Our hearty congratulations go out to a couple of football teams which, while not being from Prince George, did Western Canada and Northern B.C. proud over the past couple of weekends.
And in both cases, they did it against the odds.
On Nov. 15, the Nechako Valley Secondary Vikings travelled from Vanderhoof to Kamloops to take on the G.P. Vanier Towhees from Courtenay. At stake was the provincial Tier II championship. The Vikings faced adversity, since the game would be played under NFL rules with four downs, as compared to the CFL-style three-down football the Prince George High School League plays.
That didn’t stop the Vikings though, as they brought the provincial title north with a 22-15 win.
That, coincidentally, was almost exactly the same score by which the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Montreal Alouettes by in the Grey Cup this past Sunday.
While the Western Conference was viewed by most as easily the stronger group, the fact remained the Stamps had to take on not just the Alouettes, but the majority of the crowd at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
And after falling behind early, the Stamps rallied behind the five field goals of Canadian Sandro DeAngelis for a 22-15 win.
Well done to both the Vikings and the Stampeders.