Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AA Varsity Football Semi-Final Edition

AA Varsity Semi-Finals

Quarter-Final Recap

Wow, talk about parity at the upper tier of AA ball!  Every game was a barn-burner and the semi's promise to be just as good, if not better! We are all looking forward to watching the semi's in person or via webcast this coming weekend!

GI's Picks

G.W. Graham vs Carson Graham:  Four weeks ago, I would have said this was a no-contest game with the Grizzlies plucking Eagle tail feathers at will.  Different story now.  Carson can match G.W. up front and I think their run-pass balance and team speed present a lot of challenges for the Grizzly defense.  On the flip-side, the Grizzly Offense presents its challenges as well. If Carson can lock-up with the Grizzly receivers and load-up the box, I think they have a real chance because this group can score points.  The kicking game goes to G.W. Graham in this one.  The clock will fly as well.  GI's Pick: Carson in a 6 point "upset".

Langley vs Abbottsford: Langley has had the best season in program history.  They have improved on their game week-to-week and have found the right combination of run-pass balance on offense with a running back, quarterback, receiver trifecta that can produce a big scoring play on any given snap. The Saint defense has been shadowed by their offensive counterparts throughout the season, but hey, here they are playing in the semi-final game.  Abbey is now playing the best football of its season as well. Langley beware, this is the Abbottsford Panthers you are facing, not the Abbottsford Claypools and there is a superb cast on hand to accompany the best athlete in BC high school football.  I think that Abbey can shut down the big play receiver from Langley and gang-up on the run-game.  Offensively, I do not feel that the Saints can do the same.  Kicking Game: Abbey.  GI's Pick: Panthers by 12

1 comment:

BC Gridiron said...

From Mr. Richard Shiner: edited: With that, my predictions:

Abby over Langley by 18+. Barsby was the real test. The winner of Abby v Barsby was going to the finals. No disrespect to Langley, but where were you last year? How does a 2013 JV team go 0-7, then no JV or Varsity teams in 2014, and then make final four in 2015? Not enough big game experience for Langley to compete here. I don't think this will be close.

Carson over GW Graham by 3. A bit of an upset here, but GW Graham has had two tough emotional games these past two weeks when on paper they should have won comfortably. An OT win over Holy Cross, while exciting, was a head scratcher given Barsby beat HC 46-6 a few weeks ago. I think GW Graham peaked early and has been on a plateau. Carson has quite possibly the best RB in the province in Flynn Heyes who has just gotten better each week. Both teams are playing team football, not relying on any one star, although Heyes is turning into one at the right time.