Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2015 | Issue #311  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Homecoming with the Hyacks!

Football BC's content crew took in the New Westminster Hyacks' Homecoming Game this past Friday against the GW Graham Grizzlies and it was a sight to behold both on and off the field.

The festivities included the game ball being parachuted in along with a fireworks show to end the night. The game provided plenty of fireworks as well and saw the Hyacks emerge with a 21-10 victory.

Post-game interview with New Westminster head coach Farhan Lalji

Post-game interview with GW Graham head coach Laurie Smith

2015 New Westminster Hyacks Homecoming Photo Gallery


Football BC to go pink again in October

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Football BC will be going pink starting tomorrow and 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

BC High School Football Game of the Week Preview - Kelowna Owls at Mt. Boucherie Bears

By Michiko Araki

Friday, October 2 - Apple Bowl
Kickoff at 6:30 pm (PT)
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

This week, it's a AAA Eastern Conference clash that highlights the schedule as the Kelowna Owls (1-0) go head-to-head against the Mt. Boucherie Bears (1-0) in a battle of two teams looking to get an early jump on the conference standings.

The Owls have a key player in Parker Simson, who has been an absolute stud so far this season. In their 49-8 win over Lord Tweedsmuir last week, Simson would end the day throwing for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns, making three catches for 77 yards and a score, and also rushing four times for 57 yards and two more touchdowns. Filling in at quarterback, Adam DiBiase also had a productive day completing five of six passes for 148 yards and a touchdown and also catching four passes for 99 yards and a score, while also adding in another off a one-yard sneak. On defence, Sean McMechan led the team with eight tackles, Cole Stregger recorded five tackles, and Zack Vint finished the day with four tackles and a sack.

Last week, the Bears' strong defense was highlighted in their 32-0 win over Centennial. In the shutout, Zac Callaghan recorded six tackles and two fumble recoveries, cornerback Chris Smith recorded two picks and four tackles, and Taylor Knoll recorded five tackles, a pick, and a safety. On offence, Ty Truong led the team with 14 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown, while Spencer Schmidt led the receiving corps and hauled in six catches for 114 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass. Callaghan also rumbled for a score in the team's win.

In a matchup of two solid teams, which team will come out on top? Tune in this week to find out!


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - White Rock Titans @ Victoria Spartans

By Michiko Araki

Sunday, October 4 - Westhill Stadium
Kickoff at 4 PM (PT)

When it comes to teams on a roll in the VMFL Midget Division, the Victoria Spartans (2-2) are as hot as any team out there.

After starting off the season with back-to-back losses to Chilliwack and Coquitlam, the Spartans have turned their season around in a big way pulling off back-to-back wins.

Two weeks ago, they shocked the league by upsetting the defending champion North Surrey Bears by a 10-7 score. They followed that up with a 27-21 road win last week over the Comox Raiders.

This week they face the White Rock Titans (2-1), who will offer a tough test and won't be in a particularly good mood. White Rock is coming off a bye week and is understandably itching to get back on to the field after being blanked 28-0 by the Chilliwack Giants in their last game action.

A spot in the top-four of the league standings is on the line in this game so expect both teams to treat it as a critical, albeit early, game.

Other Midget games this week (all games on Sunday, October 4 unless otherwise noted):

Saturday, October 3 - Cloverdale Bengals @ Coquitlam Falcons - 7:30 pm (Coquitlam Town Centre)

Comox Raiders @ Cowichan Timbermen - 1:30 pm (McAdam Park)

Chilliwack Giants @ Langley Stampeders - 2:30 pm (McLeod Athletic Park)

BYE: North Surrey Bears


UBC Thunderbirds @ Alberta Golden Bears preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, October 3 - Foote Field
Kickoff at 12 PM (PT)

Coming off a disappointing home loss, the Thunderbirds (2-2; 3-2 overall) hit the road to play the first of two straight games against the University of Alberta Golden Bears (2-2).

