Vancouver, BC — In a gripping championship showdown that unfolded at BC Place Stadium on Saturday, the VSS Panthers Senior Varsity AA team clinched their third provincial title since the triumphant year 2018.
As the clock ticked to just over two minutes, the Panthers seemed to have a firm grip on the lead, boasting a score of 23-14. The Bulldogs, determined to challenge the status quo, scored a crucial touchdown and executed a two-point conversion, narrowing the gap to a single point. Undeterred, the Panthers adhered to their strategic game plan.
Quarterback Cole Budgen showcased his prowess by picking up vital first downs, including a pivotal fourth-and-inches conversion. With a mere 1:21 seconds remaining, Panthers’ running back Johan Lee sealed the victory with one final first down, effectively running down the clock. This marks the Panthers’ third provincial title, following their previous triumphs in 2018 and 2019.
Junior Varsity Panthers Secure Dominant Win
In a double victory for the VSS Panthers, the Junior Varsity team emerged triumphant in their provincial championship game on the same Saturday. They outclassed the Parksville-Qualicum Ballenas Whalers with a commanding 61-22 victory. Notably, the junior squad had faced a heartbreaking loss of 13-12 to the Windsor Dukes in the finals last year.