Great to get the win after a very rocky fall camp and a challenging first week of practice. Attendance, attitude and registrations were always forefront for the team and coaches. The WVSS Varsity Highlander players and coaches rose up to earn their first regular season win against last years Tier 2 Provincial Champions.
Amazingly with 17 players dressed and some having to play in new positions or roles the team put on an impressive show on offence, defence and especially special teams.
Offensively first year quarterback Ben Welsh was locked in all game completing 13 of 16 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown while adding another 48 yards on the ground and his second touchdown of the game. Running Back Connor Chapman rushed for a solid 58 yards and a touchdown and catching the ball consistently out of the backfield.
Defensively Linebacker Connor Chapman led the Varsity Highlander defence with 2 sacks and 2 tackles for a loss. The defence was able to shutout the Eric Hamber Griffin offence and keep the Highlander offence on the field
On special teams the Varsity Highlander have found a new weapon they haven’t had in years. First year Kicker Kristen Chan was impressive going 5 of 5 on point after attempts (PAT). Over the years the kicking game has always been a challenge, but Kristen Chan’s kicking ability now adds a new dimension to the offensive strategy with the ability to kick field goals kick and PATs.
Next week's game is an away exhibition game against a very good #3 provincially ranked AAA Ballenas Whalers team. The Ballenas Whalers beat a respectable Centennial Centaurs team 51 to 6 this weekend. The team will need every player at practice with a strong showing of attitude and effort.
Pride ~ Respect ~ United
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