This past season's Oct. 21 clash in Surrey between Holy Cross (red) and visiting Windsor showcased quarterback recruits for both SFU (Nate Hunt, with ball) and UBC (Ryan Baker, 8). (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2018: Where 111 football prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — Welcome to Day 2 of B.C. Recruits List Week here at Varsity Letters. As we mentioned yesterday, we’ll be previewing a sport a day through this week with the entire list set for Sunday publication. Wednesday is football day!

As heirs to Lord Tweedsmuir's new emphasis on aerial game, receiver Josef Drysdale (left) and quarterback Trey Jones will chat with offensive coordinator Nick Kawaza with a thought to go deep more often in 2018. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Is it Tweedy’s time? After back-to-back top-tiered JV titles, rival coaches peg Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers as B.C.’s No. 1 AAA team

SURREY — Over a span of the past 10 years, think of names like Michael Messenger, Jamel Lyles, Caleb Abraham, and of course Derek Best.

Among a host of break-out ready stars for the 2018 Terry Fox Ravens is rising senior tight end/defensive end Eric Polan. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Ravens won’t back down from adversity! Last-second B.C. title loss, player defections test No. 2 Terry Fox’s gridiron resolve

PORT COQUITLAM — An old saying reminds us that you’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. In a figurative sense, after taking more than their share of knock-out punches since the start of last December, nothing could be closer to the truth when it comes to capturing the current state of the Terry Fox […]

New Westminster's rising senior running back Broxx Comia has experienced it all, and now he moves into graduating Sammy Sidhu's spot as RB-1 this fall with the defending B.C. AAA champion Hyacks. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VasrsityLetters.ca)
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Encore, encore! No dramatic curtain calls here as No. 3 New West Hyacks prepare to defend AAA title with level-headed approach

NEW WESTMINSTER — Think back to last December and the dramatic way in which the New Westminster Hyacks closed out the 2017 B.C. high school football season.

Whether he's lined up in the backfield or the slot, expect South Delta's rising senior Andrew Kraft (right, 32) to be a workhorse for the No. 5-ranked AAA South Delta Sun Devils this coming season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters)
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Big Ben’s time has come! It’s more McDonald DNA as South Delta’s AAA No. 5 Sun Devils look to rise again

TSAWWASSEN — It may be a twist to say, but if the South Delta Sun Devils football team can play with the same unbridled passion and physicality that its senior boys rugby team showed en route to a B.C. Triple A Tier 1 title earlier this month, there will be no counting them out of […]

Vernon head coach Sean Smith has reminded his Panthers that No. 1 rankings exist only on paper. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.com)
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AA’s team to beat! With talent galore, Vernon’s No. 1-ranked Panthers need to stay hungry in quest of elusive Subway Bowl B.C. title

Welcome to an upcoming season in which they are overwhelming favourites, a season in which their ability to remain mentally grounded will be every bit as critical as their ability to unleash their unquestioned cache of physical skills on the football field.

Hugh Boyd's Reace Mok used speed and elusiveness to rush for over 1,900 yards and 20 touchdowns over the final two seasons of his senior varsity career with the Trojans. (Photo by Mark Booth property of the Richmond News)
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Hugh Boyd’s Reace Mok: Simon Fraser’s incoming ‘make ’em miss’ running back brings a different kind of height to the fight

RICHMOND — Reace Mok is quick enough to dodge almost anything, yet bring up the compact nature of his physique and the contrast it has always created on the gridiron, and you discover how fast he can also use words to diffuse any concerned first impressions.

John Barsby head coach Rob Stevenson chats with his then-Grade 10 starting quarterback Cameron Wright during the 2016 Subway Bowl AA junior varsity final at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Home sweet dome! Despite decorated history, No. 2 Barsby Bulldogs have not tread on B.C. Place turf since 2014

NANAIMO — When last we left the current decade’s most dominant B.C.-based AA senior varsity football program, at its home away from home, aka B.C. Place Stadium, its weather-worn but wise head coach was floating in his favourite place.

Ballenas Whalers' quarterback Ben Chomolok helped lead his team to the Subway Bowl AA junior varsity title game. This coming season he will run the show for the No. 3-ranked Whalers senior varsity. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Batten down the hatches! Parksville’s AA No. 3-ranked Ballenas Whalers ready to sail into title-contending waters

On Tuesday, we unveiled the G.W. Graham Grizzlies as our No. 4-ranked team in Varsity Letters’ preseason Big 5 Double A high school football rankings. Today, we get back to the countdown by making a stop on Vancouver Island at Parksville where we visit with the No. 3-ranked Ballenas Whalers.