A 7-0 victory over Grand River Collegiate Institute on Monday gave Elmira District’s junior football team a ride to the semi-finals this Friday
They’ll face off against Jacob Hespeler Secondary School at JHSS at 2:15 p.m. JHSS finished first in the league in regular season play and haven’t lost a game all year. Even if the EDSS boys lose, coach David Munroe says it’s been an excellent season for the young squad.
“With 13 teams in the league and we’re in the semi-finals, so I mean the worst we can do is fourth,” Munroe said. “It’s a good accomplishment, especially since we do have a lot of Grade 9s that did well. We couldn’t ask for much more. They definitely came together. This is one of the tightest knit groups we’ve had probably in the six years I’ve been coaching here for a football team. They worked really hard. The attendance was great at practice. They put in the time in the off season in the workout program we gave them. They definitely bought in and it showed.”
EDSS scored near the end of the second quarter versus GRCI and held them off for the rest of the game to secure the win. Munroe says they played well defensively, but their offense could have been better.
“To hold a team to zero points, you can’t ask for anything more than that. The defense played really, really well and offense, we did enough to get the win,” Munroe said.
They’ve been practicing this week to prepare for JHSS. He said they’ll watch some film to see if they can find any weaknesses to exploit. Having faced them before, they’re going to switch up their game plan a bit to try to move away from their opponent’s strengths.
He commends a few key players who led the game on Monday.
“We have two brothers, Max Uliana and Bennett Uliana. Bennett’s our quarterback. He played really well. And Max on defense had two sacks. He played really, really well as well. Josh Runstedler as well, he’s a running back, he played really well,” Munroe said.
He expects most of the Grade 9s that played this year will return next year, and the Grade 10s will move up to the senior team, which didn’t make it as far as the juniors this year.
“It’s been a lot of fun to coach them. It’s nice to coach junior and then you get to see them move up into senior. So I think we’re looking forward to this group because they’ve got a really good team, we’re looking forward to them moving on and getting to watch them as seniors over the next couple years,” Munroe said.