BC Place is the place to be this Saturday as BC High School Football wraps up their season with five championship games.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and free for children 12-and-under. Tickets are available at the BC Place box office on game day or by contacting Ticketmaster.
Grade 8 AAA championship: St. Thomas More Knights vs. Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers – 8 am
The Knights have been the class of the AAA division this season compiling a perfect 8-0 regular season record while out-scoring their opponents by a combined 224-46. However, they just managed to squeak by Holy Cross 7-0 in their semi-final playoff game to date which might give the Panthers some reason to hope.
The Panthers finished the regular season with a 5-3 record and knocked off Vancouver College 14-8 to earn a berth in the final. The Knights beat the Panthers twice during the regular season.
The Panthers are looking for their fourth title in the last five years while the Knights have yet to win a Grade 8 championship since their run of 10 straight titles ended after 2007.
Jr. AA championship: Ballenas Whalers vs GW Graham Grizzles – 10:30 am
A year ago, the Grade 8 Grizzlies shocked many by making it all the way to the AAA championship final before losing to Notre Dame. A year later, back as Junior Varsity players, they are looking to finish the job.
The Grizzlies, who finished 5-2 during the regular season, are into the championship final following a grueling playoff campaign that saw them knock off Hugh Boyd, Prince George and Argyle.
The Whalers, meanwhile, finished 3-1 in their regular season and earned their way to the championship final after three consecutive blowout victories over Mission, Seaquam and Vernon.
Neither Ballenas or GW Graham have ever won a Junior AA title in school history.
Jr. AAA championship: Terry Fox Ravens vs. St. Thomas More Knights – 1 pm
After falling in the championship game to Terry Fox a year ago, St. Thomas More is out for revenge in this year's Junior AAA championship final.
Both teams are clearly worthy of being in this year's title game once again. The Ravens went a perfect 5-0 during the regular season while the Knights were right behind them at 4-1, their only loss coming at the hands of the Ravens 14-6 back on October 31.
Sr. AA championship: John Barsby Bulldogs vs Carson Graham Eagles – 3:30 pm
For the third time in the last four years the Bulldogs are back in the championship final and, after failing in a bid to win it all two seasons ago, they're looking to make amends this season.
The problem is the Carson Graham Eagles are just as, if not even more, hungry as the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs were a perfect 6-0 during the regular season while the Eagles finished at 5-1 – their only loss coming against the Bulldogs.
The Eagles will be turning to star running back A.J. Blackwell to lead the way offensively while the Bulldogs will have to find some method of generating offence without their star tailback Brandon Parker, who suffered a knee injury in last week’s semifinal win over Mission.
Carson Graham knocked off the defending AA champions, South Delta, last week in their semi-final contest.
This game can be seen live online at SportsCanada.TV.
Sr. AAA championship: Mt. Douglas Rams vs. Terry Fox
The Rams are looking to become the first team since Richmond to three-peat but don’t expect the Ravens to go quietly into the night.
Mt. Douglas was the class of high school football’s Senior AAA all season long. Led by superstar running back Marcus Davis, the two-time BC High School Football MVP, the Rams compiled a perfect 6-0 regular season record but Terry Fox, despite not having a star player of Davis’ caliber, proved to better than just the sum of their parts going 6-1 during the regular season.
The Ravens were especially impressive last Saturday in their semifinal contest against W.J. Mouat when they shut down the AAA Offensive MVP Maleek Irons.
Can they do the same again this week to Marcus Davis? Find out on Saturday night live on Shaw TV and The Team 1410.
This game can be seen live on Shaw TV and heard on Team 1410 Radio. Also available online at SportsCanada.TV.
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