Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gridiron's Week 8

Week 8, 2014

Week Seven In Review

A busy weekend of ball with statement games from Argyle, Abbottsford, Mission, Hugh Boyd and Ballenas.  The Pipers played great ball en-route to defeating Barsby on its home turf.  This program is now playing at a level it has not experienced before and the air has to smell pretty fresh for em.  Big divisional games await vs Carson and Ballenas however.  Abbey continued to roll vs G.W. Graham, the Roadrunners picked-up a quality win vs Pitt, Boyd served notice that it is the class of the South and Ballenas steamrolled on the ground for another consecutive week.    Up North, PGSS gave powerhouse Duchess Park all it could handle coming-up just short while Nanaimo District got a quality win on the Island.  Carson Graham had an epic rivalry game vs Handsworth that was a pure rollercoaster of entertainment.  Vernon, chugged along in the interior with another lopsided win.

Week 7 Scores


Duchess Park 26 Correlieu 13


Robert Bateman 37 Earl Marriot 0
Vernon37 Salmon Arm 12
Westsyde 38 Valleyview 6
Nanaimo District 34 Sentinel 6
Mission 33 Pitt Meadows 13
Argyle 13 John Barsby 12
Seaquam 28 Moscrop 8
Nechako Valley 28 Kelley Road 0
Duchess Park 21 Prince George 16
Hugh Boyd 41 Frank Hurt 0
Abbottsford 40 G.W. Graham 24


Ballenas 41 Windsor 6
Carson Graham 49 Handsworth 48
Clarence Fulton 28 South Kamloops 12

GI's AA Varsity Top Five

1. Vernon Panthers
2. Mission Roadrunners
3. Argyle Pipers
4. Abbottsford Panthers
5. Ballenas Whalers

Honourable Mention

John Barsby Bulldogs, Carson Graham Eagles, Hugh Boyd Trojans, Duchess Park Condors

GI's Picks

Nanaimo District @ Mission:  The Islanders have stepped-up their game over the course of the season and have done themselves proud.  They travel this year to play Mission and the dynamic Jesse Walker.  Defending the run has been the achilles heel for this crew though they have improved.  They will surely be tested by the Roadrunners. GI's Pick: Mission by 25 plus.

Carson Graham @ Argyle:  Both teams are coming off of emotional wins from this past weekend. Healthy rosters and depth will have a big, big say on the field come Friday.  I like the Carson offense to be a difference maker in this one as they are very balanced and score quickly and in bunches. Argyle needs to stalemate the special teams battle and score more than 24 points to win this game. GI's Pick:   Carson Graham in an upset by 5

John Barsby @ Windsor: Barsby is on the road for the first time this year and it is against a tough Windsor crew playing on their home turf.  It is a bounce back game for both teams coming off of tough losses this past weekend.  Look for this to be a defensive struggle early on. GI's Pick: Barsby by 7

Abbottsford @ Robert Bateman: This is another of the great Valley rivalry games.  Both programs have had up and down years against one another with the rosters very familiar with one another. Abbottsford is really hitting its stride right now and this does not bode well for the Timberwolves.  Look for a decent number of points on the board come Friday with the Panthers ultimately prevailing. GI's Pick: Abbey by 11

Holy Cross @ Moscrop: Judging by October scores thus far, this should be an interesting game to watch.  Moscrop got off to a good start this year and then has produced inconsistent play.  Cross is still trying to figure out the recipe for consistent wins as well. GI's Pick: Crusaders by 9

Vernon @ Westsyde: The Kamloops squad wearing blue has been a pleasant surprise this year!  These guys have put together some good performances in conference play.  Vernon however is playing football at a whole different level and ought to cruise through this game like a plow through fresh powder. GI's Pick: Vernon by 25 plus.

South Kamloops @ Salmon Arm: The Golds are playing more consistent, quality ball than SKS.  Home field advantage and a stronger running game will be paydirt for the hosts. GI's Pick:Golds by 11

Clarence Fulton @ Valleyview: I like the ever improving Maroons in this one as their game seems to be more complete in all three phases. GI's Pick: Fulton by 12

Rick Hansen @ Pitt Meadows: Hansen has had some great quality prep time for this contest and Pitt is coming off of several bruising contests of its own.  This one will go down to the wire with Hansen picking up the W with a healthier roster. GI's Pick: Hurricanes by 6


Frank Hurt @ Seaquam: It would seem that Seaquam has a bit of belief in their hearts after last week vs Moscrop.  The Hornets run the ball reasonably well however and that is a problem this year for the Seaquam defense. This will be a close, close game that comes down to eliminating big plays either way.  GI's Pick: Hornets by 3

Ballenas @ Sentinel: Sentinel is playing on its home field which is absolutely huge for them. Ballenas is running the ball better than any time since 2008 and there is a swagger that comes with this kind of physicality.  I just do not see enough depth on the Spartan roster to slow down the Whaler juggernaut. GI's Pick: Whalers by 25 plus.
JV AA Top Five

1. Abbottsford
2. G.W. Graham
3. Mission
4. Duchess Park
5. Ballenas

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