#CFC50 game preview (MB): No. 20 Vincent Massey Trojans host the Oak Park Raiders

Week 4 of the Winnipeg High School Football League has two matchups. The first game is between #CFC50 No. 20 Vincent Massey Trojans and the Oak Park Raiders. The 2-1 Vincent Massey Trojans walked through the Dakota Lancers 34-0 last week, while the Oak Park Raiders had a shutout of their own against Garden City, 39-0.

In the Raiders big win, Cole Adamson was named defensive player of the week. Adamson earned 3 tackles, 2 assisted tackles with 5 sacks and 5 rushed passes.

Oak Park’s Charlie Ringland is second in passing in the WHSFL’s Potter Divison. Ringland has thrown for 520 yards, with 3 touchdowns. Running back Shak Harris is third in scoring with 4 touchdowns.

Harris in 2015
Harris in 2015

The Oak Park Raiders are on a two game win streak with wins coming against Kelvin and Garden City. A couple of areas that the Raiders are strong is their defense and they have a balanced attack offensively. On areas Oak Park needs to improve upon, Coach Stuart Nixon mentioned, “We need to improve the number of mental errors that we seem to make during games.”

This week of practice is short with the game on Thursday, and the Raiders haven’t had it easy at all. “Last night we were missing twelve kids due to the flu and pink eye of all things, very frustrating,” explained Nixon.

For the Raiders to have success against the Trojans, Nixon commented, “We need to neutralize #65 on the defense as well as they’re two interior tackles.”

CFC#80 Jalen Burley

#CFC100 DE Jalen Burley

The Vincent Massey Trojans are on a two game winning streak heading into this contest and have outscored their opponents 89-0 in the process. Quarterback Andreas Dueck has thrown for 509 yards with 8 touchdowns and only one interception.

We at CFC predict that the Vincent Massey Trojans will beat the Oak Park Raiders but it should be an entertaining game. Kickoff is at 5 at Vincent Massey.

The second game on tap this Thursday night is the #CFC50 No. 11 St.Paul’s Crusaders hosting the Sturgeon Heights Huskies in what should be a battle. The 3-0 Crusaders crushed the Sisler Spartans 42-0 on homecoming last week. Meanwhile, the 2-1 Huskies lost their first one of the season to the Grant Park Pirates, 20-14.

“Homecoming itself is a highlight,” mentioned St.Paul’s Stacy Dainard. “It is always great to welcome back to the school lots of alumni along with a great turnout of students and parents currently attending the school.”

In the win against Sisler, the Crusaders had good balance on offence with production from multiple running-backs and receivers thanks to a strong game from their offensive line. Dainard added, “Defensively at times we struggled against Sisler’s strong run game but played consistently well against the pass.”

CFC#58 Shae Weekes

#CFC100 RB Shae Weekes

Riley Naujoks is in the Potter division lead for passing with 568 yards and 4 touchdowns. Coach said of his starting quarterback, “As a young quarterback Riley is the first to realize he has a lot to learn so he is very eager to get better and he is very coachable.” Over the years the St.Paul’s quarterback has matured, and deals with the attention and criticism that comes with playing the position very well. “His mechanics continue to improve & he has a very fluid throwing motion,” said Dainard.

Overall practice has gone well this week for the St.Paul’s Crusaders. Coach explained, “Sometimes it is difficult to motivate the week after Homecoming but with a high quality opponent like Sturgeon the team knows that they will need to be at their best.”

The Crusaders are healthy but have lost a big player due to injury. Senior Bryce Stubbings was in the league lead for receiving with 234 yards and a touchdown, but unfortunately broke his arm. Dainard said, “Bryce had been playing very well and he is an outstanding leader so he will be missed on the field.”

In order for St.Paul’s to keep their perfect season intact they will have to stop a talented running back in Kaeden Corrie. “Against a team that runs the ball as well as Sturgeon does, along with a dynamic passing game, our success will start with some strong defense,” replied Dainard. “Coach Vincent is one of the more skilled young coaches not just in Manitoba but I would suggest in Canada so I know we can expect the Huskies to come in very well prepared to play a great game.”

Korrie in 2015

Korrie in 2015

Last week Sturgeon Heights’ two-game win streak came to an end against the Grant Park Pirates. The Huskies Kaeden Corrie is currently second place for the rushing lead. Corrie has 423 yards and 4 touchdowns with a monster average of 10.8 yards a carry.

We at CFC think that the St.Paul’s Crusaders will win over the Sturgeon Heights Huskies but it will be a tough one. Kickoff is 5:30 at St.Paul’s Thursday night.



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