LANGLEY — The Big 5 Triple A rankings have finally had its branches shaken.
Lord Tweedsmuir is an unquestioned No. 1, yet below them, changes are afoot as we enter the second half of the conference season.
Big 5 rankings, our weekly picks for Top 5 Games, this week’s full upcoming schedule and all of last week’s scores are all here for your perusal.
Welcome to Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Weekend Survival Guide!
VARSITY LETTERS’ BIG 5 RANKINGS
1 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (4-1, 3-0) (LW-1)
LW — Def. St. Thomas More 27-21.
TW — Friday at Kelowna.
2 Terry Fox Ravens (Port Coquitlam) (5-1, 2-1) (2)
LW — Def. Mission 16-6.
TW — Friday host Mt. Boucherie.
3 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (6-0, 5-0) (5)
LW — Def. South Delta 35-34.
TW — Friday at New Westminster.
4 St. Thomas More Knights (Burnaby) (4-1, 2-1) (4)
LW — Lost 27-21 to Lord Tweedsmuir.
TW — Friday at Abbotsford.
5 tie Notre Dame Jugglers (Vancouver) (4-1, 4-0) (HM)
LW — Def. New Westminster 38-35.
TW — Friday at Carson Graham.
5 tie New Westminster Hyacks (4-2, 3-1) (3)
LW — Lost to Notre Dame 38-35.
TW — Friday host Vancouver College.
HM South Delta Sun Devils (1-3, 1-3) (HM)
LW — Lost 35-34 to Vancouver College.
TW — Friday at Handsworth.
HM Mt. Douglas Rams (Victoria) (3-2, 3-2) (HM)
LW — Def. Belmont 15-0 (forfeit).
TW — Friday host Seaquam.
HM Mission Roadrunners (2-3, 2-1) (NR)
LW — Lost to Terry Fox 16-6
TW — Friday at Centennial
1 Vernon Panthers (3-1, 0-0) (LW-1)
LW — Did not play.
TW — Friday host Valleyview
2 John Barsby Bulldogs (4-1, 2-0) (3)
LW — Def. Ballenas 24-14.
TW — Saturday at Holy Cross.
3 Ballenas Whalers (4-1, 0-1) (2)
LW — Lost 24-14 to John Barsby.
TW —Do not play. Oct. 20 host Windsor.
4 Holy Cross Crusaders (3-1, 1-1) (4)
LW — Def. Argyle 31-0.
TW — Saturday host John Barsby.
5 Langley Saints (3-1, 1-0) (NR)
LW — Def. Samuel Robertson 34-0.
TW — Do not play.
HM G.W. Graham Grizzlies (Chilliwack) (3-3, 1-0) (HM)
LW — Defeated Frank Hurt 58-7.
TW — Friday host Robert Bateman.
HM Samuel Robertson Titans (2-2, 1-1) (5)
LW — Lost 34-0 to Langley.
TW — Saturday at Frank Hurt.
HM Windsor Dukes (2-0, 1-0) (HM)
LW — Did not play.
TW — Friday host Howe Sound
2 p.m. — Seaquam at Mt. Douglas
3:45 p.m. — Notre Dame at Carson Graham
4 p.m. — South Delta at Handsworth
7:30 p.m. — Vancouver College at New Westminster
1 p.m. — St. Thomas More at Abbotsford
4 p.m. — Mt. Boucherie at Terry Fox
6:30 p.m. — Lord Tweedsmuir at Kelowna
7 p.m. — Mission at Centennial
4 p.m. — W.J. Mouat at Rutland, Nanaimo District at Sardis
7 p.m. — West Vancouver at Sullivan Heights
3:45 p.m. — Howe Sound at Windsor
7:30 p.m. — Robert Bateman at G.W. Graham
2 p.m. — Clarence Fulton at Westsyde
7:30 p.m. — Valleyview at Vernon
5 p.m. — Kelly Road at Nechako Valley
7:30 p.m. — D.P. Todd at Prince George
5 p.m. — Salmon Arm at South Kamloops
1 p.m. — Eric Hamber at Earl Marriott
1:30 p.m. — John Barsby at Holy Cross
1 p.m. — Samuel Robertson at Frank Hurt
TOP 5 GAMES OF THE WEEK
Here’s our take on the top five games to take in this weekend over Week 3 of the B.C. High School Football campaign.
