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.

New Westminster's Matthew Lalim (9) made a key catch during the team's 80-yard game-winning Subway Bowl 2017 championship drive Saturday at BC Place. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Hail the Hyacks: Improbable, last-ditch 80-yard drive lifts New West past Terry Fox for its first-ever AAA Subway senior varsity title

VANCOUVER — It came out of nowhere, and if you ask the winners, just in time, too. For them, it unfolded like a dream, so many seemingly odds-stacked moments joining hands, becoming a chain which kept pulling them in a single, unified direction.

Vernon Panthers' quarterback Zack Smith threw for one touchdown and rushed for three others in the school's first-ever B.C. high school football title at any tier. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Historic day for Vernon Panthers : Dues-paying program ends drought with Subway Bowl’s first-ever up-country JV title

VANCOUVER — The Vernon Panthers have officially become B.C. high school football’s home away from the home power-base of the Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Notre Dame's Anthony Amenta rushed for four touchdowns to lead Notre Dame past Lord Tweedsmuir in Saturday's Quadra Cup Grade 8 Subway Bowl B.C. final at B.C. Place Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Back-to-back Jugglers! Notre Dame Grade 8s win Quadra Cup title back-to-back for first time since mid-80s glory days

VANCOUVER — At the entry-level of B.C. high school football, the Notre Dame Jugglers are beginning to build a bit of a dynasty.

Friends and opposing Subway Bowl starting quarterbacks? You bet! New Westminster's Kinsale Philip (left) and Jevaun Jacobsen of Terry Fox celebrate their shared gridiron brotherhood. (Varsity Letters photos by Howard Tsumura)
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Jevaun and Kinsale: Subway Bowl’s two opposing quarterback linked by friendship, respect for the game they love

VANCOUVER — Last week, before each went to battle, they took the time to send the other an inspirational text. It’s risky business to predict outcomes, especially at this time of the season.

Windsor Dukes linebacker Jeremy Sinclair (right) closes in to make a tackle on Jesse Hough of the G.W. Graham Grizzlies last Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Joltin’ Jeremy: Windsor’s heart-and-soul linebacker beats back the medical odds to join his Dukes for Subway Bowl title run

NORTH VANCOUVER — B.C.’s only undefeated high school football team has an offence so productive, it’s easy to get lost in all the different ways in which North Vancouver’s Windsor Dukes have gone about putting points on the board this season. 

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)
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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