Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2015 | Issue #317  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

A weekend of epic proportions

Football BC's content team took in a pair of games this weekend and while both were critical affairs for the respective teams involved, that was where the similarities ended.

On Friday afternoon, O'Hagan Field at Vancouver College was the place to be as the Vancouver College Fighting Irish hosted the Notre Dame Jugglers in the 59th Archbishops' Trophy game.

The Fighting Irish, already having secured first place in the division, came out a bit slow but would eventually build up a 17-0 lead and appeared to be on their way to cruising to a victory. But give full credit for the Jugglers as they battled back with 14 unanswered and had an opportunity with one final play to perhaps score the major upset win although that would not come to fruition.

With the win, the Fighting Irish improved their all-time record in the Archbishops' Trophy game to 32-26-1. It was also their 12th straight win in the series.

Post-game interview with Vancouver College coach Todd Bernett

Post-game interview with game MVP Michael Le

Photo Gallery

On Saturday afternoon, all eyes were on Thunderbird Stadium as the UBC Thunderbirds hosted the Manitoba Bisons in the Hardy Cup semi-final game. To say this contest wasn't even close would be to put it lightly.

The T-Birds scored early and often en route to a 52-10 victory to earn their spot in the Hardy Cup game next Saturday (11 am PT, Global TV) against the Calgary Dinos.

Post-game interview with RB Brandon Deschamps

Post-game interview with DL Connor Griffiths

Photo Gallery

On Monday, Football BC's crew took in the regular season finale between the Seaquam Seahawks and West Vancouver Highlanders. Although both teams would not be advancing to the playoffs, the outcome of their game still had an impact on the playoff picture in BC High School Football.

The Seahawks built up a 14-0 lead, but the Highlanders fought back to tie the game late setting up for some late drama when the Seahawks scored the game-winning touchdown with just 18 seconds left on the clock. The result would set up Argyle vs Kelowna, and Handsworth vs New Westminster in the Wildcard AAA Varsity round.

Post-game interview with Seaquam coach Jerry Mulliss

Post-game interview with West Vancouver coach Pooya Dourandish

Photo Gallery


Vegas Baby!

Team BC is pleased to announce that its Grade 8, U16, and U18 team is off to Las Vegas, Nevada to take part in the High Roller International Football Showdown!

The tournament will take place from January 22-24, 2016.

Team BC will depart from Vancouver on January 20.

This showcase tournament will feature teams from Nevada, Kansas City, and California.

More details on the tournament, including costs for participation, will be made available shortly.

The Team BC final cut-down practice date has also changed.

The practice, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12, will now be held on Sunday, December 13.

Location for the tryout camp is TBD. Please see below for the players on the invite list for the respective teams.

U16 Invite List

U18 Invite List

Grade 8 Invite List


The anatomy of a campaign - Why we support HEAL4Life

We are now into Week 2 of our "Football BC goes Blue" campaign in partnership with HEAL4Life. This campaign helps raise awareness for men's health and early cancer detection.

We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the cause so far, and congratulate Mary-Beth on winning the tickets to the BC Lions regular season finale.

Several months ago, Football BC was contacted by Drew Williams - a former high school football and University football player asking our organization if we wanted to partner with his for this cause.

Football BC was more than happy to support a cause that we felt was very important, but because we wanted to help a fellow football guy. In this case, actually two football guys.

HEAL4Life stands for "Healthy Everyday Active Living 4 Life". It was started by Kyle and Drew Williams - two brothers who have had the opportunity to play football together at various points.

From Waterdown High School, where then-quarterback Kyle led the team to five consecutive championships, to their notable career at Bishop's University, the duo has lived to play. Whether it was through football, volleyball, track and field, or basketball, activity would always be a part of living a healthy life. Kyle and Drew embodied that philosophy.

At 23, Kyle was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It took two surgeries and an arduous bout of chemotherapy, but Kyle would eventually overcome this scary moment in his life. The day that Kyle was released from the hospital, his doctor commended him on how quickly he recovered - not only from the chemotherapy, but from the long and dangerous surgeries he had to endure. The doctor attributed this to Kyle's dedication to eating healthy, being active, and always keeping a positive outlook on life.

One night shortly after, Kyle came to the realization that a healthy lifestyle is not only important for the long-term enjoyment of life, but it is also important for all those unpredictable moments in life; those moments when rather than you relying on your body to perform, your body relies on your decisions to keep it going.

Thus, HEAL4Life was born promoting men's health and early cancer detection.

