Tuesday, October 11, 2016

AA Varsity Week Six

Gridiron's AA Varsity Top 5

1. Seaquam SeaHawks
2. Hugh Boyd Trojans
3. Vernon Panthers
4. Holy Cross Crusaders
5. Windsor Dukes

Week Five Scores

Hugh Boyd 27 Frank Hurt 0
Ballenas 27 Nanaimo District 13
Holy Criss 41 Salmon Arm 7
Argyle 30 Langley 14
G.W. Graham 32 Robert Bateman 0
Seaquam 35 Windsor 21
South Kamloops 28 Valleyview 18
Clarence Fulton 33 Westsyde 28
Prince George 14 College Heights 12
John Barsby 52 Timberline 0

Gridiron's Picks

Friday, 14 October

Langly @ Salmon Arm: Two teams desperately looking for a divisional win square off on Friday. This is very evenly matched and will go down to the wire.  Look for the visitors to be the dominant team via the air and this will be the difference. GI's Pick: Langley by 7

Clarence Fulton @ Vernon: This game will be Vernon's biggest divisional test.  Fulton has some momentum on its side, but does not win the match-ups on the perimeter and up front. GI's Pick: Panthers by 17

Argyle @ Robert Bateman: Bateman runs the ball very well while Argyle conversely, throws it around as good as anyone.  The weather is supposed to be epic in terms of wind and rain.  The edge in these conditions goes to the Timberwolves.  GI's Pick: Bateman by 8

Valleyview @ Westsyde: Westsyde, though losing a recent spate of games, has been playing pretty good ball and they ought to build off of it nicely when they host Valleyview.  GI's Pick: Westsyde by 11

Nechako Valley @ College Heights:  Nechako Valley has been nothing short of a juggernaught offensively this season, posting big numbers each time they take the field.  College Heights is playing stingy ball defensively, but this week's opponent will be overwhelming. GI's Pick: Vikings by 18

D.P. Todd @ Duchess Park: The Trojans are going through their first season in years with the growth curve that accompanies such an endeavor.  Duchess has more depth and football IQ at this point.  GI's Pick: Duchess Park by 20

Holy Cross @ G.W. Graham:  This game could very well determine who is going to be first place in the East.  G.W. Graham is getting healthy and that means a real tough game for the Crusaders.  The projected weather for the game means throwing the ball could be difficult at best.  The depth on the roster goes to HC in this one. GI's Pick:  Holy Cross by 7

Saturday, 15 October

Nanaimo @ Frank Hurt: This will be a muddy, run heavy game in throwback field conditions.  The Islanders are built better offensively for the run than are their hosts.  GI's Pick: Islanders by 17

John Barsby @ Seaquam:  The trenches are going to be living up to their name if the weather forcast rings true.  Seaquam wins the team speed match-up and is undefeated headed in to this big divisional game and thus far, have seemed to have figured out the recipe for great second halves week in and week out. GI's Pick: Seaquam by 21

Windsor @ Ballenas:  This game will be a windy, muddy slopfest characterized by some big runs and lots of turnovers in the Whaler mud.  Both teams run down hill very well and have big play athletes. GI's Pick:  Windsor by 6

South Kamloops @ W.L. Seaton:  The Titans are on a bit of a roll right now.  They will find more momentum coming out of this one. GI's Pick: South Kamloops by 11

Sunday, October 2, 2016

AA Varsity Week 5

Week Four Wrap-Up

Seaquam, Hugh Boyd, Vernon and Holy Cross served notice they are for real this past weekend with big "statement" wins.  The rest of the pack is still sorting itself out with other contenders yet to emerge.


Friday, 30 September

John Barsby 53 Frank Hurt 12
Nanaimo District 35 Westsyde 19
Vernon 40-Pitt Meadows 3
Holy Cross 21 Handsworth (AAA) 18
Salmon Arm 20 South Kamloops 10
College Heights 58 D.P. Todd 14
Nechako Valley 60 Correllieu 6
Hugh Boyd 28 Windsor 14
Clarence Fulton 41 Duchess Park 27

Saturday, 1 October

Seaquam 45 Ballenas 12
Abbottsford (AAA) 27 Robert Bateman 5

A Happy Thanksgiving Weekend To Everyone!

