H.S. Football: Hurricanes humbled by fumbles

Suspect ball security cost the Rick Hansen Hurricanes a golden opportunity to advance to the provincial AA high school football semifinals.

Suspect ball security cost the Rick Hansen Hurricanes a golden opportunity to advance to the provincial AA high school football semifinals, as they dropped a 16-12 decision to the Vernon Panthers at UBC on Friday.

The Hurricanes dominated the game in terms of yardage gained and time of possession, and the defence surrendered just one Vernon drive of any consequence, which resulted in a field goal.

But the Hurricanes turned the ball over five times, including two fumbles that were returned for touchdowns by the Panthers.

“It’s a game we should have won,” Hurricanes coach Paul Gill asserted. “But this game is all about bounces, and it was in the cards for them.

“We play them 10 times, we win nine of those 10 games. But full credit to them – they took advantage of our turnovers.”

Harpreet Dhaliwal and Brandon Ho rushed for the Hansen TDs.


The Abbotsford Collegiate Panthers also saw their season come to an end in the AA quarter-finals, falling 40-6 to the top-ranked and undefeated John Barsby Bulldogs.

The Panthers hung tough with the heavily favoured Bulldogs in the early going, trailing 14-6 at halftime after quarterback Carter Williams passed to Jesse Neufeld for a major in the second quarter. But Barsby pulled away after the break.

“They kept grinding us down, and we held out as long as we could,” Panthers coach Jay Fujimura said. “But then the floodgates opened on a couple of our turnovers, and the score got a little lopsided.”

Despite the loss, it’s still been a terrific season for the Panthers, who finished second in the AA Eastern Conference and earned their first playoff berth since resurrecting the football program four years ago.

We took a lot of big strides with the program, as far as competing at the level I knew we could and the process of accomplishing goals we set for ourselves – improving on our discipline, how we approached the game, how we practiced,” Fujimura said.


The W.J. Mouat Hawks were supposed to face the Kelowna Owls on the road Saturday in the AAA quarter-finals, but that game was wiped out due to heavy snowfall in the Okanagan. The game was rescheduled to 3 p.m. Monday afternoon at Mouat Field.

In junior playoff action, the Mouat Grade 10 squad lost 39-20 last Thursday to No. 1-ranked and undefeated St. Thomas More of Burnaby.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nomination period closing soon for Abbotsford’s Arty Awards

Deadline of Aug. 1 set for 16th annual event which highlights local artists

Virtual Career Panel discusses job challenges faced by newcomers

Archway Community Services in Abbotsford participates in event on July 16

Abbotsford Hospice Society holds community scavenger hunt

Road to Gratitude event takes place on Sunday, July 19 by the carload

New book celebrates people and events that shaped Abbotsford

Pre-sales launched for Abbotsford – A Diverse Tapestry, to be released in fall

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Woman sexually assaulted, robbed near Surrey SkyTrain station: RCMP

Police say the incident happened July 10, just after 11 p.m. near King George SkyTrain station

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Four-vehicle collision snarls eastbound highway traffic in Fraser Valley

Collision west of Lickman Road on Highway 1 includes three vehicles plus motorcycle

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

Most Read