The BC High School Football season comes to an end on Saturday, December 1 with the Subway Bowl championship at BC Place.
Here’s a look at all the games taking place at on Subway Bowl Saturday.
8 am – G.W. Graham Grizzlies vs Notre Dame Jugglers (Grade 8 championship)
The fact the Jugglers are into the Grade 8 championship final is little surprise.
The fact they will be taking on the first-year Grizzlies are a huge shock.
The Jugglers rolled through the AAA division with relative ease suffering just one loss during the regular season and then posting convincing wins over Handsworth and last year’s Grade 8 champions Lord Tweedsmuir to book their ticket to the final.
The Grizzlies had a slightly more interesting journey. They finished in top spot in the AA division during the regular season and were bumped up to the AAA playoffs as a result where they were expected to be easy prey for top-ranked Vancouver College.
However, the Grizzlies managed to stun the Fighting Irish winning by a score of 24-18 and then followed that up last week with a 30-14 victory over the St. Thomas More to earn their unlikely berth in the AAA final.
Will the Grizzlies be able to complete their Cinderella story or will the clock finally strike midnight in the championship final?
10 am – Mission Roadrunners vs Abbotsford Collegiate Panthers (Jr. AA championship)
For the Roadrunners junior varsity team, getting to the provincial championship is starting to become old hat as this year marks their fourth consecutive trip to the final.
For the Panthers, it’s an entirely new experience as the program is making its first appearance in a championship game.
The Roadrunners are looking to recapture their crown after failing to defend it last season losing to John Barsby in the championship game but the Panthers no doubt have other plains in mind.
The Panthers have been dominant for the most part this season with only one loss on their record and come into this contest having won four in a row.
The Roadrunners have dropped just two games this season, including one to the Panthers by a 20-18 score back in late September, but have since put together a six-game win streak including knocking off the defending champion Bulldogs to earn a berth in the final.
12:30 pm – St. Thomas More Knights vs Terry Fox Ravens (Jr. AAA championship)
The defending champion Knights are back in the Jr. AAA title game for the fourth time in the last five years but they’ll face a tough test in the form of the undefeated Ravens if they want to take home the Carey Lapa Memorial Trophy for a second straight season.
The Knights only suffered one loss this season but that was at the hands of the Ravens back on October 11.
This is the Ravens’ first trip to the Jr. AAA championship game since 2007 when they won their second consecutive title that year with a thrilling 28-26 win over Centennial.
3 pm – Mission Roadrunners vs South Delta Sun Devils (Sr. AA championship)
The defending Gary Scott Memorial Trophy winners Mission Roadrunners are back in the Sr. AA championship game for the second straight season but it wasn’t an easy journey back by any stretch.
Although the Roadrunners rolled through the regular season with relative ease, they just barely managed to get by the Ballenas Whalers in the semifinal earning a 28-27 win after the Whalers failed on a two-point conversion gamble in the dying seconds.
The Roadrunners may be the defending champions but it’s the Sun Devils that have to be considered the favourites heading into Saturday’s tilt.
The Sun Devils also went undefeated during their season and they certainly looked like a team of destiny after making short work of the two-time finalists John Barsby Bulldogs in the semifinal winning by a convincing 27-12 score.
This is the Sun Devils’ first trip back to the Sr. AA championship game since 2008 when they won the title by defeating the Seaquam Seahawks.
This game can be seen on live on webcast at bchighschoolfootball.com.
7 pm – Mt. Douglas Rams vs Vancouver College Fighting Irish
When the Rams won the Frank Gnup Memorial Trophy last season, they become the first Vancouver Island team in BC High School Football history to ever win a Sr. AAA championship.
The way the Rams are rolling this year it’s hard to imagine they won’t bring the title back to the Island for the second straight year.
The Rams tasted defeat just once this season at the hands of their nemesis from last year’s final, the WJ Mouat Hawks, and they made sure to prove to everybody that their regular season loss to the Hawks was just a hiccup as they completely demolished WJ Mouat in the semifinal last week by a 41-15 to earn the right to defend their title.
The Fighting Irish, who won the championship two seasons ago, likewise have just one blemish on their record this season but that came in a loss to the Rams back on October 5. Since then, Vancouver College has won six in a row including last Saturday’s 42-40 thriller over St. Thomas More in the semifinal to earn their way back to the title game.
This tilt between the two most recent Sr. AAA champions is certain to be a barnburner. Can the Rams repeat or will the Fighting Irish succeed in returning the trophy back to the mainland?
Find out this Saturday at BC Place.
This game can be seen live online at bchighschoolfootball.com and on television on Shaw TV (channel 4). You can also listen to the game live on THE TEAM 1410 AM.
Tickets are available at the gate at BC Place. Prices are as follows.
Children 7-and-under are free
Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com or more information on the playoffs and the 2012 Subway Bowl.