Vernon quarterback Zack Smith goes airborne in front of Langley's Ciaran Davies to score one of his three rushing TDs Saturday in the B.C. AA final at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl AA Final: Behind the magic of MVP quarterback Zack Smith, Vernon’s Panthers repeat in royal fashion

VANCOUVER — The No. 1-ranked, defending champion Vernon Panthers made their hold over the B.C. senior varsity Double-A football world dynastic-like on Saturday.Yet even behind a victory as comprehensive as its 43-14 Subway Bowl triumph over the No. 4 Langley Saints at B.C. Place Stadium, Panthers’ head coach Sean Smith admitted he was sweating the […]

Langley Saints offensive linemen Dayton Boytillier (left) and Dallas Pattenden congratulate running back Kai Thomas after one of his three rushing majors last Saturday in a Subway Bowl semifinal win over G.W. Graham. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl AA Finals Preview: Can the Saints’ march be slowed? Vernon defence will have to be at its best to slow Langley run game

LANGLEY — It’s the kind of highlight that in a film-room session just seems to jump off the screen and get your heart pumping.Last Saturday, in its Subway Bowl B.C. Double A semifinal clash against Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham Grizzlies, Langley running back Kai Thomas took a hand-off, made the first wave of tacklers miss, then […]

G.W. Graham's Jaiden Claassen (left) and Langley's Kai Thomas not only carried the heavy offensive load for their teams Saturday, they also met each other face-to-face on defence. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AA Final Four: Fourth-quarter rally not too steep for Langley as Saints top GWG Grizzlies to march into first-ever B.C. final

VANCOUVER — It was a game between two running teams that started out like the script predicted.But both the No. 4 Langley Saints and Chilliwack’s No. 3 G.W. Graham Grizzlies caught scent of a different path to the end zone over the second half of its Subway Bowl AA semifinals and in the end it […]

B.C. High School AA MVP Zack Smith did it all. both on offence and defence as his Vernon Panthers faced the Ballenas Whalers in the Subway Bowl 2019 AA semfinals at BC Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AA Final Four: MVP Zack Smith a game-changer on offence & defence as No. 1 Vernon tops No. 2 Ballenas

VANCOUVER — It’s a tribute to the heart and the immense capabilities of Parksville’s No. 2 Ballenas Whalers that the No. 1-ranked, defending B.C. champion Vernon Panthers finally looked to have been solved over much of the opening half of a Subway Bowl AA semifinal played Saturday afternoon at B.C. Place Stadium.Play after play, series […]

As teammate Dayton Boytillier lays on a key block in front of fellow linemen Declan da Luz (64), Nolan MacLeod (71) and Zach Rohan (65), Langley Saints' running back Kai Thomas finds a hole for a big gain last week at the dome against Clarence Fulton. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AA Final Four Football Preview: No. 3 G.W. Graham vs. No. 4 Langley

VANCOUVER — When Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham Grizzlies rallied to beat the undefeated Langley Saints 20-19 under the lights at its own Exhibition Stadium back on Oct. 18, all you knew was that this was a battle between two teams so good that their paths were sure to cross before season’s end.Well, that intersection takes place […]

Rumbling towards the end zone like a battering ram, Langley Saints' running back Harshaad Jouhal (centre) is finally slowed by the Clarence Fulton Maroons' trio of (left to right) Ethan Schiman, Mo Salgado and Cavan Tilbert on Saturday morning at B.C. Place. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl AA 2019 Final 8: Saints’ RB duo of Thomas and Jouhal rush for three TDs each as Langley blanks Fulton

VANCOUVER — The Langley Saints made about as straightforward a statement as is possible on the gridiron Saturday as the Subway Bowl 2019 Double-A quarterfinals opened under the dome at B.C. Place.Rolling behind its powerful offensive line, Langley’s running game excelled on the fast-track indoor turf, and the end result was a 46-0 win over […]

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Varsity Letters PODCAST welcomes a football coaching trio: SFU’s Thomas Ford, UBC’s Taylor Nill, Langley’s Ryk Piche

Welcome back to Varsity Letters — The Podcast! You’ll find an embedded player below to listen to this week’s episode! As mid-September hits, footballs are in the air everywhere, including the respective home bases of our three gridiron guests this week. Off theta, Simon Fraser head coach Thomas Ford takes us from fall camp through […]

Ty Martens (right) got into the swing of things on Friday, throwing a touchdown pass and helping lead the host Robert Bateman Timberwolves to a season-opening win over Surrey's Sullivan Heights Stars in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Varsity Letters’ Week 1 B.C. High School Football Report for 09.06.19

That’s a wrap for Week One of the Varsity Letter’s B.C.High School Football Report!We’ve got an abbreviated schedule on Saturday, but check back with us for the results of some very big games!Thanks to all of the coaches who took part today.FRIDAYEXHIBITIONCARSON GRAHAM 0 at CLEVELAND (Wash.) 13 SEATTLE — Host Cleveland made it a battle for […]

Langley's Htoo Htoo feels the contact of Dan Dong's hard tackle Thursday in the Fraser Valley junior boys rugby final at Abbotsford's Rotary Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys JV rugby: Abby surge carries Panthers past Langley in FV final! Full junior boys B.C. Elite 8 draw is here

ABBOTSFORD — Lockhart MacGregor and Lennon Sharpe each scored a pair of tries and Ethan Beltran supplied a steady toe as the Abbotsford Panthers defeated the Langley Saints 34-27 at Rotary Stadium to win the Fraser Valley junior boys rugby championship..Locked in a 12-12 deadlock over the latter stages of the first half, the Saints […]

Let the celebration begin! Langley Saints players (left to right) Htoo Htoo Eh, Eh hser Moo and Say Say Eh attempt to slow down teammate Luke Lay Paul long enough to celebrate his game-opening strike Nov. 8 in the Fraser Valley senior boys AA soccer championship final at South Surrey Athletic Park. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Langley Secondary to BC’s: Buoyed by joy & spirit of Karen nation refugees, these soccer Saints win Fraser Valley AA title

LANGLEY — Standing just off to the side of pandemonium, Geoff Labine spied the scene unfolding at one end of the pitch at South Surrey Athletic Park just over a week ago.