Team B.C. - including three Mt. Boucherie Bears - swept both its under-18 football games at the inaugural FBU International Games in San Antonio, Texas on the weekend.
Boucherie's Curtis Urlacher, Cameron Spence and Carter Young, the only high school players from the Central Okanagan on team, contributed to B.C.'s 38-18 win over the U.S. and a 49-14 decision against Europe.
Against the U.S., Team B.C. carried over its dominant offensive performance from its earlier game against Europe by scoring on all five drives in the opening half of the contest and six of eight possessions overall in the game.
"I thought our kids showed a lot of poise. They really came out to play," said B.C. coach Tom Kubada. "They're a very focused group of kids, and because these guys have a good football IQ, they were able to pick up the system really well. We were pretty solid overall."
Kubada added that he was proud of the team's effort.
"I wish I could have a group of kids like this on my (high school) team and coach them for more than just a couple of days."
B.C. scored on seven of 12 possessions in the game against Team Europe.
"I was confident after probably five minutes into the first quarter that we were going to win that game," said Kubada. "We went into this game blind so I didn't know what to expect, but when I watched them on their defensive series for the first five minutes I said 'we're going to score on every possession.'"
The three Boucherie players attended a regional tryout camp in the spring and were among 100 players short-listed to attend a camp at Simon Fraser University in May.
Team B.C. trimmed the roster to 52 players after the second camp, from which the final team of 33 was selected at a final camp held in December at the B.C. Lions' practice facility in Surrey.
Urlacher, a middle linebacker with the Bears, was selected a B.C. high school provincial all-star, and was named the Interior Confer-ence's outstanding defensive player for 2012.
Spence is a defensive back, who was named to the Okanagan Conference all-star team.
Carter was one of the most versatile players in the Okanagan Conference - playing linebacker and fullback - and that might have contributed to him not being named to the all-star team.