The four coaches guiding their teams into Saturday's Subway Bowl semifinals (clockwise from top left) Terry Fox's Martin McDonnell, Todd Bernett of Vancouver College, New Westminster's Farhan Lalji and Mark Townsend of Mt. Douglas, speak to what they feel are common threads running through the four programs. (Photos by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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The Power of Four: Saturday’s quartet of AAA Subway Bowl semifinalists have won seven of last eight B.C. titles! So what’s their secret?

VANCOUVER — The. Mt. Douglas Rams have set the most recent bar of excellence within the senior varsity ranks of B.C. high school football. Yet the three other teams which join the Victoria juggernaut Saturday in the Subway Bowl AAA semifinal round at B.C. Place Stadium help give the 2018 Final Four a unique distinction.

Among a host of break-out ready stars for the 2018 Terry Fox Ravens is rising senior tight end/defensive end Eric Polan. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Ravens won’t back down from adversity! Last-second B.C. title loss, player defections test No. 2 Terry Fox’s gridiron resolve

PORT COQUITLAM — An old saying reminds us that you’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. In a figurative sense, after taking more than their share of knock-out punches since the start of last December, nothing could be closer to the truth when it comes to capturing the current state of the Terry Fox […]

Friends and opposing Subway Bowl starting quarterbacks? You bet! New Westminster's Kinsale Philip (left) and Jevaun Jacobsen of Terry Fox celebrate their shared gridiron brotherhood. (Varsity Letters photos by Howard Tsumura)
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Jevaun and Kinsale: Subway Bowl’s two opposing quarterback linked by friendship, respect for the game they love

VANCOUVER — Last week, before each went to battle, they took the time to send the other an inspirational text. It’s risky business to predict outcomes, especially at this time of the season.

Terry Fox head coach Martin McDonnell (left, foreground) and injured running back Jaden Severy (right, foreground) watch Saturday as running back Cade Cote dargs St. Thomas More tacklers Michael Simone (10) and Joel Pielak during Subway Bowl semifinal Saturday at BC Place Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
The Carson Graham Eagles get a huge test of their resiliency as AAA conference play hits its stride around our province. (Photo courtesy Blair Shier)
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Varsity Letters’ Big 5 weekend preview: Our picks for B.C. high school football’s top games

Welcome back to Varsity Letters’ Big 5 weekend preview. Today, we look at the top games being played Friday and Saturday in the world of B.C. high school football. It’s taken a few weeks, but now we’re right into the thick of AAA conference games.

Terry Fox Ravens' Jaden Severy scored five touchdowns in the first half in Friday's win over WJ Mouat. (File photo courtesy Terry Fox Secondary athletics department)
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Early raves for young Ravens, but true tests lie ahead for PoCo’s AAA No. 1 Terry Fox

PORT COQUITLAM — When an informal coaches poll last spring installed the Terry Fox Ravens as the team to beat in 2017 by virtue of their No. 1 spot in Varsity Letters’ preseason Big 5 Triple A football rankings, head coach Martin McDonnell and the team were more than a little surprised.

Terry Fox speed merchant Jaden Severy is expected to be an impact player this fall with the defending Triple A Subway Bowl champion Ravens. (Photo courtesy Terry Fox Secondary athletics
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Terry Fox Ravens: Varsity Letters’ No. 1 in 2017 preseason AAA football ranks

PORT COQUITLAM — When we last left the Terry Fox Ravens, back in early December at B.C. Place Stadium, the PoCo crew was recovering a stripped fumble from within a mass of Notre Dame Jugglers players, setting the stage for a walk-off field goal and one of the most dramatic B.C. championship titles in Subway […]