Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2015 | Issue #309  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Out and about on Rivalry Saturday

Football BC's content crew pulled double-duty on Saturday, September 12 taking in the 29th Buchanan Bowl between the Handsworth Royals and Carson Graham, followed by the UBC Thunderbirds Homecoming Game against the Regina Rams.

The Royals snapped a four-game Buchanan Bowl losing streak with a 21-20 victory on Saturday. Despite the loss, the Eagles still hold an 18-11 edge in the all-time series.

Post-game interview with Royals head coach Jay Prepchuk

29th Buchanan Bowl Photo Gallery

The Thunderbirds, in front of its largest home crowd in at least 25 years officially announced at 6,950, scored a thrilling 27-20 victory over the Rams.

Post-game interview with UBC RB Marcus Davis

2015 UBC Thunderbirds Homecoming Game Photo Gallery



BC Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 announcement

The BC Football Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2015 this past Saturday at BC Place.

Click here to see the list of all the inductees.

Football BC was on hand at the event and caught up with three members of the new induction class. Click the links below to see the video interviews.

Interview with Mitch Berger

Interview with Ron White

Interview with David Mattiazzo

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.


Westshore Rebels - "March to Nanaimo"

The Westshore Rebels will be holding their first ever tailgate party and "March to Nanaimo" on Saturday, September 19 when they travel to Caledonia Park to take on Island rival, VI Raiders.

The Rebels plan to park Caledonia Park in a sea of red. They will also be organizing a tailgate in the parking lot south of Caledonia Park from 11 am to 1:30 pm on game day. Kickoff for the game is 2 pm.

Fans are encouraged to bring their BBQs, red shirts, voices and use the hashtag #rebelsun1te.

A limited amount of tickets for the game are available for $10. Visit for more information.


BC High School Football Game of the Week Preview - Abbotsford Panthers at WJ Mouat Hawks

By Michiko Araki

Friday, September 18 - Mouat Field
Kickoff at 7:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

In a battle of cross-town rivals, the Abbotsford Panthers make the short trek down George Ferguson Way to take on the WJ Mouat Hawks in the BC High School Football Game of the Week.

For the Panthers, receiver Chase Claypool is a player you won't want to miss on the field. In last week's 45-27 win against Lord Tweedsmuir, Claypool proved he was a triple threat, catching touchdown passes of 50, 55 and 61 yards from quarterback John Madigan and returning a kickoff 89 yards for a score, all while leading the team in tackles and also forcing two fumbles. Madigan also finished the day by throwing a 40 yard touchdown pass to Tanner Marquardt while running back Richard Tshimpaka rounded out the scoring by rushing for two scores inside the red zone. Several defensive players of note were Reese Morrison, who had a 48-yard pick six, and Jesse Clifford, who recorded three huge tackles for negative yardage.

The Panthers face a strong offensive team in WJ Mouat led by Nelson Lokombo who was a force to be reckoned with last week, scoring five touchdowns through the air and on the ground in the team's 44-19 win over Robert Bateman in what was a successful debut in the post-Denis Kelly era. Lokombo finished the day with five carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns and four catches for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Mouat's quarterbacks were also extremely efficient last week as starting pivot Noah Dietrich threw 5-of-7 for 102 yards and three scores while Shawn Lal was 8-of-9 for 157 yards and two scores.

As cross-division rivals, these two teams won't get a chance to duel again this season but you can bet the Hawks will be looking to make a statement by knocking off one of the championship contenders in the AA Division, while the Panthers would love nothing more than to show the Hawks they are clearly the top dog when it comes to high school football in Abbotsford.

In a battle of two strong offensive teams, which team will produce the bigger fireworks and walk away victorious? Tune in this week to find out!


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Comox Valley Raiders @ Cloverdale Bengals

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, September 20 - Cloverdale Athletic Park
Kickoff at 1:30 PM (PT)

When the Cloverdale Bengals host the Cowichan Valley Raiders this Sunday at Cloverdale Athletic Park, we're guaranteed of two things we have yet to see so far in the 2015 Midget VMFL season.

First off, one of the two teams - either the Bengals or the Raiders - will finally get on the scoreboard. Second, and more importantly, one of the two teams will finally pick up their first victory of the 2015 campaign.

The Raiders have had tough draws opening the season by facing off against the defending champion North Surrey Bears - a 35-0 loss - followed by a Week 2 date against last year's top regular season team, the Langley Stampeders - a game they lost 55-0.

The Bengals, meanwhile, opened their season with a 42-0 loss to the always-tough White Rock Titans and have had to stew over that loss for a while now after having a bye in Week 2.

Last season, in the only meeting between the two clubs, the Raiders walked away as 23-0 winners. Both teams are hungry for wins, making this a must-watch game!

Other Midget games this week (all on Sunday, September 20 unless otherwise noted):

Saturday, September 19 - White Rock Titans @ Chilliwack Giants - 5 pm (Townsend Park)

North Surrey Bears @ Victoria Spartans - 2 pm 
(Mackin Park)

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

BYE: Langley Stampeders


UBC Thunderbirds @ Manitoba Bisons preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, September 19 - Investors Group Field
Kickoff at 4 PM (PT)

After a thrilling, victorious homecoming game in front of almost 7000 fans, the UBC Thunderbirds (1-1) travel to face the University of Manitoba Bisons (1-1) this Saturday.

