LANGLEY — The final weekend of the 2018 B.C. high school football regular season is here, and with it, five conference titles.
Top spot in the both AAA’s Western and Pacific conferences are up for grabs.
Ditto for AA’s East, Interior and West.
What a finale we’re in for!
The Varsity Letters’ Weekend Survival guide has Big 5 rankings, our top 5 games to watch, as well as the full schedule, and last week’s complete scoreboard.
VARSITY LETTERS’ BIG 5 RANKINGS
1 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (7-1, 6-0) (LW-1)
LW — Def. Mission 28-0.
TW — Friday at Abbotsford.
2 St. Thomas More Knights (Burnaby) (7-1, 5-1) (2)
LW — Def. Kelowna 51-14.
TW — Friday host Mission.
3 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (7-1, 6-0) (3)
LW — Def. Handsworth 42-0.
TW — Friday at Notre Dame.
4 Terry Fox Ravens (Port Coquitlam) (7-2, 4-2) (4)
LW — Def. Abbotsford 45-14.
TW — Friday host Centennial.
5-tie South Delta Sun Devils (4-3, 4-3) (HM)
LW — Def. Notre Dame 52-50 (OT).
TW — Do not play, regular season complete.
5-tie Notre Dame Jugglers (Vancouver) (7-2, 5-1) (5)
LW — Lost to South Delta 52-50 (OT)
TW — Friday host Vancouver College.
HM Mt. Douglas Rams (Victoria) (4-2, 4-2) (HM)
LW — Did not play.
TW — Friday at New Westminster.
HM New Westminster Hyacks (5-3, 4-2) (HM)
LW — Def. Seaquam 42-29.
TW — Friday host Mt. Douglas.
HM Mission Roadrunners (4-4, 4-2) (HM)
LW — Lost 28-0 to Lord Tweedsmuir.
TW — Friday at St. Thomas More.
HM Abbotsford Panthers (3-5, 3-3) (HM)
LW — Lost to Terry Fox 45-14.
TW — Friday host Lord Tweedsmuir.
1 Vernon Panthers (6-1, 3-0) (LW-1)
LW — Def. Westsyde 42-0.
TW — Friday host Clarence Fulton.
2 Holy Cross Crusaders (6-1, 4-1) (3)
LW — Def. Sullivan Heights 36-6.
TW — Friday at Windsor.
3 John Barsby Bulldogs (6-2, 4-1) (4)
LW — Def. Windsor 38-12.
TW — Do not play, regular season complete.
4 Windsor Dukes (4-1, 3-1) (2)
LW — Lost 38-12 to John Barsby.
TW — Friday host Holy Cross
5 tie Ballenas Whalers (5-2, 2-2) (5-tie)
LW — Def. Howe Sound 15-0 (forfeit).
TW — Friday at Argyle.
5 tie Langley Saints (4-1, 2-0) (5-tie)
LW — Did not play.
TW — Friday host Robert Bateman.
HM Robert Bateman Timberwolves (4-2, 2-0) (HM)
LW — Def. Samuel Robertson 57-0.
TW — Friday at Langley.
TOP 5 GAMES TO WATCH
Here’s our take on the top five games to take in this weekend over Week 3 of the B.C. High School Football campaign.
1 AAA No. 3 Vancouver College at Notre Dame (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)
The skinny — Few times in the storied history of B.C.’s longest standing high school rivalry has the annual Archbishops’ Trophy game meant so much. The 6-0 Fighting Irish against the 5-1 Jugglers with the winner taking first place in the West on the final weekend of the regular season. But then again, when VC and Notre Dame meet, at whatever stage of the season, it always stands for something special.
2 AA No. 3 Holy Cross at Windsor (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)
The skinny — Last season, the Crusaders didn’t win a game until their regular season finale against Hugh Boyd. Exactly one season later, and the very same juncture, Holy Cross has a chance to win the Western Conference regular season title. It would be an incredible about-face from last season, but to do it they would have to knock off the defending B.C. AA Subway Bowl champs from Windsor.It’s their toughest task of the season.
3 AA Robert Bateman at Langley (Friday, 6 p.m.)
The skinny — The beauty of this one? The poor AA East had a tough season, with two teams folding before the end of the campaign. That meant a three-game regular season for the conference’s four teams. Of course, the two teams which opened the season in the Big 5 rankings are not in contention for the league title, and the two teams that weren’t, are. The winner here between the Wolves and Saints wins the East. It’s a big one. ‘Nuff said.
4 AAA No. 1 Lord Tweedsmuir at Abbotsford (Friday, 3 p.m.)
The skinny — The regular season ends for these two in a battle of Panthers. For the favoured ’Cats from Surrey, it’s a chance to go a perfect 7-0 in the Eastern Conference regular season, all with a wire-to-wire No. 1 ranking after never having had the honour before. It doesn’t matter who you play, that’s a tough target to wear for an entire season.
5 AAA Sardis at Eric Hamber (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)
The skinny — The Sardis Falcons are not playoff bound, because only the Pacific’s top two get that honour. However with a win over the Griffins, a first-year high school football program, playing at the AAA tier, has a chance to finish with a 4-4 record. That is something worth saluting.
12:30 p.m. — Seaquam at Handsworth (at Carson Graham Secondary)
4:30 p.m. — Mt. Douglas at New Westminster
7:30 p.m. — Vancouver College at Notre Dame (Burnaby Lakes)
3 p.m. — Lord Tweedsmuir at Abbotsford
4:30 p.m. — Kelowna at Mt. Boucherie (Apple Bowl)
5 p.m. — Mission at St. Thomas More
7 p.m. — Centennial at Terry Fox (Percy Perry Stadium)
2:30 p.m. — Earl Marriott at Spectrum
4:30 p.m. — Sullivan Heights at Nanaimo District
6 p.m. — Rutland at Salmon Arm
3 p.m. — Ballenas at Argyle
3:30 p.m. — Holy Cross at Windsor
6 p.m. — Robert Bateman at Langley
6:45 p.m. — G.W. Graham at Samuel Robertson
6 p.m. — Clarence Fulton at Vernon, Westsyde at South Kamloops
5 p.m. — Nechako Valley at College Heights
7:30 p.m. — Kelly Road at Prince George
1:30 p.m. — Sardis at Eric Hamber, West Vancouver at W.J. Mouat
South Delta 52 Notre Dame 50 (OT)
Vancouver College 42 Handsworth 0
Rutland 42 Earl Marriott 7
New Westminster 42 Seaquam 29
Lord Tweedsmuir 28 Mission 0
St. Thomas More 51 Kelowna 14
Mt. Boucherie 8 Centennial 6
Terry Fox 45 Abbotsford 14
W.J. Mouat 43 Sardis 0
West Vancouver 44 Spectrum 0
Nanaimo District 28 Eric Hamber 3
Holy Cross 36 Sullivan Heights 6
Robert Bateman 57 Samuel Robertson 0
Vernon 42 Westsyde 0
South Kamloops 40 Valleyview 9
Ballenas 15 Howe Sound 0
John Barsby 38 Windsor 12
Kelly Road 12 College Heights 8
Prince George 54 Nechako Valley 16
Clarence Fulton 14 Salmon Arm 7
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