Gridiron's Week Five Top Five

1. Seaquam SeaHawks
2. Hugh Boyd Trojans
3. Vernon Panthers
4. G.W. Graham Grizzlies
5. Robert Bateman Timberwolves

GI's Picks

Friday, 7 October

Salmon Arm @ Holy Cross: Two quality squads coming off of quality wins lock horns on Friday.  The Crusader running game will be the difference maker as the Golds will have to load-up the box to stop it and will become vulnerable to big plays via the air.  GI's Pick: Holy Cross by 12

D.P. Todd @ Eric Hamber: This is a great road game for the nascent D.P. Todd varsity squad.  It is also good for Eric Hamber.  The edge in football experience goes to the hosts and that is tough to bet against.  GI's Pick: Hamber by 11

Langley @ Argyle: Possible game of the week here!  The match-ups are superb and the offensive/defensive styles will make for a good back and forth afternoon.  Argyle is always tough at home and the visitors are going to be in for a big dose of play-action passing.  GI's Pick: Pipers by 7

Seaquam @ Windsor: The SeaHawks have steam rolled out of the gates thus far in 2016.  The playing surface at Windsor will compliment their speed and the possible rain on game day, their size/running game.  The Dukes will likely give their opponents fits early on, but Seaquam ought to grind em down as the game progresses.  Look for a big third quarter for the visitors. GI's Pick: Seaquam by 18

South Kamloops @ Valleyview: South Kamloops emerges from last week's contest vs Salmon Arm a tougher, more resilient squad.  This week's contest will see some big runs from the Titans en route to a big score.GI's Pick: Titans by 20

Correlieu @ Duchess Park:  Duchess had a good trip last weekend and they ought to springboard that experience in to a total team effort vs Correlieu. GI's Pick: Condors by 20 plus

Westsyde @ Clarence Fulton:  This will be a fun game to watch.  Westsyde had a good game in a losing effort on the Island this past weekend while Clarence Fulton put on a show vs Duchess Park. The Fulton offense is really rounding in to form and look for the Maroons to post at least 28 points come game-day.  GI's Pick: Maroons by 14

John Barsby @ Timberline: Timberline and Barsby have not locked horns since 2008.  The game used to be a rivalry of sorts but the two programs have gone different directions since.  Both teams will benefit from this year's resumption in different ways.  GI's Pick: Barsby by 20 plus

College Heights @ PGSS: This game will be very close.  The Cougars rolled their last opponent and PG was unimpressive in their loss to Nechako Valley two weeks ago.  The ability of College Heights to stop the run and PGSS to manage turnovers will speak volumes on the outcome. GI's Pick:  Cougars by 6

Robert Bateman @ G.W. Graham: Big, Big Game Here!  Graham is returning to a modicum of health just in time to square off against what amounts to one of the big surprise squads of AA ball this year in the Robert Bateman Timberwolves.  If the Grizzlies can engineer a similar defensive performance to the one Abbey put together last week vs Bateman, the game will surely tilt in their favor.   I think Graham and Vernon are a lot alike and the outcome vs this common opponent will likely be similar. GI's Pick: Grizzlies by 14

Vernon @ W.L. Seaton:  Vernon is now on a divisional cake-walk to the playoffs and the first whump under their tires will be Seaton.  GI's Pick:  Panthers by 20 plus

Saturday, 8 October

Hugh Boyd @ Frank Hurt:  The Hornets surely do have some bright spots in their backfield and on the edge offensively.  Up front however, they are no match for Hugh Boyd and this will result in a big day on the ground for the Trojan offense. GI's Pick: Trojans by 20 plus

Nanaimo District @ Ballenas:  This game will be fun to watch.  Nanaimo District has a chance to win if they can cover the deep ball.  If not, it will be a day of trying to match quick drives by the Whalers with long clock-eaters by the Islanders.  Roster size and depth goes to Nanaimo District in this game. Speed and execution to the Whalers.  A rainy day and turnovers off special teams will be factors that insert themselves in to the outcome.  GI's Pick: Whalers by 14