Articles by: Donald Edwards

EDWARDS: Sir Winston Churchill Secondary Captures more than a Trophy

EDWARDS: Sir Winston Churchill Secondary Captures more than a Trophy

November 18, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School captured the Tier II High School Football Title in Hamilton gridiron competition recently.  This is the first title for the East Hamilton school in more than fifteen years and with a student population of about 700, the pre-season pundits would not have put the BulldogsRead More

EDWARDS: Hoping to manage the unmanageable

EDWARDS: Hoping to manage the unmanageable

November 11, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

We see it at every level of the game in fact we see it in almost every sport and every contest.  Officiating football games is a very difficult challenge.  Over time I have come to realize that despite the odds, game officials are more often right than they are wrong. Read More

Delhi tailback Tyler Whitfield is one of the Raiders expected to lead this year's team during the 2017 Haldimand-Norfolk Football League campaign. JACOB ROBINSON/Delhi News-Record

EDWARDS: Delhi Drops Out

October 28, 2017 at 6:30 amby 1 comment

Recently I have been speaking about the fate of high school football in Ontario and clearly my belief is that there need to be fundamental changes if tackle football is too survive.

EDWARDS (2): One Possible Solution

EDWARDS (2): One Possible Solution

October 14, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Many of the challenges facing the long-term future of high school football are numerical.  How many coaches, how big a budget, do we have enough players.  The recent demise of the Cayuga/Hagersville Warricanes brought this situation into very clear perspective.  Regardless of the amount of work that coaches and administratorsRead More

EDWARDS (1): What Does the Future Hold?

EDWARDS (1): What Does the Future Hold?

October 8, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

What is the future of high school football in Ontario?  This question has been much on my mind in recent months.  Let us consider some of the challenges facing the effective continuation of this time-honoured tradition.

EDWARDS: The Slow Death of the Warricanes

EDWARDS: The Slow Death of the Warricanes

October 7, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

An exceptional story with an unhappy ending.  In 2016, Cayuga Secondary School had enough players to field a team but no coach.  Cross county hated rival, Hagersville Secondary had a coach but not nearly enough players.  Should both teams dissolve their programs, McKinnon Park Secondary from Caledonia would be theRead More

EDWARDS: From small town Ontario, to small town Nova Scotia

EDWARDS: From small town Ontario, to small town Nova Scotia

June 4, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Wolfville, Nova Scotia the home of the Acadia University Axemen is not unlike the Ontario community of Parry Sound. Nestled on the shore of Wolfville Harbour a haven wandering out to the Cornwallis River, Wolfville is a picturesque community well worth the visit. Parry Sound sits on the shore ofRead More

EDWARDS: 10th Anniversary of Up Front Camp

EDWARDS: 10th Anniversary of Up Front Camp

June 2, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Great coaching Today @Ticats upfront camp with alumni president jason Riley @Rbomben @Filer64 @mnesbitt67 @GryphonFootball #givingback pic.twitter.com/WXBF3FM2Lj — Joe Sardo (@CoachSardo) May 21, 2017 Some ten years ago, Jason Riley, former Hamilton Tiger-Cat, former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and a former Saskatchewan Roughrider was the Offensive Line Coach at McMaster UniversityRead More

EDWARDS: Delhi, Ontario Takes the OUA by Storm

EDWARDS: Delhi, Ontario Takes the OUA by Storm

May 20, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

This fall’s university football season is shaping up to be a dramatic one for the Abele family of Delhi, Ontario. Eldest son John is entering his second year of study in Criminology at the University of Windsor and is a proud member of the Lancers football team and vying forRead More

EDWARDS: Joys of competition – CFCFPC

EDWARDS: Joys of competition – CFCFPC

May 10, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

The Fox 40 Prospect Challenge suggest plenty of reasons why a young player should participate and I can find no fault with any of them. One reason, not generally acknowledged or given a great deal of credibility, are the lessons that one gains from being part of a team, albeitRead More

EDWARDS: Up Front is Where it Counts!

EDWARDS: Up Front is Where it Counts!

April 19, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

During the spring season, there are a great many opportunities for young players to attend development camps.  University coaches offer camping experiences to help players grow their individual skill set, there are private programs like the Fox 40 Ontario Prospect Challenge, Football Canada hosts the Canada Cup where each provinceRead More

EDWARDS: Warriorcanes Live On!

EDWARDS: Warriorcanes Live On!

April 16, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

In the interests of fair play it is important to give credit where credit is due and credit for making a rational, intelligent decision belongs to the Norfolk Secondary School Athletic Association who recently decided to allow Hagersville Secondary School and Cayuga Secondary School to field a combined team andRead More

EDWARDS (3): What other post-secondary football options are there?

EDWARDS (3): What other post-secondary football options are there?

April 8, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

If the school you dreamed of attending has not been as welcoming as you might have hoped you need to determine why.  Is it simply a situation of not having significant enough academic standing to qualify?  If that is the case, why not consider attending and playing community college footballRead More

EDWARDS (2): Playing on two teams at the same time?

EDWARDS (2): Playing on two teams at the same time?

March 28, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Football Canada, as part of its commitment to Long Term Athlete Development has imposed limits on players participating on two teams at the same time.  In many areas of the country this is not a problem, but in some areas, such as Southern Ontario, this is a bit of anRead More

EDWARDS (1): I didn’t get in, now what?

March 26, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Many graduating high school football players will shortly be faced with some tuff decisions because there were unable to get into the school where they hoped they might continue their football careers.  Players who have worked hard, developed their skills and were sought after by any number of schools sometimesRead More

Are recruiting services for you?

Are recruiting services for you?

March 4, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

This is the time of year when young hearts turn to dreams of amore and for many graduating high school football players the dream is often slightly different, the focus of their affection is more often than not wondering about playing time and learning the system at the university whereRead More

The Cayuga Warriors and Hagersville Hurricanes have combined football programs this season, but failed in their bid to participate in the Norfolk Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Pictured, team captains Ryan Clark, James Garrish, Ryan Macdonald and Cobourn Sands. JACOB ROBINSON/SIMCOE REFORMER

Smaller enrollment, smaller football

February 27, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Across the province there are a plethora of secondary schools faced with declining enrolments, the consequence of which is declining budgets.  How can a school with limited enrolment compete with the larger schools in the same board, how can administrators justify the expense of operating a program that requires aRead More

Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy is moving in a new direction

Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy is moving in a new direction

February 15, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is growing and moving in a new exciting direction.  Rather than functioning purely as a museum, the home to more than 300 enshrines, the Hall is moving forward to help develop future classes of inductees.

CFC100 Spencer Smyth, not your average recruit

CFC100 Spencer Smyth, not your average recruit

January 11, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Like any parent, it is a proud time when your son or daughter is being recruited to participate in sports after high school in the university ranks.  How could you not be proud?  Your child’s hard work, dedication, commitment to their academics have started to bear fruit in a veryRead More

St. Matthew’s Tiger grateful for her football family

St. Matthew’s Tiger grateful for her football family

January 6, 2017 at 6:26 amby 0 comments

MyKala Wellman is a grade 12 student at St. Matthew High School in Orleans, Ontario.  The first semester of the school year is winding down and Wellman has applied to continue her education.  Her hope is to be accepted at Algonquin College, where she would like to pursue post-secondary studiesRead More

 
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