Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2015 | Issue #312  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Lions to salute amateur football on Saturday vs. Blue Bombers

The BC Lions host their annual salute to amateur football this Saturday night when they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Place.

This year, players representing the Prince George Axeman, Kelowna Roughriders, White Rock Titans and Oceanside Lions will get to take to the field at BC Place during half-time of the CFL contest.

On that same night, the BC Football Hall of Fame will officially induct their Class of 2015 in a pre-game reception. Click here  to see the individuals who are headed to the Hall.

As a reminder, fans can support amateur football by purchasing 50/50 tickets at BC Lions game all season long.

For tickets, click here.


Sunday Funday with the Royal City Hyacks

What's better than a Sunday at the park? How about a Sunday at the park with football!

Football BC's Leo Lee made the trek out to Mercer Stadium to catch a pair of games on a bright and sunny day out.

In the first game, the Atom North Surrey T-Birds defeated the Royal City Hyacks by a 20-6. In the second game, the Junior Bantam Royal City Hyacks scored a convincing 68-20 victory over the North Delta Longhorns.

Check out some of the coverage including a highlight-reel of the two games.

Highlight Reel

Photo Gallery:
Atom Royal City Hyacks vs. North Surrey T-Birds

Photo Gallery: 
JB Royal City Hyacks vs. North Delta Longhorns


Football BC goes PINK!

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Football BC is going pink all throughout October. We are encouraging our members to contribute to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of BC & Yukon during the month.

To donate, click here

BC High School Football Game of the Week Preview - Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers at Terry Fox Ravens

By Michiko Araki

Friday, October 9 - Town Centre Park
Kickoff at 7:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

In this week's BC High School Football Game of the Week, the Terry Fox Ravens (1-0) host the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (0-1) at Town Centre Park.

The Ravens come into the game with a victory after defeating WJ Mouat 52-22 last week. In the win, grade 11 tailback Jeremie Kankolongo was a threat on both sides of the ball rushing for 147 yards and touchdowns of 47 and 27 yards, respectively, and also recording three sacks. Quarterback Jake Laberge had an efficient day completing 6-of-10 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns, including touchdown throws of 27 and 55 yards to Jaden Shanley. Other scores for the Ravens came from Kyle Pickard's 14-yard run, Lucas Prinster's 13-yard catch, and Mitch Bye's fumble recovery.

On the other hand, the Panthers opened the regular season with a 41-14 loss against Vancouver College. In the loss, the Panthers carried 25 times overall for 197 yards, with Drey Blair leading the way with 10 carries for 100 yards including a 55 yard score. The only other score by the Panthers was orchestrated by quarterback Jonny Chwaklinski who scored on a 19-yard run. On the defensive side, Chwaklinski led the team with 15 tackles and a fumble recovery while Tyson Gilbert recorded 10 tackles and a sack. Those two will look to keep the Ravens' offence in check in their first head-to-head match-up of the season.

Will the Panthers be able to get a win over the highly-ranked Ravens? Tune in this week to find out!


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Coquitlam Falcons @ Victoria Spartans

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, October 11 - Westhill Stadium
Kickoff at 4 PM (PT)

The two longest active win streaks in the VMFL Midget Division collide this Sunday and, by the end of the night, one will fall by the wayside when the Victoria Spartans (3-2) play host to the undefeated Coquitlam Falcons (4-0).

If anyone doubted whether or not the Spartans were the real deal heading into last week's action, they got their answer when the Spartans posted a resounding 46-14 over the White Rock Titans for their third consecutive victory. It was the Spartans' largest margin of victory in a game this season.

The Falcons, however, will no doubt offer the stiffest test to date for the Spartans. They have yet to taste defeat in their 2015 campaign and are coming off a 42-1 pounding of the Cloverdale Bengals last Saturday.

Can the Spartans continue their surge, or will the Falcons continue to soar? Find out on Sunday!

Other Midget games this week (all games on Sunday, October 11 unless otherwise noted):

Saturday, October 10 - Chilliwack Giants @ North Surrey Bears - 5 pm (Bear Creek Park)

Comox Raiders @ Langley Stampeders - 2:30 pm 
(McLeod Athletic Park)

Cloverdale @ Cowichan Timbermen - 2:30 pm 
(McAdam Park)

BYE: White Rock Titans


Dixie State Red Storm @ SFU Clan preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 10 - Swangard Stadium
Kickoff at 1 PM

Fresh off a bye week, the SFU Clan (0-0 GNAC; 0-3 overall) will be eager to play again on home turf as they host the Dixie State Red Storm (0-2 GNAC; 1-4 overall) at Swangard Stadium in their first conference game of the season.

The Clan are winless so far this season, but don't count them out just yet. Heading into their first conference game, the Clan are ranked second in the GNAC in rushing defence and will look to the linebacker duo Jordan and Justin Herdman, who are currently ranked first and third in the GNAC in tackles respectively, to do some damage. Before the bye week, Jordan recorded a team-high 15 tackles while his brother recorded 13 tackles in a 40-7 loss against Central Washington. On offence, the Clan were held to just 108 yards of passing and one touchdown spread over three pivots in the loss and will look to find the right balance as they head into the game on Saturday. Earl Anderson had a solid all-purpose performance in the loss with four catches for 78 yards and the team's lone touchdown, as well as notching three kickoff returns for 63 yards.

Despite their 42-24 loss to Western Oregon last week, the Red Storm produced a season-high 500 yards of offence (392 yards passing) and will look for quarterback Tyson Blackner to lead the team once again. Blackner finished the game with 19-of-30 completed passes for a career-high 223 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, and will be well protected by the Red Storm's O-line which is currently ranked second in the GNAC in sacks against. For the receiving corps, Dixie used eleven targets, with Nate Stephens and Brad Duran leading the way with eleven catches for 124 yards and seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, respectively. On defence, Colton Olson (currently ranked second in the GNAC in tackles) led the team with 14 tackles.

Both teams are looking for their first GNAC win of the season and the Clan hope they'll be the ones to outplay the Red Storm and give the fans a win at home. Against a pass-heavy team, will the Clan be able to hold it down to give their fans a long-awaited win? Tune in this week to find out!


Bye Week notices

The UBC Thunderbirds are off on their bye week this weekend. They will resume play on Saturday, October 17 when they host the Alberta Golden Bears at Thunderbird Stadium.

The BCFC are off on a league-wide bye week in advance of the start of the playoffs. The playoffs begin on Saturday, October 17 when the VI Raiders host the Langley Rams in one semi-final, while the other semi-final goes on Sunday, October 18 when the undefeated Okanagan Sun host the Kamloops Broncos.


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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