Abbotsford Panthers' left guard Sahil Sahota (left, 75) makes a key block to spring running back Samwel Uko as part of the team's 10-play, 90-yard winning drive last Saturday against Vernon. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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The Drive: How the Abby Panthers’ game-winning, 90-yard drive last Saturday passed a football torch between generations

ABBOTSFORD — This is a story of enduring legacy and beautiful simplicity, about how carrying a football can so often be like carrying a torch.

Terry Fox head coach Martin McDonnell (left, foreground) and injured running back Jaden Severy (right, foreground) watch Saturday as running back Cade Cote dargs St. Thomas More tacklers Michael Simone (10) and Joel Pielak during Subway Bowl semifinal Saturday at BC Place Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
South Delta quarterback Michael Calvert gets a rough ride from New Westminster Hyacks' Broxx Comia (left) and Kinsale Philip during Subway Bowl semifinals Saturday at BC Place. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Group hug steels Hyacks defence for fourth down stop, New West tops Sun Devils for first-ever Subway varsity berth

(Note — our report from the final of five Subway Bowl games on Saturday between St. Thomas More and Terry Fox will appear here on Sunday)VANCOUVER — Schematics and play-calling will never cease to be at the top of any list when it comes to last second execution on the football field. On Saturday night, in […]

Windsor Dukes' receiver Julien Perri churns out some yards-after-the-catch Saturday in his team's Subway Bowl semifinal win over GW Graham. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Presto! Schuman’s football symphony puts pace into performance, Windsor tops Grizz to earn return to Subway Bowl AA final

VANCOUVER — A former B.C. Double A football dynasty has enjoyed a glorious season of re-birth. Not surprisingly, Windsor Dukes head coach Jim Schuman is savouring every moment of the journey this season with his undefeated, No. 1-ranked North Vancouver squad

Abbotsford running back Samwel Uko ran with emotion Saturday as his team rallied past Vernon to reach next week's Subway Bowl AA final. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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All’s well with Samwel! Abby’s football force cries tears of joy after comeback win over Vernon earns title-tilt berth

VANCOUVER — His teammates picked him up and tried to drag him to the postgame celebration on the turf at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday. But Samwel Uko, overcome by the moment, twice fell back to his knees.

Brandon Robbins of Victoria's Spectrum Thunder rushed for a late touchdown Saturday at BC Place, but it wasn't enough to stop Vancouver's Eric Hamber Griffins from winning the Subway Bowl Tier 2 provincial title. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Hey, ho Hamber! Griffins top Spectrum, become Vancouver’s first public school in 25 years to win senior varsity football title

VANCOUVER — It took a while, but when the Eric Hamber Griffins finally got around to winning a provincial football title, they did it with ridiculous historical flair.

The Hyacks who have toiled in the trenches this season have played a huge role in the team's success. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SPECIAL: No. 1 Hyacks hunker down for Saturday Final 4 battle with Sun Devils

NEW WESTMINSTER — If the New Westminster Hyacks have shown anything this season, it’s that they have the depth, the belief and all of the pieces to play football their way. That said, the No. 1 Hyacks are not over-thinking anything, especially if it means getting into a game of chess with their opponents in Saturday’s […]

The STM Knights defence puts the heat on Notre Dame Jugglers' quarterback Will Clarke last Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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STM vs. Terry Fox: Steele-eyed and ready, just how good has the Knights’ Kully-inspired defence been?

BURNABY — Ask Sam Steele to describe the defence of his St. Thomas More Knights and the response of the Grade 11 tackling machine is akin to taking an arm and wiping all the schematic X’s and O’s off a pre-game chalkboard.

Vernon Panthers' dynamic Grade 11 duo of quarterback Thomas Hyett (left) and running back Charles Lemay come to B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday to face the Abbotsford Panthers in the Subway AA provincial semifinals. (Photo -- Katherine Peters, Vernon Secondary athletics)
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Churnin’ Vernon: Okanagan Panthers knows fast feet on defence a key to slow Abby Panthers’ Samwel Uko

Building the Vernon Panthers into a powerhouse provincial AA football program has happened, in large part, through the synergistic efforts and outreach of its longtime head coach. Yet Sean Smith is the first to admit that geography has been a hurdle not as easily overcome in his program’s quest to bring a B.C. senior varsity Subway […]

G.W. Graham's Von Richardson (left) and Windsor's Ryan Baker are a pair of leading men squaring off Saturday under the dome at BC Place. (Bob Fugger, Varsity Letters photos)
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Ryan vs. Von, or Von vs. Ryan? Just call Saturday’s Subway semi-final Von Ryan’s Express and don’t forget the popcorn

VANCOUVER — Ryan Baker and Von Richardson. Or should that be Von Richardson and Ryan Baker? Hey, wasn’t there a 1965 war movie once titled Von Ryan’s Express. OK, so it was Van Ryan’s Express. Details, details.