Fox squeaks past Centaurs on way to semis
The Terry Fox Ravens AAA varsity football squad has made it to the quarterfinals after a nail-biting finish against the Centennial Centaurs at B.C. Place Stadium on the weekend.
Terry Fox, which finished the season in third place in the Lower Mainland’s eastern conference, downed Centennial 21-20 in the first round matchup. The game was a rematch of last week’s final regular season game, which saw the Ravens best their Tri-City rivals 33-30 in another tight game. The Port Coquitlam club will now take on western conference club Mt. Douglas at Bear Mountain in Victoria on Friday.
A win there would mean a trip to the semi-finals, as the Ravens inch their way to the championship game.
But if Terry Fox has its eye on a title, it is facing some tough competition next weekend.
Mt. Douglas is the top team in its division, with a 5-1-0 record, which ties the squad for second in the Lower Mainland. In its last regular season game of the year, Mt. Douglas dropped New Westminster secondary 43-14 and has had several dominating victories this fall, including a 44-40 win over Terry Fox on Sept. 15.
RAVENS WIN SILVER, PROVINCIAL BERTH IN FV TOURNEY
The Terry Fox Ravens may have lost their final game of the Fraser Valley soccer playoffs but the team will walk away with a silver medal and a berth in the provincial championships later this month.
Fox, who started the post-season seeded 14 out of 16 teams, registered upset after upset on the way to the finals, where the Ravens lost 6-2 to top seed Tamanawis secondary in Newton last Thursday night. To get to the finals, the Ravens defeated third seed Princess Margaret 2-0 in the opening game, the 11th seeded Sullivan Heights 7-2 in the second match and Coquitlam rivals and second seed team the Charles Best Blue Devils 3-1 last Monday.
The Ravens were not the only local club to have a strong showing the Fraser Valley playoffs.
Charles Best finished the tourney in fourth place, after losing 3-2 in the bronze medal game against Sardis secondary on Thursday night.
The Heritage Woods Kodiaks also lost out on a chance to make it into the top five in their playoff division, losing 2-0 to Enver Creek secondary on Thursday.
Centennial also made the post-season tournament, but after winning its first game against Panorama Ridge, the club’s offence dried up. The Centaurs went on to lose 3-0 to Charles Best in Game 2 and 3-1 to Enver Creek in Game 3.
The provincial championship tournament will be held in Burnaby between Nov. 22 and Nov. 24.