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.
It’s certainly no stretch to say that the Vernon Panthers have had their way with the opposition on more than a few occasions over the course of the 2018 B.C. high school football season.
Welcome to an upcoming season in which they are overwhelming favourites, a season in which their ability to remain mentally grounded will be every bit as critical as their ability to unleash their unquestioned cache of physical skills on the football field.
VANCOUVER — Ben Hladik is so attuned to everything he does as a football player, that even a discussion of his jersey number with the UBC Thunderbirds is important enough to provide a most thoughtful answer.