Outlaws optimistic for first victory

The 2018 High Prairie Outlaws bantam football team is currently playing in its third season. In the front row, left-right, are Austin Kerekanich, Jeshua Gilroy, Raiden Duchesneau, Ethan Haussler, Korven Herr, Brody Kit, Jace Supernault and Austin White. In the middle row, left-right, are Keenan Price, assistant coach Cody Herr, Lennox Alook, Kevin Bruneau, Marissa Bull, Waylon Lauck, Laurence Valdez, Drae L’Hirondelle, Dylen Rumley, assistant coach Brian Gilroy, Ethan Avione an head coach Tom Duchesneau. In the back row left-right, are Matthew Bell, Caleb Pruden, Jacob Mearon, Cameron Patenaude, Dylan Amos and Jacob Rich. Missing in the photo are Leroy Sawan, Jarryn Haggerty and Ethan Klingsch.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie Outlaws are more optimistic about recording their first-ever win as they enter their third season in the Peace River Bantam Football League.

The Outlaws have lost 12 straight games during their first two seaons.

“This is going to be a very exciting year, and with four of our six league games at home, our community will have the opportunity to witness our best season yet,” says head coach Tom Duchesneau.

“I am optimistic that we are going to do very well.

“Last year, we were able to compete with most of the teams in the league, and this year we are much bigger, stronger, and faster than we were in the past.”

Experience is also a key for the Outlaws.

“We are very excited because last year, we had only four Grade 9 players by the end of the season, and this year we have 19 Grade 9 players registered,” Duches- neau says.

“That alone is going to make a huge difference when we play other teams in the league.”

Several experienced players are taking good leadership roles.

“We have many senior players on the team that have stepped up to be very great leaders, such as Waylon Lauck, Lennox Alook, and Raiden Duchesneau,” Duchesneau says.

“They run warm-ups every day, and challenge their teammates to work as hard as they can.

The defence is also adding punch.

“Our defensive line is going to be very strong this year, and with the addition of Daylon Rumley and Austin Kerekanich, our offense is going to be very fast and provide us with many passing and running options.”

Football is about more than just winning, he says.

“First and foremost, we want to have fun out there or the players would not be interested in coming out.

“Just because our primary purpose is to have fun, it doesn’t mean that we are not focused on winning.

“I believe that the players are able to give 100 per cent in practice and in games, and still have fun while doing it.”

After two seasons, he says the players have made strong progress.

“I feel that this year our players are getting better and better at working together and trusting that their teammates will be in the right position at the right time.

“We have been working a lot on strength and foot speed.

“Our defence is getting better at reading and reacting to the opposition, and our running and passing game will again be stronger.”

Duchesneau enters his third year as head coach of the Outlaws. Cody Herr and Brian Gilroy return for their second year each in coaching while Miles Rumley joins the staff for his first year.

 

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