2019 FOOTBALL CANADA CUP PREVIEW – BRITISH COLUMBIA
By Ameeta Vohra
Since coming back to tournament in 2017, British Columbia has made some waves and third time could be the lucky charm for the provincial team.
Cory Philpot is into his third year at the helm. For two consecutive years, he has coached Canada’s under-18 squads at the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas. During his time as head coach of British Columbia, the team placed sixth at 2018 Football Canada Cup and fifth at the 2017 event. Philpot enjoyed a successful CFL playing career with BC Lions where he set a record for single season rushing yards on route to helping the team win a Grey Cup in 1994. The next season, Philpot set a league record for the most touchdowns. The former running back was a recipient of the Eddie James Memorial Trophy twice (1994, 1995) and selected as a league All-Star in 1995. The offensive star also did a brief stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1999-2000).
The team itself will be looking for leadership from the six returning players from the 2018 tournament. Leading the way on offence is wide receiver Nolan Ulm who has already caught the eyes of multiple recruiters and was one of the breakout stars of the 2018 Football Canada Cup as he was named Offensive Player of the Game against Manitoba in the fifth place game.
One returning lineman that is also garnering a lot of recruiting attention is Mathew Ounsted. With collegiate programs always looking for size and skill especially on the offensive line, he is just what many programs are looking so look for another big performance on the big stage from him.
2018 RESULT: defeated Manitoba 23-10 to wind up in fifth
HEAD COACH: Cory Philpot – third year in role, coached the national under-18 squads at both 2018 and 2019 International Bowls
2019 GAME DAY 1 – will play fifth seeded host Ontario on July 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST
NUMBER OF RETURNING PLAYERS: 6
PLAYERS TO WATCH
|Noah Anderson||RB||Lord Tweedsmuir|
|Kaishaun Carter||DL||Saint Thomas Moore|
|Terrel Jones||WR||Lord Tweedsmuir|
|Ian Marin||LB||Notre Dame|
|Vincenzo Nardulli||LB||Notre Dame|
|Andy Ofosuhene||RB||W.J. Mouat|
|*Matthew Ounsted||OL||Mount Douglas|
|Tremel States-Jones||DB||Lord Tweedsmuir|
|Jaxon Stebbings||WR||Lord Tweedsmuir|
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