Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2015 | Issue #310  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Celebrating 50!

Football BC's content crew made two stops this past Saturday dropping by on a pair of semicentennial celebrations first at Carson Graham Secondary followed by Swangard Stadium where the Eagles and Clan, respectively, were each paying tribute to their 50th year of football.

The celebrations coincided with both respective teams’ Homecoming Game.

Under extremely wet conditions, it appeared for the longest time that neither the Carson Graham Eagles nor the West Vancouver Highlanders would get on the scoreboard. But after a botched snap by the Highlanders sailed into their own end zone giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead, that was all they needed as they would add six more late in the game to make the final score 8-0.

Post-game interview with Eagles head coach Brian Brady

Interview with Earl Henderson, the first-ever Eagles Football head coach

2015 Carson Graham Homecoming and 50th anniversary Photo Gallery

Under less than ideal weather conditions at Swangard Stadium, the Clan fell behind early against the two-time defending GNAC champions Azusa Pacific Cougars going down 10-0 after the opening quarter but valiantly battled back to tie the game 10-10 at half-time. However, the Cougars would find the end zone again early in the fourth quarter to go up 16-10 and the Clan would not be able to respond falling by that same score.

Post-game interview with Clan head coach Kelly Bates

SFU at 50: Interview with Dave Cutler

SFU at 50: Interview with Rob McLaren

2015 SFU Clan Homecoming Game Photo Gallery

                    Carson Graham vs West Vancouver

                     SFU Homecoming vs Azusa Pacific

South Delta Sun Devils fall to Cochrane Cobras

Last Thursday, Football BC visited South Delta Secondary School to take in the Sun Devils hosting the Cochrane Cobras, a provincial championship team from Alberta.

The Sun Devils, admittedly, did not have their finest hour dropping a 40-6 decision.

Here are some of our features from the event.

Post-game interview with head coach Ray Moon

Post-game interview with receiver Michael Mann

Photo Gallery


Rebels welcome students and minor football players this Saturday, September 26

When the Westshore Rebels host the Okanagan Sun this Saturday, September 26 at Westhills Stadium, they'll look to celebrate the new school year and minor football by packing the stands with students.

Gates open at 2 pm. Kick off at 3 pm.

All students (K - Grade 12) are admitted FREE with a voucher exchanged for a GENERAL (Must be accompanied by an adult 'holding' an adult/senior ticket). A maximum of two (2) student vouchers may be redeemed with the purchase of the adult reserve seat.

Visit for more information.

Click the image below to download the voucher.


Congratulations Wally!

Football BC would like to congratulate BC Lions GM Wally Buono on receiving the Order of Canada!

For more information on Wally’s honour, visit

Football BC to go pink again in October

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Football BC will once again be going pink in October and we will be encouraging our members to contribute to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of BC & Yukon during the month.

For a sneak peek or to get an early start on helping out, click here

Intern Leo’s first interview

Intern Leo tried his hand at interviewing, in English, for the first time this past Thursday.

He blogged about how the entire experience went for him here.


BC High School Football Game of the Week Preview – GW Graham Grizzlies at New Westminster Hyacks

By Michiko Araki

Friday, September 25 - Mercer Stadium
Kickoff at 7:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

After an outstanding 33-0 performance over number one ranked AA power John Barsby, the GW Graham Grizzlies (1-0; 0-0) will visit Mercer Stadium to face the New Westminster Hyacks (1-2; 0-0) for Homecoming under the Friday Night Lights.

The Grizzlies had a solid performance last week containing the Bulldogs to just 76 yards of offence on the day. In the shutout, defensive back Ethan Mastin and safety Tristan Davis forced and recovered a fumble and had an interception, respectively, as part of a strong Grizzlies effort. On offence, quarterback Gabe Olivares went 13-of-16 for 205 yards and touchdown passes to Emerson Smith and Baker Douglas. Von Richardson led the ground attack with just eight carries for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while receiver Tyler Sprott led the pack with three receptions for 75 yards.

