26th annual Alberta Senior Bowl All-Star Game set for holiday Monday (includes #CFC100)

The 26th Annual Senior Bowl High School Football All-Star Game for Graduating Grade 12 athletes is set for Monday, May 18th at noon at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.  This game, moving into its second quarter century, is still going strong with over 300 athletes trying out for both team in April to make the final 40 man rosters of the “North” and the “South”.  In the previous 25 games the series is tied 12-12-1 with that overtime game in 2001 being the impetus for the creation of overtime after that.

The game will also be webcast courtesy of ICU Video on:
http://sportscanada.tv/highschool/index.php/football/asaa/2015

GENERAL NOTES:

  • This will be the 26th Senior Bowl having started with the game back in 1990. The series is tied at 12 wins a piece and one tie in 2001 (after which overtime was introduced).
  • The South started out by winning six of the first seven games but the North have come on strong of late winning five of the last seven.
  • The “home” team has won eleven of the last twelve games with the game switching back and forth between Calgary and Edmonton. The last win by the visitors was in 2009 with a 38-19 win by the North at McMahon Stadium.

FORMER PLAYERS:

  • Several players have gone on to Professional Football with the most recent candidates being University of Calgary offensive lineman Sean McEwen who was drafted 3rd overall by the Toronto Argonauts in Tuesday’s CFL Draft. He is a graduate of Notre Dame H.S. in Calgary and played in the 2011 Senior Bowl.  Another U of C Alum, Jake Harty, played in the 2009 Senior Bowl out of Henry Wise Wood H.S. in Calgary was also drafted 10th overall by the Ottawa RedBlacks.
  • The highest professional playing achievement for any Senior Bowl graduate is that of offensive lineman Dan Federkiel who played in the 2001 Senior Bowl out of Medicine Hat H.S. Current member of the Grey Cup Champion Calgary Stampeders he first played professionally, after graduating from the University of Calgary, for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL and was a member of the Colts team that won Super Bowl XLI in 2007.
  • The highest other achievement in professional football is in the coaching ranks. Mark Kilam is the current Special Teams Coordinator for the current Grey Cup Champion Calgary Stampeders. Mark ended his high schools days as a linebacker for the South team out of L.C.I. in Lethbridge in 1997.  After a University career with the U of A Golden Bears, Mark went into the field of physical training and volunteered his time as an assistant coach with the Cochrane Cobras and won several Provincial Tier III titles as a result.  That lead to a stint with the Calgary Stampeders which has grown and grown to the point where he is one of only 27 coordinators at the CFL Level and the only born and raised Albertan in that mix.  He is the Guest Speaker at the Senior Bowl Banquet this year.

CURRENT PLAYERS:

  • CFC 100 Colton Hunchak (#5 – QB, SOUTH) played for Team Canada at last year’s World Junior Championship helping them to a silver medal. He was the only high school player from across Canada selected to join the team.  Everyone else was from CIS or Junior Programs.
  • Myles Brown (#1 – RB, SOUTH), CFC100 Brendan Barnes (#64 – OL, SOUTH) and Ivan Boychuk (#44 – LB, NORTH) also have International experience having played for Canada’s U18 team at the International Bowl in Dallas last February.
  • Notre Dame from Calgary has the most players in this game with 10 players suiting up for the South. Not surprising as last years #1 Ranked team in Canada and two time defending Alberta High School Tier I Champion, but that is not the record.  In the 2000 Senior Bowl, Jasper Place from Edmonton, who were also Tier I Champs at the time, placed 11 on the North team.  The previous record for the South was 9 from L.C.I. in 2001.
  • Speaking of Sean McEwan, the lineman legacy from Notre Dame H.S. is still going strong as the Pride have placed a lineman (either Off. or Def.) on the South team every year since his 2011 year including five this year (DL Steven Finot and Offensive Linemen Skye King, Alexander Brussoni, Spencer Roy, and Lane Raposo)

Source: Alberta Schools Athletic Association

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