BC battles at Red River Cup

A pair of BC teams stocked with Chilliwack football stars struggled at an annual showcase tournament in Manitoba.

Six local football players traveled to Manitoba last week to play in the 2014 Red River Cup, a tournament featuring top U-16 talent in Western Canada and Nova Scotia.

Jaren and Michael Lengert, offensive linemen on the GW Graham high school squad, played for Team BC Orange.

In round-robin play they lost to North Saskatchewan (25-6), South Saskatchewan (29-0) and Manitoba Gold (12-7). But they finished strong with a 34-0 demolition of Nova Scotia.

Chilliwack Giant Gabe Olivares suited up as a quarterback for Team BC Blue, joined by CMFA/GWG standout Ethan Mastin (defensive back) and Grizzly stars Jake Troyan and Liam McCormick (both offensive linemen).

In round-robin play they lost to Manitoba Black (28-7), South Saskatchewan (32-0) and North Saskatchewan (27-0).

They beat Nova Scotia 10-8.

Both BC teams beat Nova Scotia again in the playoff round, then faced each other in their final game. Team BC Orange won 21-14 to finish fifth in the seven team field. Team BC Blue finished sixth.

Local coach Suresh Parray was the quarterbacks coach for Team Orange.

See grahamfootball.ca and chilliwackgiants.com for local football info.