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.
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.”