Going into the AAA Championship, not much separated the top-two ranked senior varsity teams. Fittingly, overtime was necessary, and the No. 1 Terry Fox Ravens beat the No. 2 Notre Dame Jugglers 17-14 on a game winning field goal. Getting most of the headlines before kickoff was the marquee matchup between a pair of elite players in Ravens RB Jeremie Kankolongo and Jugglers QB Steven Moretto, and they did not disappoint.
Kankolongo was able to return a Moretto interception 71 yards for a first half touchdown only to have the Jugglers pivot immediately respond by scrambling 56 yards for a score. However, in a game that remained tied 14-14 for most of the second half, the pair suffered uncharacteristic miscues. In the fourth quarter, Moretto fumbled and was recovered by Kankolongo at the Notre Dame two-yard line, but the Ravens could not punch it in, thanks to some great defence by the Jugglers. With 40 seconds left, it was Kankolongo’s turn to fumble deep in his own territory and gave ND the football with a chance to win at the Ravens 20-yard line. A game winning field goal eventually fell short with four seconds left to play in regulation, which forced overtime. On the opening snap of the extra session, Moretto dropped the ball at his own 10-yard line and was recovered by Ravens Defensive Lineman Adan Tennent, which led to the game winner kicked by Devin Passaglia, who is a second cousin to former BC Lions great Lui Passaglia.
Senior Varsity AA:
Seaquam Seahawks coach Jerry Mulliss 49-year coaching career could not have ended any better. His No. 2 ranked Seahawks delivered him his first ever B.C. Title in a 35-15 win over No. 1 Vernon Panthers.
Like all season, the Philpot brothers, Jalen and Tyson stepped up in a big way. On the second play of the game, Jalen ripped off a 48-yard gain and later punched the ball in from the one-yard line. Late in the first quarter, Tyson made an interception at midfield and returned it deep into Panthers territory and capped it off with a 16-yard TD catch from QB Josh Haydu to put his team up 14-0. In the second quarter, the Seaquam defence got in on the scoring, as LB Nico Bertuzzi returned an interception 54-yards for a major. In the third quarter, Jalen Philpot recorded his second rushing TD of the game with another one-yard plunge to give the Seahawks a four-score lead. Vernon tight end Ben Hladik hauled in the only points on the day for the Panthers with a pair of second-half receiving touchdowns, but was not enough. Bertuzzi went on to seal the game with a late score from two-yards out.
For Seaquam, it was the second championship for the program. The last time they won a Subway Bowl title was 10 years ago.
Junior Varsity AAA:
The Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers have captured JV AAA supremacy with a close 17-14 victory over the Mt. Douglas Rams.
In a sloppy first-half that saw a total of eight turnovers, the Panthers took a 10-0 lead into the break, with the only score coming from Panthers WR Jaden Simon on a 20-yard hookup from QB Trey Jones. Simon was not done there, as the wide-out reeled in his second TD of the game early in the second-half, this time from 24-yards out for a 17-0 advantage. Despite being injured, Rams star QB Gideone Kremler got his team on the board after throwing a six-yard touchdown pass to his brother, Zairech. The pass-catching brother also caught the two-point conversion. The final score of the game came from Conor Way, who hauled in a 23-yard pass from the hobbling Rams pivot with just over 90 seconds to play in the game.
For Lord Tweedsmuir, it was the sixth title at either the Grade 8 or junior varsity level since 2005. The Panthers also won Grade 8 championships in 2009, 10, 11 and 14.
Junior Varsity AA
The Nanaimo District Islanders won their school’s first-ever high school football championship on Saturday at BC Place with a 23-0 win over John Barsby.
The play of the game occurred late with Clayton Hennesey scoring off a 60-yard pick-six, which put the game away. The championship game MVP belonged to NDSS’ Finn Bradbrooke, as he was stellar all game and hit the scoresheet with a four-yard rushing TD. Anthony Comas had the other TD for the ‘Isles with a six-yard scamper to the end zone.
The Notre Dame Jugglers picked up their second Grade 8 title in four years with a convincing 44-8 win over rival Vancouver College. Jugglers running back Jude Buchanon was the star in the game racking up four TD’s.
