Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2015 | Issue #308  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC at the North Surrey Bears / Comox Valley Raiders Midget game

Football BC's media crew spent Labour Day Monday at Bear Creek Park watching the defending VMFL Midget champions, North Surrey Bears, kick off their season by hosting the Comox Valley Raiders.

In the end, after a hard-fought contest, it was the Bears roaring to a 35-0 victory to complete a clean sweep of the weekend for North Surrey Minor Football that saw all of their teams that competed come away with victories.

Check out some of our features.

Video: Post-game interview with Raiders head coach Ryan Pederson

Video: Post-game interview with North Surrey Minor Football's Jim Head

Photo Gallery

Football BC was also pleased to meet the Shnarped team at the game.

Shnarped is a free, sports-focused, social media app that lets users capture and upload video using their smartphone or tablet while also providing instant editing tools such as slo-mo, spotlight, and music addition. Check out this video from Shnarped's Twitter page, all created on a smartphone, which shows off their app's ability.

To tryout Shnarped, download it from the App Store and use the special code 'FOOTBALLBC' 


BC Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 announcement

The BC Football Hall of Fame is set to announce their Class of 2016 at a press conference this Saturday, September 12 at BC Place.

Football BC will post the list of individuals to be honoured as soon as it is officially released.

This year's Class will be inducted at a ceremony taking place on October 10 at BC Place prior to the BC Lions game versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers later that night.


Upcoming NCCP/Safe Contact Clinics

Safe Contact Clinic

September 12 - William Lucas Centre, North Vancouver 
(W 21st & Hamilton Ave.)
9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $75

To register for all courses, please click here.


BC High School Football Game of the Week Preview - Handsworth Royals @ Carson Graham Eagles

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, September 12 - Carson Field
Kickoff at 1:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

For the 2015 season's first BC High School Football game of the week preview, we cover the 29th annual Buchanan Bowl, a strong cross-town rivalry matchup between the Carson Graham Eagles and the Handsworth Royals.

The hosts, Carson Graham, lead the all-time series 18-10 and have won the past four Buchanan Bowls. The Eagles are without some familiar faces that were lost to graduation including running back Lucas Bill, their leading rusher for the past two seasons, and quarterback Mike Worthen, one of the top quarterbacks in AA Varsity last season leading the division in a number of categories including passing yards (1362) and passing touchdowns (17), but feature a key returning player in Flynn Heyes, who ranked eighth in the conference last season with 44 tackles and two sacks in a span of five games.

This year, the Royals graduated key pivot Mihai Lapuste and will look for a new starter under the guidance of quarterback specialist and head coach Jay Prepchuk. Another key player who will be missed for the Royals is Matthew Anderson, who led the league last season with 74 tackles and two sacks. A key returning player for the Royals is receiver Jacob Ghazizadeh who ranked fourth in receiving in the 2014 season with 23 receptions for 476 yards and two touchdowns.

Last year's closely-contested matchup between the two teams was won by Carson Graham by a final score of 49-48. Will Handsworth finally break the Eagles' Buchanan Bowl winning streak this year? Or will the Eagles extend their win streak to five? Tune in this week to find out!


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Cowichan Timbermen @ White Rock Titans

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, September 13 - South Surrey Athletic Park
Kickoff at 3:00 PM (PT)

Is two greater than one? The newly-formed Cowichan Timbermen will strive to find out starting this Sunday.

The Timbermen, a combined team featuring players from Football Nanaimo and Cowichan Football, will kick off their Midget campaign on Sunday when they travel to South Surrey to battle the White Rock Titans.

Nanaimo and Cowichan fielded separate teams during the 2014 Midget campaign with both squads finishing with 5-5 records, respectively. They'll be hoping that their combined forces this season will make them a top contender for the Midget title.

White Rock, meanwhile, returned to the field with a Midget squad last Sunday and immediately served notice that they'll be a force to contend with in the division this year by blanking the Cloverdale Bengals by a 42-0 score.

Other Midget games this week (all on Sunday, September 13 unless otherwise noted):

Saturday, September 12 - North Surrey Bears @ Chilliwack Giants - 2 pm (Townsend Park)

Victoria Spartans @ Coquitlam Falcons (Mackin Park)

Langley Stampeders @ Comox Valley Raiders (Bill Moore Park)

BYE: Cloverdale Bengals


Regina Rams @ UBC Thunderbirds preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, September 12 - Thunderbird Stadium
Kickoff at 6 PM (PT)

After a humbling 49-16 loss to the Calgary Dinos last week in its season opener, UBC (0-1) will look to bounce back with a win against the Regina Rams (0-1) at Thunderbird Stadium in its homecoming game.

