HANDSWORTH ROYALS AT CARSON GRAHAM EAGLES
Saturday, September 12 – Carson Graham Secondary
Kickoff at 1:30 PM
(Photo credit: Football BC)
For the 2015 season’s first BC High School Football game of the week preview, we cover the 29th annual Buchanan Bowl, a strong cross-town rivalry matchup between the Carson Graham Eagles and the Handsworth Royals.
The hosts, Carson Graham, lead the all-time series 18-10 and have won the past four Buchanan Bowls. The Eagles are without some familiar faces that were lost to graduation including running back Lucas Bill, their leading rusher for the past two seasons, and quarterback Mike Worthen, one of the top quarterbacks in AA Varsity last season leading the division in a number of categories including passing yards (1362) and passing touchdowns (17), but feature a key returning player in Flynn Heyes, who ranked eighth in the conference last season with 44 tackles and two sacks in a span of five games.
This year, the Royals graduated key pivot Mihai Lapuste and will look for a new starter under the guidance of quarterback specialist and head coach Jay Prepchuk. Another key player who will be missed for the Royals is Matthew Anderson, who led the league last season with 74 tackles and two sacks. A key returning player for the Royals is receiver Jacob Ghazizadeh who ranked fourth in receiving in the 2014 season with 23 receptions for 476 yards and two touchdowns.
Last year’s closely-contested matchup between the two teams was won by Carson Graham by a final score of 49-48. Will Handsworth finally break the Eagles’ Buchanan Bowl winning streak this year? Or will the Eagles extend their win streak to five? Tune in this week to find out!
*record includes regular season + exhibition play
WEEK 0 SCORES
*Denotes regular season game
WEEK 1 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
7 PM – Kelly Road at College Heights (Masich)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
2 PM – Nanaimo at Earl Marriott
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
12 PM – John Barsby at Vernon
1:30 PM – Mt. Boucherie at Mt. Douglas; Handsworth at Carson Graham; Kelowna at Mission; Terry Fox at Vancouver College; Spectrum at Ballenas
2 PM – Prince George at Rutland
HOWARD’S BIG 5
Courtesy of The Province Sports and Howard Tsumura
1. South Delta Sun Devils
2. Mt. Douglas Rams (Victoria)
3. Terry Fox Ravens (PoCo)
4. Vancouver College Fighting Irish
5. Notre Dame Jugglers (Vancouver)
St. Thomas More Knights
New Westminster Hyacks
Mt. Boucherie Bears
1-tie. John Barsby Bulldogs (Nanaimo)
1-tie. Abbotsford Panthers
3. GW Graham Grizzlies (Chilliwack)
4. Ballenas Whalers (Parksville)
5. Vernon Panthers
Hugh Boyd Trojans (Richmond)
Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey)
Carson Graham Eagles (North Vancouver)
*record includes regular season + exhibition play
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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NEWS AND NOTES
As we get set to officially open the 2015 season, here are the top five storylines as selected by Football BC content staff.
1. New faces in iconic places
Two iconic teams in BC High School Football – the WJ Mouat Hawks and Terry Fox Ravens – will have much different sideline looks this season with respective long-time coaches Denis Kelly and Tom Kudaba both departing from the high school ranks for the NCAA with Simon Fraser University.
Both teams have enjoyed success in the last half-decade making it to Subway Bowl Finals – WJ Mouat in 2011 and Terry Fox in 2013 – but both came up just short in their championship bids. Championship aspirations are commonplace for both clubs but how will the turnover affect these schools?
Also welcoming a new head coach to the fold are the Kelowna Owls, with Ben Macauley stepping in to take over the reins from the retired Shane Sommerfeld. The Owls are looking to build on last year’s playoff victory.
2. Are the Devils due again?
Last season, the Sun Devils surprised many – all but themselves – with their run to the Subway Bowl championship pulling off two massive upsets in the semi-final against Terry Fox and in the final against Mt. Douglas, respectively, to take the title.
Given last year’s success, the Sun Devils certainly won’t be able to take anyone by surprise this year. However, Coach Ray Moon has recently stated he expects his team to be top-three in the province which means another contending year for the lads from South Delta. Can they get the job done again with a target painted on them?
3. Can anyone silence the Bulldogs?
While the AAA Mt. Douglas Rams, rightfully so, have earned the lion’s share of the attention for their dynasty-like run, fellow Vancouver Island team John Barsby has been just as impressive on the AA side. They’ve won back-to-back titles – three in the last five seasons – and have made four trips to the final in the past five years.
Are the Bulldogs poised to make it a three-peat, or is there a team out there that can finally knockoff the top dog?
4. Are the Grizz ready to roar?
The rise of the Chilliwack-based G.W. Graham program has been nothing short of spectacular. Three years ago, their Grade 8 team advanced all the way to the Tier 1 championship game only to fall short against Notre Dame. Since then, the school has made consecutive trips to the Junior Varsity championship game going two-for-two after beating Ballenas in 2013 and Abbotsford in 2014.
Is this the year their Senior Varsity program reaps the benefit from the experience of those championship JV teams?
5. Who are this year’s breakout stars?
Every season we see new stars come to the forefront. So who will be this year’s Jon Cornish, Lemar Durant or Marcus Davis? Last year’s Grade 11 provincial all-stars certainly come to mind in Terrell Jana (St. Thomas More), Michael Mann (South Delta) and Isaac Rogers (Prince George). Sadly, one player on that list – Tyler Moxin (Hugh Boyd) – isn’t expected to be a factor as a knee injury will keep him out for the season.
COVINGTON A TEXAN!
Congratulations go out to former Vancouver College Fighting Irish star Christian Covington on officially making the NFL.
Christian is on the Houston Texans’ 53-man roster following the NFL’s mandated deadline to cut-down the rosters.
Christian was selected in the sixth round (216th overall) by the Texans in the 2015 NFL Draft. Prior to joining the Texans, he starred at Rice University as a member of the Owls.
The defensive end is the son of Canadian Football Hall-of-Famer and former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Grover Covington.
Bellingham Herald: Blaine earns victory to open 2015 season (over New Westminster)
Delta Optimist: Defending champs the team to beat again
Tsumura: AAA recaps from Week 0
Capital News: Bears, Owls take exhibition openers
(New West’s Michael Thind makes a reception against Blaine. Photo credit: Alan Wardle)
LARRY REDA’S HALL OF FAME JOURNEY
North Vancouver’s own Larry Reda, former Executive Director of BC High School Football and long-time chairman of BC High School Football’s Subway Bowl Championship, was officially inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 20, 2016 for his over six decades of involvement in amateur football.
Larry, along with the Class of 2015 inductees, spent five days in Saskatchewan as part of the Hall of Fame festivities where the functions included a private Jacket ceremony, the official unveiling of the Hall of Fame busts, a Tailgate Party and Gala Dinner, a visit to Griffins Stadium for a Saskatchewan Huskies game, and topped off with a visit to Mosaic Stadium for the CFL Hall-of-Fame game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders.
Football BC was on hand to capture all the special moments from Larry’s induction week. See the links below for more on the story.
Blog: Five Days With Larry
Video: Larry’s induction speech