His first major of the day came on the defensive side of the ball when he scooped up a fumble and returned it to the house for 52-yards. Soon after, QB Carmelo Renzullo threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Gabriele for a 12-0 lead. The Jugglers offence was not finished, as Gabriele and Buchanon each entered pay-dirt once more to give their team a 25-0 lead going into the half.
Buchanon’s other two scores came on rushes from 15 and 63-yards out, while Luca Brown hauled in a 11-yard strike from Renzullo with less than seven minutes to play. The lone Irish touchdown came on a one-yard plunge from Jayden Cheong.
The win capped off an undefeated season of 9-0 for the Jugglers.
2016 Subway Provincial AAA All-Star Team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Jeremie Kankolongo, Running Back, Terry Fox
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Steven Moretto, Quarterback, Notre Dame
Offensive Line Trent Cooper Terry Fox
Offensive Line David Edwards South Delta
Offensive Line Elliot Beamer West Van
Offensive Line Tyrese Hogue Mt. Douglas
Offensive Line Shayden Acosta STMC
Receiver Josh Lucas Mt. Douglas
Receiver Billy Matwichyna South Delta
Receiver Nic Greene Centennial
Running Back Samwel Uko Abbotsford
Running Back Michael Le Van College
Running Back Lucas Sabau New West
Running Back Matthew Shuen Terry Fox
Quarterback Michael Calvert South Delta
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Donate Bull, Defensive Line, Belmont
Defensive Line Jude Hussain Terry Fox
Defensive Line Taylor Mante Abbotsford
Defensive Line Soren Hallschmid Mt.Douglas
Defensive Line Carlo DeCoste Notre Dame
Defensive Line Cole Irwin Lord Tweedsmuir
Linebacker Grant McDonald South Delta
Linebacker Connor Pattison New West
Linebacker Brendan Woodman Notre Dame
Defensive Back Riley Moore South Delta
Defensive Back Ben Tjernagel New West
Defensive Back Keon Fuoco Centennial
Defensive Back Anthony Phan Abbotsford
2016 Subway Provincial AA All-Star Team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Ben Hladik, Defensive End, Vernon
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Gabe Olivares, Quarterback, GW Graham
Offensive Line Jake Troyan GW Graham
Offensive Line Andrew Goldenthal Clarence Fulton
Offensive Line Niko Lazasakis Hugh Boyd
Offensive Line Jaren Lengert GW Graham
Offensive Line Kyle Lambert Hugh Boyd
Receiver Marcus Browne Holy Cross
Receiver Julien Perri Windsor
Receiver Aiden Pearce Argyle
Running Back Tyler Moxin Hugh Boyd
Running Back Reace Mok Hugh Boyd
Running Back Riley Bos Vernon
Running Back Von Richardson GW Graham
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Cole Barron, Line Backer, Holy Cross
Defensive Line Josh Hyer Vernon
Defensive Line Liviano Canil Ballenas
Defensive Line Cory Yeast College Heights
Defensive Line Gavin Murray Seaquam
Linebacker Nico Bertuzzi Seaquam
Linebacker Dawson Davis Robert Bateman
Linebacker Ryan Baker Windsor
Linebacker Zach Bundock Duchess Park
Defensive Back Tyson Philpot Seaquam
Defensive Back Ethan Mastin GW Graham
Defensive Back Brandon Canuel Holy Cross
Defensive Back Maren Bradbrooke Nanaimo District
Subway- Cesar Ramirez, Vancouver College
BC Lions- Ross Mojgani, Carson Graham
Baden- Bryce Niebuhr, Earl Marriott
Infigo/Big Kahuna- Rhiley DeBoer, Lord Tweedsmuir
Skyline/Barons- Michael Bond, Notre Dame
BCSSFA- Devin Passaglia, Terry Fox
Kevin Chin Memorial- Dillon Donovan, John Barsby
Grade 11 Players of the Year
Derek Best, Running back, Lord Tweedsmuir
Eli Nelms-Norton, Receiver, Belmont
Bradley Hladik, Defensive Back, Vernon
Jalen Philpot, Running back, Seaquam
Orange Helmet Coach of The Year Nominations
It's time to recognize the best coaches by nominating them for the Coach of the Year awards.
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The Community Coach of the Year is open to any coach in Community or Junior Football.
Scholastic Coach of the Year is open to any coach in High School or University Football.