After last week’s win against the St. FX X-Men in the Uteck Bowl, the only barrier that remains in UBC football’s way to winning their first Vanier Cup since 1997 is the Montreal Carabins — the defending national champions.
“We’ve come a long way…. There’s been so many other teams who have been trying to get here all year and it’s fortunate to be one of two left,” said Marcus Davis, T-Birds tail back.
Just as the T-Birds captured the Uteck Bowl last week, the Carabins came out with a 25-10 victory against the Guelph Gryphons to hoist the Mitchell Cup.
For the T-Birds, the Carabins will by no means be an easy opponent. One notable player that the T-Birds will have to contend with in the next game is Sean Thomas-Erlington, a running back who accumulated 581 rushing yards during the last three postseason games. Against Guelph, Thomas-Erlington rushed an impressive 170 yards.
Despite the challenges ahead, UBC's head coach Blake Nill is confident that the T-Birds’ can keep Montreal “in check,” especially after having successfully done it against strong teams like the Calgary Dinos and the Manitoba Bisons.
“By having success with those two units — or some level of success with those two units — I think we’re confident that we can have some level of success with Montreal,” said Nill of his defence.