LANGLEY — We’re down to two weeks and counting in the 2018 B.C. high school football conference regular season.
Before we know it, it’ll be Subway Bowl season again.
For the final weekend of October, here’s our week Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Weekend Survival Guide complete with the latest rankings, our pick for the week’s Top 4 Games to Watch, as well as full schedules by tier and conference, and last week’s scoreboard.
VARSITY LETTERS’ BIG 5 RANKINGS
1 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (6-1, 5-0) (LW-1)
LW — Def. Mt. Boucherie 15-0 (forfeit).
TW — Friday at Mission.
2 St. Thomas More Knights (Burnaby) (6-1, 4-1) (4)
LW — Def. Terry Fox 28-21.
TW — Friday at Kelowna.
3 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (6-1, 5-0) (3)
LW — Lost 38-16 to Lynden (Wash.).
TW — Saturday host Handsworth.
4 Terry Fox Ravens (Port Coquitlam) (6-2, 3-2) (2)
LW — Lost 28-21 to St. Thomas More.
TW — Friday host Abbotsford.
5 Notre Dame Jugglers (Vancouver) (1-1, 5-0) (5)
LW — Def. Handsworth 49-66
TW — Saturday at South Delta.
HM Mt. Douglas Rams (Victoria) (4-2, 4-2) (HM)
LW — Def. Carson Graham 32-27.
TW — Do not play.
HM New Westminster Hyacks (4-3, 3-2) (HM)
LW — Did not play.
TW — Friday host Seaquam.
HM South Delta Sun Devils (3-3, 3-3) (HM)
LW — Def. Seaquam 6-3.
TW — Saturday host Notre Dame.
HM Mission Roadrunners (4-3, 4-1) (HM)
LW — Def. Kelowna 36-13.
TW — Friday host Lord Tweedsmuir.
HM Abbotsford Panthers (3-4, 3-2) (HM)
LW — Def. Centennial 55-12.
TW — Friday at Terry Fox.
1 Vernon Panthers (5-1, 2-0) (LW-1)
LW — Def. South Kamloops 38-0.
TW — Friday host Westsyde.
2 Windsor Dukes (4-0, 3-0) (HM)
LW — Def. Ballenas 35-21.
TW — Friday host John Barsby.
3 Holy Cross Crusaders (5-1, 3-1) (3)
LW — Def. Howe Sound 28-0.
TW — Friday host Sullivan Heights.
4 John Barsby Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1) (4)
LW — Def. Argyle 42-0.
TW — Friday at Windsor.
5 tie Ballenas Whalers (4-2, 1-2) (2)
LW — Lost 35-21 to Windsor.
TW —Do not play.
5 tie Langley Saints (4-1, 2-0) (5)
LW — Def. G.W. Graham 58-8.
TW — Do not play.
HM Robert Bateman Timberwolves (3-2, 1-0) (HM)
LW — Did not play.
TW — Friday host Samuel Robertson.
TOP GAMES TO WATCH
Here’s our take on the top four games to take watch weekend over Week 3 of the B.C. High School Football campaign.
1 AAA No. 1 Lord Tweedsmuir at Mission (Friday, 2:30 p.m.)
The skinny — Lord Tweedsmuir leading the East at 5-0 and Mission, sitting in a tie for second place at 4-1 with STM? That makes this a battle for first, or at least a share of it, in the East. Once again, hands up if you saw this one coming! Tweedy is the big favourite, even on the road, and Mission gets no respite having to face STM to close out league play next week. Regardless of all of that… if you’ve followed the inner workings of our game over the past few seasons, this might be the most unlikely ‘big game’ match up anyone could have imagined.
2 AAA Abbotsford at Terry Fox (Friday, 7 p.m., Percy Perry Stadium)
The skinny — The two teams come into action locked at 3-2, and at the start of the season, you might not have expected any such scenario to be possible. As well, Fox is a team desperate to get back into a winning groove after going .500 in the conference over its last four. Abby, with running back Jalem Catlin (B.C.’s rushing leader) is a lot better football team than they were to start the season, and although they have to be considered big road underdogs here, they have the unique advantage of having played the Ravens already, back on Sept. 7 in a non-conference clash won 35-7 by Fox.
3 AA John Barsby at Windsor (Friday, 3 p.m.)
The skinny — The host and defending champion Dukes (3-0) went the first six weeks of the season without facing a ranked foe. On Friday they get their second straight. A victory by Windsor goes a long ways towards securing a Western Conference crown, yet a desperate Barsby (3-1) team still reeling from its loss to Holy Cross two weekends ago, will be hungry and up for the task. This one has all the makings of the West’s best game of the season.
4 AA Samuel Robertson at Robert Bateman (Friday, 3 p.m.)
The skinny — The compact four-team East leaves little room for error. This one is huge, especially for host Bateman’s conference title hopes. With a win, the Wolves would go to 2-0 and face a 2-0 Langley team on the final weekend of the regular season for all of the conference spoils. SRT, sitting at 0-1, needs to get some momentum re-established in a loop in which two schools — Pitt Meadows ands Frank Hurt — have pulled the plug on their programs after the season kicked off in September.
7:30 p.m. — Seaquam at New Westminster
2:30 p.m. — Lord Tweedsmuir at Mission
4 p.m. — St. Thomas More at Kelowna
6:30 p.m. — Centennial at Mt. Boucherie
7 p.m. — Abbotsford at Terry Fox
2:30 p.m. — West Vancouver at Spectrum
5 p.m. — Eric Hamber at Nanaimo District
7 p.m. — Sardis at W.J. Mouat
3 p.m. — Sullivan Heights at Holy Cross
3 p.m. — John Barsby at Windsor
3 p.m. — Samuel Robertson at Robert Bateman
5 p.m. —Westsyde at Vernon, South Kamloops at Valleyview
5 p.m. — Nechako Valley at Prince George
7:30 p.m. — College Heights at Kelly Road
7:30 p.m. — Salmon Arm at Clarence Fulton
1:30 p.m. — Notre Dame at South Delta, Handsworth at Vancouver College
1 p.m. — Earl Marriott at Rutland
Mission 36 Kelowna 13
South Delta 6 Seaquam 3
Windsor 35 at Ballenas 21
Holy Cross 28 Howe Sound 0
Mt. Douglas 32 Carson Graham 27
Notre Dame 49 Handsworth 6
Lord Tweedsmuir 15 Mt. Boucherie 0 (forfeit)
Abbotsford 55 Centennial 12
St. Thomas More 28 Terry Fox 21
Nanaimo District 31 Earl Marriott 8
Spectrum 32 Eric Hamber 16
Rutland 40 Sullivan Heights 0
West Vancouver 17 Sardis 14
Lynden (Wash.) 38 Vancouver College 16
John Barsby 42 Argyle 0
Langley 58 G.W. Graham 7
Clarence Fulton 31 Valleyview 6
Vernon 38 at South Kamloops 0
Westsyde 39 at Salmon Arm 14
Prince George 39 Kelly Road 14
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