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2013 U-16 Team BC

Posted on 2012-04-11 14:25:42

 2013 U-16 Team BC and the Red River Cup

U-16 Team BC are the 2013 Red River Cup Champions! Re-live all the news and action on this page.

For more on the 2013 Red River Cup, visit their official website.

Championship rings available to order

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Video Highlights: 2013 Red River Cup Gold Medal Game

See some of the highlights of the big plays from the 2013 Red River Cup gold medal game here.

GOLD, BABY GOLD! Team BC captures the gold medal at the 2013 Red River Cup with a 34-21 win over Winnipeg West

Zackari Vint had one interception for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown as part of a 27-point first half as Team BC defeats Winnipeg West 34-21 to capture the gold medal at the 2013 Red River Cup.

Vint was named the Team BC player of the game for his efforts.

Vint put Team BC up 6-0 with his pick-six early in the first quarter. Team BC's offence would take charge from that point with Jacob Laberge spotting Taylor Pencer with a 16-yard touchdown pass and Alexsander Akpata running for a 40-yard touchdown also in the opening half of play.

Vint would make it 27-0 for Team BC before the first half was out capitalizing on a loose ball in the end zone after a bobbled snap attempt by Winnipeg West.

After Winnipeg closed the gap to 27-7 thanks to a Trevor Wright touchdown in the third quarter, Akpata would essentially seal the deal for Team BC with his second rushing touchdown of the game early in the fourth.

Team BC places six on Red River Cup All-Star Team

Six members of Team BC were named to the 2013 Red River Cup All-Star team on the eve of the gold medal game.

QB Jacob Laberge, RB Alexsander Akpata, REC Manuel Lopez, LB Christopher Ellis, OL Chris Derksen and DB Gavin Cobb all received special recognition as being among the best of the best that the tournament has to offer.

The six players placed by Team BC to the All-Star team equaled the tournament-high. Southern Saskatchewan also placed six players on the squad.

The full list of 2013 Red River Cup All-Stars can be found here.

A view from the opposition: Team BC GM Dino Geremia interviews Winnipeg West assistant coach Kasali Akili and star RB Trevor Wright

Pencer vs Pencer: Team BC's Taylor Pencer goes one-on-one with big brother Tyson of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Team BC OL Braydon Winger (GW Graham Grizzlies) and DL Carlo De Coste (Notre Dame Jugglers) talk about their expectations in Saturday's gold medal game

Team BC QB Jacob Laberge (North Langley Bears) and LB Christopher Ellis (Vancouver College Fighting Irish) talk about their football futures and look ahead to Saturday's gold medal game

Team BC Dino Geremia speaks with Delta's Tyson Pencer and Parksville's Justin Sorensen of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Team BC Dino Geremia speaks with Buck Pierce and Delta's Ryan Lucas (Delta) of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Notable statistics after the round robin

Here is a look at some of the more notable statistics after the conclusion of the round robin portion of the Red River Cup tournament ahead of the final day of competition and the gold medal game for Team BC and Winnipeg West.

- Winnipeg West has been the class of the tournament so far not only posting a perfect 4-0 record but scoring the most points (90) and allowing the fewest (22). Team BC ranks second in both those categories overall in the tournament just behind Winnipeg West with 58 points for and 49 points against.

- Team BC and Winnipeg West are the only two teams in the tournament with a positive points differential after the round robin.

- Of the 22 points that Winnipeg West has surrendered in the tournament to date, 16 of those came against Team BC.

- Team BC QB Jacob Laberge has been the go-to-guy behind centre for the team. He leads the tournament with most completions (31), most attempts (59), yards passing (494) and passing touchdowns (6).

- Despite putting up 90 points during the tournament, Winnipeg West quarterbacks have only thrown for three combined touchdowns.

- Who have been Laberge's favourite targets so far? Manuel Lopez leads the way with nine receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Jonny Grohovac has been another key target as he has seven receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns. As far as yardage goes, Jacob Ghazizadeh is the leader racking up a whopping 101 yards on just four receptions. He also has one touchdown.

- Team BC head coach Sean Roden called Winnipeg West RB Trevor Wright the best player in the tournament and he has a point. Wright is far-and-away the leader in rushing yards with 296 - more than double the next leader which is Jaylen Burley of Winnipeg East who has 181. What's even more impressive is Wright has piled up all those yards on just 16 carries.

- Alexsander Akpata is Team BC's rushing leader with 139 yards on 30 carries. He also has one touchdown. Billy Hanson also has a rushing touchdown for Team BC.

- On the defensive side of the ball, Christopher Ellis has been exceptionally prominent as he leads the team with 17 tackles. That's just five off the overall lead among all players behind Parker Bowles of Winnipeg East.

- Team BC has not yet managed to sack an opposing quarterback. The same can't be said of Winnipeg West. They have recorded five sacks with two each coming from Jarrell Crampton and Bailey Lepine.

- Team BC's offense has done most of their damage through the air but they'll want to be very cautious going up against Winnipeg West. Winnipeg West players have combined for six interceptions with Tyler Regert leading the way with two.

