There’s a new kid on the varsity football block in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School joins Pitt Meadows Secondary as the only two schools in the district that offers varsity, or senior-level, football to students at their schools.
Tomorrow night (Friday, Oct. 4) the SRT Titans and Pitt Meadows Marauders varsity teams will collide for the first time ever, in the inaugural Varsity Alouette Bowl.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. under the lights of the artificial turf field at Pitt Meadows Secondary School.
Local sports history will be made when, for the first time since 1934 when high school football debuted in B.C., two School District 42 varsity football teams will face each other.
Previous Alouette Bowls were competed by the two school’s junior varsity teams, with the eastern boys winning twice.
The Titans – with eight Grade 12s in their lineup and the rest of the team made up of Grade 11s, and two Grade 10 – are carrying an 0-2 record into the game.
They lost their season opener 21-18 to the Langley Saints on Sept. 20 at McLeod Stadium, and then their home opener 35-0 on Sept. 27 to the Robert Bateman from Abbotsford.
With those games now behind them, the Titans are now focusing on their showdown with a Marauders team that sports a 1-1 record, after a 28-0 win over Abbotsford Collegiate on Sept. 27, and a 20-6 loss to Mission on Sept. 20 in their first two outings of the ‘AA’ season.
Marauders head coach Matt Todd said he’s looking forward to the match-up.
“It’s the only two schools that offer [senior] football in the district,” Todd said. “I’m sure it’ll be a rivalry after this. A lot of the kids know each other from community football. Some are friends, or friends of friends, too.”
The Marauders will be playing their style, which is run first, mixed in with a passing game, and a tough defence.
Todd, who is helped on the sidelines by assistant coach Bruno Chu, defensive coordinator Alan Rhodes, assistant defensive coordinator Aaron Broomfield, line coach Kyle Kuzek, and running back/linebacker coach Bubba Montabello, said he has a “pretty solid team” this season.
“We’re pretty big, mostly Grade 11s, and we’ve got about eight Grade 12s,” he noted.
The Marauders will be led into the game by their three Grade 12 captains: linemen Cole White, Callum Williamson, and fullback/linebacker Scott Cadwallader.
“They are the three players the coaches chose for our captains,” Todd said.
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Todd said the Marauders have set a couple of main goals: to first and foremost make the playoffs, and then do well in the post-season.
Last year, the Marauders made it to the B.C. ‘AA’ quarterfinals before losing to John Barsby Bulldogs from Nanaimo.
“This year, we want to go further than that,” Todd said.
Pitt Meadows principal Mike Keenan’s loyalties are a bit divided. He was the principal at SRT since it opened in September, 2005, and has been an ardent supporter of the Titans junior varsity football program.
He and SRT principal Dennis Dickson switched roles after being transferred this September.
“If Dennis and I are looked at as coaches, we were essentially traded for each other,” Keenan said. “But I’m a Marauder, now. I’m obviously going to be rooting for the home team, but I know the [SRT] coaches, the staff, and the players. I’m hoping they have a good game.”
Dickson said he’s dealing with similar emotions, but stressed, “I’m definitely a Titan, now.”
“I know most if not all of the kids on the [Marauders] team,” Dickson said. “It’s going to be a fun game, either way. I know the Titans are really focused on this game. It’s one of those rivalries that, even though it’s early, the kids are really going to get up for.”
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