In last week's 45-29 loss against the Saskatchewan Huskies, the Thunderbirds were unable to overcome the 21-0 deficit they found themselves in at the end of the first quarter despite a good comeback effort. In the loss, Michael O'Connor completed 30-of-48 passes for 335 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. On the ground, tailback Brandon Deschamps had a good all-purpose performance rushing for 53 yards on eight carries and catching three balls for 46 yards. Receiver Marshall Cook led the team with a game-high nine catches for 92 yards and will be one of O'Connor's favourite targets this week. Kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk also contributed to the scoring, making all four field goal attempts as well as a rouge. On defence, linebacker Yianni Cabylis led the team with ten tackles (five solo), a tackle for loss, and a sack.

The Bears, who are also coming off of a 42-32 loss last week to the University of Manitoba Bisons, will be hungry for a win on home turf. The Bear's dual-headed rushing attack was led by Ed Ilnicki, who rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries and a score, and quarterback Ben Kopczynski, who rushed 19 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. Kopczynski also finished the day with 20-of-32 passes completed for 303 yards and two touchdowns, one of which went to Tylor Henry who finished the game with a team-high eight receptions for 132 yards, including one off a 50-yard touchdown pass. On defence, look for Rom Tsoumpas and Tak Landry to be standouts. They finished last game with eight and seven tackles, respectively.

Currently, four teams (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and UBC) all have the same 2-2 record in the conference making this game a crucial one. Will the Thunderbirds be able to improve their record this week and make it out of the tight conference race? Tune in this week to find out!


BCFC Week 10 - Game of the Week preview

By Michiko Araki

Okanagan Sun @ Kamloops Broncos
Saturday, October 3 - Hillside Stadium
Kickoff at 7 PM

t's the final regular season game, and the final game of the season at Hillside Stadium for the Kamloops Broncos (5-4) as they take on the Okanagan Sun (9-0) in a potential first round playoff preview.

Last week, the Sun continued their BCFC domination by outshining the Westshore Rebels in a 51-10. In the win, Cam Bedore utilized nine targets and completed 9-of-11 passes for 233 yards and five touchdown passes. Receivers Kyle Kawamoto and Thomas Huber each hauled in a pair of scores from Bedore and finished with three receptions for 84 yards and four receptions for 66 yards, respecitvely. On defence, the Sun was stellar again holding the Rebels to only 33 yards rushing. Jonas Gering and Keagan Hughes both recorded sacks, Kent Lawrence recovered a fumble, and Isaiah Stewart finished with a team-high four stops in the team's win.

The Broncos also come into the game on a high note after beating the Valley Huskers 58-15 last week. Running back Jacob Palmarin became the first rusher to hit the 1,000 yard mark since 2012 after gaining 174 yards over 12 carries and scoring two touchdowns in the win. Quarterback Stephen Schuweiler finished 21-of-28 for 360 yards and three touchdowns, one of which went to Devin Csincsa who also hit the 1,000 yard plateau with six catches and 137 yards. On defence, the Broncos were also able to put scores on the board as Braden Vankoughnett recorded an 18 yard pick-six while Lucas Hofer jumped on a loose ball in the end zone. Other defensive highlights for the team included defensive back Derek Trager, who had a blocked kick and recovered a fumble.

This week's matchups are crucial for the Kamloops Broncos and the Langley Rams, who are both tied for third place in the BCFC. Kamloops would need a win against the Sun coupled with a Langley loss to Westshore in order to avoid playing Okanagan in the first round of the playoffs.

In their lone meeting this season, the Sun beat the Broncos 39-17 in week 8 of BCFC action. Will the Broncos be able to pull off an upset and defeat the Sun? Or will the Sun remain undefeated in regular season play?

Other games this week (all on Saturday, October 3):

VI Raiders @ Valley Huskers - 
2 pm at Exhibition Stadium

Langley Rams @ Westshore Rebels - 
3 pm at Westhills Stadium


SFU Clan Bye Week

The SFU Clan are off on a bye week this week. They resume play next Saturday, October 10 when they host the Dixie State Red Storm at Swangard Stadium.


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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