By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: June 22, 2010 12:00 PM
A trio of local quarterbacks are hoping to turn the Football Canada Cup into the Abbotsford Air Show.
Cam Bedore and Brady Churly of the W.J. Mouat Hawks and Carson Williams of the Abbotsford Collegiate Panthers have been selected for B.C.’s under-18 team, which will represent the province at the national gridiron showcase at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia next month.
Tyler Fong of Victoria’s Mount Douglas Rams is the lone non-Abby pivot on the B.C. squad, and the fact that Abbotsford nearly monopolizes the game’s most crucial position at the provincial level is a remarkable testament to the vibrancy of the local football community.
“It shows that Abbotsford is kind of dominant,” Bedore observed. “We have a lot of athletes that can get the job done.”
Abbotsford’s presence on Team B.C. isn’t limited to the QB spot, as four other Mouat players – receivers John Watson and Desmond Bassi, defensive back Deion Bain, and kicker Nick Naylor – made the cut. The Hawks’ six-man contingent is second only to the Terry Fox Ravens of Port Coquitlam, which placed seven players on the squad.
But it’s the quarterbacks who will be most influential – even more so than usual.
The Canada Cup will feature the three-down, 12-man Canadian football rules, as opposed to the four-down, 11-man American game employed on the B.C. high school circuit.
The American game tends to feature more rushing plays, while the Canadian version rewards a more pass-happy approach. That’s a prospect that has the local QB trio licking their chops.
“I definitely like three-down football more,” Churly enthused. “You really get to throw it.”
With Mouat head coach Denis Kelly serving as Team B.C.’s offensive co-ordinator, Bedore and Churly have a head start on grasping the spread offence the squad will run. But Kelly also had high praise for Williams, who has picked up the system in short order.
“He’s so intelligent,” Kelly said of the Abby Collegiate pivot. “He took the playbook I issued, and pretty well memorized it.
“He’s got a good football mind, and he’s able to make all the throws as well.”
Given that the Football Canada Cup is a U18 event, the bulk of B.C.’s roster consists of players finishing up their Grade 11 year. Some graduating athletes, like Williams and Naylor, are still young enough to make the age cut-off. Williams is ticketed for the UBC Thunderbirds in the fall, while Naylor will suit up for the Manitoba Bisons.