Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
October 2015 | Issue #315  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Championship redemption

Football BC's content team took in a pair of games this weekend and the theme in both was championship redemption.

On Saturday afternoon, the reigning BC High School Football Triple A champion South Delta Sun Devils took their first step towards scaling the mountain back at the top when they picked up their first regular season win over the Notre Dame Jugglers in a game that came right down to the wire finishing 8-7.

Post-game interview with South Delta head coach Ray Moon

Post-game interview with South Delta's Michael Calvert

Post-game interview with Notre Dame head coach Richard Scott

Photo Gallery

On Sunday afternoon, our crew made the long drive up to Kelowna to watch the Okanagan Sun battle the VI Raiders in the 2015 Cullen Cup championship game. After over a decade since their last provincial title, the Sun put behind over a decade of frustration in a big way by posting a 54-0 victory to take home the title. They now earn the right to face the PFC champion Saskatoon Hilltops on Saturday, November 7 in the Canadian Bowl for the national junior title.

Post-game interview with Okanagan Sun head coach Shane Beatty

Post-game interview with VI Raiders head coach Jerome Erdman

2015 Cullen Cup highlights

Photo Gallery


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 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 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

"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 or follow @h4lkyle on Instagram for more information. 

BC High School Football Game of the Week Preview - Notre Dame Jugglers at New Westminster Hyacks

By Michiko Araki

Friday, October 30 - Mercer Stadium
Kickoff at 7:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

This week, the Notre Dame Jugglers (1-2) visit the New Westminster Hyacks (1-2) at Mercer Stadium for the game of the week in a critical Western Conference matchup.

The Jugglers are itching for a win after coming oh-so-close to toppling last year's Subway Bowl champion, the South Delta Sun Devils, last Saturday. In their 8-7 loss, the Jugglers and Sun Devils were held scoreless until late in the third quarter when Mauro Giamarra intercepted the ball and helped set up Adam Turrin for the team's only major. The Jugglers also had two touchdowns which were called back due to penalties which ended up costing them as the Sun Devils came back to score the winning points in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame will be sure to clean up their plays heading into an important clash against the Hyacks. The Juggler defence has only allowed 56 points in three games this season and will look to contain the Hyacks, who have scored 84 points in three games compared to the Jugglers' 49.

The Hyacks are also coming off a 28-21 loss to Mt. Douglas but showed true grit despite having to play without five starters in the game, including starting quarterback Jamie Shiho. In the loss, Nick Hauka stepped in and threw two touchdowns, including a 28-yarder to Justin Swartz and a 70-yarder to Michael Thind. Gurvir Ghuman rounded out the scoring and rumbled 14-yards for a score in the loss.

In an important Western Conference matchup, which team will come out victorious? Tune in to find out on Friday night!


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Langley Stampeders @ Coquitlam Falcons

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 31 - Town Centre Park
Kickoff at 7:30 PM

The two longest active winning streaks in the VMFL Midget Division will collide on Hallowe'en night when the undefeated Coquitlam Falcons (7-0) play host to the Langley Stampeders (5-1), winners of their last four in a row.

This is the first and only regular season meeting between the two teams that seem destined to clash again in early December once the BCCFA Provincial Championships rolls around. Until that point, however, neither team is going to count their chickens before they hatch and they'll be focused on just continuing their respective strong regular season runs.

The Falcons have been the class of the division all season long and are coming off a 20-8 victory last week over the Comox Raiders. The Stampeders, meanwhile, haven't lost a game since falling to the North Surrey Bears back in their second game of the season. They're coming off an easy 45-0 pounding of the winless Cloverdale Bengals.

This game could be an early championship preview. Which team gets treated, and which team gets tricked in this Hallow's Eve clash?

