Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2015 | Issue #314  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Three in three

Football BC's content team was out and about again over the weekend taking in three games over three days.

We began with a BC High School Football Senior AAA clash between the Notre Dame Jugglers and Belmont Bulldogs on Friday at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West. After a tightly-contesting opening half, the Jugglers took full control in the second half en route to a convincing 35-7.

Post-game interview with Notre Dame head coach Richard Scott

Post-game interview with Belmont head coach Alexis Sanschagrin

Photo Gallery

The next afternoon, the narrative was somewhat similar when the Vancouver College Fighting Irish played host to the New Westminster Hyacks. Both teams found the scoreboard early on and it looked like it would continue that way throughout the day.

The Hyacks appeared to be on their way to taking a lead into half-time but the Irish managed to score 14 points on rapid succession thanks to a late scoring drive coupled with a pick-six. The Hyacks couldn't find their offensive rhythm in the second half allowing the Irish take the game by a final score of 49-21.

Post-game interview 
with Vancouver College head coach Todd Bernett

Post-game interview 
with New Westminster head coach Farhan Lalji

Photo Gallery

On Sunday, we ventured out to Minoru Park in Richmond to catch the Richmond Raiders hosting the North Delta Longhorns.

Game Highlights

Photo Gallery




 
                    

Salmon Arm Chargers Think Pink

Throughout the month of October, many amateur football clubs are wearing pink gear in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Salmon Arm Chargers are one of those teams that have done their part to raise awareness for this cause.

Check out some of their pink socks from their recent Junior Bantam game versus the West Kelowna Tiger Cats on Sunday, October 18.

Photo Gallery courtesy of Selina Jean.

The Chargers scored a dominating 48-0 victory and currently find themselves sitting in second place in the Junior Bantam division with a 5-1 record.

Reminder: Help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by making a donation here to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC & Yukon.

 
                    

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!

#BCTOUGH

                   
                    

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*

- Friday, 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 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
        

Football BC to partner with HEAL4LIFE in November in support of Blue Ribbon 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.

Throughout the month, Football BC will feature the logo of HEAL4Life on the website at www.playfootball.bc.ca and encourage its member associations to contribute to the cause in one of two ways:

1. Donate Online - All funds raised will go toward HEAL4Life and local cancer research

2. Helmet Stickers - Football BC member teams can request free awareness helmet stickers for their teams

To donate or to order free helmet stickers, teams can go to a specially set-up website at www.footballbcgoesblue.com.

"We are very pleased to be partnering with HEAL4Life in November to bring awareness for this cause that often is overlooked," said Football BC Executive Director Patrick Waslen. "Football players are used to playing through the pain but we want to emphasize the importance of regular check-ups as part of living a healthy and active lifestyle."

Football BC members are encouraged to use the hashtag #thebluejersey on social media.

The campaign officially runs from November 1 to 30, 2015.

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 www.heal4life.ca or follow @h4lkyle on Instagram for more information. 
        

Cullen Cup Championship: VI Raiders @ Okanagan Sun preview

By Michiko Araki

Kamloops Broncos @ Okanagan Sun
Sunday, October 25 - Apple Bowl
Kickoff at 1 PM

After the conclusion of a highly competitive semi-finals, the Cullen Cup Championship will feature the VI Raiders and the Okanagan Sun as both teams look to be crowned the BCFC champions.

After beating out the Kamloops Broncos in overwhelming fashion by a score of 75-7 during last week's semi-final, the Okanagan Sun are looking like the team to beat heading into the Final. In last week's game, the Sun were productive on both sides of the ball producing a whopping 605 total yards of offence while the defence contained the Broncos to just 128 yards of offence. At quarterback, Cam Bedore led the team for three quarters and finished 16-of-25 for 328 yards and four touchdown passes, while backup Josiah Joseph went a perfect 7-of-7 for 122 yards and two scoring passes. The receiving corps did most of the work for the Sun offence, with BCFC All-Star Kyle Kawamoto catching seven passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns and Kyle Patchell bringing in eleven catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns.

