Here's a rundown of some of the top games in our member leagues/associations this upcoming weekend.
As a reminder, all Football BC member leagues are invited to send us your "Game of the Week" for inclusion on our website and in our weekly e-newsletter, The Huddle.
BC Community Football Association
Midget: Coquitlam Falcons vs White Rock Titans
Two teams are left standing at 3-0 on the season in the Midget Division – the Coquitlam Falcons and the White Rock Titans – but only one will remain after Week 4.
The Falcons have yet to allow a point all year with shutouts over Chilliwack and North Langley and then further received a forfeit win over Richmond last weekend.
As far as the Titans go, they too have had decisive wins over North Langley and Chilliwack albeit not shutout victories. In Week 3, the Titans sqeaked out a win over Meadow Ridge in a battle out in the valley last Saturday night.
This game sets up as the must-see game of the weekend where fans will get to see if the Falcons’ defense will hold once again or if the Titans’ air game will be too much to handle. Game time is this Sunday, September 23 at 3:30 pm at the South Surrey Athletic Park.
Bantam: North Surrey Tigers vs Langley Mustangs
The North Surrey Tigers are 3-0 after two big shutouts over Cloverdale in Weeks 1 and 3 combined with a close win over the South Delta Rams in Week2. However, this weekend’s game will be a true test for the Tigers as they host the also undefeated Langley Mustangs in a tilt of powerhouses this Sunday, September 23.
The Mustangs held the Rams to no score in Week 1 and then went on to a narrow victory over Victoria in Week 2. They followed those two wins up with yet another shutout this time over the Cowichan Bulldogs just last Sunday.
Both teams have a history of being well-coached, tough and physical in their play so one has to wonder, with the only other team left undefeated being the North Surrey Panthers, will it be an all-Surrey set of division leaders or will Langley shake up the balance of power.
Game time is 1:45 pm at North Surrey’s Bear Creek Park.
For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.
Midget: Meadow Ridge vs Chilliwack
Chilliwack Minor Football is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a festival of activities this Saturday, September 22 and the Midget game against Meadow Ridge is the featured game of the week. Kickoff goes at 6:30 pm.
Chilliwack picked up their first win of the season last week shutting out Vernon by a score of 14-0 to improve their record to 1-2. Meadow Ridge, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat of the season last week dropping a 15-9 decision to White Rock.
The Midget contest between Meadow Ridge and Chilliwack is just one of six games on tap at Townsend Park this Saturday.
The day’s action gets underway at 9 am with an Atom division clash between Abbotsford and Chilliwack White. Chilliwack Blue Atom takes on Mission at 10:45 am, Chilliwack Blue Pee Wee faces Mission Pee Wee at 12:30 pm, Chilliwack Blue JB faces Mission JB at 2:15 pm, and Chilliwack Bantam hosts Meadow Ridge Bantam at 4:15 pm.
For more information, visit the VCFL website.
Atom: Kelowna Lions vs Salmon Arm Mustangs
The undefeated Kelowna Lions (3-0) put their perfect record – and also their “no points allowed” streak having out-scored their opponents 148-0 through three games played – against the Salmon Arm Mustangs (1-1-1). Kickoff is 10 am this Sunday, September 23 at the CNC Turf Field.
Pee Wee: Kamloops Wildcats vs West Kelowna Sundevils
It’s a battle for third-place this Sunday, September 23 when the Kamloops Wildcats travel to Shannon Woods Field to take on the West Kelowna Sundevils. Both teams enter play with identical 2-2 records. Kickoff is at 12 pm.
Junior Bantam: Vernon Marauders vs Kelowna Dragons
It’s another battle for third place in the JB ranks this Sunday, September 23 when the Vernon Marauders host the Kelowna Dragons at Grahame Park. Both teams enter play with identical 2-2 records. Kickoff is at 3 pm.
For more information, please visit the SIFC website.
BC High School Football
The St. Thomas More Knights make their second appearance on the game of the week schedule as the exhibition schedule concludes this weekend in BC High School Football.
The Knights are 1-1 so far in exhibition play after opening up with a 43-0 pounding of the Holy Cross Crusaders back on September 7 before falling last week to the Vancouver College Fighting Irish by a 17-7 score. They’ll look to close out their exhibition schedule on a high note when they do battle with the Notre Dame Jugglers.
The Jugglers are still winless in exhibition play after dropping a 49-0 decision to Segerstrom (California) back on September 7 and then falling 38-35 to the Mt. Boucherie Bears this past Friday.
The tilt between the Knights and Jugglers goes this Friday, September 21 at Burnaby Lakes. Kickoff is 7 pm.
Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com for a full list of games in all divisions.
BC Junior Football
Just four weeks remain in the BCFC regular season and neither the Langley Rams nor Vancouver Island Raiders have managed to gain a leg up on one another in the race for top spot in the overall standings.
That figures to change this weekend when the two top teams in the league clash for the second time this season. The last time these teams met back on August 11 they dueled to a 31-31 draw at Caledonia Park in Nanaimo. This Saturday the scene shifts to McLeod Stadium in Langley where the Rams are undefeated at 3-0 this season and, barring the unlikelihood of another time, one of these teams will emerge in sole possession of top spot in the BCFC standings.
Both the Rams and Raiders bring identical 5-0-1 records into Saturday’s tilt which kicks off at 4pm.
Elsewhere in the BCFC, the Westshore Rebels (5-1) will look to climb up to second overall in the standings with a victory on the road over the winless Chilliwack Huskers (0-6) at Exhibition Stadium. The game also goes on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 2 pm.
The final game of the weekend is also a Saturday affair and could have significant playoff implications as the Kamloops Broncos (1-5) visit the Okanagan Sun (1-5). Both teams enter the week tied for the final playoff spot and this will be the last chance these two clubs will meet head-to-head this season.
The Sun have a much more difficult schedule in the final three weeks having with games against the Raiders and Rams on tap compared to the Broncos who will get to face the Huskers twice in the coming weeks so this game figures to be a virtual must-win for Okanagan if they want to have a realistic shot at making the playoffs. Game time is 2 pm at the Apple Bowl.
For more information, please visit www.bcjuniorfootball.ca.
By all accounts the UBC Thunderbirds played their best game of the season last Saturday in their homecoming affair against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies but that still wasn’t enough to earn them their first victory as the T-Birds fell to 0-3 following a 39-34 loss.
Things won’t get any easier for them this Saturday, September 22 when the T-Birds host the University of Calgary Dinos (3-0) at Thunderbird Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm PT.
The Dinos are coming off a 33-12 win over the University of Manitoba Bisons last week.
The T-Birds and Dinos last met at last year’s Hardy Cup championship game. Calgary pounded UBC that night by a score of 62-13 score.
Visit www.gothunderbirds.ca for more information.
The time for the SFU Clan to get off their losing streak might not be any better than this Saturday, September 15 when they visit Monmouth, Oregon to battle the winless Western Oregon Wolves.
The Clan dropped their second game in a row this past Saturday to the defending GNAC champions, Humboldt State Lumberjacks, by a 41-21 score on the road. The loss saw the Clan fall to 0-2 in Conference play and 1-2 overall on the season.
The Wolves are still seeking their first win of the 2012 season as they enter Saturday’s contest with a 0-2 record in Conference play and a 0-3 record overall. They fell 21-14 on home turf to Central Washington last weekend.
Western Oregon won both meetings against SFU last season.
For more information, please visit athletics.sfu.ca.