Sunday, September 16, 2012

GI's Picks Week 3

Gridiron's Picks Week Three

Islanders Gash Inside!

Week 2 Storyline

Mission and Carson Graham took it on the chin vs some of AAA's best this past weekend, but both squads improved their game in the process.  The Eagles may be limping a bit on Monday, but rest assured, they will be chomping at the bit to host the visiting Barsby Bulldogs of Nanaimo come Friday.  Elsewhere, Windsor won big against Belmont, Bateman won big vs SouthKamloops and South Delta beat Kelowna by a large margin in this week's statement game!  The Sundevils are for real this season folks!  The Ballenas Whalers showed some resilience and Nanaimo District got it going in their first home game.  Kudos to the Langley Saints on their firs win of the season as well!The rest of the scores are below.

Vancouver College 17 St. Thomas More 7
Mt. Douglas 44 Terry Fox 40
W.J. Mouat 66 Mission 21
West Vancouver 24 Ballenas 21
Seaquam 29 Pitt Meadows 20
Kelly Road 14 College Heights 0

Mt Boucherie 38 Notre Dame 35
New Westminster 26 Carson Graham 16
Eastside Catholic (Wash.) 56 Centennial 32
Meridian (Wash.) 20 Lord Tweedsmuir 7
John Barsby 40 Abbotsford 0
South Delta 35 Kelowna 17
Windsor 48 Belmont 20
Langley 28 Argyle 0
Nanaimo District 28 G.P. Vanier 12
Robert Bateman 44 South Kamloops 3

Frank Hurt 44 Eric Hamber 8

GI's Top 5
Dawg D Produces Week 2 Shutout
1. Mission
2. John Barsby
3. South Delta
4. Carson Graham
5. Robert Bateman/Ballenas

GI's Week 3 Picks

Friday, 21 September

Nanaimo District @ Argyle: The Islanders are playing some very good football of late.  The biggest issue for them is to play that ball right from the opening snap as their starts have not been the greatest.  This team is certainly headed the right direction in 2012.  Argyle is continuing the building process.  This is a good match for both squads.  GI's Pick: Islanders by 18

Handswroth @ Rutland (AAA): The Royals travel North to Kelowna in search of their first win.  The Handsworth defense will keep this game pretty tight and the victor will be the team that produces the most mistake free performance offensively.  In such a game, the kicking game will factor in heavily.  I have to go with the Voodoo in this game based on the sheer size and athleticism of their roster.  GI's Pick: Rutland by 8

Seaquam @ Langley:  This game begins and ends with the ability of Seaquam's big back Lego to run the ball.  If the Saints can bottle up the big Seahawk, it is going to be a great contest.  My hunch is the supporting cast at Seaquam is further along than their Langley opponents at this stage of the season.  GI's Pick: Seaquam by 17

John Barsby @ Carson Graham: This is huge divisional match-up for both squads.  The winner has an early inside track at the divisional title.  Both teams are similar in their physicality and each roster is fully aware of the game's implications.  The match-ups in this game are intriguing.  Carson has played a punishing pre-season against top-flight competition.  Barsby opened up against BC's best.  The Eagles throw the ball well and Barsby run's it like no other.  The offensive and defensive lines of both teams are physical and the LB's bring-it.  Barsby has been scoring a lot of points of late and if this turns into a scoring fest, the Dawgs may have a little more gas in the tank in the late rounds: GI's Pick: Barsby by 8

Hugh Boyd @ Robert Bateman:  Fresh off of a win vs cross-town rival Handsworth, the Trojans are headed up the road to play the surging Timberwolves of Robert Bateman.  This could easily be a playoff preview between the two squads.  Bateman is just as big as the Trojans, rolls out a few more players and is faster.  The math won't lie come Friday.  GI's Pick: Bateman by 14

Salmon Arm (AAA) @ Rick Hansen: Fresh off of a disapointing loss to Valleyview the Golds travel down to play a well rested and hungry Hurricane squad that has had two weeks to prep for the visitors.  I smell an ambush.  Salmon Arm's run defense is going to get tested early and often during this game.  The scarey thing for the visitors is that Hansen runs one of the more balanced run-pass schemes in the province.  Long day for the visiting DC and his fellas.  GI's Pick: Hansen by 14

Vernon vs Valleyview:  I would have taken Vernon in pre-season, but not now.  Valleyview has more game experience and is coming off of a big win vs AAA Salmon Arm.  The Panthers have a lot of carbon in their pipes right now and need to work out the kinks.  GI's Pick:  Valleyview by 13

Mission @ Celntennial (AAA):  Coming off of three weeks of very tough competition, the Roadrunners can certainly claim to be as battle hardened as any squad in the Province. The Centaurs have a lot of swagger in their step and one of BC's best individual athletes in their backfield.  Mission runs a crisper offense than their foes and the team speed is slightly in Mission's favor.  The Centaurs are much, much bigger physically however and this will be a bruising affair for the visitors.  If the Roadrunners can exploit their finesse game offensively and force a few Centennial punts, it will be interesting.  GI's Pick: Centennial by 8

Saturday, 22 September

Mt. Baker @ Kalmalka: The Wild are getting better.  Kalmalka is really getting better.  The Wild travel a long distance for this game, the Lakers are home and fresh.  GI's Pick: Kalmalka by 22

Windsor @ Ballenas:  Love this game.  The Whalers and Dukes always play each other tough and the rosters are very, very evenly matched.  Windsor has to play great pass defense to compete in this one.  Ballenas can't let the score stay close into the 4th quarter.  I think the difference will be the ability of Whaler QB O'Brien to improvise and move the sticks with his feet on broken plays.  If the Whalers have a run game to accompany their pass happy ways, it will be doubly hard for the Dukes.  Offensively, the Dukes are diverse.  It will be interesting to see what holes Coach Schuman can pick in the Blue defense.  GI's Pick: Whalers by 12

Abbey Collegiate @ AAA Squalicum (WA): Coach Fujimura wants his players to become tough by playing tough games out of the gates.  They got some hard bark on last week @ Barsby and now they play a Bellingham WA 3A squad on the road.  The Panthers are going to be coated by Kevlar at the end of the 2012 pre-season.  In the long-run, these players will fear no one.  The Abbey roster is young and yes tough.  Squalicum is all about building character and ethos for Abbey.  Regardless of the score, the Panthers will come away with a positive.  GI's Pick: Squalicum by 28 plus

Belmont @ South Delta: The Sundevils are in the thick of the hunt for the 2012 provincial title, no doubt about it.  Belmont as a program trys hard, but is soft as butter.  This game will be in mercy time mid-way through the 2nd quarter.  GI's Pick: SD by 36 in a game that doesn't reach the final bell.

Eric Hamber @ Holy Cross: This game will have very similar results to the above post.  GI's Pick: HC by 30 plus.

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