Articles by: Alexander McComb

Recruiting Wrap: Five OUA schools land early commits

Recruiting Wrap: Five OUA schools land early commits

October 9, 2020 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

DB Denny Ferdinand Denny Ferdinand committed to Carleton University on October 1, becoming the first of four players who committed to the Ravens that day. Ferdinand is a 5’11” 170lb defensive back from Ottawa, Ontario. He last played for the West Ottawa Knights and the Ottawa Sooners. He attends highRead More

Football is an escape, safe haven for DE Reichert

Football is an escape, safe haven for DE Reichert

June 26, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

For a high school student-athlete, the rigours of balancing school, sports, relationships and life can be daunting. That’s why many take to collision sports — where one can use legal aggressiveness against another person — as a release from day-to-day life. Class of 2021 Churchill High School defensive end GabeRead More

LB/RB McPherson is always at the point of contact

LB/RB McPherson is always at the point of contact

June 25, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

To play one position in football is hard enough to learn and execute at a high level. But two positions? With more specialists in the sport, it’s not as common as you think. Class of 2022 North Surrey linebacker and running back Myles McPherson, he is happy to do moreRead More

OL Nikiema: “I’ve never felt more in my element”

OL Nikiema: “I’ve never felt more in my element”

June 23, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

There are defining moments in peoples’ lives where they realize what makes them happy and what they have a passion for. For CEGEP Class of 2022 Volontaires Cégep de Sherbrooke offensive guard Gaël Nikiema, football is that passion he found.  

OL Lamoureux finds second family through football

OL Lamoureux finds second family through football

June 23, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

With so many different players and positions on one roster, football is a sport that allows young kids from many different walks of life to become a part of a community. A football family. Class of 2021 Kildonan East Collegiate Reivers offensive tackle Ryley Lamoureux says he found his secondRead More

DB Bush is a regular ball hawk

DB Bush is a regular ball hawk

June 12, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Consistent interceptions and deflecting passes is what separates defensive backs from the rest of the defence. It’s also class of 2022 Sandwich Secondary School Sabres defensive back Jaydon Bush’s favourite part about football.

REC Darosa says he’s the most competitive player you’ll find

REC Darosa says he’s the most competitive player you’ll find

June 11, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

 Competitiveness can bring out the inner beast in all of us. Class of 2021 St. Ignatius High School Falcons receiver Dylan Darosa says it was because of his competitiveness and inner fire that he decided to become a football player.

Father’s NCAA roots help DB Nayfeh find his path in football

Father’s NCAA roots help DB Nayfeh find his path in football

June 7, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

It’s not everyday that you meet someone who has played football at the NCAA level. For Class of 2021 Meadowvale Falcons defensive back Samir Nayfeh, it’s as easy as calling up your dad. Nayfeh’s father played Division II NCAA football at Northeastern University.  

REC Mastrocola is hooked on the rush of the game

REC Mastrocola is hooked on the rush of the game

June 5, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Few things in life can give you that rush you need to put a fire under you. Sports is one of those things. CEGEP Class of 2023 Laval Senior Academy receiver Giuliano Mastrocola says he was addicted to the football gave him from the get-go, after spending years playing otherRead More

QB Van Norman is a difference-maker with the pigskin

QB Van Norman is a difference-maker with the pigskin

May 29, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Football is often called a game of inches. A game can turn on its head with just one catch, hit, turnover or touchdown. Class of 2021 St. Paul’s High School Crusaders quarterback Lucas Van Norman says that he wants to be that guy who make that critical play for hisRead More

QB Johnson is a former baseball shortstop with a big arm

QB Johnson is a former baseball shortstop with a big arm

May 13, 2020 at 4:07 pmby 0 comments

In baseball, a shortstop must be agile with a strong arm to throw out a batter-runner before they reach first base. Convert said athlete to football and you’ve got yourself a big arm, mobile quarterback. Class of 2021 Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational School Steelhawks quarterback Evan Johnson is thatRead More

K/P Lefebvre translates skills from soccer pitch to gridiron

K/P Lefebvre translates skills from soccer pitch to gridiron

May 13, 2020 at 4:02 pmby 0 comments

Sometimes it’s difficult to find success in one sport when you’ve played another for so long. That may not be the case if you’re a soccer player looking to play a special teams role in football. Class of 2022 Cornwall Wildcats kicker/punter Devon Lefebvre is using the skills he learnedRead More

