Articles by: Ian McBride

LB Blue fell “in love” with football because of brother

LB Blue fell “in love” with football because of brother

March 25, 2018 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

  Donald Blue fell “in love” with football when his brother started playing and he watched from the sidelines. He was eight years old at that point. “My older brother was the probably biggest factor in the decision for me to play football,” he said. Donald’s brother also happens toRead More

Aura of the Riders drew CFC100 Akaffou to football

Aura of the Riders drew CFC100 Akaffou to football

March 21, 2018 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

Larauche Akaffou, who is originally from France, “wasn’t familiar with football” when he first came to Canada. But the 5’9”, 172-lb RB/LB gravitated towards the gridiron in Grade 10 after watching the Roughriders play and seeing “the energy that comes out of the province every football season.”

“Stronger, faster, and smarter” gives Price his edge

“Stronger, faster, and smarter” gives Price his edge

March 18, 2018 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

  Dominic Price’s football journey began when he was in 4th grade and had weight issues. “I wanted to actually do something about it and get more fit and use my weight for something and then I found football,” he said. “Football to me is a way to escape theRead More

DT Pawlik: “I believe we can win this year”

DT Pawlik: “I believe we can win this year”

March 11, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Football piqued DT Keegan Pawlik’s interest when his uncle started taking him to Edmonton Eskimos’ games when he was a kid. But it wasn’t until he started playing that he “fell in love with the sport.” “Football allows me to escape from all the stress of the real world,” heRead More

LB Zannis’ goal is to play D1

LB Zannis’ goal is to play D1

February 15, 2018 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

LB Kosta Zannis “played a variety of sports over the years,” but football stood out above the rest. “Team sports have always been a big thing in my life and have taught me a lot of life lessons,” he said. “My dad always had season tickets to the Stampeders andRead More

LB/FB McBride used football to ‘fill void’ at home

LB/FB McBride used football to ‘fill void’ at home

February 11, 2018 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

LB/FB Darien McBride first got into to football as a way of channelling all the “aggression” that he had built up as a result of coming from “a little bit of a rough upbringing at home.” “I looked to coaches and players to fill a lot of empty spaces inRead More

Confidence; DB/REC Smith’s got plenty

Confidence; DB/REC Smith’s got plenty

February 3, 2018 at 9:18 amby 0 comments

DB/REC Ty Smith initially got involved in football because of his father and brother “who both have played football and coached it throughout their lives at all levels.”  

“My brother was ranked as one of the best players in Canada, it’s time for me to be up there…” says McKoy

“My brother was ranked as one of the best players in Canada, it’s time for me to be up there…” says McKoy

February 2, 2018 at 6:21 amby 0 comments

Avontae McKoy out of CFC50 Richview has been giving opposing defences fits for the past 10 years, and his brother, Akeel Lynch, is responsible for getting him into the sport in the first place. Akeel is a former NCAA D1 athlete. “He put me into football at six years oldRead More

CFC100 Tyson Philpot following Dad’s footsteps

CFC100 Tyson Philpot following Dad’s footsteps

January 14, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Many kids start playing football at a young age, which was the case for #CFC100 WR/S Tyson Philpot who’s been competing on the gridiron for 11 years.

Laval beats out top programs for CFC60 DB Lavallee

Laval beats out top programs for CFC60 DB Lavallee

January 4, 2018 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

CFC60 DB Maxym Lavallee’s football journey began when he decided to follow his brother’s footsteps. “My brother started to play and I loved it, so I asked my parents to try it,” Lavallee said. “I made the team and won Best 8-Year-Old Player for the Gatineau Vikings.”

CFC100 LB White’s preference is to play in home province at next level

CFC100 LB White’s preference is to play in home province at next level

December 14, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

CFC100 Josh White entered the realm of football when he was in Grade 6. “All my friends around me started playing and I instantly got sucked in,” he said.  

CFC100 RB/OLB Maclean enjoys “competitive, physical side of the game”

CFC100 RB/OLB Maclean enjoys “competitive, physical side of the game”

December 12, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

CFC100 RB/OLB Ian Maclean has been battling on the football field for two years, and the “competitive, physical side of the game” drew him to the sport. “I’ve always liked watching the NFL and it helped that I played a lot of rugby before I got into football,” he said.