The Hyacks, who are coming off a hard-fought 39-25 loss to the Terry Fox Ravens, will look for quarterback Jamie Shiho to light up the offence. Shiho finished with 264 all-purpose yards, passing for 156 yards and rushing for 108, including a 56-yard scoring run. Shiho’s favourite target will likely be Michael Thind, who caught six passes for 112 yards and a score. On defence, look out for the Hyacks’ current tackling leaders Gurvir Ghuman and Jeff Lugtu to hold down the fort against the Grizzlies.

Aside from the action on the field, the New West Homecoming game will be one to watch as the game ball will be parachuted onto the field by the BC Sky Diving team and followed by fireworks after the game.

In a cross-conference battle, can the Grizzlies tear apart the Hyacks offence? Or will the Hyacks bring out the fireworks in more ways than one? Tune in this week to find out!


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - North Surrey Bears @ Langley Stampeders

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, September 27 - McLeod Athletic Park
Kickoff at 1:45 PM (PT)

To say the Langley Stampeders have been eagerly anticipating this Sunday’s showdown with the North Surrey Bears would be an understatement.

It’s a moment that has been more than nine months in the making after the Stampeders last clashed with the Bears in the BCCFA Midget Championship.

On that cold December night, the Stamps – undefeated in the regular season in 2014 – appeared well on their way to being crowned champions taking a 21-7 lead after the opening quarter.

The Bears, however, wouldn’t call it quits. They kept chipping away at the lead, ultimately tying the game and forcing extra time before completing the comeback by earning a dramatic 28-21 victory in double overtime.

It’s not as if the Stampeders need any extra motivation, but you can bet they’ll take some extra motivation if they can kick the Bears while they’re down.

After beginning their season with a couple of dominating victories over the Comox Raiders and Chilliwack Giants, the Bears suffered a surprising loss last Sunday to the Victoria Spartans.

The Stampeders, meanwhile, are playing just their second game of the season. They crushed the Raiders 55-0 in their opening game of the season back on September 13.

Expect plenty of fireworks for this clash!

Other Midget games this week (all on Sunday, September 27 unless otherwise noted):

Saturday, September 26 – Cowichan Timbermen @ Chilliwack Giants – 2 pm (Townsend Park)

Coquitlam Falcons @ Cloverdale Bengals – 1:45 pm (Cloverdale Athletic Park)

Victoria Spartans @ Comox Raiders – 1:30 pm (Bill Moore Park)

BYE: White Rock Titans


Saskatchewan Huskies @ UBC Thunderbirds preview

By Michiko Araki

Friday, September 25 – Thunderbird Stadium
Kickoff at 7 PM (PT)

After a hard fought game on the road, the UBC Thunderbirds (2-1) are back at Thunderbird Stadium to face the Saskatchewan Huskies (1-2).

The Thunderbirds toppled #7 ranked Manitoba Bisons last weekend by a score of 51-48 and recorded 473 yards of total offence in the process, 423 of which were passing yards. The Thunderbirds’ drives were orchestrated by none other than Michael O’Connor who finished with 26-of-38 completed passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns, two of which were caught by Will Watson. Watson finished with four receptions for 83 yards and two scores, while Alex Morrison led the team with five receptions for 118 yards and a score. In the backfield, running back Brandon Deschamps led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown. On defence, linebacker Terrell Davis led the team with eleven tackles while Taylor Loffler finished with nine tackles.

The Huskies, who beat their provincial rival Regina Rams last week by a score of 33-18, are led by fourth year pivot Drew Burko. Burko had a solid performance last week, completing 19-of-30 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Two of Burko’s touchdown passes were caught by receiver Mitch Hillis, who hauled in nine passes for 135 yards. The Huskies O-line also had a strong performance allowing a combined 230 yards of rushing by running backs Tyler Chow (124 yards on 15 carries) and Shane Buchanan (87 yards on 14 attempts). On defence, the Huskies will look for Dane Bishop to have another outstanding performance after recording nine tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in last week’s game.

