GOTW BC: CFC50 No. 6 Vancouver College Fighting Irish take on CFC50 No. 27 the South Delta Sun Devils

We’ve stated it before about the AAA Western Conference in British Columbia, it’s a meat grinder. Every week both teams will most likely beat up on the other and the winner is anyone’s guess – this weekend is no different. CFC50 No. 6 the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (2-0) will face CFC50 No. 27 the South Delta Sun Devils (2-0) on Saturday the 21st at 1:3opm at South Delta Secondary.

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A little recap to start. Vancouver College (VC) finished last season at No. 19 on the CFC50 National High School Rankings. They had a heartbreaking loss, 31-28 in the AAA Subway Bowl semifinal to CFC50 No. 7 Mount Douglas – who went on to win the AAA Provincial Final. That was their only loss of the whole season. The Irish fought every game last year to the dismay of their opponents who usually ended up 30+ points short of the victory.

This season, they have beat the Kelowna Owls 34-7, and St. Thomas More, 27-0, but that game was called at the half due to injuries on the STM team.

“Our team has been performing about where expected… we have moments where we get it right, execute well and are explosive on both sides of the ball. We have other moments where we have major flaws and look somewhat vulnerable. That’s reflective of who we are right now,” explained Head coach of the Irish, Todd Bernett. “That is why South Delta at this stage in the season is a real challenge.”


South Delta on the other hand struggled last year and went 5-4 in the regular season, losing to VC in the quarterfinal, 48-12. However, they almost beat the Irish in the regular season in week 6, 35-34. This season is opening vastly different for the Sun Devils as they have two shutouts under their belt with scores of 37-0 and 27-0.

Undefeated at 2-0 so far this season, CFC100 Ethan Troniak for South Delta says that this will be the biggest game of the season for his team and he is ready to pull out all the stops and get the win. Many would say this would be an upset, but both teams are performing well and, traditionally, are powerhouses in their own right.

Keys to that [win] will be that we have to take away their run game and keep them from making big plays. We haven’t let up a point this year and we’ll be looking to keep that up,” Troniak said. “I believe our offence is going to be able to put big numbers on them. We can’t lose our momentum though, we need to keep firing on all cylinders until the clock reads zero.”

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VC will have to take into account Troniak as well as CFC100 quarterback Ben McDonald who can take a game over on his own with both his arm and his legs.

Bernett recognizes that South Delta has a lot of talent on their team and not to underestimate them. “They have some scary athletes, they can score quick and in bunches, and they rally hard to the ball defensively. This will be a tough matchup for us and I am excited to be a part of it.”

With 11 players returning, 4 on offense and 7 on defence, VC is still making adjustments to how they utilize their roster. Breaking in a new quarterback, Alex Nyvlt, has the heart to get the job done as well as the FBI of their offense to put the points on the board. He is not alone with CFC100 running back Daesaun Johnson, defensive backs Keijaun Johnson and Jason Soriano, linebacker Matt Hoag, and lineman Simon Smith who are all players that South Delta will have to deal with come Saturday.

You won’t want to miss this one folks. Kickoff is at 1:3opm at South Delta Secondary.

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