And then there were none.
The playoff dreams of senior boys football teams from Surrey and North Delta crashed to earth with a resounding thud as all three teams were ousted in the opening round of the post season by a combined score of 161-63.
In class AAA action, Cloverdale's Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers picked a terrible time to play their worst game of the season as they were rocked 41-14 by Vancouver College under the dome at B.C. Place Stadium.
"We didn't play well; it's as simple as that," said Panthers coach Kurt Thornton. "It's really frustrating because we were capable of competing with College and I thought it was going to be a close, physical game. Instead, we just didn't execute on either side of the ball. They didn't run anything we didn't know they were going to run, we just got beat in both lines of scrimmage.
"It was a frustrating night because we didn't play our best game on the night that mattered the most. Now there's no next week to try and get it right."
The Panthers struggled all game to establish any offensive momentum and the two touchdowns they did score both came via special teams. Austin Thornton blocked a punt in the end zone that was recovered by Hunter Harding for a touchdown and Jamel Lyles returned a kickoff 95 yards for the second major.
Lyles score cut the gap to 28-14 before halftime, but that was as close as the Panthers would get.
Meanwhile in class AA opening round playoff action, the seasons of the Seaquam Seahawks and the Holy Cross Crusaders both came to an abrupt end in Nanaimo Friday.
First up were the Crusaders who were bounced from the post-season tourney 57-14 by John Barsby.
"It's been a long year and we had a lot of injuries," said Crusaders coach Ken Buchan. "We were so worried about Barsby's ability to run that we got killed by the pass. They're not like a lot of these teams using the double-wing rugby style of offence because they can do some other things too.
"Our season was OK. We made the playoffs, which is a good thing, but I would like to know how we could have done if we had all of our bodies. Maybe things would have been different, but we'll never know."
Buchan said there were not many highlights to be found in the loss to Barsby, but he did single out Lucas Ciampelletti on offence and defenders Liam Tyrrell and Jaypee Langkay for their efforts.
The Seaquam Seahawks put up a much more spirited fight against the Ballenas Whalers but it was not enough to stave off elimination via a 63-35 loss.
Tailback Mark Lego answered the bell for the Seahawks, rushing for 285 yards and three touchdowns. The Grade 12 back finished the season with 2,475 yards and 25 touchdowns in 10 games.
Adam Dobie threw a touchdown pass to Lee Lai and Gabe Pamintuan turned a short screen pass into a 35-yard touchdown to round out the Seaquam scoring.
Keegan Lensink led the Seahawks defence with 14 tackles despite playing with a broken hand for the final two quarters.
"We talked about it as coaches after the game and we have no regrets," said Seahawks coach Jerry Mulliss. "Reflecting on the game, once again our lack of experience and size cost us. Having said that, my goodness, we put up 35 points on them, which is enough to win most games. Ballenas is a very good team and most of the kids have been together since Grade 9.
We just couldn't stop them all day."
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