Sunday, September 13, 2015

Week 2 2015

AA Varsity Week Two

Week 1 Round-Up

Abbottsford wins big and makes a statement that reverberates around the province!  The Panthers shocked AAA stalwart Lord Tweedsmuir with a big win on Friday!  Notice has been served that these cats are the team to beat in 2015.  The byline should also read that though this team is blessed with one of the great athletes in recent memory at receiver, there is one hec of a team surrounding him and we can all look forward to some special football this year!  Out-Gal-Dang-Standing Abbey!

In other games, Carson and Handsworth had another memorable Buchannan Bowl tilt on the North Shore, Prince George played very well on the road and the Barsby-Vernon rivalry added a sound chapter to its history.  The Holy Cross Crusaders are looking tough this year and Hugh Boyd and Robert Bateman are not backing down from anyone!  A good first week all-round!


John Barsby 25 Vernon 0
Handsworth 21 Carson Graham 20:
Kelly Road 36 College Heights 30
Earl Marriot 28 Nanaimo District 22
Holy Cross  36 Clarence Fulton 0
Pitt Meadows 26 Frank Hurt 6
Nechako Valley 28 Correllieu 6
South Delta 46 Hugh Boyd 13
W.J. Mouat 44 Robert Bateman 19
Abbottsford 45 Lord Tweedsmuir 27
Prince George 23 Rutland 23
Kelowna 46 Mission 6

Gridiron's AA Varsity Top 5

1. Abbottsford Panthers
2. G.W. Graham Grizzlies
3. John Barsby Bulldogs
4. Mission Roadrunners
5. Ballenas Whalers

Honourable Mention

Vernon Panthers, Hugh Boyd Trojans, Carson Graham Eagles, Holy Cross Crusaders, Pitt Meadows Marauders

GI's Week 2 Picks

Friday, 18 September

John Barsby @ G.W. Graham: This should be a very good contest as Barsby hits the road to play a group of players who have known nothing but championships since their elementry school days.  The Grizzlies are spread with power up front and an attacking crew defensively.  Barsby likes to blend solid base defense with up tempo offense.  The kicking game is a draw in this one.  Size to Graham by a large margin and perhaps a bit of a speed edge to the Dawgs.  Home field is big for the Grizzlies. GI's Pick: This should be very, very close in the first half and possibly all the way through...Barsby wins close in an upset.

Ballenas @ Pitt Meadows: The Whalers are solid in all three phases of the game and bring a balanced, relentless offense to the dance.  Pit is tough and has a speedy defensive backfield to go with a home field advantage. GI's Pick: Whalers by 10

Nanaimo District @ Spectrum: The Islanders feel like they "snatched defeat from the jaws of victory" last week vs Marriot.   Spectrum is in year three of the program building experience, but took a step back by not fielding a varsity squad in 2014.  GI's Pick: Islanders by 20

Moscrop @ Earl Marriot: This will be a very close tilt.  I think Marriot is definitely riding a surge in terms of the development of the program.  Moscrop has several explosive athlete the Mariners will find it hard to match-up with.  GI's Pick: Panthers by 7

Eric Hamber @ Valleyview: This will be another good game!  Hamber is getting better and Valleyview will be better than last year's version.  GI's Pick: Valleyview by 6

Holy Cross @ Windsor: Holy Cross has a solid game under their belt.  Windsor is opening the packaging on their own season.  Game two is usually a positive leap for most teams and HC will find this to be no different.  The Dukes are led by one of the best and have some maturity and depth on the roster this year.  GI's Pick: Crusaders by 4

Mission @ AAA Notre Dame:  Notre Dame is at the beginning of a half decade long string of good varsity seasons with the possibility of a deep, deep playoff run each year.  Mission is tough, but will not be able to overcome the Jugglers just yet. GI's Pick: Notre Dame by 17

Duchess Park @ Nechako Valley: The Vikings are going to have a very competitive "up-season" in 2015 and may challenge PG for top-rail up north.  Duchess is taking a step back for now.  GI's Pick: The Vanderfoot squad by 10

Frank Hurt @ South Kamloops: This one will go down to the wire.  I predict that the most explosive running back on the field will lead his team to victory.  GI's Pick: Hornets by 3

Vernon @ AAA Kelowna: The Panthers are a tough, very competent squad.  They are also a bit chewed-up right now and will be playing a program with much, much more size and athletic depth. Them facts will have a say in the outcome.  GI's Pick: Owls by 16

AAA Seaquam @ Hugh Boyd: This one go's to the Trojans.  Conference mates a year ago, both squads know each other and Boyd has more depth come game-day. GI's Pick: Boyd by 10

Westsyde @ Salmon Arm: Salmon Arm wins this one at home, no doubt.  Westsyde is in a rebuild this year and the Golds have a mature roster. GI's Pick: Golds by 14

Clarence Fulton @ Omak WA: This is a traditional road trip for the Maroons.  Omak traditionally dominates the game.  There will be nothing new to report come next Sunday.  GI's Pick: Omak by 30 plus.

Abbottsford @ AAA W.J. Mouat: Game of the week!  No doubt about it.  I just don't see Mouat being able to match-up vs the big play ability of the Panthers.  There will be lots of points scored but in the end, a new king will be crowned in the Valley football hotbed known as Abbottsford, BC.  GI's Pick: Abbey by 10

Saturday 19 September

AAA West Vancouver @ Carson Graham: Another good pre-season tilt on the North Shore.  Carson Graham likely has the roster depth and will kick-off the second game of the season vs a Highlander squad that has not yet played in 2015.   The teams met during the spring so there ought not to be too many surprises scheme wise.  GI's Pick: Eagles by 6

Robert Bateman @ AAA Handsworth: Look for a minor upset here.  Bateman played pretty darn good against a good Mouat team last weekend.  Handsworth is fairly short benched.  GI's Pick: Bateman by 4

Langley @ Rick Hansen: It has been a tough off season for the Hurricanes and they will be playing this game at the start of a very long rebuild.  Langley has a half-dozen potential big time players and a good crew to accompany them.  GI's Pick: Langley by 12

Prince George @ Correllieu: Word out of the North is that PG is the consensus pick to run the table this year.  The Polars will likely never break stride en route to a dominant win in Quesnel.  GI's Pick: Polars by 30

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