Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2015 | Issue #313  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

A look back on a Special Saturday

This past Saturday was certainly a special day for football in British Columbia as legends were enshrined while the young generation shined.

The BC Lions hosted two significant events at BC Place - the induction ceremony for the BC Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015, and the half-time salute to amateur football featuring community football teams getting a chance to strut their stuff on the field in front of thousands of Lions fans.

Want to re-live all the excitement from Saturday? Football BC takes you behind-the-scenes. Check out our coverage here.

Video: Field level at the Salute to Amateur Football half-time

Photo Gallery: Salute to Amateur Football half-time

Video: Inside the BCFHOF Induction Ceremony

Photo Gallery: BCFHOF Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony


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!

- Friday, January 29 - 
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 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 - Mt. Douglas Rams at South Delta Sun Devils

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 17 - South Delta Secondary School
Kickoff at 1:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

In a rematch of last year's Subway Bowl final, the South Delta Sun Devils (0-1) host the Mt. Douglas Rams (1-0) in this week's highly anticipated game between two top-ranked Western Conference rivals.

The South Delta Sun Devils had a difficult time getting on the board last week in their 34-8 loss against Vancouver College last week and will look to bounce back in time to face the Rams. In last week's game, grade 10 standout Michael Calvert's kick return for a touchdown was one of the team's silver linings. Calvert also recorded three picks and a fumble recovery in the loss, and will look to help the Sun Devils get their first regular season win of the season. Other players of note will be running back Grant McDonald, who led all AAA players in rushing during four exhibition games this season with 32 carries for 532 yards and ten touchdowns.

The Rams, consistently a highly-rated squad, proved that they're going to be a tough team to beat in their 41-7 win over Notre Dame last week. Several leaders on offence for the Rams included Declann Michielin, who carried 11 times for 134 yards, and quarterback Gideone Kremler, who finished the day going 9-of-14 for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Two of Kremler's touchdowns were caught by Gavin Cobb, who recorded six catches for 106 yards in the win. On defence, the Rams also had solid performances by Mike Olson, Aidan Kachanoski and Declann Michielin, who all finished with eight tackles each. In addition, Olson had two fumble recoveries while Kachanoski also had one.

The Sun Devils and the Rams are expected to be the two of the championship contenders in the AAA Division this season so the fans are sure to see an exciting match-up in a game that is not only a re-match of last year's Subway Bowl final but potentially a preview of this year's as well!


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Coquitlam Falcons @ North Surrey Bears

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 17 - Bear Creek Park
Kickoff at 5 PM (PT)

A potential championship preview will be in the works this Saturday in the VMFL Midget Division when the defending champion North Surrey Bears (4-1) play host to the Coquitlam Falcons (5-0).

There is an old saying that in order to be the champion, you have to beat the champion. The Falcons, or any team for that matter, don't have a preference as to who they'll face potentially on Sunday, December 6 in Langley - the date of the BCCFA 12-Man Provincial Championship. They know, however, that there's a good chance it will be the Bears - so knocking them off in the lone regular season meeting between the clubs would go a long way towards helping them set the tone.

The Falcons have run over all of its challengers so far this season and are coming off a 43-0 win over the Comox Valley Raiders last Sunday.

The Bears, despite sitting with the second-best record in the division, haven't quite had as dominating a campaign as they perhaps would have liked. One thing they have been able to do, and which might bode well for them heading into the playoffs, is win close games. They're coming off a 21-17 victory over the Chilliwack Giants last Saturday.

Will the Falcons keep their perfect season going, or will the Bears show that they're still the team to beat? Find out this Saturday!

Other Midget games this week (all games on Sunday, October 18):

Victoria Spartans @ Cloverdale Bengals - 1:30 pm 
(Cloverdale Athletic Park)

White Rock Titans @ Comox Valley Raiders - 2:30 pm 
(Bill Moore Park)

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

BYE: Chilliwack Giants


Alberta Golden Bears @ UBC Thunderbirds preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 17 - Thunderbird Stadium
Kickoff at 1:30 PM

In a rematch from two weeks ago, the UBC Thunderbirds (3-2) return home to take on the Alberta Golden Bears (2-3) after a 39-21 victory on the road against the same Golden Bears prior to the bye week.

