Predators’ Running Man

This season, the junior varsity Twin Cities Predators of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) have suffered two tough losses before a bye week.  Throughout both weeks, it is clear a consistent stand out and a running force for the Predators is tailback Tavian Shand.

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At 5’5, 135 lbs and 16 years old, Shand is often the number called on to produce yards for the Predators offence. Against Guelph, Shand was crucial in the Predators movement down the field and also responsible for the Predators’ first touchdown of the game. Shand is clutch in gaining big yards as well as short critical gains and is recognized for always giving his all every game and producing plays that encourage his team and give the offence momentum.  With eight years of football experience and three years being with the Predators it is clear Shand is crucial to his team finding success this season.

Although only sixteen, Shand is looking forward to a future with football which he credits largely to his time with the Predators,

“The Predators organization has taught me many valuable skills and lessons,” said Shand.  “They have been my foundation for starting out in football”.

Going forward, Shand knows he already has quite a bit of interest in Western University not only for their football program but also for their Commercial Aviation Program. With still time to decide however, he is keeping his options open saying that he is also interested in McMaster University as well as the possibility of attending school and playing football in the U.S.

For right now his focus is on this season with the Predators where his experience and skill position him as a leader for the young team in achieving their goals in the OFC this year. With their toughest opponent, the Burlington Stampeders behind them, Tavian says the team will continue getting stronger and are still looking towards the Championship.

“My goal for my team is that we play the best that we can and to continue to improve throughout the season– and if we win the Championship that’s a bonus,” added Shand.

Although the season has just begun, Shand is a critical component for his team and has a simple and effective outlook for himself as a player this season,

“My expectations for myself are to be a leader on my team, to play smart and to help my team win games,” said Shand.


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