Head Coach Greg Wilson and the Wildcats will be looking to continue their success from last year and repeat as the #1 seed in the Parkinson division. Coach Wilson believes strong line play on both sides of the ball will produce a winning team, “our keys to success this season is solid Offensive Line Play on Offence and Front Seven on Defence.” Coach Wilson does not underestimate the importance of special teams either, “We have always prided ourselves with having a good kicking / punting game and will be leaning on that heavily to secure a win in the field position battle all season long.”
Offensive coordinator Kevin Kopczynski will be looking to mimic last years success on offence in which the Wildcats were the #2 scoring offense in the league. Quarterback Dominic Britton will be returning at the helm. The Wildcats have a two headed monster at running back in Asfand Ali and Nic Bernard who will be running behind an experienced offensive line led by mauler Sam Carson. Receiver Ewan MacDonald will make defenses pay if they stack the box against the run.
On defense, coordinator Garry Wilson will deploy a stout defense that is built from the line back. Nolan Pelletier and Cameron Michaud should dominate up front all season, and athletic Jordan Innes will be all over the field as a linebacker, defensive back hybrid. Look out for Daniel Theal to have a breakout season this year in the secondary.
The 2017 Division 1 Champion Cowboys will be looking to repeat this year, and Head Coach Raymond Biggs will have another talented roster to work with. The Cowboys defense may have gotten even better this year, which is saying a lot considering they gave up the fewest points in the league in 2017 (33).
There is lots of speculation on who OC Remo Cardone will name the starting Quarterback to start the season. Logan Johnson, Carson Schuster and first year Nolan Kaban will all be battling for the job. Whoever wins the job will have a talented receiving corp to throw to that includes Christian Bowman, Jordyn Pennylegion and Declan Wilkie. Look out for Opemipo Oshinubi to have a big year at running back this year.
The Cowboys defense, led by former Calgary Stampeder Ron Hopkins should be dominant this season. Linebackers Daniel Flanagan and Simon King are two of the best in the league, and should be relatively untouched behind outstanding defensive lineman Nick Schmeiler. Defensive back Declan Collins will be an enforcer in the secondary and ball hawk Charlie De Land looks to cement his status as a top defensive back in the class of 2020.
The Cowboys route to success this season will come through their defense continuing where they left last year, and for their new look offense to gel and find a rhythm sooner than later.
This year the Mavericks will once again be a strong contender to take the Division 1 crown. Decorated Head Coach Kenton Leonard returns this year once again and will field a very experienced and talented roster.
Coach MacKay will be the teams offensive coordinator, and uses a pro style offense to make the most of the talent at his disposal. This offense will be led by a quartet of Grade 11 skill players. Receiver Mathew Greiner and Chevy Thomas, and as running backs Josh de Plessis and Michael Delgado are entering their 7th year together. First year starter Isaiah Klein will be under center and should have plenty of weapons to choose from.
The Mavericks defense, coached by Nelson Hernandez, will be led by an exciting group of linebackers featuring Keidron Hughes and Colin Clarke who we believe will have a breakout season this year. Other defensive standouts include defensive line anchor Konrad Walter, defensive back Tyshon Blackburn and defensive back Jonathan Guistini who is also the teams Kicker.
This team will have a chip on its shoulder this year as they look to finish what they failed to last year. If the veterans on this team can take over in the playoffs, the Mavericks have a very good shot at the city championship.
This year the Airdrie Raiders will look to bounce back after a disappointing season in 2017. Up for the challenge are Head Coach Steve Kemp and Defensive Coordinator Josh Joynson. The Raiders keys to success this year are going to be utilizing a dynamic passing attack on offense and making plays on defense with their athletic LBs.
On offense, the Raiders will be led by the exciting duo of 2nd year QB Keegan Henderson and dynamic 3rd year receiver Reid Jensen. 1st year receiver Rhett Mitschke will be looking to make an impact in his first year, and is one of our 1st year players to watch.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Raiders will miss the presence of DL Nils Haeni, LB Owen Kramer and DB Anthony Eshiemomoh. Look out for ball hawking Safety Keegan Proudlock, who will be looking to improve on a 2017 campaign in which he was named a league all star. Dylan Sorsdahl will lead an exciting linebacker core that will also feature promising 1st year Conner Enns.
The Prairie Fire will be looking to improve upon a 2017 season in which they went 2-4. At the helm will be Head Coach Patrick Callan, a former Calgary Dino with a diverse coaching background. “Our key to success is to have no slow starts. This is includes every game and the season in general.” says Coach Callan, who sets high standards for his team and creates a high competition environment in practices. “We approach every week on its own, and encourage our athletes to compete at their highest level, in every drill, rep and practice and eventually game time, the outcome will take care of itself.”
Offensively, OC Adam Donovan will run a progressive offense, utilizing the zone run game as well as RPOs (run pass options). Carson Neitz will be under center this year and will be behind a dominant offensive line that includes the likes of Jacob Weller, Brendin Holm and Tristan Loewen. Expect running back Shaye McCutcheon to see a heavy workload this year, as the Prairie Fire look to establish a dominant run game.
Defensive coordinator Aaron Sheppard will field an aggressive and versatile defense, that will create pressure through multiple formations and exotic blitzes. He will have plenty of tools at his disposal with a veteran defense with plenty of play makers. Teams will have a difficult time through the air against this secondary that boasts a trio of ball hawks in Haidan Brown, Nathan Fuerbringer and Connor McCrea as well as newcomer Turner Douglas who is one of our 1st year players to watch this year. The Fire also have a dynamic group of linebackers led by Kaidyn Puttick and Chase Lloyd.
Overall, the Prairie Fires success this year will depend on their ability to find success in the running game on offense, and to keep teams out of the end zone and create turnovers on defense.