Despite the cold, the T-Birds played well on both sides of the ball en route to the win. Quarterback Michael O'Connor finished the day with 21-of-32 completed for 203 yards and two touchdown passes, while Will Watson led the receivers with 5 receptions for 54 yards and also added two carries for 72 yards. On the ground, Brandon Deschamps led the team with 16 carries for 88 yards and a score. On defence, Mitchell Barnett and Taylor Loffler led the team once again with seven solo tackles each and a sack and a forced fumble, respectively. On special teams, Quinn Van Gylswyk once again showed composure, making five of six field goal attempts and also completing both PATs.

For the Golden Bears, Brad Baker had similar passing statistics completing 20-of-33 attempts for 207 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, while also rushing six times for 35 yards and a score in the loss. The leading rusher of the game was Ed Illnicki, who punched in 18 carries for a game high 92 yards and also caught two passes for 18 yards and a score, while Tylor Henry led the team with six catches for 91 yards. On defence, Josh Taitinger led the team with eleven tackles (nine solo), while Connor Ralph and Gregory Ralph also racked up the stops with nine tackles each.

The Thunderbirds are currently ranked second in Canada West with a 3-2 record along with the University of Manitoba, while the Golden Bears trail closely behind with a 2-3 record. This rematch is just as important as it was last week in determining who will come out with a favourable standing in the conference as the season slowly winds to a close with only two more games remaining in the season after this weekend.

Will the Golden Bears get their revenge on the road? Or will the Thunderbirds soar once again to hold onto the number 2 spot in the Canada West conference? Find out Saturday!


SFU Clan @ South Dakota Mines Hardrockers preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 17 - O'Harra Stadium, Rapid City, South Dakota
Kickoff at 12 PM

After a heartbreaking 38-35 loss at home, the SFU Clan (0-4, 0-1 GNAC) are hoping that fourth time's the charm as they hit the road to face the South Dakota Mines Hardrockers (1-1).

In the loss against Dixie State to last Saturday, quarterback Ryan Stanford played all four quarters, managing 27-of-57 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns. Two of the touchdown passes were caught by tight end Andrew Pauls, who finished the day with four catches for 38 yards, while the other two were caught by Christian Berger (six catches for 83 yards) and Justin Buren (four catches for 68 yards). Buren also had a good day on special teams returning a kickoff for 56 yards, which was the longest return of the night for both teams. With the regulars unable to play, Ante Milanovic-Litre stepped up big to punch in 18 carries for 78 yards in the hard-fought game. On defence, Jordan Herdman led the team once again with 13 tackles (5 solo) while Ben Minaker recorded nine (7 solo).

The Hardrockers are coming off of an exciting 49-44 conference win over Central Washington and will look to ride that momentum heading into this game. Quarterback Trent McKinney finished the game going 7-of-13 for 100 yards and one touchdown in the air while also rushing 13 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Devin Nixon will also be a double threat on offence after leading the team in both rushing (30 carries for 160 yards, two touchdowns) and receiving (three catches for 91 yards, one touchdown) in the victory over the Wildcats. On defence, Jordan Copeland led the team with five solo tackles while Isaiah Ashby recorded four solo tackles and two sacks.

Against a hard hitting Hardrockers team, will the Clan be able to get their first win of the season? Tune in this week to find out!


BCFC Playoffs: Kamloops Broncos @ Okanagan Sun preview

By Michiko Araki

Kamloops Broncos @ Okanagan Sun
Sunday, October 18 - Apple Bowl
Kickoff at 1 PM

After posting a stellar unbeaten BCFC record this season, the Okanagan Sun (10-0) look to continue their winning ways during the Cullen Cup semi-final as they take on the Kamloops Broncos (5-5) in a rematch of the last week of BCFC regular season play.

