Another thrilling week of high school football has come to an end, and the excitement is just beginning. We’ve seen some fascinating upsets, nail-biting finishes, and intense games, and with plenty more games to come, the excitement is sure to continue to build.
Week five saw well-deserved rises and falls in the rankings, but some teams continued to dominate the season. In the AA division, Windsor made a significant jump and broke into the top five after a 13-7 victory over Argyle in a defensive battle. Quarterback Emmet Ward was exceptional, finding Xavian Washington for the first touchdown and Cameron Coan for the second. In addition, Samson Sachter displayed an impressive defensive performance to seal the deal for the Dukes.
Westsyde also made a small jump, now ranked eighth after a 21-7 victory over the OKM Huskies. The Whundas capitalized on their chances and kept their composure on the defensive end, holding the Huskies to only seven points. They now have three wins on the season and aim to keep their undefeated record heading into Friday’s matchup against Vernon.
Nechako Valley secured the tenth spot in the rankings after a hard-fought victory over College Heights. Stellar play from both defensive and offensive linemen played a big role in advancing the ball and shutting down College Heights. Senior QB Cooper Ziller was all business in the game, passing for two touchdowns, including a two-point conversion, and adding an interception in the red zone to his stat sheet in an all-around clutch performance.
In the AAA division, Rutland climbed the rankings, making the leap from ninth to fourth after a 42-14 win over Lord Tweedsmuir. The Voodoo team has shown brilliance on both ends of the ball this season and will be sure to keep their form heading into a home game against the Kelowna Owls this Friday.
New Westminster also continued their climb with a 34-14 victory over Terry Fox. The Hyack’s running game was the key, with all touchdowns scored on runs, picking up over 250 rushing yards along the way. Tyler Godspower was a standout player, picking up three touchdowns and a sack on the defensive end.
Notre Dame climbed up to the seventh spot in the rankings after shutting out Handsworth. The Jugglers started strong, scoring on their first play and then following up with another touchdown to close out the first quarter. Notre Dame remained focused and closed out the game strong, thriving on both offence and defence.
Seaquam picked up a convincing victory over Centennial to move from tenth to eighth in the rankings. They made the most of their opportunities, forcing fumbles and following up with touchdowns. The Seahawks held a comfortable 28-6 lead at halftime and closed out the game by adding another touchdown to seal the deal.
Finally, Mt. Douglas broke into the top ten following a 30-19 victory over Belmont. After dropping their first game to W.J. Mouat, the Rams bounced back emphatically and look to add another win to their record against the Carson Graham Eagles, who are also looking to bounce back following a loss to Vancouver College.
As the high school football season continues, we can expect to see more changes in the rankings as teams battle it out on the field. With exciting games ahead, fans can expect more upsets, comebacks, and standout performances from players. It will be interesting to see how the top ten rankings evolve in the coming weeks as teams fight for their spot and aim for a chance at the championship. Stay tuned for more football updates.