Photo Credit Boris Terzic Photography
Football in the lower mainland dates back to the early beginnings in 1953 for the BC Lions when they managed to grab their first win, score their first TD then moving from Empire Stadium to BC Place as well as winning six Grey Cup Championships.
From the early days football has grown in popularity at the minor youth level of the game as well as growing at the high school level of play.
Given the fact that the game is far more popular in the US than in Canada one can only wonder what the CFL has to do to make this more family friendly than in a few cities.
Expansion was to take place on the East Coast but Covid-19 put that on hold with no current time to kick things off and attract the families?
The recent Grey Cup was one of the more exciting finals in some time and depending on what team you were pulling for this game took extra time to determine the outcome.
Locally the Langley Rams took their game east playing against the London Beefeaters with many supporters cheering on their hometown Beefeaters hoping for a win.
In this year’s CJFL championship the Rams took a huge bite out of the Beefeaters spoiling any chance of a victory for their counterparts in Ontario.
The Rams played typical Rams football managing to pull out a commanding 37-0 win in the 113th Canadian Bowl at Western University’s Alumni Stadium.
The stadium was renamed due to a $1.4 million donation from the Western Alumni Association who currently outnumber 300,000 and with this the stadium and the lounge names will be for at least the next 10 years.
The stadium will also host the 2024 Ontario Summer Games and over this past summer the $5 million upgrade this past summer also saw a new artificial turf field added.
Philpot has worked with the Seaquam Seahawks and had the chance to coach both his twin sons Tyson and Jalen who are expected to be high draft picks in the 2022 CFL Draft.
Focusing back on the South Delta Sun Devils it was interesting to note that star QB was Michael Calvert who playing in his first season with the Rams after playing with the UBC T-Birds was also named as the Canadian Bowl’s Offensive MVP after completing 144 yds and a TD.
It’s fair to mention the Rams defense collapsed the Beefeaters O-Line with 10 QB sacks while not forgetting that both former Sun Devil Adam Hoegg (one sack) as well as Nico Ouelette were in the line-up.
For anyone playing a high level of football all should know that having a strong “D” is imperative to the line-up as well as getting a strong performance from everyone.
Langley advanced to the final with a 7-4 win defeating the Okanagan Sun in the Cullen Cup BC final, then put the boots to the Saskatoon Hilltops 17-14 at McLeod Stadium.
Daniel Kubongo (CJFL Rookie of the Year) returned a punt back 85-yards for a major that saw the score double and was also named the Special Teams Player of the Game.
Michael Calvert managed a 15-yard TD to Mario Johnson putting the Rams up 30-0 but in the fourth quarter Derek Best ran in for the final scoring of the game.
Best – Game High 11 carries for 55 Yards.
Calvert was 12 of 25 for 144 yards plus one major.
Players of the Game
Offensive – Michael Calvert – Langley Rams
Defensive – Tyler Eckert – Langley Rams
Special Teams – Daniel Kubongo – Langley Rams
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