The Sun, who have been a force to be reckoned with this season, are the number one seed heading into the playoffs and will look to repeat their performance against the Broncos two weeks ago. In the 51-38 win, the Sun set a new CJFL record for sacks in a single season with 40 and also became the first undefeated team since 2011. In the win, the Sun produced 513 total yards of offence led by quarterback Cam Bedore, who had an efficient day completing 21-of-25 for 347 yards and three touchdowns to Kyle Kawamoto. Kawamoto finished the day with eight passes for 150 yards and became the second player this season to reach the 1000-yard mark. On the ground, Abdi Nasir-Abdi scored four touchdowns on 16 carries to help lift the team over the Broncos. On defence, Jonas Gering, Elias Rodriguez, Kent Lawrence and Eli Haynes all collected a sack while Keith Zyla and Keagan Hughes led the team with six and five solo tackles, respectively.

Against a seemingly unstoppable Sun team, the Broncos saw several positives as they scored the most points against the Sun than any other team this season. They will look to upset the Sun this week when it really matters. In the loss, quarterback Stephen Schuweiler went 37-of-52 for 448 yards and four touchdown passes. Schuweiler's favourite target of the night was Derek Yachison, who hauled in a game-high 14 passes for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also became the third BCFC player to reach the 1000-yard mark this season. On defence, Ryan Fries led the team with six tackles and a fumble recovery, while Tristan Murray recorded the lone sack for the team. Jacob Palmarin is another player to keep an eye on. He'll want to make some waves in the playoffs coming off a successful regular season that saw him rush 121 times for 1089 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Will the Sun continue to shine, or will the Broncos be able to pull off an upset of epic proportions? Tune in this week to find out!


BCFC Playoffs: Langley Rams @ VI Raiders preview

By Michiko Araki

VI Raiders @ Langley Rams
Saturday, October 17 - Caledonia Park
Kickoff at 1 PM

In the other Cullen Cup semi-final, the number two ranked Vancouver Island Raiders (7-3) get the home field advantage as they host the number three ranked Langley Rams (6-4) for a chance to make the Cullen Cup Final.

The Raiders concluded their regular season with a 38-9 victory over the Valley Huskers and will look to out-edge the Rams in their upcoming tilt. During the regular season, Dexter Shea and Cole Virtanen proved they were the guys to beat on the field after ranking second and third, respectively, in the conference in tackles and receiving BCFC Defensive All-Star honours. Shea finished the season with 38 tackles, two knockdowns, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, while Virtanen finished with 31 tackles, six knockdowns, one forced fumble, and five picks. On offence, look for quarterback Liam O'Brien to lead the team after completing 128-of-204 passes for 2089 yards and 20 touchdowns during the regular season, with Dustin Rodriguez and Arthur Fabbro as his favourite targets.

The Rams are also coming into the semi-final on a high note after a 35-23 win over the Westshore Rebels and look to claim their first victory over the Raiders this season. The Rams had several BCFC all-stars this season, including Brock Gowanlock (17 tackles, 5 assists, 13.5 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown, 2 forced fumbles) and Alex Agnoletto (30 tackles, 11 assists, 4 sacks, 1 interception). On offence, Nathan Lund also racked up BCFC Offensive All-Star honours after finishing second in the conference with 74 carries for 621 yards and five touchdowns to wrap up the season. On special teams, look for kickoff return specialist and defensive back John Beckerleg to do some work after ranking first in the league in kickoff returns with 14 returns for 456 yards, averaging 32.6 yards per return. On defence, Beckerleg also received All-Star honours for the second consecutive year after amassing 16 tackles, 4 assists, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception during the season.
In their two meetings this season, the VI Raiders swept the series by a combined score of 46-32.

Can the Rams prove that they're a different team, or will the Raiders punch a ticket to the Cullen Cup Final? Tune in this week to find out!


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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