CFC National Playoff Countdowns & Predictions (SASK): “We have a very complete team and should have a great game…”

Today, CFC continues its exclusive coverage of “National Playoff Countdowns & Predictions”.  Some of these teams are currently ranked in the ‘CFC 50‘ high school poll this season.

In this next installment, Balfour Redmen Head Coach Darcy Olynyk gives his thoughts and outlook on the Redmen’s upcoming quarterfinal game in the Regina Intercollegiate Football League (RIFL) on Friday against Sheldon Williams Collegiate Spartans.

Ryan Schienbein


There is one intriguing matchup this year in the RIFL playoffs.

When the third seeded Balfour Redmen meet the six seeded Sheldon Williams Collegiate Spartans, it will mark the first time this season these two teams have faced each other.

However, Redmen Head Coach Darcy Olynyk has a little bit of an idea of what to expect from their opponents on Friday.

“Sheldon is largely pass centred with their offense,” assessed the Redmen Head Coach.  “We will need to shut down quarterback Ellis Richards.”

As for the Redmen, there are a trio of players that will be counted upon to lead.  One thing to watch for is the offensive magic between pivot Mark Grain and running back Ryan Schienbein.  On defense, linebacker Jon Stricker will be a presence on the unit.

“We will rely on running back Ryan Schienbein, quarterback Mark Grain and the receiving corps to control the ball,” offered Olynyk.  “On, defense we will be led by linebacker Jon Stricker and rely on our secondary to keep receivers in check.”

Olynyk outlined what the keys will be for the Redmen to emerge victorious on Friday.

“We will like to stay balanced on offense and send pressure on defense,” said the Redmen Head Coach.  “We have a very complete team and should have a great game against Sheldon Williams.”

PREDICTION: Balfour Redmen 24, Sheldon Williams Collegiate Spartans 17

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2014 RECORD: 3-3
HEAD COACH: Darcy Olynyk (will also serve as running backs coach)
COACHING STAFF:  Travis Kuntz (Offensive Line Coach), Dylan Hart (Quarterbacks Coach), Jon Probe (Receivers Coach), Joey Todd (Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach), John Tokar (Linebackers Coach), Nick Fox (Defensive Line Coach), Jamie Lofthang (Defensive Line Coach), Brandon Jelinski (Defensive Backs Coach)
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Ryan Shienbein (running back), Mark Grain (quarterback), Jon Stricker (linebacker)

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2014 RECORD: 2-2-2


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