LANGLEY — The quarterfinals for Subway Bowl 2018 are now set following Saturday’s remaining four opening-round games.
Here’s a look at all four, starting with AAA.
CARSON GRAHAM 6 at TERRY FOX 49
BURNABY — Carson Graham head coach Brian Brady said it best on Friday when he opined that the Terry Fox Ravens are a football team built to run the football in the playoffs.
One day later, on a field that shares their name, Simon Fraser’s Terry Fox Field, PoCo’s relentless Ravens raved on, lowering their pad level and rushing for 404 yards in a victory over the Eagles.
Jaden Severy carried 17 times for 274 yards and three touchdowns, while Cade Cote rushed for 90 yards and a score, and Liam Cumarasamy 60 yards and a major.
As well, Ethan Shuen rushed for two scores and caught a TD strike as well.
“Terry Fox is a really good football team and primed up for a strong playoff run,” said Brady after the loss. “All the credit to the players and their coaching staff for running what they do very well. But I’m really proud of our players. In a physical game where not much was going our way, they played hard every single down.”
Eagles’ quarterback Charlie McMillan went 17-of-32 for 197 yards with a pick. Ethan Smith made six catches for 73 yards.
Carson Graham’s lone touchdown came on the ground as Austin James, who gained 23 yards on seven carries, rushed for a major. Parker Henderson had 10 carries for 63 yards.
Mike Evans and Matt Hewa Baddege each had a pair of sacks for Terry Fox while Brandon Woodward made it five for the unit. Kaiden Parks had an interception and a fumble recovery, while Cumarasamy had 14 tackles, Alex Malic 11 and Parks another seven.
Dawson Hodge was perfect on his PATs for the Ravens, going a combined 17-for-17 his past two games.
Mahyar Hosseini had 13 tackles in the loss for Carson Graham.
The victory propels Terry Fox into a quarterfinal clash with Notre Dame next week.
G.W. GRAHAM 59 at KELLY ROAD 6
PRINCE GEORGE — He’s their back-up quarterback?
Starting pivot Colby Bessette was absent for the first round of playoffs on a mission trip in Mexico, but head coach Laurie Smith had a pretty able replacement up his sleeve as Chillwack’s Grizzlies started their playoff prowl Saturday in the north.
Backup pivot Grayson Frick came in and set all time G.W .Graham records, going 26-for-41 for 519 yards and eight touchdowns in a comfortable win over the host Roadrunners, setting up a quarterfinal clash next week against Nanaimo’s John Barsby Bulldogs.
“Grayson had a game for the ages,” said Smith. “We knew Kelly Road was good against the run because they play Prince George so much, so we simply committed to air it out.”
And air it out Frick did.
Logan Buchwitz made five catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns, Liam Dallas made 10 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Jett Thomas made six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Also finding the end zone for the Grizzlies was running back Jaiden Claassen with eight carries for 68 yards and a touchdown, as well as four receptions for 32 yards and a receiving touchdown.
Michael Hopwood came down with an 18-yard TD reception on an acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone.
“I can’t say enough about how Grayson came in and led our team today — he was unstoppable,” said offensive coordinator Luke Acheson. “He was patient and waited for the right windows despite a ferocious Kelly Road inside blitz.”
On defence the Grizzlies were led again by Buchwitz with seven tackles, while Matt Moore and Thomas had four each. Austin Forgues had three tackles plus a fumble recovery and a sack while Jaxon Visser had a 15-yard sack late in the game.
WINDSOR 49 at CLARENCE FULTON 7
VERNON — Ryan Werbowski took the opening kick-off to the end zone and that set the tone for North Vancouver’s defending Subway Bowl champion Windsor Dukes, who began their quest for a repeat a long ways from the north shore.
“Ryan and John Gelacio had huge days rushing behind our veteran offensive line,” said Dukes head coach Jim Schuman. “And I also thought that our defensive backs had a really good day.”
A pair of picks from Terrell Snow, and one apiece from Werbowksi and Aidan Gallagher, the latter’s of the 60-yard pick-six variety, kept the host Maroons passing game at bey.
“This was a very tough game for us,” admitted Clarence Fulton head coach Mike Scheller. “We just cold not match Windsor’s size and speed. They have a very big offensive line compared to ours, and they over-powered us on defense. We could not run the ball on them. We had some modest gains passing the ball in the second half, but the game was never in doubt.”
As they did last season over Windsor’s dominant run to the title, Mitch Townsend and Jeremy Sinclair were stalwarts along the defence.
Fulton’s only points came on a 12-yard touchdown run by Evan Trottier.
SOUTH KAMLOOPS 14 at PRINCE GEORGE 45
PRINCE GEORGE — Hey Braden Reed, how does it feel to help your Polars add another page to Northern Conference B.C. high school football history?
OK, we didn’t ask him, but we didn’t really have to.
PGSS’ uber-elusive running pivot rolled up five touchdown runs, and even completed a pass for 15 yards as the host Polars topped the visiting Titans to record just the second-ever Subway Bowl B.C. playoff win by a team from the Northern Conference.
“The players were satisfied with the win but realize the monumental task in front of them and are looking forward to it,” said PGSS head coach Brett Morrow as the Polars now prepare for a quartefinal clash against the No. 2-ranked Holy Cross Crusaders of Surrey.
On Saturday, the Polars scored on all six of their possessions.
“Braden Reed put his team on his back and gained hard yard after hard yard,” said Morrow.
“They came in with a five-man line and blitzed their backers and corners but could not shut the run game down.”
For the Titans, Ryan Zamudio scored on a reverse and Mike MacDonald ran in another.
However, it was tough sledding the entire way.
“Tonight was a battle of attrition,” said South Kam head coach JP Lancaster. “I thought we played physical and with great toughness, but we couldn’t get a stop on defence. They just slowly chipped away at us and kept our offence off the field. Reed is an absolute horse for them and played a great game.”
Reed was just as effective on defence, leading the Polars with 10 tackles.
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