In their glory, Abbotsford Panthers ' team captains (left to right) Ken McIntee, Paul Gill, Lance McDonald and Lance Iten hoist the spoils of victory on a chilly night at old Empire Stadium back in 1984. (Photo provided through the permission of Paul Gill)
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Abby’s original football heroes: Some 35 years later, Panthers celebrate their biggest victory with a B.C. title rematch against Notre Dame

ABBOTSFORD — Paul Gill has never forgotten the feeling he got from winning his final high school football game.Now, 35 years later, the Abbotsford Panthers’ 14-4 victory over the Notre Dame Jugglers in the 1984 B.C. championship game is being recognized for the pioneering bar it set in the city you might just call the […]

Flashing the team's mantra on the back of his t-shirt, Abbotsford Panthers head coach Jay Fujimura addressed his troops during practice on Wednesday. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Abby Panthers: All’s well with Samwel, but No. 1 AA team thrives on its mantra of equal shine

ABBOTSFORD — Maybe the greatest thing to behold in the recent resurgence of the Abbotsford Panthers football program isn’t the fact that they’ve produced two of the century’s most dynamic B.C. high school football talents.