After strong performances last week, will the Huskies be able to topple the Thunderbirds? Or will the Thunderbirds soar to another win at home?


BCFC Week 9 - Game of the Week preview

By Michiko Araki

VI Raiders @ Langley Rams
Sunday, September 26 - McLeod Stadium
Kickoff at 4 PM

After the dust of the three-way BCFC tie-breaking games settled with the Langley Rams (5-3) and VI Raiders (5-3) coming into a two-way tie after last week, the teams will battle it out in an attempt to solidify their number two standing in the conference.

Last week, the Rams rumbled to a 53-7 win over the Valley Huskers and recorded 601 yards of net offence. Quarterback Dylan Tucker completed 11-of-20 passes for 276 yards, one interception, and three touchdowns – one each to Seye Akinsanmi, Devoun Hallums, and Khalik Johnson – while running back Jacob Patko led the team with nine carries for 110 yards and a score. On the other hand, the Huskers were only able to produce 58 yards of total offence thanks to a strong defensive showing by the Rams. Several players of note in the Rams’ win were Nathan Carrol and Denis Olivera, who intercepted a pass each, and Kyle Sagmoen, who collected the lone sack for the team.

The Raiders also roll into McLeod Stadium coming off a win after beating out the Westshore Rebels 35-16 last week. Quarterback Liam O’Brien had an outstanding game and finished 17-of-20 for 337 yards and five touchdown passes, three of which were caught by Arthur Fabbro. Fabbro would finish the game with six catches for 156 yards while Dustin Rodriguez caught a game high seven passes for 148 yards and a major. On defence, Travis Novak and Dexter Shea led the team with seven and five solo tackles, respectively.

With only two more weeks of the BCFC regular season left, the Rams and Raiders will be hungry for wins as they hope to secure their number two spot and fight for a chance to host a playoff game on home turf. It’s a game you won’t want to miss!

Other games this week (all on Saturday, September 26):

Okanagan Sun @ Westshore Rebels – 
3 pm at Westhills Stadium

Valley Huskers @ Kamloops Broncos – 
7 pm at Hillside Stadium


SFU Clan @ Central Washington Wildcats preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, September 26 - Tomlinson Stadium, Ellensburg, WA

Kickoff at 1 PM (PT)

After a heartbreaking loss at Swangard Stadium last Saturday, the SFU Clan (0-2) travel down to Tomlinson Stadium in search of their first win of the season against the Central Washington Wildcats (1-2).

In last week’s 10-16 loss to GNAC conference favourites Azusa Pacific, Clan quarterback Ryan Stanford completed 21 of 32 passes for 248 yards and threw a touchdown and an interception despite being sacked seven times in the process. Justin Buren led the team once again with three receptions for 77 yards including catching a 44-yard pass from Stanford, the longest of the night. The lone touchdown from the Clan came from Sam Nadon, who finished with four receptions for 35 yards. On defence, linebacker Jordan Herdman led the team with 11 tackles while defensive back Ben Minaker recorded ten tackles, and they’ll be needed to step up again this week against the Wildcats.

The Wildcats, who scored 40 points in the first half alone in their 40-19 win over Western Oregon last week, will look to start off strong again. In the win, quarterback Justin Lane went 18-of-28 for 155 yards and two touchdowns to Christian Gaska and Kyle Self. On the ground, look for Jordan Todd to lead the attack after recording 12 carries for 117 yards and a score last week. Another player to watch for will be Jesse Walk, who was chosen as the GNAC special teams player of the week after taking a punt 79 yards to the house and totaling 200 all-purpose yards (108 on punt and 78 on kick returns). On the D-line, Carson Kass will look to contain Stanford after leading the team with two sacks and four tackles.

Will the Clan rally past the Wildcats this week? Or will the Wildcats claw past the visitors? 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, 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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