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Ballenas Whalers fall 46-6 to Robert Bateman Timberwolves in high school grid action

Ballenas takes on John Barsby in first round of football playoffs
Ballenas Whalers senior varsity squad is set to take on the John Barsby Bulldogs in first round of the BC high school football playoffs. (Michael Briones photo)

The Ballenas Whalers senior varsity squad closed out their BC high school football regular season with a 46-6 loss to host Robert Bateman Timberwolves on a rainy Friday afternoon (Nov. 4) in Abbotsford.

It was a tough game for the Whalers, as the Timberwolves are the best team in the Coastal Conference and ended up with a perfect 7-0 season.

“We were missing several players due to injury and illness,” said head coach Jeremy Conn. “They are very good.”

The only major consolation for the Whalers was they were able to avoid the whitewash as scored a touchdown that ended the Timberwolves shutout streak. Quarterback Brayden Jupe scored a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak.

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The Whalers will now focus on post-season play. They will face arch-rivals John Barsby Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Nanaimo District Secondary turf football field at 2:30 p.m.

The last time the Whalers went up against the Bulldogs was during the annual Border Battle on Oct. 7 where they ended up losing 45-15.

Conn welcomes the opportunity to face the Bulldogs again and also not having to travel outside Vancouver Island for their playoff game.

“We need to execute better in all phases to compete in playoffs,” said Conn. “Barsby is always an intense game. Playoffs just makes it extra special. We need to get healthy and play up to our potential. It’s a great opportunity to prove ourselves.”

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Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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