learn basic football skills from Football BC coaches as well as volunteer players from local high schools.

Click here to see the promo video for the program.

For more information or to schedule a session for your school, please contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at 604-816-5157 or


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:
  • 2015/16 UBC Camps
  • Game Ready (various dates)

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