In the loss last week, the Thunderbirds did have some bright spots, highlighted by a school record 102-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Marcus Davis from Michael O’Connor. O’Connor would finish the game with 17 of 36 completed passes for 253 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while the rest of UBC’s scoring would come from a conceded safety and kicker Quinn van Gylswyk, who had two field goals and a rouge. On defence, transfer players Taylor Loffler and Mitchell Barnett led the team with a team-high 13 solo tackles and three sacks, respectively, and will be players to watch this week.

The Rams, who lost 29-22 in their matchup against Alberta last week, are led by sophomore quarterback Noah Pickton, who completed 25 of 37 passes for 321 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. On offence, Atlee Simon led the team in rushing with 28 carries for 189 yards and a receiving touchdown, while Andrew Bennett led the receiving corps with eight catches for 115 yards. On defence, Michael Stefanovic led the Rams with six solo tackles and four assisted tackles.

Last season, the Thunderbirds and the Rams met twice and split the series. In their only matchup in the regular season this year, which team will come out on top? Find out on Saturday!


BCFC Week 7 - Game of the Week preview

By Michiko Araki

Kamloops Broncos @ Langley Rams
Saturday, September 12 - McLeod Stadium
Kickoff at 7 PM

Coming off the BCFC bye week, the Kamloops Broncos (4-2) hit the road to visit the Langley Rams (3-3) in Week 7 of BCFC action.

The Broncos had a close win in Week 6, edging the Westshore Rebels by a score of 37-36. The team is led by Derek Yachison and Jacob Palmarin, allowing for a two-pronged Broncos offence that will be hard to handle. Yachison currently stands second in the league with 42 receptions for 658 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Palmarin leads the league in rushing with 81 carries for 821 yards and 11 touchdowns, two of which he scored in the win against the Rebels before the bye week. On defence, look for the team’s leading tackler - Braden Vankoughnett - to keep the Rams offence on their toes.

On the other hand, the Rams are looking to improve their BCFC standing after a 52-10 loss to the Okanagan Sun before the break. The lone touchdown for the Rams that game was scored by Brock Gowanlock, who sacked Sun quarterback Josiah Joseph, picked up the fumble, and ran 40 yards for a touchdown. Gowanlock currently leads the CJFL with ten sacks

On offence, receiver Bobby Pospischil should be a favourite target while the Rams run game will be led by Nathan Lund, who is currently ranked third in the league with 46 carries for 423 yards and four touchdowns. On defence, Alex Agnoletto leads the team with 19 tackles, five assisted tackles, and one sack this season and will be a player to watch.

Will the Rams be able to produce an important win on home turf? Or will the Broncos prevail? 

Other games this week:

Sat., Sept. 12 - Westshore Rebels @ Valley Huskers - 2 pm at Exhibition Stadium

Sun., Sept. 13 - VI Raiders @ Okanagan Sun - 1 pm at Apple Bowl


SFU Clan @ Western Oregon Wolves preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, September 12 - McArthur Field, Monmouth, OR
Kickoff at 1 PM (PT)

Under new head coach Kelly Bates, the SFU Clan are ready to show the GNAC what they’re capable of this season as they travel down to Oregon for their first game of the season against the Western Oregon Wolves.

Although SFU lost several of their seniors in the offseason, the Clan boasts returning junior linebacker Jordan Herdman, who had a breakout season last fall receiving GNAC Defensive Player of the Year honours while recording a league-high 165 tackles in the GNAC and finishing second in the NCAA Division II ranks with 15 tackles per game. Defensive linemen and 2014 Second Team All-GNAC selections Jamie Puffer and Quinn Horton will also be leaders on defence, while First-Team All-GNAC offensive lineman Michael Couture will also be a player to watch.

In the offseason, the Clan was hit hardest on the receiving corps, but Justin Buren is looking to have a breakout season this fall after showing fans a glimpse of what he could do on the field last season. Buren recorded 20 catches for 255 yards and four touchdowns in six games and will be senior quarterback Ryan Stanford’s favourite target this season along with Earl Anderson, the team’s all-purpose yardage leader from last season.

The Western Oregon Wolves, who were the second best passing team in the GNAC last season, also lost several key players including Second Team All-GNAC quarterback Ryan Bergman and three-time All-GNAC receiver Tyrell Williams. However, the Wolves do have an offensive weapon in receiver and GNAC Co-Freshman of the Year Paul Revis, who ranked seventh in Division II in all-purpose yards as a freshman at 184.45 yards per game.

On defence, the Wolves also boast two Second-Team All-GNAC players in defensive back Roger Garrett and defensive lineman George Swartzlender who will look to cause trouble for the Clan.

Last season, the Clan lost both of their games to the Wolves by scores of 14-38 and 16-27, respectively. Will the Wolves be triumphant again, or will the Clan prove that they’re a whole new team this season? Tune in this week to find out!


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, Pioneer, 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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