Grizzlies land four all-star selections

Two offensive and two defensive GW Graham players were selected among the best of the best in BC high school football.

A quartet of players on the GW Graham AA varsity football squad have earned all-star recognition.

The selections were announced last weekend.

Left tackle Liam McCormick got the nod.

“He is known for his aggressive style and run blocking and blocking down-field,” GWG head coach Laurie Smith said of his Grade 11 road paver. “He is the strongest and fastest of a very capable offensive line.”

Receiver Emerson Smith is the second offensive all-star, described by his coach as being among the top three receivers in the province.

“He’s there with Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool and Langley’s Max Joseph,” Smith said. “He was No. 1 in receptions, with great route running and separation. He’s got fantastic possession hands and he’s a playmaker on both sides of the ball.”

Emerson also plays defensive back, alongside all-star cornerback Ethan Mastin.

“Ethan is a Grade 11 corner who is considered one of the best technical cover corners in the province,” Smith noted. “He’s also an outstanding special teams tackler.”

The final selection is Eastern conference defensive MVP Cainen Bergh, the hard-hitting linebacker.

“He was the leading tackler in the Eastern conference and he is the heart and soul of our D,” Smith said.

The all-stars lead their crew into battle Saturday at BC Place, facing Carson Graham in a provincial semi-final.

Kickoff is noon.

See bchighschoolfootball.com.