High school roundup (BC) [6]: 3 weeks to go before playoff run starts

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Vancouver College (58), Carson Graham (25)
This is the Vancouver College we are used to seeing with their big win over Carson Graham, 58-25.

VC would score 16 points in the first quarter by CFC100 Chris Kongbo with a 70-yard kickoff return and Eric Zychlinski would also get a 1-yard score. With a team safety, the score was 16-7 going into the second quarter.

“I felt we had a good week of practice and a strong start on defence but you could feel the energy leave our sideline after this,” said head coach Brian Brady of the Eagles.

The Irish weren’t letting up as Justin Lopez caught a 4-yard pass from Zychlinski. Nathan Hawes followed that up with a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown and Zachary McRae would run it in for a major.

At the half the score was 38-19 for Vancouver College.

As we all know, no lead is safe, and VC wasn’t taking any chances. They would score twice more in the third quarter; Nathan Hawes on a 2-yard rushing touchdown and McRae for another short run into the endzone. The fourth quarter would see Queruben Sarabia with a 3-yard score of his own bringing the final score of the game to 58-25.

VC’s McRae would have 20 carries on 165 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns while Nathan Hawes would finish up with 130 yards on 13 carries and 1 touchdown. Quarterback Zychlinski would complete 5/8 for 42 yards passing, 1 passing touchdown, and 1 interception as well as 1 rushing touchdown. CFC100 Chris Kongbo would have 1 touchdown return and 115 yards and teammate Queruben Sarabia would also add 1 rushing touchdown to his stat line. Defensively for the Irish, James Greig once again led his team in 13 tackles and 1 sack with Jason Galvez close behind him at 9 tackles and 1 sack and Owen Stewart at 8 tackles and 2 sacks.

The Eagles are a tough team and they fought hard against a VC team that was itching to get back to their winning ways. Quarterback Charlie McMillan completed 21/37 for 222 yards to go along with 4 touchdowns. Joseph Spooner would be the recipient of one of those touchdowns while teammate, Nick Rich would account for the other 3. Mahyar Hosseini would have 11 tackles at the end of the night on defense.

“I felt our offence played well, but two turnovers is too much especially with one coming inside our own 5 and one in redzone. On offence we had 310 yards of total offence and executed better than we did the previous two games, but there is still a ways to go,” said Coach Brady. “You know what to expect from Vancouver College. They are always well coached, disciplined and show up ready to play. They are beginning to hit their stride.”

Vancouver doesn’t have it easy this week as they play CFC50 Seaquam on Saturday at home while Carson Graham also will have to pull up the boot straps as they go up against Mt. Douglas on Friday afternoon.

Centennial (20), Kelowna (52)
The Kelowna Owls have been waiting for this breakout moment when they could make a statement on who they are with their 52-20 win over Centennial this past weekend.

“This was a big win for us.  All year we have talked about the process to solidify our identity and culture and today was a product of that.  It has been a process and learning experience for our program and today we saw the effort and execution that was needed to have success.  We as a coaching staff are really proud of how the players approached this game today,” said head coach of the Owls, Chris Cartwright.

Blaise Beauchemin rushed for 204 yards for the Owls and got 4 touchdowns while Kyle Zakala got a big reception for a 65 yard touchdown.

“We were having success from all parts of our game today.  We got a big touchdown by Max Sprenger on a kickoff.  Defensively we played solid which gave our offense the opportunity to make big plays.  This was an all round big team win and helps move our program forward in a lot of different ways on and off the field.  We hope that we take this success and use it to build momentum for the rest of the season.”

Kelowna will ride this high when they play W.J. Mouat on Friday night in the Apple Bowl while Centennial will face CFC50 Lord Tweedsmuir at 2:30pm on Friday.

West Vancouver (30), Rutland (18)
“Never say die” was the battle cry and for the second time this year the Varsity Highlanders fought to earn a big win!

The Rutland Voodoo opened the game with a big defensive stop and they moved the ball on the ground with ease to go up 12-0 in the first quarter.

While this may be a familiar narrative, after the first quarter that’s when the story line shifts as the rest of the game was owned by the Highlanders. The defense shut down the Voodoos offense and the Highlanders began to put points on the board. A big kick return by Aidan Izadi took the Highlanders down to Rutland’s two yard line and kickstarted their comeback efforts.

