Articles by: Donald Edwards

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EDWARDS: Football truly is family

May 26, 2018 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

If you have ever been on a football field as a player, coach, fan or parent you know that “Football is Family”. If all you have done is watch a game on television you know this to be a statement made by every coach since Jack Gaudaur.  This football fundamentalRead More

EDWARDS: Catching up with Jesse Lumsden

EDWARDS: Catching up with Jesse Lumsden

May 11, 2018 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

He has had the kind of football career that any Canadian player would envy. As a high school player he carried his team to a Metro Bowl title, at McMaster University, he led the country in rushing, has his name all over the Mac Marauders record book for most TD’s,Read More

EDWARDS: Player turned coach, Roger Dunbrack gives back to the game

EDWARDS: Player turned coach, Roger Dunbrack gives back to the game

April 14, 2018 at 6:25 amby 1 comment

As a young high school student he was forced to deal with the collapse of his school’s football program.  This is a horrible reality that may soon face many kids across Ontario. Roger Dunbrack loved to play football and loved to compete.  On a whim, Dunbrack accepted an invite fromRead More

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EDWARDS: It’s ‘up front’ that counts

March 28, 2018 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

It is that time on the football calendar when players and coaches have the opportunity to upgrade their skills. Coach’s clinics and development camps are springing up on University campuses throughout the province.

EDWARDS: Teammates re-united at university

EDWARDS: Teammates re-united at university

March 24, 2018 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Among the wonderful things that football brings to one’s life is the opportunity to make new friends.  The intense competition on a football field produces a natural adhesive for young men to foster long term relationships. Take Paul Battilana and Ryan Leder, two young men who will be entering theirRead More

EDWARDS: Football builds strong friendships

EDWARDS: Football builds strong friendships

March 17, 2018 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

Players, retired football players, too a man will tell you that what they miss most about no longer playing football isn’t the time in the gym, on the practice field or meeting room, what they all miss is the guys.

EDWARDS: Jack Richardson, Academic All Canadian, Marauder

EDWARDS: Jack Richardson, Academic All Canadian, Marauder

December 12, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

U sports has handed out all of their football hardware. University of Alberta Running Back, Ed Ilnicki was decorated with the Hec Crighton Award as Canada’s outstanding player, our outstanding rookie in 2017 is a linebacker, Nick Cross who hails from the University of Regina and this years Russ JacksonRead More

McKinnon Park Quarterback, Zack Mumby

EDWARDS: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

December 9, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

McKinnon Park Quarterback, Zack Mumby Football is a microcosm for life.  Consistently coaches will tell players that the punter is just as important to the team’s success as any other player on the roster in face they often preach that the team is only as strong as its weakest link,Read More

EDWARDS: A path forward for football in Grand Erie District schools

EDWARDS: A path forward for football in Grand Erie District schools

November 25, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

The Grand Erie District School board provides direction, instruction and learning opportunities in thirteen secondary schools across the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk in Southern Ontario.  Athletics are divided in two, there is the league that the Brantford schools play in which also includes Paris, Ontario and there isRead More

EDWARDS: Sir Winston Churchill Secondary Captures more than a Trophy

EDWARDS: Sir Winston Churchill Secondary Captures more than a Trophy

November 18, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School captured the Tier II High School Football Title in Hamilton gridiron competition recently.  This is the first title for the East Hamilton school in more than fifteen years and with a student population of about 700, the pre-season pundits would not have put the BulldogsRead More

EDWARDS: Hoping to manage the unmanageable

EDWARDS: Hoping to manage the unmanageable

November 11, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

We see it at every level of the game in fact we see it in almost every sport and every contest.  Officiating football games is a very difficult challenge.  Over time I have come to realize that despite the odds, game officials are more often right than they are wrong. Read More

Delhi tailback Tyler Whitfield is one of the Raiders expected to lead this year's team during the 2017 Haldimand-Norfolk Football League campaign. JACOB ROBINSON/Delhi News-Record

EDWARDS: Delhi Drops Out

October 28, 2017 at 6:30 amby 1 comment

Recently I have been speaking about the fate of high school football in Ontario and clearly my belief is that there need to be fundamental changes if tackle football is too survive.

EDWARDS (2): One Possible Solution

EDWARDS (2): One Possible Solution

October 14, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Many of the challenges facing the long-term future of high school football are numerical.  How many coaches, how big a budget, do we have enough players.  The recent demise of the Cayuga/Hagersville Warricanes brought this situation into very clear perspective.  Regardless of the amount of work that coaches and administratorsRead More

EDWARDS (1): What Does the Future Hold?

EDWARDS (1): What Does the Future Hold?

October 8, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

What is the future of high school football in Ontario?  This question has been much on my mind in recent months.  Let us consider some of the challenges facing the effective continuation of this time-honoured tradition.

EDWARDS: The Slow Death of the Warricanes

EDWARDS: The Slow Death of the Warricanes

October 7, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

An exceptional story with an unhappy ending.  In 2016, Cayuga Secondary School had enough players to field a team but no coach.  Cross county hated rival, Hagersville Secondary had a coach but not nearly enough players.  Should both teams dissolve their programs, McKinnon Park Secondary from Caledonia would be theRead More

EDWARDS: From small town Ontario, to small town Nova Scotia

EDWARDS: From small town Ontario, to small town Nova Scotia

June 4, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Wolfville, Nova Scotia the home of the Acadia University Axemen is not unlike the Ontario community of Parry Sound. Nestled on the shore of Wolfville Harbour a haven wandering out to the Cornwallis River, Wolfville is a picturesque community well worth the visit. Parry Sound sits on the shore ofRead More

EDWARDS: 10th Anniversary of Up Front Camp

EDWARDS: 10th Anniversary of Up Front Camp

June 2, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Great coaching Today @Ticats upfront camp with alumni president jason Riley @Rbomben @Filer64 @mnesbitt67 @GryphonFootball #givingback pic.twitter.com/WXBF3FM2Lj — Joe Sardo (@CoachSardo) May 21, 2017 Some ten years ago, Jason Riley, former Hamilton Tiger-Cat, former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and a former Saskatchewan Roughrider was the Offensive Line Coach at McMaster UniversityRead More

Jackson Bennett (05) of the Ottawa Gee Gees.  USports football action Panda Game between the Carleton Ravens and the uOttawa Gee Gees at TD Place Stadium, in Ottawa, ON, Canada, (Photographed by Marc Bourget/www.marcbourget.ca)

EDWARDS: Delhi, Ontario Takes the OUA by Storm

May 20, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

This fall’s university football season is shaping up to be a dramatic one for the Abele family of Delhi, Ontario. Eldest son John is entering his second year of study in Criminology at the University of Windsor and is a proud member of the Lancers football team and vying forRead More

EDWARDS: Joys of competition – CFCFPC

EDWARDS: Joys of competition – CFCFPC

May 10, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

The Fox 40 Prospect Challenge suggest plenty of reasons why a young player should participate and I can find no fault with any of them. One reason, not generally acknowledged or given a great deal of credibility, are the lessons that one gains from being part of a team, albeitRead More

EDWARDS: Up Front is Where it Counts!

EDWARDS: Up Front is Where it Counts!

April 19, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

During the spring season, there are a great many opportunities for young players to attend development camps.  University coaches offer camping experiences to help players grow their individual skill set, there are private programs like the Fox 40 Ontario Prospect Challenge, Football Canada hosts the Canada Cup where each provinceRead More

 
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