- Team BC has combined for three interceptions, two of them coming courtesy of Gavin Cobb.

- Winnipeg West was in the gold medal game a year ago but lost to Saskatchewan. Trevor Wright was named one of the players of the game in that loss.

For full detailed statistics, click here.

Team BC will play for GOLD!

Team BC will play in the gold medal game of the 2013 Red River Cup tournament!

Tournament organizers have confirmed that, although being in a three-way tie for second place after the round robin along with Northern Saskatchewan and Southern Saskatchewan, that Team BC has the edge on the tiebreaker.

Team BC will face Winnipeg West on Saturday in the Red River Cup gold medal contest that kicks off at 4 pm PT.

“They’re certainly a very good team – very good on both sides of the ball and special teams,” said Team BC head coach Sean Roden of Winnipeg West. “I think they have the best player in the tournament in running back Trevor Wright and we have to figure out how to stop him.

Team BC bounces back with 21-14 win over Winnipeg East

Jonny Grohovac hauled in two touchdown passes while Alexsander Akpata ran for one to lead Team BC to a 21-14 victory over Winnipeg East on Wednesday in the round robin finale for both clubs.

Grohovac was named the player of the game for his efforts.

Akpata got Team BC on the board in the first half after a Gavin Cobb interception set BC up on Winnipeg East's 8-yard line. A couple of plays later, Akpata rumbled into the end zone on a five-yard run to give BC the early 7-0 lead.

The game was halted for roughly half an hour after an injury to Team BC offensive lineman Rayl Paling. Paling was transported to hospital for precautionary measures.

After the game resumed, BC extended their lead to 14-0 before the end of the first half after a botched punt by Winnipeg East set BC up on their opponent's 18-yard line. Quarterback Jacob Laberge spotted receiver Jonny Grohovac in the back of the end zone to put BC up 14-0.

Grohovac added his second touchdown early in the second half hauling in a four-yard pass from Laberge.

Things got interesting, however, just when it looked like Team BC was going to cruise to victory.

After a couple of quick touchdowns pulled Winnipeg East to within seven points, Team BC looked to seal the deal with a field goal but after Tyler Moxin's attempt missed low, the ball was recovered by Winnipeg East's Keenan Onyebuchi who returned it 115-yards for a touchdown only to see the score get nullified as a result of a flag.

Brandon White would add an interception late in the contest to seal the deal for Team BC.

Despite the win over Winnipeg East, Team BC is forced to wait for the result of the Southern Saskatchewan versus Northern Saskatchewan tilt to see if they will have an opportunity to compete for gold on Saturday or if they will be relegated to participate in the bronze medal tournament.

Team BC drops 14-0 decision to Southern Saskatchewan

A punt return for South Saskatchewan in the opening minutes of the game proved to be the difference-maker as Team BC dropped a 14-0 decision to Southern Saskatchewan in the first game of Day 2 at the Red River Cup.

Southern Saskatchewan's Kyle Borsa ran an Alexsander Akpata punt 75-yards to the end zone on Saskatchewan's first touch of the game to put his team up 7-0.

That would prove to be all the scoring they needed as Team BC's own offense never managed to get off the ground all game.

Team BC's defense did a masterful job of holding Southern Saskatchewan off the scoresheet the rest of the game but the offense, led by quarterback Jacob Laberge, couldn't find a rhythm.

The best-looking drive for Team BC's offense turned disastrous. With time ticking down late in the contest and BC still trailing by a converted touchdown, Laberge marched his club all the way from their own 18-yard line down to the Southern Saskatchewan 10-yard line.

However, faced with a 2nd and 8 situation, Laberge's threw an ill-advised pass trying to avoid a sack that was picked off by Southern Saskatchewan's Taggart McMillan who took it back 95-yards to put the game out of reach for Team BC.

Team BC DB Sean Stewart had an interception in the loss.

Team BC began the second day of the 2013 Red River Cup knowing a victory over South Saskatchewan would put them in prime position to secure a spot in Saturday's Gold Medal Game.

With the loss, Team BC's chances of advancing to the Gold Medal game final appear slim to nil. They await the rest of the results to see if they still have a chance to qualify for the Gold Medal game or if they will be relegated to participate in the Bronze Medal tournament.


Team BC GM Dino Geremia and Head Coach Sean Roden look ahead to the second day of game play

Team BC GM Dino Geremia speaks with John Makie, Football Manitoba Technical Director


Live Streaming of Red River Cup games

All games in the 2013 Red River Cup will be streamed live by Canada Football Chat.

To see the games, click here.

Team BC falls 21-16 to Winnipeg West in second game of tournament

Team BC surrendered two touchdowns in the second half of their contest against Winnipeg West to fall by a final score of 21-16.

The loss means Team BC sits in a three-way tie for second place in the tournament standings with Northern Saskatchewan and Southern Saskatchewan after the first day of play. All three teams have a record of one win and one loss.

