#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team West Grade 7 DL Braid has size for lines

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) on the April 29th weekend at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to the OPC, CFC will preview the teams and the players participating in the big event.

At 13 years old, Connor Braid stands at a towering 6’0, 235lbs, and he has already learned to use his size to advantage.

“I chose OPC because my friend, Joshua, has played in it and she aid a lot of great things about it,” Braid said. “So I decided to give it a try.”

Braid added that, “What I like so far is that the coaches are tough and push you to get the best out of you.”

In his first year of football, Braid helped the London Junior Mustangs (Ontario Minor Football League) to an undefeated summer season and a championship win in 2013. He is 6’0, 235lbs and currently plays as a lineman for both the offensive and defensive lines. He said he aspires to be a fullback.

“What I like about being on the defensive line is defending my QB and hitting people,” Braid said. And then he added, “I love when I break through and sack the QB” when he is part of the offensive line.

Braid hopes to go as far as he can in football. He said he loves the team dynamics of the game and has made some amazing friends. The young lineman is also no stranger to Tim Hortons Field and he is excited to be back there again.

“I no longer feel the pressure of playing as bad,” Braid said. “I just think about the game and what plays we are running.”

Braid has another five years before he finishes high school and is set to graduate as part of the class of 2021. He is already considering his future, however, and says he would like to play at Western while taking a technology or engineering course.

“My personal goals are to do well in school, continue to learn computer programming and be a positive influence for my team mates and younger players,” the young lineman said.

As for the team, Braid hopes that they can win the championship this year.

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