Rivals turned teammates, united at Acadia

Acadia brings in two Nova Scotia commits to their Class of 2017.

Spencer Dalzell, a defensive back from Charles P. Allen High School and Dustin Pettigrew, a quarterback from Cobedquid Educational Centre may have been rivals on the field, but now the two will get to know one another as teammates on the Acadian Axemen.

Spencer Dalzell

Spencer Dalzell (#2) leads his team along the line. Courtesy of Spencer Dalzell.

Going to university is tough enough as it is, but it’s worse if you don’t know anyone. Luckily for Spencer Dalzell, Acadia University is already full of familiar faces. “I have two sisters who go there, as well as a lot of friends,” he said. “I chose Acadia because of the town and how it’s small and a great community close to Bedford, (which is) only like an hour away.”

Indeed, it is Bedford, Nova Scotia, a suburban community of Halifax, that Dalzell calls home. There, he played for the Bedford Sackville Minor Saints and the Charles P. Allen Cheetahs (Nova Scotia Athletic Federation). After one year of football at the tender age of ten, Dalzell didn’t pick the sport back up until grade ten. But, he didn’t miss much of a beat.

The NSAF Tier 1 all-star, who stands at 6’1, 190lbs, is ready to get to work with the Acadia coaching staff. “From what I’ve seen, they seem to be very into what they do by helping and always being around. Players have told me that the coaches are very friendly and helpful,” he said.

In his spare time, Dalzell sails. He is interested in taking Environmental Studies. However, he is unsure as to what he wants to study in university.

Dustin Pettigrew
Dustin Pettigrew will be entering the U Sports level after spending time with the Cobequid Cougars (Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation). Hailing tom Truro, Nova Scotia, the 6’1, 185lbs athlete told the Truro Daily that if being a quarterback doesn’t work out, the Axemen coaches said he could excel at receiver.

In his career, he was rookie of the year in grade 10, offensive MVP in grade 11 and league MVP this past season.

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