The top two teams after the round robin portion of the tournament meet in the gold medal game on Sunday.

Team BC got off to the start they want with QB Jacob Laberge and REC Manuel Lopez continuing the chemistry they developed late in Team BC's opening game by connecting on an 18-yard pass reception for a touchdown to jump out to a 7-0 lead.

Winnipeg West would respond before the half was out though with a touchdown of their own but still entered the half trailing 7-6 after missing the extra point.

After Winnipeg West went ahead with their second touchdown of the play, Laberge would put Team BC back out in front after hooking up with RB Alexsander Akpata on a 67-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown to put Team BC back up in front by a 14-13 score.

After Winnipeg West responded with a touchdown plus a two-point conversion to take a 21-14 lead, Team BC was given two glorious opportunities to pull even.

A fumble on a punt attempt by Winnipeg West gave Team BC the ball on Winnipeg's 30-yard line with 35 seconds to go but Laberge's pass attempt was intercepted.

Winnipeg West would attempt to run the clock down with a series of knees but BC managed to force them into a turnover on downs at the one-yard line with seven seconds left.

On the very next play, however, Laberge fumbled the ball while attempting a quarterback sneak and Winnipeg West recovered with just two seconds remaining.

Winnipeg would concede a safety to end the game.

Team BC defeats Northern Saskatchewan 21-0 in opening game

Team BC opened the 2013 Red River Cup with a convincing 21-0 win over Northern Saskatchewan on Sunday at Investors Group Field.

QB Jacob Laberge, who was named the Player of the Game, threw two touchdowns connecting with REC Jacob Ghazizadeh to open the scoring in the first half and then with REC Manuel Lopez late in the second half to close out the scoring in the game.

RB Billy Hanson had a touchdown run in the first half for Team BC's other score in the game.

QB Gavin Cobb, playing on the defensive side of the ball, had an interception.

Media Release: Football BC announces two player additions for U-16 Team BC

Football BC has announced that its provincial under-16 tackle team (“U-16 Team BC”) has added REC Christopher Andrews (West Vancouver Highlanders) and OL Justin Kaila (Rick Hansen Hurricanes) to its roster to compete at the 2013 Red River Cup to be held from July 6 to 13, 2013 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Read the full release here.

A message from U-16 Team BC head coach Sean Roden

Hello all U-16 Team BC players,

Congratulations on being selected to the 2013 Team BC for the Red River Cup. It is a great privilege for our coaches to be working with an elite group of young players. We have high expectations for this team and the success of the team all starts with player preparation.

We expect each and every one of you to enter into this event having done everything that you can to perform at your highest possible level. Strength, conditioning, agility, nutrition, hydration and proper sleep habits are all important aspects of helping you to be a premier football player. Take all of these components seriously and be responsible for your own success by being proactive in all of these regards. Not only will we be competing against some of the best competition that Manitoba and Saskatchewan can provide you will also be competing amongst the other athletes on Team BC for valuable playing time. Do not assume that you will get your share regardless of your preparation. In a short tournament we must literally hit the ground running and we will be utilizing the athletes who come to Manitoba best prepared.

Please take responsibility for all the smaller details of the trip i.e. equipment issues, transportation to/from airport, registration and all necessary paperwork.

We are all about to embark on a great adventure together where lifelong memories will be forged and friendships made. Let’s all make this a positive experience for everyone and come back with the Gold!!

BC Tough,

Sean Roden
Head Coach U-16 Team BC

Touchdown BC feature on the U-16 players at the 2013 May Long Weekend camp

U-16 Team BC names 40-player roster

Football BC has announced the 40-player for the provincial under-16 tackle team (“U-16 Team BC”) that will represent British Columbia at the 2013 Red River Cup.

The roster can be downloaded from:

U-16 Team BC’s roster is comprised of seven defensive backs, six defensive linemen, seven offensive linemen, six linebackers, six receivers, four running backs, three quarterbacks and one kicker/punter.

“We are very pleased with the level of competition and improvement through the evaluation process,” said U-16 Team BC head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Sean Roden. “We believe that the combination of hungry and spirited players that have been selected to be part of U-16 Team BC, along with our accomplished coaching staff, position us well for success.”

In addition to Roden (Nanaimo Redmen), the other members of the coaching staff are offensive coordinator and receivers coach Mark McDonald (South Delta Sun Devils), offensive line coach Neil Cartwright (UBC Thunderbirds), defensive line coach Glenn Cook (John Barsby Bulldogs), quarterbacks coach Suresh Parray (Chilliwack Giants), running backs coach Mike Derksen (Chilliwack Giants) and defensive backs coach Jordan Liberman (Terry Fox Ravens).

Sean Roden announced as Team BC U-16 Coach

Football BC has announced Sean Roden as the head coach of the provincial under-16 tackle team (U-16 Team BC) that will compete at the Red River Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba in July 2013.

“I am honoured and excited to have the opportunity to work with premier athletes, coaches and staff in the province on the U-16 Team BC,” said Roden.

Read the full press release here.