It’s crunch time on the Prince George gridiron.
High school football is in its final weekend of regular season play, which means teams will be going over every detail in the playbook in hopes of a better route to the regional and provincial championships.
In the northern conference, the Nechako Valley Vikings have owned the field at Masich Place Stadium despite the hour’s drive to get to each game and are 2-0 with a point-differential of +15.
The Vanderhoof school began the season (Oct. 5) with what on paper looked like a European football score, a 1-0 shutout win over Prince George Secondary (PGSS), and followed up last Friday (Oct. 11) with a 34-20 beating of College Heights.
However, the 1-1 Cougars have converted on offense more than any other school thus far with 66 in two games and a +16 point-difference.
Before losing to the Vikings, College Heights ousted Kelly Road Secondary 46-16 to kick off the 2019 campaign earlier this month.
The Roadrunners are tied with the Cougars with a 1-1 record, but perhaps they could be the sleeper team this week as they’re coming off of a strong defensive effort in their 24-6 rout of the PGSS Polars.
They look to end Nechako Valley’s perfect season, lining up with them this Friday afternoon (Oct. 18), 4:30 p.m. at Masich Place.
The following game features a rematch of the Spirit Bowl between the Cougars and Polars at 7 p.m.
Playoff semi-finals are scheduled for Oct. 25 with the conference championship slated for the following Friday, Nov. 1.
The regular season standings were finalized last night (Oct. 16) in the ‘AA’ north division with Duchess Park sealing a 3-0 season at Masich Place Stadium.
The Condors flew by Kelly Road’s Roadrunners with a 41-12 victory, adding to their continued high-octane offensive performances in October.
Duchess Park began with a 42-0 shutout of PGSS (Oct. 2) and then garnered a 33-14 win over College Heights the following Wednesday (Oct. 9).
Those scores total 116 points for DPSS and a +90 point-difference against the division.
They’ll face 0-3 Kelly Road a second straight week in the semi-finals on Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m.
The CHSS Cougars sit in second place with a 2-1 record, showing great defense Wednesday in 32-0 win over the Polars; they also defeated Kelly Road 46-20 in the season-opener.
The double-blue will match-up with the 1-2 Polars once again in the second semi-final on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
The ‘AA’ North championship is set for Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., also at Masich Place.