Langley running back Ryan Goeson (1) will face the Bateman defence Friday at McLeod Stadium. (Photo courtesy Langley Secondary athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A coin-flip showdown for No. 1 under Friday Night Lights: AA’s showcase game features top-ranked, host Langley T-Birds against Abby’s No. 2 Bateman T-Wolves!

LANGLEY — The only coin-flip you’re going to see Friday at McLeod Stadium (7 p.m.) is the one at the 50-yard line to determine who will receive the football to start B.C.’s first No. 1 vs. No. 2 high school football match-up since 2019.Yet trying to predict a winner between the top-ranked and host Langley […]

Robert Bateman Timberwolves' Grade 11 quarterback Nolan Watrin threw four touchdown passes last week in a win over Surrey's Holy Cross Crusaders. (Photo property of Rick MacDonald 2021, courtesy of Robert Bateman athletics. All Rights Reserved)
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Bateman QB Nolan Watrin carries on a family tradition: Varsity Letters’ BCSSFA Player of the Week leads Double-A in both passing yards and picks for No. 2-ranked Timberwolves!

ABBOTSFORD — When opposition coaches sit down in the film room to do their pre-game due diligence, they all arrive at a point where they see just how natural the kid wearing No. 3 for the Robert Bateman Timberwolves looks whether he’s commanding the huddle at quarterback or making a big play on defence from […]

The 2017 G.W. Graham Grizzlies parlayed solid team defence into a long AA Subway Bowl run. Now, after nine years at that tier, the Grizz played their first game as a AAA team Friday and came away with a shutout win over the Robert Bateman Timberwolves. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ 09.03.21: B.C. High School Football Report-Friday Night Lights edition… GW Graham defensive front dominates in win over Bateman’s T-Wolves

Welcome to the first 2021 Friday Night Lights edition of the Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report.Week 0 brings just one game.ROBERT BATEMAN 0 at G.W. GRAHAM 35CHILLIWACK — The host G.W. Graham Grizzlies, set for new beginnings this season in the AAA ranks, opened the 2021 campaign at Exhibition Stadium with the kind […]

Abbotsford Panthers head coach Jay Fujimura chats with former Panthers' great Chase Claypool during a recent Subway Bowl playoff game at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Chase Claypool: How four games from his standout 2015 senior season at Abby Senior left the clues which have now become conclusive with Steelers Nation!

ABBOTSFORD — Watching the breakthrough game of Chase Claypool’s young NFL career this past Sunday proved to be a prideful moment for John Barsby head football coach Rob Stevenson, despite the fact that back in 2015, his Bulldogs found themselves on the wrong end of a season-ending playoff loss fuelled by a performance many agree […]

A second-generation passer, Bateman's Logan McDonald has followed in the footsteps of his father, former Abby Panthers' pivot Lance McDonald. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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From father to son: Bateman Wolves’ QB-1 Logan McDonald preps for Subway Bowl Final 4, mentored by ex-Abby star and dad Lance

ABBOTSFORD — Growing up in what can only be described as one of the first families of Abbotsford football, Logan McDonald cops to the fact that not a day goes by without a little father-son gridiron gab-fest.

Playing a football game at B.C. Place Stadium can make you feel larger than life. That's just how Surrey's Holy Cross Crusaders looked on the big screen inside the dome last week. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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The Holy Grail of Subway Bowl! Why it means the world for B.C. high school football teams to play games at B.C. Place Stadium

VANCOUVER — It’s one thing to enter B.C. Place Stadium by purchasing a ticket and clicking through the turnstiles. It’s entirely another thing to appear there via earned invitation on a Saturday in either late November or early December. The Dome? It’s the Holy Grail of B.C. high school football.