CFC100 WR Pennicooke has ability to “take control over a game”

CFC100 WR Pennicooke has ability to “take control over a game”

November 18, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

CFC100 WR Jahsiah Pennicooke first started playing on the gridiron at a young age. “I was put into football by my dad at the age of seven because of my speed,” he said. “I used to play soccer and I was always faster than everyone so my dad put meRead More

CFC100 WR/DB Johns wants to explore opportunities away from London

CFC100 WR/DB Johns wants to explore opportunities away from London

November 4, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

#BIGOLDBOARD ? A post shared by Noah (@noah.johns) on Oct 21, 2017 at 4:42pm PDT CFC100 WR/DB Noah Johns has been playing for 10 years, but when he first started at the age of seven, he didn’t think he “would be going this far with football.”

Coaches and family members have guided DB/S McNabb in right direction

Coaches and family members have guided DB/S McNabb in right direction

October 14, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Sheldon McNabb has been playing football for three years and is heading into his first year of high school ball, but back when he first considered playing football, his mom was opposed to the idea because of the injury risks, which would have prevented him from playing the other sportsRead More

2017 High School Team Previews (ON): St. Joseph Jaguars’ program “is as strong as it ever was”

2017 High School Team Previews (ON): St. Joseph Jaguars’ program “is as strong as it ever was”

October 6, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school/Cégep team previews from June to September as part of our comprehensive season coverage. Canadafootballchat.com (CFC) has tapped into our network of coaches to produce team previews for the 2017 season. The #CFCteampreviews highlight top returningRead More

2017 High School Team Previews (ON): David Suzuki Grizzlies fresh off a championship win and still “evolving”

2017 High School Team Previews (ON): David Suzuki Grizzlies fresh off a championship win and still “evolving”

October 5, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school/Cégep team previews from June to September as part of our comprehensive season coverage. Canadafootballchat.com (CFC) has tapped into our network of coaches to produce team previews for the 2017 season. The #CFCteampreviews highlight top returningRead More

2017 High School Team Previews (AB): Strathcona Lords have a “target” on their backs

2017 High School Team Previews (AB): Strathcona Lords have a “target” on their backs

September 30, 2017 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school/Cégep team previews from June to September as part of our comprehensive season coverage. Canadafootballchat.com (CFC) has tapped into our network of coaches to produce team previews for the 2017 season. The #CFCteampreviews highlight top returningRead More

2017 High School Team Previews (AB): Foothills Composite Falcons’ goal is to “win a provincial title”

2017 High School Team Previews (AB): Foothills Composite Falcons’ goal is to “win a provincial title”

September 29, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school/Cégep team previews from June to September as part of our comprehensive season coverage. Canadafootballchat.com (CFC) has tapped into our network of coaches to produce team previews for the 2017 season. The #CFCteampreviews highlight top returningRead More

2017 High School Team Previews (BC): Kelly Road Roadrunners expect to be near the top in their conference

2017 High School Team Previews (BC): Kelly Road Roadrunners expect to be near the top in their conference

September 27, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school/Cégep team previews from June to September as part of our comprehensive season coverage. Canadafootballchat.com (CFC) has tapped into our network of coaches to produce team previews for the 2017 season. The #CFCteampreviews highlight top returningRead More

Playing in Canada Cup tournament increased LB/REC/S Rachel’s stock

Playing in Canada Cup tournament increased LB/REC/S Rachel’s stock

September 23, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Dylan Rachel has been competing on the football field for seven years and he loves the “intensity on the defensive side of the ball.” “You get to play physical and you are able to make an impact on almost every play,” he said. During his time on the gridiron, heRead More

2017 High School Team Previews (AB): Hunting Hills Lightning are aiming to “compete for a league championship”

2017 High School Team Previews (AB): Hunting Hills Lightning are aiming to “compete for a league championship”

September 21, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school/Cégep team previews from June to September as part of our comprehensive season coverage. Canadafootballchat.com (CFC) has tapped into our network of coaches to produce team previews for the 2017 season. The #CFCteampreviews highlight top returningRead More

 
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