Now that we are getting to a later half of August it is time for the 2019 West Vancouver Highlander Football Program Fall camp for Junior and Senior Varsity players.
The Senior Varsity team kicks off their camp August 19th to August 30th with daily weekday practices going from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM during the week. Please make sure you check out the calendar for any updates
The Junior Varsity team will kick off their camp a little later with their camp starting August 26th to August 30th with daily weekday practices going from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM during the week. Please make sure you check out the calendar for any updates.
This year is lining up to be an exciting year. A new coaching staff, players and a positive attitude will all help the Highlander Football Program be successful again this year.
Please make sure to register as soon as possible!
1. Register at https://secure.esportsdesk.com/login.cfm?ClientID=5626&CFID=92056863&CFTOKEN=93884538
a. Grade 11 & 12 – Register for Senior Football
b. Grade 9 & 10 – Register for Junior Football
2. All players must have a “Girdle” (leg pads that are the players wear like shorts). Please check with your athlete if they still have, if not please select to purchase one when registering.
3. The cost of the season is broken into two installments. So if you did not play in the Spring 2019 you are required to pay the full amount.
The fall 2019 football schedule for the Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams has been posted!
The Junior Varsity Highlander football team starts the 2019 Fall campaign Thursday, September 12th with an exhibition game again the WJ Mouat Hawks. The regular season will begin Thursday, October 3rd when the Junior team takes on the Earl Marriot Mariners at West Vancouver Secondary School. Kick off at 3:30 PM
The Senior Varsity begin the fall campaign with a new coaching staff and a strong outlook on the season. The Varsity Highlanders start the short fall exhibition season with a game Friday, September 13th against the Sardis Falcon at West vancouver Secondary school with the kick-off at 3:30 PM
The regular season kicks off against the Nanaimo District Secondary School Islanders Friday, September 27th with a early 2:00 PM kick off.
Please take a moment to look at each teams full schedule on the Senior and Junior game schedule page.
Aiden Azadi kicked the game winning field goal as time expired to give the Highlanders a 17-14 win over the Sardis Falcons.
The expected show of offensive fireworks never materialized Friday.
Instead, special teams heroics by the visiting Highlanders (4-3 4-2) wound up carrying the day in a dramatic Pacific Conference clash decided on the final play of the game.
Midway through the fourth, a West Vancouver scoring drive filled with third-down conversions was capped by quarterback Ben Welsh’s touchdown pass to Aidan Izadi which tied the score 14-14.
Sardis got into scoring position with four minutes remaining in the game, but after the Highlanders stuffed the Falcons on three plays inside the 10-yard line, Sardis lined up to kick the go-ahead field goal.
West Vancouver’s Connor Chapman, however, came through with a huge block, giving his team new life.
“He is always there to make a play when you need him and right on cue on their field goal attempt, Chapman broke through off the edge and made a game saving block,” said Highlanders’ head coach Pooya Dourandish. “Our offence took over with no intention of ending the game in a tie.”
West Vancouver moved the ball with a keen eye towards managing the clock, got to the 13-yard line with four seconds left and then walked off with a win after Izadi drilled the winning field goal through the uprights as time expired.
“All credit to Sardis,” said Dourandish. “For a first year program they are a hell of a football team and were fantastic hosts for such an important game.”
Added Falcons head coach Adam Smith: “It was a hard-fought game tonight. West Van really impressed me how hard they played and how much sportsmanship they showed. I was proud of our guys for battling back from last week’s loss (to Nanaimo District) and playing way harder this week.”
Nick Butler caught a TD pass for his sixth straight game in the loss and now has eight on the season. ~Howard Tsumura Courtesy of varsityletters.ca
The Junior Varsity team lost 29-0 to the undefeated and very balanced Centennial Centaurs in Coquitlam
The WVSS Varsity Highlanders beat the Sullivan Height Starts on their home field 34-6
The young Junior Varsity team lost 28-8 to the undefeated WJ Mouat Hawks.
The WVSS Highlander Varsity team beat the Earl Marriot Mariners on a comeback 4th quarter drive to seal the victory
Tough loss at Cloverdale Athletic Park to a very balanced Sullivan Heights Stars 20-14
A purposeful start and an inspiring finish were just the book-end chapters the visiting Islanders were looking for.
NDSS (3-1, 2-1) opened the game with a scoring drive capped by quarterback Finn Bradbrooke’s two-yard run, and then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kick-off which they turned into halfback Kyle Lindsay’s five-yard scoring run.
Tack on a 99-yard fourth-quarter drive capped by a three-yard Bradbrooke TD scamper, and a pair of fourth-and-goal stops by the defence, and you have the difference.
“Both teams brought a passionate effort,” said Isles’ head coach Nate Stevenson. “I am proud of the team for the competitive streak they showed.”
West Vancouver head coach Pooya Dourandish, who saw his team lose for the second straight week and fall to 1-2 in the conference, was adamant that his team try to move on.
“Poor coaching and poor execution killed us today,” Dourandish said. “We couldn’t score from the goal line twice, and we couldn’t stop the run. Credit to Nanaimo for their offensive execution. We need to forget about this one and move on quick if we want to have any success moving forward.”
Lindsay’s 11-yard run accounted for the Isles’ fourth major. West Vancouver scored on a TD pass from quarterback Ben Welsh to Matt Lane. Connor Chapman rushed for 59 yards in the loss and recorded nine tackles.
Nanaimo District got a combined 175 rushing yards from its scoring duo. Bradbrooke carried 10 times for 72 yards and Lindsay 16 times for 103. On defence, free safety Liam Colbounre had five tackles and a pick while linebacker Jamie McColm had five tackles and a sack. ~ Howard Tsumura
Pride ~ Respect ~ United
Hard work and perseverance pays off as the Junior Varsity Highlanders get the win!
The West Vancouver Highlander Junior Varsity football team were victorious Thursday over the Nanaimo Island District Junior Varsity Islanders 10 – 0.
New Head coach Declan McGovern feels the players boys should all be proud of how they performed yesterday in our first win of the season. The Junior Varsity Highlanders beat a similarly matched Nanaimo District team because the JV Highlanders were able to minimize mental mistakes, did their jobs, and capitalized on opportunities.
Defensively Thursday’s game was an impressive showing for the JV Highlander defense. The JV Highlanders grit and determination showed when they managed pushed Nanaimo District back for unprecedented two safeties and stopped them on 4th and Goal from the 1-yard line. The defensive line was disciplined and didn’t get tricked by the Nanaimo District Islanders deceptive offence. The defensive line stayed in their gaps and plugged up running plays in the backfield time and again. The defensive backs did a great job in pass coverage, including an interception by Woo Sung Choi that just about sealed the victory for the JV Highlanders. Coach McGovern was really impressed by players who came in off the bench, made key plays for us, and showed through their play why they should see more of the field.
Offensively the JV Highlanders moved the ball quite well on offence. Quarterback Tomo Hursthouse had a great game throwing the ball, Lucas Haldane had success rushing by finding the gaps the offensive line made for him, and our receivers did well hanging on to the football and turning short passes into big gains.
As always even after a win there are things the JV Highlanders can improve on next week. The hard work starts with everyone watching the game film from this game analyzing what they did right and what went wrong or what they could have done better. Game film is not about highlights but about learning.
Next week the JV Highlanders take on the Sullivan Height Stars.
Pride ~ Respect ~ United
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