In last week's win, the Thunderbirds started off strong storming out to a 24-1 at the half after several impressive drives from quarterback Michael O'Connor, who completed 19-of-37 passes for 303 yards and one touchdown to Alex Morrison, who also scored on a short two yard run. However, in the second half of the game, the Thunderbirds defence were the MVPs for the team after stopping a furious Rams comeback. Week 1 Canada West Defensive Player of the Week Mitchell Barnett led the team with 13 tackles, while Terrell Davis and Taylor Loffler recorded 12 and 11, respectively. Loffler, who picked up the Week 2 Canada West Defensive Player of the Week honours, also had a crucial interception late in the fourth quarter that sealed the homecoming win, and will be a player to watch heading into this week's game.

The Manitoba Bisons, who were last season's Canada West conference champions, have former Team BC players and freshmen Jesse Walker and Jamel Lyles on the roster this season. Lyles has been turning heads in the conference so far and has earned Canada West Special Teams Player of the Week honours for two straight weeks. In last week's game, Lyles led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 82 yards and returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown. Walker, meanwhile, led the team in receptions with four for 113 yards and a touchdown. To round out the offence, quarterback Theo Deezar completed 13-of-29 passes for 364 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and ran in for a score of his own in his team's 46-38 loss against the Dinos. On defence, DJ Lalama led the team with an impressive 13 tackles.

In its team history on home turf, the Manitoba Bisons have split the all-time series with UBC with seven wins and seven losses. Which team will come out on top this time around to break the draw? Find out on Saturday!


BCFC Week 7 - Game of the Week preview

By Michiko Araki

Kamloops Broncos @ Okanagan Sun
Sunday, September 20 - Apple Bowl
Kickoff at 1 PM

After a loss on the road to the Langley Rams, the Kamloops Broncos (4-3) travel to Kelowna to face the Okanagan Sun (7-0) for the first time this season in a matchup of two BCFC teams for BCFC Rivalry Week.

Last week, the Broncos' offence was contained by the Rams to only 13 points in their 41-13 loss at McLeod Stadium. In the team's loss there were still positive performances, highlighted by receiver Derek Yachison's eight pass receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown, which set a new BCFC record for career receptions with 174 catches. Quarterback Steve Schuweiler finished the game with 16-of-26 completed passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns to Yachison and Devin Csincsa, who finished with six catches for 63 yards. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the Rams defence stepped up big and recorded seven sacks effectively containing the Broncos.

The Broncos will face a Sun team which had a stellar defensive performance last week, setting a new BCFC record with 13 sacks in their 28-7 win against the VI Raiders. Among the defence, Jonas Gering led the team with four sacks while Lucas Machado and Ryley Butler recorded three and a pair, respectively. On offence, Cam Bedore led the team by completing 13-of-19 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were caught by Kyle Kawamoto who finished with five receptions for 61 yards.

In a battle for interior bragging rights, can the Broncos score the upset and topple the undefeated Sun? Or will the Sun continue to shine in Week 8? 

Other games this week (All games on Saturday, September 19):

Westshore Rebels @ VI Raiders - 2 pm at Caledonia Park
Langley Rams @ Valley Huskers - 7 pm at Exhibition Stadium


Azusa Pacific Cougars @ SFU Clan preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, September 19 - Swangard Stadium
Kickoff at 6 PM (PT)

After a season-opening loss on the road, the SFU Clan (0-1) welcome two-time defending GNAC champions Azusa Pacific (1-1) to Swangard Stadium for its long awaited homecoming game.

The Clan, who fell 31-18 last week to the Western Oregon Wolves, will have a tough test as they seek their first victory of the season. Although the Clan offence outplayed the Wolves with 442 yards of total offence compared to 294 yards for their opponent and had possession for 40 minutes of the game, the Clan were unable to get enough points on the board to fend off a furious 19-point fourth quarter comeback by the Wolves.

Quarterback Ryan Stanford finished with 33-of-54 completed passes for 333 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Running back Josh Hayden was also busy at work last game and led the team in rushing with 20 carries for 82 yards and a score, and also added six receptions for 82 yards and another touchdown. For the receiving corps, Justin Buren led the team with seven catches for 87 yards. On the defensive side, Jordan Herdman led the team with 10 tackles, while his twin brother Justin Herdman and fellow linebacker Emmanuel Agbozo recorded eight tackles each to round out the Clan's players of note in its first game of the season.

The Cougars are also coming off of a loss after dropping a 62-41 non-conference decision to Humboldt State and will be a tough opponent for the Clan this week. The Cougars are led by quarterback Chad Jeffries, who completed 22-of-35 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns last week, one of which was thrown to Ethan Zeidler who led the team with seven receptions for 117 yards. On the ground, Kurt Scoby led the team with 13 carries for 58 short yards and two touchdowns. In the secondary, look for defensive back Jonathan Thropay, the team's second leading returning defensive player from last season, to be a key factor for the team. In last week's loss, he recorded a team-high 11 tackles and will look to contain the Clan offence.

Will the Clan be able to have a happy homecoming? Or will the Cougars be too much to handle? 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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