High school roundup (BC) [2]: Everyone start your engines, the regular season beings

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St. Thomas More (38), Abbotsford (0) AA
With a shut out, 38-0, over the Abbotsford Panthers, St. Thomas More obviously did what was necessary this past week to face a very strong opponent who was CFC50 nationally ranked at the end of the 2016 season. Abbotsford moved back down to the AA level this year after that brief stint in AAA. The Panthers boast one of the CFC100 top prospects in Samwel Uko who is a game breaker and has the ability to score a touchdown from anywhere on the field.

This night, however, it was all about the Knights. Quarterback Dario Ciccone was responsible for 3 of his team’s touchdowns and accumulated just under 200 yards of total offense. Both Tyler Eckert and Nathan Nacario had 1 touchdown a piece. Defensively, Joel Pielak registered 8 solos, while teammate Daniel Auld had 6 solos.

Mt. Boucherie (7), Wenatchee [Wa.] (38)
The Americans were the victors over the Mt. Boucherie Bears this weekend with a score of 38-7 in non-conference play. From the looks of it, at halftime they were down 25-0 and never recovered.

Kelowna (21), Rutland (20)
The Kelowna Owls pulled of the win, 21-20, over the Rutland Voodoos in the Apple Bowl this past weekend.

“We have had a rocky start to prepare for this season.  We hoped that this game would to help us get over some adversity that we faced the last few weeks.  I think it did,” said head coach, Chris Cartwright, of the Owls.

CFC100 Kyle Zakala managed to give the Owls the motivation they needed with a 2-pt conversion. Quarterback Marcus Athans threw for 223 yards with 70 of that coming on one play to Kieran Carter who took it all the way to the house for a touchdown.

“We are hoping that this game helps our players understand that we have the potential to do great things this year.  It is going to be our goal to clean up some mental errors on the field with penalties and tackling better.  We have to tackle better going into conference play next week,” commented coach.

The Owls are on the road to Burnaby next Friday to kickoff conference play against Saint Thomas More.

West Van (34), WJ Mouat (23)
Moving up to AAA this year, W.J. Mouat will need to learn from this experience if they are to be competitive at the next level. West Vancouver took this one, 34-23, over Mouat with a stellar performance from quarterback Ben Corbett went over the 300 yard passing mark, 4 of his passes went for touchdowns. Nick Zen and Ethan Johnston were the offensive weapons of the night with 3 and 1 touchdowns respectively.

Mouat’s defense was led by Ethan Erickson and Liam Jarvis with 4 tackles and 1 sack each.

Belmont (34), Ballenas (21)
Playing under the lights is always a treat in high school football and this game was no different. Belmont came off with the win, 34-21, against the Ballenas Whalers. Belmont who is 2-0 in non-conference play has a lot of different offensive weapons that they can work with, including receivers CFC100 Eli-Nelms Horton and Carter Price. Price had 2 touchdowns, Tyson Boyd had 1 touchdown, and Cole Johns also had 1 touchdown. With 1 rushing touchdown, Jalen Chung added to the winning score. The man behind it all, quarterback Kalen Jules who completed 15/23 for 231 yards and 4 touchdown passes.

Cochrane [AB] (28), Vernon (24)
The leading player in the tier 3 division in Alberta, Cochrane, came away with the win over Vernon on Thursday in non-conference play.

With two back-to-back touchdowns for the Cobras, they led 21-17 at the half. Vernon answered back in the fourth quarter bringing the score to 24-21. It wasn’t enough though, as Cochrane answered back with the winning touchdown as Vernon could not score in a last ditch effort at the end of the quarter.

Vernon’s Ben Hladik had another solid performance on both sides of the ball as he had 135 yards receiving with 1 TD. He also made his mark on defense where he had 4 solos and 1 pick. Teammate, Charles Lemay, also turned in a solid two-way performance as he churned out 98 yards on 20 carries, scoring 2 touchdowns, and also registered 5 solos.

Cochrane came away with this one 28-24.

Handsworth 21, Carson Graham 61
The Buchanan Bowl is one of the biggest rivalry games for Carson Graham. It’s filled with emotion and energy that is felt throughout the school. This year was no exception.

“I was really proud of how the boys’ focus and effort was consistent throughout the game. Our boys played well on offence and defence forced plays,” said head coach Brian Brady. “We had 3 turnovers in the first half however the offence was able to make adjustments in the second quarter to get things clicking.”

Quarterback Charlie McMillan went 25/34 on 295 yards to go along with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Wide receiver Liam Scott had 1 catch of 55 yards for a touchdown, 2 passing for 14 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 took it to the house on a kick off return for 90 yards. Teammate, Nick Rich would add a touchdown of his own as well as Adam Larisch with 2 catches on 40 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Running back Liam Clark would have 64 yards on 12 carries and 1 touchdown, while Simon Kim would add two of his won scores on 10 carries for 68 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Mahyar Hosseini would register 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception and Parker Henderson would have a stellar game of 8 solos and 3 sacks.

“This was an emotional win for our team and now it’s time to set our sight on a challenging Western Conference schedule. We’re looking forward to playing a very talented South Delta team,” finished Coach Brady. They will need every ounce of their 3-0 record motivationally for next weekend as their real test of the season begins.

Seaquam (61), Centennial (28)
With a 61-28 win non-conference win at the AAA level, for their first year – not too shaby. CFC100 Jalen Philpot had 2 touchdowns on the night along with teammate Antonio Pamintuan. Jello Juacato would have 4 rushing touchdowns on 16 carries. Brody Clark would add his own defensive touchdown on a pick 6.

