Playoffs start today with Nanamio visiting Abbostford (one of the top 5 teams this year easily).
Abby wins this by 30 plus points. It will be a good learning experience for Nanamio that has good numbers and will help the program going forward.
Vernon at Duchess Park.
Duchess Park dominated the JV Prince George area this season but I can't find any info on them or their roster and Vernon has some guys who played up so it's ahrd to go agasint vernon in this one.
Rutland at Seaquam
Seaquam is another top 5 team in my books with a very dyanmic and explosive team and will win this game easily by 30 points.
R. Bateman at Ballenas
the jr Whalers have a very good team here and will win by 21 points
Notre Dame at Mt Bouchiere
Mt. Boucherie is coming off a very strong performance agasint Terry Fox and beat ND in the regulr season and I expect them to do it again by 14 points.
South Kamloops at Mission
Mission will win this game by 21 plus points
Handsworth at LT
LT has a very strong team and ahs played a tough schedule, this will help them prevail by 14 plus points.
WJM at STM
WJM has done well against weaker teams but haven't been able to rise to the occasion against better teams. STM by 21 here.
Holy Cross at Carson Graham
Holy Cross played a very tough schedule and this will help them in a voctory by 7
Pitt at Windsor
Windsor is the winner here although it could be a close game.
Hugh Boyd at John Barsby
Barsby will be too much for Hugh Boyd to handle.
Prince George at Westsyde
This game is a tossup for me.
i'm really looking forward to the 2nd round where there will be some great games.
Abby was a little rusty in this game and Nanamio brought a great effort but 2 things held them to a 40-22 loss at the home of the Panthers today.
1)Samwell Uko, who is such a difference maker at this level and looks to be a bright star for the senior panther team for the next 2 years as well.
2) Being a little undermanned at a couple of positions which gave bad matchups, defensively with the Panthers being bigger on the lines and stronger and faster at the LB and DB positions.
Nanamio lost one of their bigger and better lineman on the first scoring drive and that didn't help their case, not that the winner was ever really in doubt as Uko scored on 2 of his 3 first touches on the ball.
Still a great effort by Nanamio with outstanding games by the Bradbrooke brothers and a great all around effort by a team that was clearly outmatched but didn't let their heads sag even when beaten.
Abby still has what it takes to win it all thi year but they will need a better team effort going forward as the teams get tougher and can better matchup and at least slow down Uko
I'm really looking forward to watching LT and Seqaum tomorrow in Cloverdale to see how they match up against Abby further on in the playoffs.