Fox 40 Prospect Challenge (West Coast): RB Labelle always willing to learn

Matt Labelle is in his 2nd year playing for the Mount Boucherie Bears Senior Secondary School. He is focused on playing running back and trying to get noticed. He has transitioned from defence to offence and Labelle has felt it was the right move on him and his coaches to do so.

Matt on his first couple seasons with the MBSS Bears, “My first year I started learning by playing outside linebacker. I enjoyed it. Coaches and I thought I’d be a better running back. I’ve really come into my own in my second year. I was starter RB in a few games and always played special teams. I encourage and welcome feedback to get better and learn every practice and game.”

It is not easy transitioning from the hammer to the nail in the game of football but Matt loves the rush of getting on the field with his friends and trying to compete at the highest level possible.

Labelle on his team first mentality and overall passion for the sport, “I love football and can’t get it off my mind. I love hitting and enjoy football for the physicality of the sport and camaraderie of the team. I love the family feeling and every time I touch the ball I’m scrapping for my brothers on the field.”

Matt is a very active person on the gridiron and outside of it. He is an avid BMX rider and plays rugby and recreational basketball on the side.

Things Matt says he can improve on in the upcoming seasons are bulking up as much as possible so he can become a hammer in the backfield and break that one or two crucial tackles to help his team win the big games.

With the CFC Fox 40 Prospect Challenge approaching, Labelle told us, “I really want to get my name out there, compete with my peers and get better at the game so I can play at the next level. I hope that I can catch the eye of some colleges and universities.“

Being on the CFC Top 100 list would also be a huge accomplishment for Labelle. When asked about the CFC Top 100 list for the upcoming season he made sure to include, “I really hope so! I always strive to do my best and hope it will show on the field. My ultimate goal is to move on to the next level, to compete at my highest ability and give maximum effort always.”

Lastly, CFC asked Matt who his football role model was and he replied, “Julio Jones. He never trash talks and allows his skill and ability to talk for him.”


Photo by: Lori Parker

Matt Labelle
Positions: Running Back/ Special Teams
Height/Weight: 5’7 135lbs
Teams: MBSS Bears (Kelowna)
Class: 2018

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