The playoff picture is getting painted this week!
Friday, October 16th
Abbottsford Collegiate at Rick Hansen
Hansen is hitting mid-to late season stride and this will be a good tune up game for the Hurricanes. Abbottsford has to continue to focus on the “little victories” and milestones along the way as it grows into program maturity.
Gridiron’s Pick: Hansen by 34
Handsworth at Windsor
This folks is going to be a barn-burner. Huge playoff stakes are also involved as Winsor seeks to leverage itself into a third or fourth seed playoff seed. Handsworth can pretty much clinch third place in the Coast Division with a victory. Coming off of a second “Island Miracle” performance the Royals have to be believers. Windsor is relentless up front and does not give up on the power running game as witnessed at Mt. Douglas. The advantage in team speed goes to the Dukes as does the “tough factor”. Handsworth will cave in sometime around the mid 3rd quarter.
Gridiron’s Pick: Windsor by 14
Langley at Hugh Boyd
Which Hugh Boyd team will show up for this one and for that matter, which Langley team? Boyd is more disciplined and has more program continuity behind them than does the Saints. Langley has not gotten over the psychological hurdle of playing against the perennial league powers in AA. Boyd has to make a statement to themselves and soon!
Gridiron’s Pick: Boyd by 14 plus.
Norkam at Okanagen Mission
By the looks of things this is going to be a very good match-up. It seems that OKM can match pretty much every team in the Interior AA or AAA physically and this could be the difference maker for the Huskies.
Gridiron’s Pick: OKM by 12
John Barsby at Mt. Douglas
The number 1 ranked and undefeated Mt. Douglas Rams host the John Barsby Bulldogs Friday Night under the lights at Royal Athletic Park. Mt. Douglas has had no difficulty dispatching of teams on their schedule with the exception of a tight game vs S. Delta and they have all the momentum heading into this game. The sheer size of Mt. Douglas presents Barsby with problems up front and their second and third level speed defensively compliments the “Big Uglies” in the pits. Offensively Mt. Douglas can strike at any time via the ground game or the air. Barsby is in tough in this game.
Gridiron’s Pick: Mt. Douglas by 18
Saturday, October 17th
Clarence Fulton at Kalmalka (Tier 2) (Exhibition)
Poor old Kalmalka.. Good in town rivalry game but the Lakers are very overmatched in this contest.
Gridiron’s Pick: Fulton plays its bench en route to a 28 pt. victory.
Valleyview at Mt. Baker
Valleyview plays regular games and is way ahead in the learning curve.
Gridiron’s Pick: Valleyview by 34
Frank Hurt at Ballenas
Frank Hurt is having a tough season and is on the road to the Island which is never an easy trip. Ballenas is really smarting after last week’s Handsworth Heartbreak! The Whalers will likely take this out on the Hornets and look to gain some momentum headed into week 7’s “Border Battle” clash versus Barsby.
Gridiron’s Pick: Ballenas by 48
Pitt Meadows at Sands
Sands is smarting from a three TD defeat at the hands of Seaquam this past Saturday. Pitt is looking to prove it is a contender by upsetting another of the conference powers (Boyd is already “in the bag”. Should Pitt defeat the Scorpions, they can consider themselves in the top echelon of the Coast Conference and a veritable lock for the number 3 seed entering the playoffs. Sands is playing for no less and a loss would put them behind the playoff seeding 8-Ball.
Gridiron’s Pick: Sands by 21
Mission at Seaquam
Mission is really beginning to find its stride headed into the second half of the season. They are going to get tripped up in this game as Seaquam is just too physical and run heavy for the finesse oriented Roadrunner squad.
Gridiron’s Pick: Seaquam by 24