Nanaimo District (10), Spectrum (0) Tier 2
With another shut out in BC high school football this past weekend, the Nanaimo Islanders came away with the ‘W’, 10-0, over Spectrum. Defense was their strength as Zephyr Melnyk registered 4 solos and 1 sack and teammate Dakota Moonshadow added to that with 2 sacks of his own. Defensive back, Anthony Comas had an interception resulting in a defensive touchdown.



Hugh Boyd (33), Robert Bateman (14)
In a test of wills, Hugh Boyd came away with the 33-14 win over the Timberwolves. Penalties riddled the Bateman team and it wasn’t pretty in the first half of the ball game..

“I am extremely disappointed with our lack of discipline today, but ultimately, that falls on me.  We cannot continue to play this way if we want to compete with the big boys,” said head coach, David Mills of the Timberwolves. “But I was very happy to see that there was no quit in this team.  They kept working and kept pushing the tempo”

At the half, Hugh Boyd was up 27-0. They continued their onslaught after halftime and brought the score up to 33-0. But then there was a shift in the wind and Bateman blocked the PAT which discouraged more points on the board. This seemed to be just enough to rally the Bateman troops who went on to score 14 unanswered points.

“We tightened down defensively, forced some turnovers, and started to make some plays offensively.  And in the end, were a few plays away from making it a very close game,” said Coach Mills.

Samuel Robertson (SRT) (6), John Barsby (35)
John Barsby came up big with their win over SRT, 35-6. Quarterback Cam Wright completed 8/15 for 159 yards to go along with 3 touchdown passes. Steen Rasmussen and Jacob Gillman both had 1 rushing touchdown.

Defensively, Andrew Ranftal registered 8 solos and 1 sack and Gillman also contributed with 7 solos of his own.

NVSS (19), South Kamloops (13)
NVSS pulled off the win over the South Kamloops Titans, 19-13, this past weekend. Corbin Brown was the ball carrier to secure the victory for NVSS. With 3 sacks and 1 other rushing touchdown, Brown would be the spotlight of the night for the Vikes. Teammate Samuel Albertson contributed with 1 rushing touchdown and 1 fumble recovery.

Titan’s, Ryan Zamudio, had both receiving touchdowns from quarterback Brody Isreal who had 160 yards passing on the night.

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G.W. Graham (35), Argyle (12)
Finishing 35-12 for the G.W. Graham Grizzlies over the Argyle Pipers this past weekend just confirms to us that the Grizzlies continue to improve each year. Quarterback Von Richardson had 214 rushing yards to go along with 2 touchdowns. Teammates Dion and Darius Kelly rushed for 1 touchdown a piece and Jesse Hough rounded out the scoring with 1 touchdown reception. Notably on defense was Shane Whitehead who registered 5 solos.

Defensively for the Pipers Jacob Green registered a whopping 15 solos and 1 sack while teammate, Nick Richardson had 6 tackles and 1 interception.

Frank Hurt (7), Langley (44)
Leading the way for Langley’s win of 44-7 over Frank Hurt was Landon McArthur who had 78 receiving yards to go along with 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Sam Colby went 10/10 with 84 yard passing and 3 touchdown passes. Damien Philloffer came in to throw 1 TD and Corey Johnson had 127 yards on 17 carries and 1 touchdown.

Windsor (52), Pitt Meadows (7)
We heard that Windsor would be strong this year and they lived up the hype with their win, 52-7, over Pitt Meadows this past weekend. Holding Pitt Meadows to just 7 points, the Dukes defense would be led by Ryan Baker with 12 solos. He would also rush for 1 touchdown. Mitch Townsend had a solid showing with 9 solos and 3 sacks. Julien Perrie had 2 rushing touchdowns and teammates, Daniel Cruz and Ryan Werbowski would also add to the score with a rushing touchdown of their own. Dimitri Volev would also have just over 100 yards to go along with 1 touchdown.

C. Fulton (19), Omak [Wa.] (14)
Clarence Fulton came away the victor against American opponent, Omak Pioneers in Washington this past weekend. Omak is ranked 9391 nationally and 185 in the state by Maxpreps. You can check out some game highlights from the link. Fulton will be getting ready to start their regular season this weekend and it sure helps when you go in to a week of practice coming off a win.

PGSS (23), Kelly Road (6)
Quarterback for Kelly Road, Josiah Harder,  had a solid game even though the score would not be in their favor. He threw for 234 yards and 1 touchdown reception to TJ Nyberg and rushed for 101 yards. That would be as much as Kelly Road’s offence could do on this night against Prince George. It was their defence that shone with Trenton Griffith, Logan Devauld, Justin Richard and Nyberg all registering 5 solos.

Gage Bernard and Blade Reed would be the scorers for PGSS with 1 rushing touchdown a piece. On the defensive side of the ball, Noah Williams would register 4 solos and 1 interception and Ben Reed would have 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 safety on the night.

College Heights (58), Duchess Park (12)
To say that College Heights came away with a win on the weekend would be an understatement. 58-12 is what they went home with and no doubt DPSS felt the sting in Prince George. Lots to work on, Duchess Park, keep working hard.

Valleyview (8), South Whidbey [Wa.] (42)
Another non-conference game went on this past weekend between Valleyview and South Whidbey Falcons from Washington. The Falcons would take this one 42-8.


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