2017 High School Team Previews (MB): Steinbach Sabres’ quest for another bowl

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school 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 high school team previews for the 2017 season. The previews highlight top returning players, team strengths, and toughest opponents.

CFC also will bring you the national high school football rankings known as the #CFC50. Last year’s final rankings were the most controversial to date…and we heard about it. Whether you agree or disagree, we love hearing from you. For an explanation of how the rankings are computed, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Steinbach Sabres (WHSFL – AA Kas Vidruk, Steinbach, MB)

Sheycoy Selent #4

In 2016, The Steinbach Sabres earned their second WHSFL title in team history. Steinbach finished the regular season 4-3 and went on to defeat the Kelvin Clippers at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, 16-0.

Heading into the new season, Coach Jamie Peters will want some younger players to make an impact, he explained, “We always graduate great players and we always expect and need younger guys to step up and fill those roles.”

As regular season is approaching, the Sabres’ staff is trying to get the best out of their club every day. “We are looking to get better each and every day and compete to the best of our abilities,” explained Peters. “We believe if we do the right things winning will take care of ourselves.”

The Sabres are welcoming back Sheycoy Selent to the roster. Sheycoy is a dynamic player that can play running back, receiver and also kick returner. “He (Sheycoy) is exceptional with the ball in his hands and out in space,” mentioned Peters. Sheycoy will be a big key to the Sabres’ offensive success this season.

Eric Adams will be a key contributor to the Sabres’ offense again this season. Coach Peters said of Adams, “Eric is a tremendous receiver who attacks defensive backs with excellent route running, football smarts and strong hands.”

Steinbach is glad to bring back Hunter Neilson to the offense as well. Hunter is a very strong and athletic running back, fullback and he even plays offensive line. “He (Hunter) is crucial in our running attack by creating lanes for our running backs to attack,” said Peters.

Defensively, Tyler Bueckert will be back as a physical linebacker/safety who isn’t afraid to come downhill and fill the role, or retreat into pass coverage and make a dazzling interception. Peters added, “He (Tyler) has big play ability and will be a lot of fun to watch this year.”

Josh Outhaivong is the Sabres’ defensive leader, he will use his speed to fly around the field and make plays.

On the defensive line, Keone Montrose-Rodgers will seek havoc by being a very physically dominating and athletic defensive lineman that has the ability to control the line of scrimmage. “The defense will be driven by his attitude and effort,” mentioned Peters.

The Sabres like to run an inside/outside zone scheme, play action passing and a quick pass attack on offense.

On defense, Steinbach will run a 3-3-6 scheme that emphasizes athletes and flying around to the football.

If Coach Peters had to describe his team in one word, it would be dogs, Jamie replied, “Dogs – cause we will run around with lots of energy, fight, compete and have some fun.”

Steinbach Sabres (WHSFL – AA Kas Vidruk, Steinbach, MB)
Head Coach: Jamie Peters (8th season)
#CFC50 Ranking: n/a
2016 Record: 4-3 and 2016 WHSFL CTV Bowl Champions
Key Returnees: Sheycoy Selent , Eric Adams, Hunter Neilson
Key Losses: Tyler Bueckert, Josh Outhaivong, Keone Montrose-Rodgers
Number of returning starters – Offense: 6
Number of returning starters – Defense: 4
“X” Factor: Sheycoy Selent


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How is the #CFC50 evaluated?

The #CFC50 rankings considers all conference and non-conference games (in Canada and the United States) while scrimmages are not evaluated (there is no such thing as an exhibition game – those are non-conference games).

Leagues included in rankings: British Columbia AAA Varsity, Alberta Tier One, Saskatchewan 12-man 4A, Manitoba AAA Varsity, Ontario OFSAA Bowl AAA qualified teams, Quebec Juvenile Division 1, New Brunswick 12-man, Nova Scotia Tier 1.

The #CFC50 is a relative ranking that considers top tier leagues from all eight high school playing provinces (minimum one team represented from each province).  The CFC Scouting Bureau consists of CFC Reporters, CFC Scouts, and also selected local reporters and scouts who submit local ranking results on a weekly basis.  This is the eighth year that Canadafootballchat.com has ranked the top high school teams in Canada.

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