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

Share your story! Send us your stories about overcoming cancer or the importance of men's health awareness to you to and we will feature it on our website and newsletter. 

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. 

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 Canada invites feedback to improve the sport from playground to stadium

Football Canada invites public feedback on a series of strategies and recommendations, created to improve upon eight gaps discovered during a review of the competition structure of the sport within Canada.

Click here to learn more about the strategies and provide feedback.

The competition review process evaluated football's competition structure using the sport's Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Plan with the goal of promoting optimal athlete development and participation by fostering the ideal competition structure with respect to athlete's developmental age.

"The competition review process is all about creating the best environment for players to participate in and excel," said Football Canada technical coordinator, Aaron Geisler. "As we continue to try to grow football from playground to stadium, we invite the public and football community to provide their feedback into this process."


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 - Mt. Boucherie Bears at South Delta Sun Devils

By Michiko Araki

Friday, November 13 - Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West
Kickoff at 4:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

The 2015 BC High School Football playoffs get underway this weekend, and one of the highlight contests pits the defending champion South Delta Sun Devils (2-3) against the Mt. Boucherie Bears (2-4) in a clash at Burnaby Lake with the winner moving on to face the Terry Fox Ravens.

The Bears, who finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, are coming off a 38-21 win over Lord Tweedsmuir. Several players to look out for on offence include Tyler Toic, who finished the regular season with the top AAA passing statistics with 73-of-144 completions for 1180 yards and 11 touchdowns. Toic's favourite targets are likely to be Spencer Schmidt and Dayton Moore, who finished the regular season as the top-ranked and fifth-ranked players in the AAA ranks among the receiving corps with 23 catches for 520 yards, and five touchdowns and 19 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns, respectively. On the ground, Ty Truong is expected to be the team's leading rusher after leading the team with 302 rushing yards this season and recording two scores along the way. On defence, the Bears boast Taylor Knoll, who led the league with 51 tackles, four sacks, and three interceptions, and will pose a challenge for the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils, who are led by pivot Kyle Chace, finished fourth in the Western Conference and are looking to win games when it counts during the playoffs. Last week, the Sun Devils ended their regular season with a 35-24 loss to the New Westminster Hyacks by surrendering three second-half touchdowns. They'll hope to right the ship when it matters the most and try and learn from yet another setback. One player you won't want to miss is Grant McDonald, who will be all over the field after finishing as the team's leading rusher with 58 attempts for 321 yards and two touchdowns, as well as recording 41 tackles and one fumble recovery in five games on defence. On special teams, a player who could make a big difference is Michael Calvert, who ranked first in the league in punt returns and also recorded two punt returns for touchdowns of 45 and 60 yards earlier this season.

Both teams are out to prove they can win the big games. Who will come out on top and earn a date with the Ravens? Find out this Friday!


79th Hardy Cup: UBC Thunderbirds at Calgary Dinos

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, November 14  - McMahon Stadium
Kickoff at 11 AM PT

Watch on Global TV

A year ago, the UBC Thunderbirds were a program seemingly in disarray. Fast forward to this year and they are in the Canada West championship game as they hit the road this Saturday to compete in the 79th Hardy Cup against Coach Blake Nill's former team, the Calgary Dinos.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a 52-10 win over last year's Hardy Cup champion, the Manitoba Bisons. In last week's game, pivot Michael O'Connor finished with 19-of-34 passes completed for 231 yards and three touchdown passes, two of which were caught by Trivel Pinto who finished with six pass receptions for 88 yards on the day. On the ground, the team was led by Brandon Deschamps once again as the player nicknamed ‘Banger' rumbled 14 times for 124 yards and a score. The defence stepped it up big for the Thunderbirds, led by linebacker Terrell Davis' three solo tackles, six assisted tackles and a sack. The defence recorded four interceptions on the night, including two by Mitchell Barnett (one 50-yard pick six) and one each by Stavros Katsantonis and Yianni Cabylis. It was also highlighted by an impressive sequence by Connor Griffiths who recorded a sack followed by a tackle for a loss on consecutive plays. Last but not least, kicker Quin van Gylswyk made 5-of-6 field goals attempts to help the team book their first trip back to the Hardy Cup since 2011.