Other Midget games this week (all games on Sunday, November 1 unless otherwise indicated):

Friday, October 30 - Cloverdale Bengals @ Chilliwack Giants - 7:30 pm (Townsend Park)

North Surrey Bears @ White Rock Titans - 1:30 pm 
(South Surrey Athletic Park)

Cowichan Timbermen @ Victoria Spartans - 4 pm 
(Westhills Stadium)

BYE: Comox Raiders


Manitoba Bisons @ UBC Thunderbirds preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 31 - Thunderbird Stadium
Kickoff at 1 PM PT

In the final week of the Canada West regular season, it's a clash of the two teams tied for second place in the conference when the UBC Thunderbirds (5-2) host the Manitoba Bisons (5-2) in a preview of the opening round of Canada West playoffs.

After a thrilling 41-36 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies, the Thunderbirds will look to get another win for the fans at home before playoffs begin. In the win, Michael O'Connor went 20-of-31 for a huge 449 yards and three scores, which also rushing for 30 yards on four carries and rumbling for a score of his own. The Thunderbirds' receiving corps had a great night with Ben Cummings leading the way with three catches for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Will Watson recording six catches for 108 yards. On the ground, Brandon Deschamps led the team with 14 carries for 85 yards in the team's win. On defence, Terrell Davis led the team with five solo tackles and ten assists, while A.J. Blackwell recorded a game-high six solo tackles.

The Bisons, who are also coming off a 29-7 victory against the University of Alberta Golden Bears, were led by Foster Martens who completed 13-of-20 passes for 165 yards. Trysten Dyce led the team with three receptions for 46 yards, but the majority of the offensive numbers were put up by the Bisons' ground game which totaled 351 yards. On the ground, Alex Christie and Jamel Lyles led the team with 15 carries for 104 yards and nine carries for 93 yards, respectively. On defence, look for David Onyemata and Christian Turner to do some damage after recording 13 tackles (six solo) and 1.5 sacks, and ten tackles (five solo) and 2.5 sacks, respectively.

October has been a great month for both teams as neither has yet to drop a game this month. The winner of this game will not head into the playoffs on a high, but will have the chance to host next week's rematch between the clubs in the opening round of the playoffs. Will the Thunderbirds have that privilege, or will the Bisons force the T-Birds to make the trip to Winnipeg?


SFU Clan @ Humboldt State Lumberjacks preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 31 - Redwood Bowl, Arcata, Califoria
Kickoff at 1 PM

After another loss at home, the SFU Clan (0-6; 0-3 Conference) travel down to Arcata, California this Saturday to take on the Humboldt State Lumberjacks (6-1; 4-0 Conference).

In their 37-26 loss against Western Oregon last week, the Clan put up 370 yards of passing but couldn't outscore a well-rounded Wolves offence after giving up too many big plays in the second half. Quarterback Ryan Stanford completed 31-of-57 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard catch-and-run to Justin Buren. Buren had his best game of the season, catching seven balls for 146 yards and a score while also returning five kickoffs for 84 yards. Earl Anderson also notched seven catches for 107 yards and a score, while Ante Milanovic-Litre led the ground attack with 18 carries for 97 yards. On defence, Jordan Herdman and Justin Herdman led the team with 5 solo tackles and five and two assisted tackles, respectively. Justin Herdman also recorded a sack on the night, while Quinn Horton also recorded a sack as well as Kyle Wilson who recorded two sacks.

This weekend, the Clan faces a nationally-ranked team in the Lumberjacks who defeated Central Washington 42-17 last week. In the win, Robert Webber completed 14 of 22 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, including one to Chase Krivashei, who led the team with eight receptions for 90 yards. On the ground, Ja'Quan Gardner rumbled 28 times for 136 yards and two scores. On defence, Chris Hannible returned an interception for 76 yards while also recording five solo tackles. In the win, the Lumberjacks defence totaled twelve tackles for loss for 59 yards and recorded seven sacks, led by Dhillon Huffman's three solo tackles, two tackles for loss for 14 yards and two sacks, as well as Ahmad Logan's three solo tackles and two and a half sacks for a loss of 18 yards.

The Clan are in tough against the Lumberjacks, but will look to stay competitive as they've done all season long despite having yet to record a win.


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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