The 2018 Fall season for both the Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity teams will begin with the Fall camp at the West Vancouver Secondary School field.
The fall camp this year kicks off August 22nd and ends with a pre-season scrimmage against the Handsworth Royals on August 31st for both the JV and Varsity teams. The scrimmage kick-off times are still to be determined.
Camp Dates and Times:
It is critically important that all players are registered and prepared for the 2018 Fall Camp.
The Varsity team's first regular season game is on September 7th against last year's Varsity Tier 2 provincial champion Eric Hamber Griffins. It will be a VERY hard game if we are not prepared and put the effort in at the fall camp.
The JV team plays their first game September 16th against a very talented Ballenas Whalers. The Ballenas team will be very tough competition so attendance, attitude and preparation will be key components to success.
Pride ~ Respect ~ United
We had a pair of FANTASTIC games to end the 2018 Spring Camp. The players really appreciated the great turnout to watch them play. Thank you all that attended to see our players battle a great Carson Graham program. The program is really looking forward to the fall regular season.
Junior Varsity Head Coach Cam Curries was very proud of the way the team battled today. The team had some good moments that showed the potential of this team, but we also saw some areas to target for improvement.
The JV Highlanders took the ball to start the game in hopes of setting the tone. The offensive line and running backs did well to set that tone early as the team grinded their way downfield and ran the ball with purpose.
In the 3rd quarter Coach Currie decided the team should work our passing game and balance out the attack and give the running backs a bit of a break as they had done a great job in the first half.
Coach Currie noted it was a pleasant site seeing Johnny Corbett confidently throw the ball around and involve many of our receivers in the pass game. As the team moved downfield, a big pass play from Corbett to Hursthouse set us up in the red zone. Once within striking position the team capitalized with a great play resulting in a Haldane receiving TD.
Defensively we also had moments that coaches were very happy with. An early forced fumble by App resulted in a Bindley recovery giving the boys a much-needed boost of confidence. Late in the game the team stood strong with a big red-zone stop which showed us that the team has the potential to dig in their heels and protect our end-zone.
As was the case with every spring case, the players willingness to tackle, wrap-up and play with physicality wanders at time. This is expected for those that are learning to tackle correctly and play against real opposition and not teammates in practice. We need to remember many of our players were playing in their first ever football game, against a strong, experienced Carson Graham squad.
Coach Currie summed up the spring camp by saying that the team had issues with attendance throughout which created challenges and hindered our development as a complete squad. As a team they worked hard for two weeks and made a lot of progress. The players need to improve their tackling and physicality, but again this will come with practice and experience as we move forward in the fall.
Coach Currie and the other coaches were very proud of the team and the players should be proud of the effort they demonstrated as well. The Coaches are looking forward to building on this experience in the fall and have a successful regular season.
The Varsity Highlanders showed a lot of promise today according to Head Coach Pooya Dourandish. The team played against a talented and deep Carson Graham team. The Varsity team showed that they can go toe to toe and match a punch for punch on offence. The offence and defense had great moments of execution, but more importantly the players came together as a team and focused on lifting each other up.
The coaches have multiple reasons for optimism, on defense we were flying around and making big stops against a high-powered offence. Offensively we sustained long drives and had explosive plays. Unfortunately, Coach Dourandish noted that the team left a lot of points out on the field but those are lessons the team needs to learn about preparation and execution.
From what Coach Dourandish and the other coaches saw in our spring game, the players and coaches have tons to look forward to for the fall season. This team seems to have gelled as a unit over the last two weeks and with a total buy-in to our goal of playing in the post season at BC place.
Coach Dourandish can only imagine what the outcome of the spring game could have been if the Varsity team didn’t have a bad training camp heading into it. Out of 9 practice days I believe we wasted 4.5 of them. Attendance and attitude are required components for proper execution and success.
Coach Dourandish is proud of our players for fighting from start to finish. There was not a drive on offence where the coaches didn’t believe the team were going to score and not a drive on defense where we didn’t think we could stop them. More importantly Coach Dourandish is very proud of the leaders emerged today and noted that having a controlling voice in a huddle can go a very long way for a team. The coaches are very excited to see how we can build off our success and learn from our mistakes from the game and spring camp. Coming into the game the team played with a limited offensive and defensive scheme to keep it simple. In the fall we should be able to expand the playbook and really show the league what we can do.
Pride ~ Respect ~ United
The West Vancouver Secondary School Highlander Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) football teams will see action today against the Carson Graham Eagles at the West Vancouver Secondary School main field. The end of camp scrimmages will begin today with the JV team kicking off at 3:00 PM. The Varsity team will kick-off at 4:30 PM depending on the end of the JV game.