OL Butler finds comraderie on the offensive line

OL Butler finds comraderie on the offensive line

May 13, 2020 at 3:52 pmby 0 comments

Many sports feature teamwork to a achieve a common goal, but in football, it can be argued that these young men can get a lot closer, especially in the trenches. Class of 2023 London South Collegiate Institute Lions offensive tackle says that he loves being close with his o-line cohorts,Read More

OL Copley adds football to his athletic resume

OL Copley adds football to his athletic resume

May 12, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Not too many athletes are comfortable with adding another sport to their schedule, especially if said sport is at a high level. Fewer can do it and make an impact. When his basketball season ended and a long off-season began last year, Class of 2021 Grande Prairie Composite High SchoolRead More

Football IQ makes a difference for DE Wallace

Football IQ makes a difference for DE Wallace

May 5, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

For the majority, young athletes are either very physical or very intellectual. There is no in between, other than some rare cases. Class of 2022 Carson Graham Secondary School Eagles defensive end Aleks Wallace would qualify for one of those rare outliers who have a balanced combination of strength, powerRead More

DT Alyas uses values learned through football in everyday life

DT Alyas uses values learned through football in everyday life

May 4, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Football is like life. If you work hard, don’t give up, set goals and maintain consistency, you will be successful at some point. Class of 2021 Jacob Hespeler Secondary School Hawks and Cambridge Lions defensive tackle Mavio Alyas has carried these values from the field to the classroom and allRead More

DB Warren has a win-first mentality

DB Warren has a win-first mentality

May 4, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Today, a spotlight is always on athletes, and it’s easy for them to want to do what’s best for them, rather than the team. Personal vendettas, records and individual statistics will take a toll on team culture. Class of 2022 Strathmore High School Spartans defensive back Kaden Warren isn’t oneRead More

QB Leeson brings intensity to the backfield

QB Leeson brings intensity to the backfield

May 2, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

You’ll often find that most of the intense football players come out of the offensive and defensive line, as well as the linebackers. Taylor Lewan, JJ Watt and Ray Lewis come to mind right away. But what if one of the more intense players on the team was the quarterback?Read More

K/P Downing hits from rare distance

K/P Downing hits from rare distance

May 2, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

In high school, not too many kickers are trusted to hit field goals from more than 30 yards out. That is, of course, if your kicker isn’t Garden City Collegiate Gophers kicker/punter Donavon Downing. The Winnipeg native is known for his strong leg, his 50+ yard field goals and theRead More

OL Avanthay-Sanderson found a home through football

OL Avanthay-Sanderson found a home through football

April 25, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Sports can be an intimidating sphere to be in. Your body, skills, IQ and other measurables are being judged at all times. Football, however, despite its “macho” reputation as a collision sport, has a position for every body time, and thus, has a supportive environment. Class of 2021 Vincent MasseyRead More

DB Grant is a disruption in the secondary

DB Grant is a disruption in the secondary

April 24, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

The defensive back position requires equal parts grace and malevolence. To be effective, one must have rhythm and stamina to lock on a receiver, and have mercilessness when playing the ball. That’s why class of 2020 Westgate Collegiate Tigers defensive back Cole Grant fell in love with his position. HeRead More

RB Ellis excels despite having little football experience

RB Ellis excels despite having little football experience

April 21, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

There are football players that start playing at seven years old. There are football players that start playing at 16 years old. Coaches used to think that a difference in football experience mattered for potential performance. Student-athletes like class of 2021 Yorkton Regional High School Raiders running back Garrett EllisRead More

OL Bedard can change the game in just one play

OL Bedard can change the game in just one play

April 20, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

  Is love at first sight real? For some, maybe not, but for class of 2022 Austin O’Brien Catholic High School Crusaders centre Evan Bedard, it holds true. When Bedard was just a young boy, he would watch CFL games on televison, and that’s where it all began.

REC Bennett envisions making impact plays

REC Bennett envisions making impact plays

April 19, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Findings in neuropsychology prove that the mind doesn’t know a real experience from an imagined one. That is why so many top-tier athletes use imagery to boost performance on game day. Class of 2021 Nelson High School Lords receiver Jake Bennett is one of those athletes who uses sport psychologyRead More

 
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