An apology...Gridiron ran low on gas and had to take care of his program first and foremost this past week. Ought to have some time for a better posting this coming weekend.
Gridiron's AA Top Five
3. John Barsby
5. South Delta
Gridiron's Tier 2 Top Five
2. Frank Hurt
4. Howe Sound
5. Nanaimo District
Week Nine in Review
Double A saw Ballenas and Rick Hansen go down fighting to end their respective seasons while Windsor rallied to top Mission in a thriller. John Barsby surged versus a now healthy Sands squad while up North, Fulton and Prince George secured number 1 status in the Interior and North divisions respectively. The table is now set for the playoffs and the most exciting part of the 2010 season now begins.
Tier 2 finalized its standings on the last week which is a solid testament to the league parity. Tough finish for a good Moscrop squad! Bateman will be back stronger next year as should be the Panthers.
Pitt Meadows at Okanagen Mission: Gotta give the edge in this one to Pitt Meadows. More bodies and more speed combined with a far tougher regular season schedule gives the Marauders the edge in this game. OKM can throw well but so can Pitt and defensively, Pitt has matched-up very well with divisional powerhouses Handsworth, Windsor and Mission keeping the score close in all three contests. Look for this game to get out of hand by the second quarter.
GI's Pick: Pitt Meadows by 28
Prince George at Seaquam: Great season up North for the Polars. Now you guys have to play a battle tested crew in Seaquam that will dominate up-front on both sides of the ball. The SeaHawks played a solid Ballenas crew on Saturday minus their starting RB for three quarters and did not miss a beat. Seaquam will get it done on the ground and snuff the PG offense start to finish with AA's stingiest scoring defense.
GI's Pick: Seaquam by 36
Nechako Valley at Handsworth: Handsworth will toss and counter its way to scores on almost every possession in this game. The thing about the Royals however, is defense. Handsworth always plays outstanding defense come playoff time and this will likely be a shutout.
GI's Pick: Handsworth by 38
Sands at Clarence Fulton: OK, this is the one game where an Interior/Northern team has a shot. IF, and a big IF, the Maroons can stop serious power football and the Fade, they will be in this game. Sands is pretty tough physically but has not proven that they can close big games in terms of endurance. Interesting contest here.
GI's Pick: Sands by 8
Tier 2 Playoffs
Nanaimo District at Timberline: Timberline has won most of its games this year where the athletic match-ups are similar. I think that they have Nanaimo's number in 2010 and the Islanders are in tough as they travel up to Campbell River. If Nanaimo can throw the ball well enough to keep the Wolves from crowding the box we may have a game on our hands. A tall order thus far.
GI's Pick: Timberline by 12
G.P. Vanier at Belmont: I have to admit I do not know the score (game already played)at this late posting. However, my pick is below.
GI's Pick: Belmont by 23
Howe Sound at Westsyde: Howe Sound has been winning games in what has turned out to be Tier 2's pressure cooker of a division. Westsyde is a bit of an unknown to them but the Sounders have had a full season with lots of travel experience. If the Whundas cannot stop Howe Sound's big back it will be a long day for them.
GI's Pick: Howe Sound by 18
Vernon at Frank Hurt: Vernon has been playing good ball of late. So has Frank Hurt. I think the Hornets may be the most competitive team in Tier 2 the last couple weeks. Bye, Bye Vernon.
GI's Pick: Frank Hurt by 16