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High school football season kicks off for North Shore teams

September 07, 2022


South Delta's Cameron Trolland tries to slip away from Handsworth's Griffin Sandor during exhibition AAA high school football on Sept. 2 in Tsawwassen. | Mark Booth / Delta Optimist

By Andy Prest, North Shore News.

A pair of North Shore senior high school football teams got their seasons kicked off with exhibition games on Friday.

The Carson Graham Eagles nearly scored a massive home win to open their season, narrowly falling 36-34 against Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Secondary, last season’s provincial AAA runner-up team. It was a meeting of two provincial finalists for 2021, as the Eagles are coming off a AA championship win last season. This year, Carson Graham will be back in the AAA division. The Eagles’ next game will come this Friday when they go on the road to face G.W. Graham in an exhibition game in Chilliwack.

The Handsworth Royals kicked off their season with a 38-8 loss against South Delta on Friday. The Royals will be back in action this Friday as they travel to Surrey to face Earl Marriot Secondary in an exhibition game. The Royals will join the Eagles in the AAA division this season.

Handsworth and Carson Graham will face off in the annual Buchanan Bowl Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at 1 p.m. at Carson's Confederation Field. 

The AAA West Vancouver Highlanders and AA Windsor Dukes will open their seasons Friday, Sept. 16, facing each other in an exhibition game starting at 3:30 p.m. at Windsor.

The Argyle Pipers will also play at the AA level. They’ll open their season Sept. 16 on the road against Salmon Arm. The first home game for the Pipers will be against Langley Secondary on Friday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. William Griffin turf field