Grizzly title hopes dashed in back provincial playoffs

The GW Graham senior varsity and Grade 8 football teams both fell short of their provincial championship goal.

GW Graham’s Jaiden Claassen (in white) pursues an Abbotsford ball carrier during Monday’s provincial final.

GW Graham’s Jaiden Claassen (in white) pursues an Abbotsford ball carrier during Monday’s provincial final.

The GW Graham football program had hoped to win two provincial championship banners this fall.

Instead, it comes away empty handed after the senior and Grade 8 teams went down to defeat.

The senior varsity squad fell 24-21 to the Carson Graham Eagles in a Saturday afternoon semi-final at BC Place Stadium.

The Grizzlies nearly rallied from a 21-7 deficit, driving the ball inside the Carson Graham 30 with less than a minute to do.

But an incomplete pass on fourth and long sent the Eagles on to the provincial final against Chase Claypool and Abby Collegiate.

Claypool’s school handed GWG’s Grade 8 team a 39-12 loss in Monday afternoon’s AA provincial final at Abby Collegiate.

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