The Dinos, who are undefeated this season, didn't have it as easy in their 37-29 win over the University of Saskatchewan last week in their semi-final contest. Pivot Andrew Buckley was an efficient 33-of-40 for 367 yards and threw his lone touchdown of the night to Brett Blaszko. Buckley's favourite targets are likely to be Blaszko and Rashaun Simonise, both of whom went over the 100-yard mark. Blaszko had eight receptions for 115 yards, while the former Vancouver College Fighting Irish Simonise had and ten catches for 166 yards. On the ground, Mercer Timmis led the attack with 21 carries for 154 yards and rumbled for two scores. On defence, Micah Teitz led the team with seven solo and two assisted tackles, while Doctor Cassama also recorded seven solo stops. The Dinos also recorded four sacks, with Cory Robsinson, Deondre Townsend, Brett Wade, and Joel Van Pelt all recording one apiece.

In their last meeting in September, the Dinos easily handled the Thunderbirds winning by a score of 49-16. Will the Thunderbirds be able to pull off the upset and hand the Dinos their first loss of the season and secure their first Hardy Cup title since 1997? Find out on Saturday live on Global TV.


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Comox Raiders @ Chilliwack Giants

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, November 14 - Townsend Park
Kickoff at 2:30 PM

It's the penultimate week of the regular season in Midget VMFL action and the Chilliwack Giants (5-3) look to take a big step towards securing a playoff berth when they host the Comox Raiders (1-7) this weekend.

The Giants enter the second-to-last weekend of action sitting tied for fourth place with the Victoria Spartans. The Spartans have a tough out this weekend as they have to take on the first place Langley Stampeders. The Giants, who have won two in a row, hold the tie-breaker on the Spartans so a win for them this weekend, coupled with a Spartans loss, would guarantee them a spot once the post-season begins.

The Raiders know they won't be competing in the playoffs but they would love nothing more than to play spoiler. Comox Valley brings a five-game losing streak into this contest having not won since September 20 when they knocked off the Cloverdale Bengals. They've played some close games this season so the Giants would be wise not to take them lightly.

Other Midget games this week (all games on Sunday, November 15 unless otherwise indicated):

Saturday, November 14 - White Rock Titans @ Coquitlam Falcons - 1:30 pm (Town Centre Park)

Cowichan Timbermen @ North Surrey Bears - 2:30 pm (Bear Creek Park)

Victoria Spartans @ Langley Stampeders - 2:30 pm (McLeod Stadium)

BYE: Cloverdale Bengals


SFU Clan @ Azusa Pacific Cougars preview

By Michiko Araki

Friday, November 14 - Citrus Stadium, Glendora, CA
Kickoff at 6:15 PM PT

In their final game of the year, the SFU Clan (0-8; 0-5 GNAC) travel down to sunny California to take on the Azusa Pacific Cougars (5-4; 2-3 GNAC) hoping to avoid going winless in the season.

In their home finale last weekend against Central Washington, the Clan had short-lived two touchdown lead during the third quarter but ultimately fell to the Wildcats by a score of 30-24. Senior quarterback Ryan Stanford had a difficult time against the defence, only being able to complete 16-of-39 attempts for 235 yards and a 75-yard touchdown pass to none other than Justin Buren. Buren finished the day with a team-leading four catches for 114 yards. Ante Milanovic-Litre rumbled his way to his best game of the season, carrying the ball 21 times for 145 yards and two scores. On defence, the Herdman twins led the team, with Jordan recording seven solo and seven assisted tackles and Justin recording five solo and five assisted tackles. Other highlights for the defence included sacks by Kyle Wilson and Tyrel Ratich and an interception by Robin Weathersby.

The Cougars are also coming off a hard-fought loss after falling 17-14 to Western Oregon two weeks ago. They had a bye last week. In the loss, the Cougars were down 14-0 at the half and almost orchestrated a comeback thanks to backup pivot Andrew Elffers who completed 7-of-11 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown and also led the team on the ground with 11 carries for 44 yards. The lone touchdown pass through the air was caught by Ethan Zeidler, while Kurt Scoby scored the other on the ground. On defence, Jonathon Thropay led the team with six solo and two assisted tackles, while Matt Hackett recorded three solo and three assisted tackles as well as a sack and a forced fumble.

In a battle of two teams coming off of tight losses, which team will be able to turn around and take home the win in their respective regular season finales?


Guest Article: The Chargers Lose a Heartbreaker

Game review by Coach Andrew Van Dokkumburg
Photos from Selina Metcalfe

Salmon Arm's Junior Bantam Chargers were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday in heartbreaking fashion. The Chargers hosted the Kelowna Lions, a team they had defeated twice in regular season action, and both teams came ready to play. The score stayed close from beginning to end, with the Kelowna Lions scoring the game-deciding points on a 50 yard pass completion with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game.

Click here to read more.


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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