Wow Gang, we are already at mid-season! GI is having a ball as this year's storylines begin to unfold. Every week from here on out there are going to be battles with massive playoff implications. Lots of fun to watch and this week presents no shortage for AA HS Football Fans!!
Friday, October 9th
Westsyde (Tier 2) at Valleyview (Exhibition)
Valleyview has been playing tougher competition week in and week out. Look for the Vikings to blow this one open in the second quarter.
Gridiron's Pick: Valleyview by 21
Pitt Meadows at Langley
A Huge win over Boyd this past Saturday propels Pitt into what will become one of
BC's great rivalry games. Langley on the other hand cemented their mid-tier status with a loss this past weekend to Mission. Two programs going different directions at mid-season.
Gridrion's Pick: Pitt by 18
Handsworth at Ballenas
Ballenas can determine its own playoff destiny with a win vs the Royals and Handsworth can cement its place in the post season dance with a win over the Whalers. We are talking an early October playoff game here folks. Nothing less. The Whalers have dealt the Royals plenty of disappointment over the years and the coach Hines/Conn combo seem to have coach Prepchuck's number.
Gridiron's Pick: Ballenas by 14
Rick Hansen at Hugh Boyd
A very good Seaquam team team knocked Hansen off of its #1 perch last weekend but not by much. This is important to remember because Hansen IS a good squad. Hugh Boyd on the other hand lost to the upstart Pitt Meadows squad in a game that was tight until the dying minutes. This game suddenly looms much larger than it once was as the inside track to a high playoff seed is now on the line with the loser looking at a much tougher road to and in to the post-season dance.
Gridiron's Pick: Rick Hansen is far more complete and will win by 10.
South Delta at Belmont
Belmont is a better team than at any point in its program history. So is South Delta. If the Sundevils get to running downhill mode early in the game we could be at running time by the second half. Belmont has some fight left in them and with a couple breaks they could keep the game interesting for a quarter or so. In the end, South Delta just has too much in the tank.
Gridiron's Pick: South Delta by 48
Saturday, October 10th
John Barsby at Nanaimo District (Tier 2) (Exhibition)
Fast meets slower, bigger meets smaller and so it goes. Nanaimo will certainly have some offensive and defensive wrinkles to present in the ninth annual Ray Kocher Classic but it will be hard to overcome some of the physical mismatches that will present themselves.
Gridiron's Pick: Barsby by 24
Seaquam at Sands
OK gang, two teams that are in many ways mirror images of each other in terms of personality and physicality square off this coming Saturday. At the end of the game both squads will emerge better than when they stepped on to the field. The difference in this one could come down to coaching with the edge in the finesse game going to Seaquam. Can't wait to read the post-game summary!!
Gridorion's Pick: Seaquam by 8
Abbottsford Collegiate at Mission
Mission will own this series for years to come. Coach Watrin has cemented the status of his program and Abbottsford is in a program building cycle that will be several years in progress. Mission can take care of the mid-level and bottom level AA squads without breaking too much of a sweat.
Gridiron's Pick: Mission by 26
Windsor at Mt. Douglas
Back to back weeks against conference powerhouses will certainly test Windsor's mettle at mid-season. The Dukes are gamers and can play well against spread teams. Mt. Douglas had better not take this game for granted and ought to consider pulling a page from S. Delta's power running game.
Gridiron's Pick: Mt. Douglas is too big and strong to get run over by Windsor. They can defend the finesse game too. Mt. Douglas by 16 in a game that is surprisingly close for surprisingly long.
Norkam at Kalmalka (Tier 2) (Exhibition)
Norkam is playing very, very good football up in the interior. Kalmalka is not.
Gridiron's Pick: Norkam by 40
Mount Boucherie (AAA) at Clarence Fulton (Exhibition)
Whoa, this will be a very, very good game to watch. Fulton is the real deal in the interior this year and Boucherie is having its struggles this year. Look for some big passing from Fulton.
Gridiron's Pick: The Maroons by 16
Okanagen Mission at Pentiction (Tier 2) (Exhibition)
OKM is going to be a good playoff team, never mind a great mid-season exhibition opponent. Penticton will get smacked and smacked hard.
Gridiron's Pick: OKM by 50