On offence the Highlanders were led by quarterback Ben Corbett. Corbett threw 2 touchdowns to Ethan Johnston and added 2 more rushing touchdowns of his own.

On defence, Ryerson Wallace led the charge. Wallace seemed to be around the ball the whole night. First year player linebacker, Keelan Hondro, stepped a starting role and “had an impact on almost every play” according to head coach Pooya Dourandish.

The Highlander defensive line bought into the game plan and took care of business by filling their gaps allowing our linebackers to flow with speed all over the field.

“Unfortunately we didn’t leave the game as healthy as we came in (which wasn’t very healthy) but our team showed an exceptional amount of grit and mental toughness fighting together to win a big Road game,” said coach Dourandish.

Rutland will go on to play the Handsworth Royals on Friday, while West Vancouver will get a bye.

Mission (21), W.J. Mouat (10)
Effort was never in question for either team with this close one which saw the Mission Roadrunners take it over the W.J. Mouat Hawks.

With score of 14-3 coming out of the half, Mission pulled away as quarterback Hamen Gill throw 3 touchdown passes, one to Jayden Watrin, 1 to Tyson Bongo, and one to Shawn Mann. Hawk Ezra Garcia would have one touchdown and Arman Dhaliwal would have a successful 35-yard field goal.

Defensively, Ethan Erickson would register 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery while teammate Bogdan Uzbekov would add 6 tackles to his stats for Mouat.

“Tonight was a night of missed opportunities.  We were very careless with the football in the first half and did not capitalize on opportunities to get good drives going, while Mission was able to convert on some key 4th and long situations that extended drives that led to touchdowns,” commented head coach of the Hawks, Travis Bell. “That being said, proud of the battle of our guys. Effort was never in question, they gave it their all, but execution was lacking today. We dust ourselves off over the weekend, and hope for a good week of practice in preparation for a road trip to Kelowna next Friday.”

Mission moves on to play CFC50 Terry Fox this week on Saturday at home and the Hawks will face the Kelowna Owls who are coming off a huge first win of the season.

John Barsby (31), Holy Cross (7)
Another tough day at the office for the Holy Cross Crusaders still looking for their first win of the season with their loss to the John Bulldogs, 6-31.

While not much happened in the first half, the Bulldogs seem to make the necessary adjustments coming out in the third quarter. Quarterback Cam Wright would throw 3 touchdown passes; two to Ethan Lang and one to Kole Postema. Steen Rasmussen would add his own 55-yarder for a score as well as Dave Wicks with his own touchdown.

Holy Cross’ Gabe Takeawoa would score the lone touchdown just before the half.

John Barsby will take on Hugh Boyd this week on Friday while Holy Cross has a date with the Windsor Dukes on Saturday.

Windsor (41), Argyle (20)
The Windsor Dukes defense set the stage that allowed quarterback Ryan Baker to work his magic. While leading 21-12 in the third quarter, he added to the lead with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Sean Werbowski and then a scoop and score of 65-yards on his own.

Baker would go 13/16 for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns as well as 104 yards rushing and 2 rushing touchdowns. Werbowski would finish have 2 touchdown receptions as well as 1 rushing touchdown and Julien Perri would also get a rushing touchdown.

Mitch Townsend would lead the Duke’s defense with 6 tackles and 1 sack, and Baker would register 5 tackles.

Quarterback, Mac Ward had 3 passing touchdowns; two to Devin O’Hea for Argyle.

Windsor will travel to Holy Cross this week while Argyle goes on to meet the Ballenas Whalers on Friday.

Hugh Boyd (30), Ballenas (20)
In another close one for Hugh Boyd, the Trojans came away with another win in a hard fought battle that saw everyone firing for 60 minutes against the Ballenas Whalers.

Trojan quarterback, Byron Ruvalcaba, would throw 3 touchdowns passes, two to Zach Jackson and one to Shakur Lopez. Reace Mok would add a rushing touchdown to the score with a safety to seal the win.

Hugh Boyd will battle it out with John Barsby this week and Ballenas matches up against Argyle.

