Welcome to Varsity Letter’s Saturday Night Fever B.C. high school football report.
We cover all of Saturday’s action as well as late Friday filings and additional details from the AAA clash between South Delta and Notre Dame.
AAA WESTERN CONFERENCE
No. 4 SEAQUAM 34 at VANCOUVER COLLEGE 21
VANCOUVER — Tyson Philpot got the ball in just the right spaces and was off to the races, the explosive Seaquam receiver helping North Delta’s Seahawks (6-1, 4-1) to a win over the host Fighting Irish (2-6, 1-4) at O’Hagan Field.
Philpot, who benefitted from excellent offensive line play which helped the Seahawks establish a consistent ground game, hauled in three TD passes from quarterback Josh Haydu and then added a fourth major off a kick-off return.
Twin brother Jalen Philpot rushed 16 times for 90 yards, while his Grade 11 backfield partner Jello Juatco had 17 carries for 85 yards and a score.
Haydu was an efficient 9-of-17 for 163 yards.
“Our offensive line (Trevor Partington, Max Sache, Quinn Patterson, Jahnek Rai, Jake Anderson) opened big holes,” said head coach Navin Chand after his team rushed 34 times for 187 yards on the day.
The Fighting Irish got all of their points from three Eric Zychlinski touchdown passes.
Zychlinsk, who went 11-of-19 for 174 yards, threw scoring strikes of eight yards to Owen Stewart, 21 yards to Aiden Perry and 15 yards to Justin Lopez, the latter two coming in the fourth quarter.
Tyson Philpot also made things tough for the Irish on the defensive side of the ball with 11 tackles and an interception. Dedaar Jhooty had nine tackles while Gavin Murray had six including a sack.
Chris Kongbo had 93 yards on three kick-off returns for Vancouver College, while Gavin Lunny and James Greig had 15 and 14 tackles respectively in the loss.
AAA EASTERN CONFERENCE
No. 4 TERRY FOX 52 at MISSION 8
MISSION — The Terry Fox Ravens may have been without their starting quarterback, but they weren’t hurting for offence.
Grade 10 Stuart Phillips stepped in for the injured Jevaun Jacobsen and passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens (5-2, 4-1) beat the host Roadrunners (2-6, 2-3).
Phillips threw a pair of scoring passes to receiver Albert Arecena and another to running back Jaden Severy.
Playing on offence for only the first half, Severy rushed for 158 yards and three scores, and added another major on a punt return.
Eric Polan and Mason Reeves led a Fox defence which frustrated the Runners.
Polan had six tackles and a pick-six while Reeves had eight tackles and a sack.
“Our guys stepped up huge today and executed our game plan on both sides of the ball,” said Ravens head coach Martin McDonnell.
“Our defence continues to stifle our opponents and force the sticks in our favour,” he continued. “Stuart Phillips stood in and did an awesome job for us under some really tough conditions. And Jaden Severy continues to be great for us and had an awesome day carrying the ball and leading the charge. We know going forward we have a bunch of tough games and we feel we are headed in the right direction.”
AA WESTERN CONFERENCE
No. 1 WINDSOR 38 at HOLY CROSS 0
SURREY — Ryan Baker got things started with a bang, firing a 40-yard touchdown pass to Julien Perri, and from there, B.C.’s No. 1-ranked AA team was off to the races.
North Vancouver’s Windsor Dukes (5-0, 3-0) got another outstanding performance from its senior quarterback.
Baker went 7-of-10 for 103 yards, but also carried nine times for 104 yards and a score.
“Another tough one today,” said Holy Cross head coach Conrad Deugau as the Crusaders (0-5, 0-3) honoured their seniors with a pre-game introduction, prior to their final home high school games. “Windsor is a very good team and they run their stuff very well. We really struggled in the first quarter and put ourselves in a hole we couldn’t recover from.”
The Crusaders got a huge early gain up the field by Gabriel Takeawoa and put themselves in scoring position but were unable to come away with any points.
