The EDSS junior and senior boys’ football teams kicked off their season on Sept. 22 with a win each as they went head to head against the visiting Galt Collegiate Institute (GCI).
The junior team played a close game, coming away with a 13-6 win. Coach Dave Munroe said the team has a good core of returning Grade 10 players “that started last year and they know the plays and have been showing leadership during the first couple weeks of practice which was great for the coaches to see.”
The junior team managed to grind out a win and the coaches were able to see that there were a few things the team would need to work on.
“We had a few penalty troubles and offside calls that we need to address to the players, but that will come with time,” said Munroe. “It was positive that they stuck out the whole game and taking home the win in the end.”
Last season the junior boys’ finished with a 2-6 record in division A and lost in the B championship finals to the Eastwood Rebels by a score of 18-15.
The junior Lancers will be looking at returning quarterback Jordan Frey, running backs Alex Weber and Alex White and newcomer Grant Kernick, a Grade 9 student, to make things happen offensively.
“We have high hopes to do well during the regular season and our goal is to get up to A division for the playoffs,” said Munroe. “Offensively we’re strong and fast and will get better as the season goes on.”
The senior boys’ team put on an offensive show in handily beating GCI 49-12.
Coach Steve Karn believes the squad will be very competitive this season.
“We have a good committed group this year and they are fairly green as we have a lot of guys that are playing for the first time,” said Karn. “We are in a bit of a rebuilding but the guys are committed and showing up every night for practice, working hard and we will be competitive in the B division, for sure.”
The team has a handful of returning players, four on defence and four offensive players that were starters last season.
“We have one-third of the guys returning at key positions so that means we do have a few holes that need to be filled and we have a lot of young guys in Grade 11 and guys that never played football before,” said Karn. “They are learning and we are only going to get better which is a positive thing.”
On Friday the Elmira Optimist Club presented the football program with $15,000 raised at a golf tournament held earlier this year.
“The money generated by the club will go to keep the program viable and we can get new helmets, shoulder pads and all the new equipment we need to purchase,” said Karn.
The club has also created two new scholarships opportunities for two graduating players.
These students have to be entering a college, university or an apprenticeship program.
From the funds raised, $6,000 will be allocated to the scholarships as each student will have the opportunity to receive $1,000 for each year of studies up to three years. The other $9,000 will be used to purchase equipment and keep the program running.