Please make sure you come out and cheer on the teams and show our Highlander pride. These players have worked hard in the last two weeks to learn and get ready for the fall season. Both of these games should be great to watch win or lose.
The West Vancouver Secondary School Highlander Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams will see action this Friday, June 15th at the West Vancouver Secondary School main field. The end of camp scrimmages will begin with our first game of the day at 3:00 PM.
Every year the Carson Graham Eagles bring their best against the WVSS Highlanders. This year will be no different. Carson Graham always fields strong teams but this years version of the WVSS Highlanders teams are up for the challenge.
The WVSS Highlander Junior Varsity (JV) football team will take on the Carson Graham Eagle Junior Varsity team. The scrimmage will see typical back and forth action on offence and defence, but there will be not special teams (kick-off, punting, etc.) play like you would see in a regular season game.
This will be a great opportunity for a young JV team to take what they have learned in the last two weeks and put it into action.
After the JV football game, the WVSS Highlander Varsity football team will take to the WVSS field to play the Carson Graham Eagles Varsity football team.
This years WVSS Highlander Varsity team is a good mix of experience, skill and size.
Please make sure you come out and cheer on the teams on Friday, June 15th starting at 3:00 PM. Both of these games should be great to watch.
Pride ~ Respect ~ United
We have reached the end of the first week of our quick two (2) week spring camp and I wanted to take a moment and give you a quick coaches update.
Coach Anderson has high hopes for both teams but one of the mantra of the WVSS Highlander Football Program is always “Attitude and Attendance”. The team cannot be successful unless every player shows up and brings their best effort. Another one of the Program sayings is “Effort over Everything” and that effort is a combination of dedication, commitment and attitude.
Junior Varsity Report
Junior Varsity (JV) Head Coach Cam Currie has likes a lot of what he saw this last week. The JV team this spring has a small but strong core group of returning players. Coach Currie is looking to lean on this veteran core for leadership and set the tone for the new players. All the returning JV players have shown solid improvement since last season.
Our new players have been working hard to develop a strong base of skills and knowledge. The coaches have been impressed with the new players with their athletic ability and willingness to learn.
The JV team in general had a good week of skill development along while learning a new offensive playbook. The coaches are looking forward to building on their understanding of the playbook next week and ramping up the intensity moving into the scrimmage versus the Carson Graham JV Eagles at West Vancouver Secondary School next Friday
Varsity Head Coach Pooya Dourandish is excited about the Varsity team after the first week of camp. The senior team has shown a lot of promise. Last week was not without issues however as the varsity team lost their focus during Wednesday’s practice and the turnout for Friday’s practice was abysmal. The Varsity team needs to bring that Attitude and Attendance we mentioned earlier.
This year’s Varsity team is an interesting mixture of 5-year players and “Day 1” (new to football) players.
The Varsity team this year benefits from a strong returning cast of offensive skill position players. This core group of seasoned players gives the team an opportunity to build a strong offence this spring and fall. Coach Dourandish notes that this strong group of skilled position players offensive players paired with the biggest offensive line the team has had since 2010 allows the coach to really present a two (2) pronged attack through the air and on the ground. The potential could make the Varsity Highlander offence electric.
The Varsity team is blessed with some new faces that are working hard to catch up to the veteran players. These new players are really showing that they can be productive members of the team moving forward. It is exciting to see new player join and of course we could always use more players that are eager to learn and want to be part of something special.
Coach Dourandish and Coach Anderson cannot stress enough that the Varsity team players will need to show up every day ready to practice, bring a winning and learning attitude, give you 100% effort in every aspect, spend continuing to work hard learning the playbook and continue to learn to execute the offence and defense.
The scrimmage this Friday against the Carson Graham Varsity Eagles at West Vancouver Secondary School will be an incredible opportunity to challenge ourselves against a very strong opponent. This game will be another step in preparing for the regular season and playoff run this fall.
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Pride ~ Respect ~ United
Spring football 2018 has started for both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams.
Turnout for both teams has been better than expected. For those athletes that have not registered please do so as soon as possible. There is still time to get out there and join the team.
Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams look to have a good spring and a great fall season. The teams have depth in many positions and the offensive and defensive lines for both teams look exceptionally strong this year.
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2018 WVSS Highlander Spring Football starts June 4th!!
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Varsity and Jr. Varsity (JV) Spring Football Practice Dates:
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