Handsworth's Tate Williams (left) and Charlie McMillan of Carson Graham are a pair of Grade 11 quarterbacks set to battle for the Buchanan Bowl on Saturday in North Vancouver. (Photos by Blair Shier/www.blair.photo)
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Buchanan Bowl ’17: Grade 11 QB’s McMillan & Williams makes Eagles v. Royals a classic

NORTH VANCOUVER — Brian Brady saw the promise and set the timeline in his head as far back as the fall of 2014.That’s when the head coach of the senior varsity at Carson Graham Secondary first ID’d the Grade 8 quarterbacks starting for both the Eagles and their crosstown rivals, the Handsworth Royals.Brady figured right […]

New Westminster's Sebastien Reid scored three touchdowns Friday in the Hyacks win over Mission. (Alan Wardle, Hyacks Football)
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Varsity Letters exclusive: Top 10 B.C. high school performances of the week!

Varsity Letters begins its weekly Top 10 Performances of the Week in BC High School Football today!Uniquely, it comes in the aftermath of South Delta’s 85-70 loss Friday in Bellingham to Squalicum High.That means there can’t help but be a distinct Sun Devils flavour to our initial proceedings.Michael Calvert (South Delta) — In what may […]

Handsworth Royals' running back Joey Sadain goes for a romp in open field Friday against Richmond's Hugh Boyd Trojans. (Photo - Blair Shier/www.blair.photo)
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09.10.17: Varsity Letters Sunday weekend-wrap high school football special

Computer issues back at the home base prevented our timely  publication of our Saturday edition of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report.Included are games from Saturday’s limited schedule, as well as late-filed Friday games and Friday game which have been updated with additional information.

Pure freshman linebacker Elliot Graham of the UBC Thunderbirds puts the pressure on Manitoba QB Theo Deezar Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium. (Bob Frid/UBC athletics)
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Tsumura: My Top 4 takeaways from UBC football’s 32-18 victory over Manitoba

VANCOUVER — How do you flush the feeling of last week’s season-opening 36-20 loss at Regina?If you’re the UBC Thunderbirds (1-1), you usher in the home portion of the 2017 Canada West season Saturday with a decisive 32-18 win over the Manitoba Bisons (0-2) at Thunderbird Stadium.Here’s my four biggest takeaways from Saturday’s win:

South Delta quarterback Michael Calvert passed for 654 yards and seven touchdowns Friday in an 85-70 loss at Squalicum. (Photo courtesy Gord Goble, The Delta Optimist)
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09.09.17: Varsity Letters’ BC High School Football Report, Friday Night Lights FINAL edition

(APOLOGIES TO MY LOYAL READERS, AS WELL AS COACHES AND PLAYERS. COMPUTER ISSUES HAVE FLARED UP. I HOPE TO HAVE THINGS FIXED AND BE ABLE TO PRESENT THE REST OF THE WEEKEND IN BC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AT SOME POINT ON SUNDAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE)Welcome to Week 1 of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High […]

Glenn Steele has been chosen the greatest UBC Thunderbirds football player of all time. (Photo -- UBC athletics)
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The Man of Steele: UBC running back Glenn Steele picked No. 1 on list of ‘Birds all-time 100 players

VANCOUVER — The greatest player in the history of UBC Thunderbirds football is asked to remember his favourite moment from the game which propelled his team into the 1982 Vanier Cup national final.All these years later, Glenn Steele remains the ever-humble ‘Bird, yet even his best attempt at a simple recollection winds up sounding a […]

Denis Kelly, pictured in his days at WJ Mouat, begins a new chapter Friday as the head coach of East Van's Notre Dame Jugglers. (Ron Hole photo)
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Denis Kelly: He embraces past, celebrates future in first season as Notre Dame Jugglers head coach

VANCOUVER — Denis Kelly has embraced so many of the innovations which have changed the face of football since the mid-1980s.Yet as the career of one of B.C.s most enduring head coaches enters yet another new chapter, it’s also correct to say that his belated return to an old-school East Vancouver gridiron hamlet comes awash […]

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SFU head coach Kelly Bates saw his team battle in the fourth quarter of an eventual loss Saturday in Phoenix. (File photo by Ron Hole, SFU athletics)
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SFU’s makeshift O-line, QB Richardson impress, but Clan football falls in season opener

In keeping with the theme of last-minute school supply shopping, you could say that the offensive line that the Simon Fraser Clan debuted Saturday night in Phoenix was being held together by paper clips and scotch tape.Except when Clan head coach Kelly Bates marched out two pure freshmen and two converted defensive linemen, the makeshift […]