R - Javon Chomini
2) RB - Marc Kirouac
3) DL - Tyler Miller
Fort Garry Lions
4) DL - Joseph Martin
5) LB - Nathan Morgan
North Winnipeg Nomads
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August 18, 2014
By Dustin Pernitsky
The 2014 Midget Football League of Manitoba season kicked off Friday night in Transcona with the Nationals defeating the defending-champion St. Vital Mustangs 35-14 at Archambault Field.
Nationals’ running back Daniel Norris would open the scoring just five minutes in, running through contact and reaching the end zone from 11 yards out. Norris led a group of three Nationals running backs who ran the ball very effectively on the night.
However, this game’s outcome was not obvious in the early going. An interception by Derian Weimer would set up a short Dylan Condie score, giving the Mustangs a 7-6 lead before the end of the first quarter.
Nationals quarterback Adam Gorzen would answer by leading his team on a long drive that included three straight completions to Philip Gut, bringing Transcona to St. Vital’s 20-yard line. Two plays later, facing 3rd down on the Mustangs 16-yard line, Nationals head coach Steve Hoel decided to keep his offense on the field. Gorzen found Robertson in the back of end zone to narrow the deficit to one.
Robertson no doubt has Hoel’s trust in key situations.
“Jake is a hardcore player, he’ll do anything you ask him to. Any time, any place on the field. I expect Jake to do great things this year… there’s a reason he’s a captain.”
The Nationals would take the lead for good early in the second half. Following an Austin Uskiw fumble recovery, Gorzen connected with Robertson on another go route, this time from 24 yards out to go up 21-14 less than three minutes into the third quarter.
Mustangs head coach Craig Bachynski acknowledged the physicality of the evening’s battle, but retained a positive outlook.
“We experienced many, many injuries,” Bachynski said after the game. “We were probably playing the best team in the league, the biggest team for sure… I think (the Mustangs) held their own. One game does not make a season for us.”
The coach went on to add that he was looking forward to getting some of these injured players back in the lineup next week.
--- Photos by Chris Lepischak
August 12, 2014
May 25, 2014
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July 1, 2014
By Dustin Pernitsky & Chris Holigroski
That’s a rallying cry never before heard in the Midget Football League of Manitoba (MFLM), but we will be hearing a lot of it in 2014.
A new team was officially revealed on Wednesday, June 18th. The Southwest Wolves played their first ever inter-squad scrimmage against the Greendell Falcons at Ray Fennel Park, home of the Fort Garry Lions, in front of a impressive crowd eager for a first look.
The Wolves, comprised of players from the Fort Garry and St. James (Rods) areas, saw their first live competition just a few weeks after pulling on the pads.
“The first couple of series were chaotic,” acknowledged Wes Mueller, the Wolves head coach, “we don’t know what these guys can do yet.”
Reassuringly, after that first score the Wolves' defense was fairly stout, holding the Falcons to mostly short gains and making solid tackles when they needed them.
The Southwest program has strong ties to the Fort Garry Lions, where Barrett Mueller will follow in the footsteps of siblings Caleb and Kelsey. Since graduating from the MFLM, Caleb has won a Major Championship with the Lions, while Kelsey is a standout linebacker with the Manitoba Fearless of the Western Women's Canadian Football League.
The Wolves will play two of their four regular season home games under the lights at Fort Garry and two games at the St. James Rods' storied facility. Although outfitted for the scrimmage in Lions' practice gear, the team will sport custom Black and Gold jerseys this upcoming season.
The Wolves' final drive ended on a positive note, as their final play from scrimmage was a touchdown pass from Colin Lynds to Gabe Grenier that saw the Wolves get into the end zone for the first time in their brief history.
The Southwest sideline, brimming with talented fifteen and sixteen-year-olds, exploded like they just won the Super Bowl.
Expect to hear a lot of that in the future.
June 28, 2014
The Eastman Raiders Football Club will not be fielding a team in the Midget Football League of Manitoba (MFLM) for the 2014 season.
Eastman last won a Midget Championship in 2009 and were Finalists in 2012. Recent notable alumni include 2012 MFLM Defensive Player of the Year Brock Letkeman (Team Canada U-18, Winnipeg Rifles), 2012 MFLM Lineman of the Year finalist Jonathan Wichers (Valley Huskers), and two-time (2010, 2013) Manitoba Major Football League Most Valuable Player Kelly Sansregret (East Side Eagles).
2013 Eastman Raiders Midget Team