On defence the Sun tallied five sacks, which were recorded by Lucas Machado (two), Jonas Gering, Ryley Butler and Cory McCoy. Cord Deline led the team with two interceptions, including a highlight-reel 86-yard pick-six. Wes Geisler also had an interception, while Layne Hull and Keagan Hughes each recorded six tackles in the team's win.

The VI Raiders didn't get into the finals as effortlessly as the Sun did but they showed a lot of heart in last week's nail-biting 28-27 win against the defending Cullen Cup champion, Langley Rams. Quarterback Liam O'Brien finished the game 13-of-22 for 279 yards, rushed for a score, and threw three touchdowns in the win, including a 56-yard catch-and-run to Dustin Rodriguez. Rodriguez finished with a game-high six catches for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Arthur Fabbro caught five balls for 116 yards and a score.

The Raiders defence was also crucial in the win, intercepting quarterback Bobby Pospischil three times including with 14 seconds to play to help seal the win. Other highlights on defence included a sack by Kaelen Botel, and picks by Adam McDonald, Travis Novak and BCFC Rookie of the Year Cole Virtanen. Virtanen who also led the team with six tackles.

After losing in last year's Cullen Cup, will the Sun be able to sweep the season and the take home the crown? Or will the Raiders find a way to play spoiler? Find out this Sunday!


      

BC High School Football Game of the Week Preview - St. Thomas More Knights at Terry Fox Ravens

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 23 - Percy Perry Stadium
Kickoff at 7:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

Coming off a win last weekend, the St. Thomas More Knights (3-0-1) will visit the Terry Fox Ravens (3-0) in this week's Game of the Week taking place at Percy Perry Stadium.

After handing the Kelowna Owls their first loss of the season by a score of 27-13, the undefeated Ravens are looking to continue their winning streak this week against a very tough Knights team. In last week's win, Taylor Poitras and Jeremie Kankolongo led the ground attack with both players rushing for over 100 yards. Poitras led the way with 18 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns, while Kankolongo carried for 114 yards two scores. These two players are sure to make a splash again in this contest. In addition, the Ravens' defence was able to effectively contain Kelowna's dual-threat quarterback Parker Simson to only 62 yards rushing on 12 carries showing that they won't be intimidated by anybody.

The Knights, who defeated the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers by a score of 29-7 last week, had strong performances by Luca Bellini and Lucas Dalla-Vecchia. Dalla-Vecchia finished the day with 21 carries for 101 yards and a score and also caught a touchdown pass, while Bellini rushed for a touchdown and recorded a safety and seven tackles on defence. Other standouts for the Knights included Nico Cesarei (five tackles and three sacks), Matt Smigel (seven tackles), and Ben Steele (six tackles).

In a battle of winning teams that have yet to taste defeat, will the Knights prevail? Or will the Ravens soar on home turf? Tune in this Friday to find out!


                               

VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Chilliwack Giants @ White Rock Titans

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, October 25 - South Surrey Athletic Park
Kickoff at 1:45 PM

Two teams sitting in the middle of the VMFL Midget Standings clash this Sunday when the White Rock Titans play host to the Chilliwack Giants.

The Giants, fresh off a bye, are desperate to turn things around as they enter this week coming off back-to-back losses, most recently two weeks ago when they dropped a slim 21-17 decision to the North Surrey Bears. They enter this week with a 3-3 record.

The Titans, meanwhile, have played just five games this season - tied for the fewest in the division. They went into last week's clash with the Comox Raiders on a two-game losing streak as well. A score from last week's game was not reported on the BC Community Football website.

This is a critical contest for both teams to try and stay within striking distance of the top-four in the standings as only those teams advance to the playoffs.