1 AAA No. 3 Vancouver College at No. 5 New Westminster (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)
The skinny — There are a number of ways to skin this matchup, one of which is that the Irish have not played a ranked team this season, with the Hyacks being their first. Yet the Irish (5-0 league) has its margin of victory to recommend its new Top 3 status. The Hyacks (3-1) are always tough at home, but they are as banged up at the so-called skill spots as they have been in a while. Which ever team brings the best combination of discipline and skill wins this one. Ranking number won’t mean a thing in this pick ‘em clash at Mercer.
2 AAA W.J. Mouat at Rutland (Friday, 4 p.m.)
The skinny — The newly re-configured Pacific Conference finally gets a marquee match-up to call its own. These two come in tied for the conference lead at 4-1. The Hawks have their vaunted back-field one-two punch of Ebiye Okoko-Chomseng and Nathan Hausermann. The Voodoos are led by do-it-all quarterback Jhavoun Blake. The winner has an inside track to conference spoils.
3 AAA Seaquam at Mt. Douglas (Friday, 2 p.m.)
The skinny — Everything about this one recommends the host Rams, a desperate team, and one which hasn’t won on the field of play since beating Handsworth back on Sept. 14. That same weekend, the 1-4 Seahawks scored two late majors to pull to within a 26-21 loss to No. 5 Notre Dame. This past weekend Seaquam led 21-0 then lost to Carson Graham 30-28. The Rams are a much more experienced team. The Seahawks? They are a full four quarter effort away, one of these weeks, from making someone pay for under-estimating them.
4 AAA Nanaimo District at Sardis (Friday, 4 p.m.)
The skinny — What? Another Pacific clash? It’s easily the conference’s best week. This match-up between 3-1 teams isn’t for the conference lead, yet whomever wins the battle between the visiting Islanders and the expansion Falcons (a surprise 7-6 winner last week over Rutland) will have second place all to themselves with three more weeks of regular-season action remaining.
5 AAA No. 5 Notre Dame at Carson Graham (Friday, 3:45 p.m.)
The skinny — Here’s a prediction: Western Conference teams whose schedules were front-loaded with heavyweights will show much better over the second half of the regular season. Case in point are the Eagles. They have their star quarterback Charlie McMillan back and healthy, and when you take it on the chin to start the season against New West, South Delta and Vancouver College, you can’t help but get better. Of course, visiting Notre Dame is sky-high right now and a big fave, coming in off of Friday’s squeaker over B.C. champion New Westminster. But regardless of what spread this game winds up having in the end, it begins as one with a lot of entertaining possibilities.
Carson Graham 30 Seaquam 28
Vancouver College 35 South Delta 34
Mt. Douglas 15 Belmont 0 (forfeit)
Notre Dame 38 New Westminster 35
Lord Tweedsmuir 27 St. Thomas More 21
Kelowna 49 Centennial 7
Abbotsford 35 Mt. Boucherie 0
Terry Fox 16 Mission 6
Nanaimo District 27 Spectrum 0
West Vancouver 18 Earl Marriott 15
Sardis 7 Rutland 6
W.J. Mouat 45 Sullivan Heights 0
Holy Cross 31 Argyle 0
John Barsby 24 Ballenas 14
Langley 34 Samuel Robertson 0
G.W. Graham 58 Frank Hurt 7
Westsyde 20 Valleyview 14
Clarence Fulton 14 South Kamloops 3
Prince George 44 College Heights 0
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