We check in with our final edition of Varsity Letter’s Week 0 B.C. High School Football Report.
CARSON GRAHAM 8 at SEATTLE PREP 41
SEATTLE — Some early slippage led to the opening of the first-half floodgates on Saturday as North Vancouver’s Eagles dropped their opener on the road to the Seattle Prep of the 3A Metro league.
“Seattle Prep was drilled and played a physical football game,” said Carson Graham head coach Brian Brady. “Defensively, I thought we played better than the score indicated.”
The Eagles trailed 14-0 early in the first quarter, then gave up 24 more points in the second quarter before keeping the hosts off the scoreboard through the second half.
Eagles’ pivot Charlie McMillan battled through an 11-of-30 passing performance for 102 yards.
Liam Scott caught three of those passes for 52 yards, including the team’s lone touchdown.
Mahyar Hosseini played a strong game against the run with nine tackles.
The Eagles will play at New Westminster Friday as the AAA Western Conference season gets underway.
No. 4 G.W. GRAHAM 28 at COLTON (Ore.) 49
COLTON (Ore.) — Chilliwack’s Grizzlies may not have come up with a win in Oregon’s Clackamas County on Friday, yet their transition from the era of running back Von Richardson took its first big step.
Grade 10 receiver Logan Buchwitz caught four passes for 124 yards and a score as G.W. Graham fell to the 2A host Vikings.
“We started slow but came back tougher in the second half,” said Grizzlies’ head coach Laurie Smith. “They just seemed a bit sleepy after (a long) drive but they sure finished strong.”
Indeed, the Grizz scored three of their four touchdowns in the second half.
Colby Bessette and Grayson Frick shared the quarterback duties and both threw for over 150 yards and a touchdown. Jaiden Claassen carried six times for 41 yards while Caleb Spanner and Andrew Locke had three and four carries respectively for 49 yards each. Spanner, Locke, Buchwitz and receiver Liam Dallas found the end zone for the Grizzlies while Ashton Young hauled in four catches for 84 yards.
On defence, linebacker Locke led the way with 14 tackles, followed by Claassen and Buchwitz with 10 apiece. Newcomer and Grade 10 outside linebacker Daniel King had nine tackles and two sacks. Austin Forgues and Claassen recovered fumbles for the Grizzlies while Buchwitz had the team’s lone interception.
The Grizzlies play out of conference again this coming week, travelling to Surrey for a 1 p.m. start Saturday at Holy Cross.
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