Other Midget games this week (all games on Sunday, October 25):

Langley Stampeders @ Cloverdale Bengals - 1:45 pm (Cloverdale Athletic Park)

Coquitlam Falcons @ Comox Raiders - 2:30 pm 
(Bill Moore Park)

BYE: Cowichan Timbermen, Victoria Spartans, North Surrey Bears


        

UBC Thunderbirds @ Saskatchewan Huskies preview

By Michiko Araki

Friday, October 23 - Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon
Kickoff at 6 PM PT


After clinching a playoff berth last week, the UBC Thunderbirds (4-2) will look for another win on the road as they take on the Saskatchewan Huskies (2-4) at Griffiths Stadium.

In their 54-10 win over Alberta, Brandon Deschamps was on fire for the Thunderbirds carrying the ball 16 times for a game-high 176 yards and three scores. Through the air, Michael O'Connor finished with 14-of-22 passes completed for 214 yards and a score while utilizing nine targets on the night. Marcus Davis led the receiving corps with five receptions for 63 yards, while Alex Morrison recorded two receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown.

On defence, the T-Birds performed well across the board with Mitchell Barnett leading the way with 8.5 total tackles and half a sack, Terrell Davis recording 6.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks, and Stavros Katsantonis recording 5.5 total tackles, two interceptions and a 61-yard fumble recovery touchdown.

On the other hand, the Huskies are coming off of a loss to the Calgary Dinos and are looking for a win on home turf. In the loss, Drew Burko completed 13-of-23 passes for 193 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions, while Julan Lynch and Mitch Hillis led the receiving corps with eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown, respectively. On the ground, Tyler Chow led the team with eight carries for 42 yards. On defence, Justin Filteau led the team with eleven total tackles (nine solo) while former Thunderbird Donovan Dale recorded seen tackles (six solo) and a sack.

This game will be crucial for the Thunderbirds as they look to clinch the second place position for the playoffs and home turf advantage in the opening round of the post-season. A UBC win coupled with a Manitoba loss this week would ensure that.



                

Western Oregon Wolves @ SFU Clan preview


By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 24 - Swangard Stadium
Kickoff at 1 PM

In their penultimate home game of the season, the SFU Clan (0-5) host the Western Oregon Wolves (4-3) this Saturday in the second clash between the two teams this season.

The Clan are coming off a disheartening 19-0 loss to the South Dakota Mines Hardrockers and hope they can give their fans something positive to enjoy this weekend for a change. Despite the loss, the SFU offence produced a season-high 183 yards of rushing led by Ante Milanovic-Litre, who rushed for a game high 124 yards on 21 carries. Needless to say, SFU will be looking to build on their run game against the Wolves. At quarterback, starter Ryan Stanford was held to 13-of-28 completed passes for 121 yards and one interception, with Justin Buren leading the receiving corps with five catches for 84 yards. On defence, the Herdman linebacking duo led the way with Jordan recording eight solo tackles and 11 assists, while Justin recorded five solo tackles, six assists and a sack.

On the other hand, the Wolves are coming off a 31-25 win over Central Washington and are looking for a second win this season against the Clan. In the win over the Wildcats, quarterback Phillip Fenumiai completed 13-of-19 passes for 176 yards, two touchdowns, and threw three interceptions while also rushing 19 times for 44 yards and a score. On the ground, Malik Braxton led the team with 21 carries for 131 yards and a score, while also leading all players in receiving yards with two receptions for 41 yards. Andy Avgi had the second highest receptions on the team with two receptions for 39 yards and two scores. On defence, Shane Kuenzi led the team with seven solo tackles and four assists, while Max Jackson recorded a sack and three tackles.

In their last meeting, the Clan lost to the Wolves by a score of 31-14 and will look to avenge their loss as the teams go head-to-head once again!

                     

Luke's first week

Intern Luke blogs about his first week on the job, which included a chance to participate in the BC Lions Salute to Amateur Football festivities.

Read it here.

 

Jay Prepchuk camps

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

Please contact Jay at jprepchuk@sd44.ca for private or group sessions which run all year round.

Visit http://jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com 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 www.bcfootballhalloffame.com 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 www.grandviewprinting.com 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 www.sandmanhotels.ca 

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 dinogeremia@shaw.ca.

       

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 http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/events 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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