Windsor got a pair of rushing majors from Ben McMichael, while Perri finished his day with six carries for 88 yards and a score.
Defensively, Baker led the team with 10 tackles.
AA OKANAGAN CONFERENCE
SOUTH KAMLOOPS 0 at No. 2 VERNON 50
VERNON — When Perez Vermeulen dug in his cleats and ran a slant on the Vernon’s first offensive snap, the resulting catch and 45-yard touchdown from quarterback Thomas Hyett signalled the trend of the day.
B.C.’s No. 2-ranked and host Panthers (5-1, 3-0), cooling their collective heels after claiming a forfeit win the weekend before, took to the airways behind a 10-for-12, 247-yard passing day from Hyett who went to throw three more scoring strikes in a decisive win over the visiting Titans of South Kamloops.
Vermeulen would go on to score later on in the half on a 60-yard bomb and collected 123 yards in receptions on just three catches.
“I was impressed with how sharp Tommy and our receivers were considering we didn’t play a game last week,” said Vernon head coach Sean Smith. “Our offensive line gave him good time to throw and he was able to find the open man and let our athletes do the rest.”
Five Panthers would score majors on the afternoon, including a pick-six by cornerback Braden Barnard. Defensively the Panthers didn’t allow the Titans inside the red zone all afternoon.
Standout Grade 11 linebacker Charles Lemay led all tacklers with eight while Kael Black added six from his defensive end position.
“While we managed to keep them out of the end zone, I was not happy with our tackling as individuals or as a team,” said Smith. “We had too many broken arm tackles and not enough breaking down which resulted in numerous whiffs. We have a week to clean that up or we’re going to be in big trouble next Friday (against Clarence Fulton).”
Hyett’s four TD passes went for 45, 60, 18 and 52 yards. Lemay rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown, and Black eight times for 62 yards and another.
Brad Hladik hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass and Landon Colvin another from 18 yards out.
AA NORTHERN CONFERENCE
NECHAKO VALLEY 40 at KELLY ROAD 6
PRINCE GEORGE — Corbin Brown passed for two scores, including one to Will Pippy, the latter adding a pick six score as part of his two-interception day on defence as the Vikes topped the Roadrunners.
Brown, who also threw a touchdown pass to Kostas Bach, also rushed for a score himself.
Hunter Westbrook and Coleson Jensen also carried into the end zone for the Vanderhoof squad.
Brown’s exploits weren’t limited to the offence.
He had a blocked a punt, a sack and a fumble recovery from his spot along the defensive line.
AAA EASTERN CONFERENCE
W.J. MOUAT 6 at KELOWNA 39
KELOWNA — Blaise Beauchemin keeps blazing happy trails for the Owls.
On Friday, Beauchemin rushed 11 time for 172 yards and scored two touchdowns in the process as host Kelowna (3-3, 2-3) topped Abbotsford’s visiting W.J. Mouat Hawks (1-6, 1-4).
“It was another great win for us,” said Kelowna head coach Chris Cartwright, whose charges won for the second straight week in conference play after losing three straight overall. “I feel that we are starting to believe in the culture, process, and systems that we are putting in place on the field. We are starting to get a good rotation with our line on defense, which is helping with our front. We are also starting to get great blocks from our offensive line who are helping establish our run game.”
Marcus Athans scored a pair of touchdowns in the win while Ben Peters rushed for another. Max Sprenger and Tyler Klotzbach led the defense with seven tackles each.
Kelowna can make it three in a row if they can get by visiting Mission this Friday at the Apple Bowl.
AAA WESTERN CONFERENCE
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No. 2 SOUTH DELTA 35 at NOTRE DAME 26
BURNABY — What senior quarterback Steven Moretto was to the Notre Dame Jugglers last season?
A lot like what Michael Calvert is to this season’s edition of the South Delta Sun Devils.
Stylistically they’re about as far apart as you can get, but when you boil everything down to effectiveness, they are like twins.