Abbotsford (48), Pitt Meadows (7)
It was a one sided affair from the start with the Abbotsford Panthers scoring on the first two offensive possessions plus a punt return for a touchdown and an interception for a touchdown.

At the end of the first quarter it was 28-0.

“We came out of the gates flat on our feet and Abbotsford made us pay with great O-line and running back play.  We finally settled down and tackled and played good football but it was far to late to climb out of that hole especially against a team with the talent Abbotsford has,” commented head coach Bubba Montabello of Pitt Meadows.

For the Panthers, CFC100 Samwel Uko would have 210 yards on 15 carries and 3 rushing touchdowns as well as 1 touchdown reception, as well as 2 punt returns for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. What?! Quarterback Ethan Anderson would complete 7/11 for 121 yards and 1 passing touchdown while running back, Szmutko, would have 68 yards on 2 carries and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Jeff Vanderwerff would register 7 tackles and 2 sacks while teammate Johnny Stevenson would also have 7 tackles and 1 forced fumble.

Marauder’s safety, Tato Ferreyro, would play solid defense along with Brandon Hunt at linebacker. Conor Laverty would be the owner of the lone touchdown for Pitt and played extremely well according to coach.

“He is a kid to watch with great height and speed, it is his first year playing football but brings great ball skills from basketball with him.”

Abbotsford and Langley will tango this week while Pitt Meadows faces G.W. Graham on Friday.

G.W. Graham (27), Robert Bateman (16)
“Turnovers were the difference today,” commented head coach David Mills for Bateman.

In the first quarter, Bateman was leading 14-0 and then 14-6 at the half compliments of a few turnovers that were converted into touchdowns. However, in the 3rd, the Timberwolves would start to turn the ball over themselves.

“We fumbled 3 times in the final quarter and a half.  And when you give GW Graham a short field and momentum, with their big RB and strong OL, it makes it hard on yourself,” said Coach Mills.

With a score of 16-6 after the 3rd quarter, the Grizzlies took advantage of some key mistakes from Bateman and would finish the game with the win 27-16.

Touchdowns were scored by Brock McCartney on an 8-yard run and Ryan Sztuhar with a 10-yard catch from quarterback Logan McDonald. The Timberwolves defense was lead by defensive end Brandon Hobart and Brock McCartney. Safety Dylan Roach had 1 interception.

The Timberwolves will travel to Maple Ridge to take on SRT on Oct. 20 and Graham will match up against Pitt Meadows on the road.

Samuel Robertson Technical (14), Langley (10)
The Titans would take the victory over the Langley Saints this weekend with a 14-10 win.

We caught up with receiver/defensive back Landon McArthur of the Saints and asked him his thoughts on the game.

“It was a tough loss and winnable game. Just too many mistakes. We have a very young team with JV players,” he explained. McArthur would have 6 catches for 132 yards and a 35 yd field goal. He would also have a convert, 5 tackles, and 2 interceptions.

Langley will face Abbotsford this week while SRT goes up against Robert Bateman in their own backyard.

Handsworth (17), Nanaimo District (12)
In some last minute heroics, the Handsworth Royals would get the win over the Islanders, 17-12.

At the end of the third quarter the score would be 10-6 for the Royals made possible by an interception return. Islander’s quarterback would call his own number for a 13-yard rushing touchdown. With a failed kick, the score was 12-10 for Nanaimo heading into the fourth.

With a blocked field goal in the Islander’s territory, Handsworth would see a stall, but Keelan White for the Royals would intercept quarterback Maren Bradbrooke and return it for the winning score.

White would finish the day with 117 rushing yards, 102 yards receiving, and 140 yards returning  to go along with 2 touchdowns. Evan Currie would register 9 tackles and 2 interceptions on the Royals defense.

Finn Bradbrooke would register 7 tackles for NDSS, while teammates, Zephyr Melnyk and Clayton Hennessy would have 6 tackles each on the night.

Nanaimo will play in a non-conference matchup against Westsyde on Friday while Handsworth will face Rutland.

South Kamloops (14), Westsyde (32)

Westsyde will play in a non-conference game against Nanaimo District and South Kamloops will play Vernon on Friday the 20th,

Vernon (1), Valleyview (0) [forfeit]

Vernon will play South Kamloops on Friday night while Valleyview will meet Clarence Fulton on Friday.


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