In just the ways Moretto influenced so much of whatthe Jugglers did last season en route to leading Notre Dame to the Subway Bowl final, Calvert has done this season.
And on Friday at Burnaby Lakes, the Sun Devils’ pivot put that influence on another level.
Calvert had a hand in all five of his team’s touchdowns as the Sun Devils beat Notre Dame 35-26.
He started the scoring off with a six-yard touchdown run.
When Notre Dame responded, capping a 70-yard dirve with one-yard Brice Pumares touchdown run, he first fired an 18-yard touchdown pass to Max Stalling, then a 15-yarder to Ben McDonald.
Plucky Notre Dame scored the only touchdown of the second quarter on a 15-yard run by Pumares and trailed 22-12 at the half.
In the third quarter Calvert ran it in from a yard out to make it 28-12, and after the Jugglers scored again to make it 28-18, he did it again, this time with a six-yard TD run.
The Jugglers, who are getting closer and closer to the Hyacks and Sun Devils of the world each week, scored again to make the final score complete.
Yet Calvert, like Moretto a season ago, did what he had to.
He finished 22-of-35 for 267 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 13 times for 82 yards and three scores.
On a night when the Sun Devils put up 267 passing yards and 180 rushing yards — far from their top total of the season and due to the focus of Notre Dame — Andrew Kraft rushed 11 times for 78 yards, and Jacob Kirk led the defence with 11 tackles.
“South Delta is a big, physical and talented team with very good skill athletes,” said Notre Dame head coach Denis Kelly. “They are very deserving of their high ranking and should be a strong contender for the league title. We got behind early but played a strong second half and showed a lot of character. We need to take care of the remaining two league games and finish the regular season on a high note.”
For the Jugglers, quarterback Will Clarke had 14 completions for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
His leading receiver was Jerrell Cummings who had seven catches for 124 yards followed by Dylan Rachel who had five catches for 109 yards and a two-point conversion. Pauljeet Dhami added two catches for 20 yards.
Pumares had 17 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns, adding seven tackles and a pick on defence.
Linbacker Cameron Mah and 12 tackles including a sack. Rachel added 10 tackles and Cummings four.
AA EASTERN CONFERENCE
No. 5 G.W. GRAHAM 47 at PITT MEADOWS 14
PITT MEADOWS —Von Richardson rushed 26 times for 224 yards and four touchdowns as Chilliwack’s Grizzlies topped the host Marauders.
“We started strong and kept methodically moving the ball with Von,” said G,W. Graham coach Lawrence Smith. “They knew exactly what we were going to do and we were still able to execute those plays given the athleticism, power and bruising running style Von brings to the game.”
Darius Kelly had 14 carries for 67 yards and two touchdowns while quarterback Colin Campbell called his own number to add another score.
Richardson also led the way on defense with 10 tackles and a sack. Safety Jacob Penner had four tackles and a pair of knockdowns. Defensive lineman Jesse Hough had six tackles and a sack.
AA OKANAGAN CONFERENCE
VALLEYVIEW 0 at CLARENCE FULTON 50
VERNON —The host Maroons (5-1, 2-0) got touchdowns from four different players on their first six plays of the game en route to a convincing win over a young and developing crew of Vikes.
“Obviously we as a coaching staff were really happy with our performance on Friday night,” said Fulton head coach Mike Scheller. “We executed very well in all three phases of the game and we played good, mistake-free football. We realize that Valleyview has a very young team this year and are rebuilding, but our kids played hard and fast. That is a credit to them.”
Caden Doyle carried twice for 102 yards and a score, and also caught a 17-yard scoring pass from quarterback Ike Olson, the latter also throwing a 46-yard TD strike to Teigen Derkach.
Evan Trottier, who threw a TD pass to Koalden Gudeit-Oakden, converted six of seven PATs.
Cole Hunter rushed for two touchdowns and Ryan Rumsey another.
Nate Banga led the defence with seven tackles.
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