PREVIEW: “Our goals are to make the YRAA Final, win the YRAA & win a Bowl game”

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HURON HEIGHTS WARRIORS (YRAA – NEWMARKET, ONTARIO):

One thing is certain for the Huron Heights Warriors of the York Region Athletic Association (YRAA).  There goals remain the same after 10 seasons.

“On the field, our goals are to make it the YRAA Final, win the YRAA and win a Bowl game,” commented Height Coach Heath Weir.  “Off the field, we want our players to lead by example in the classroom and in the community.”

“Finally, we want them to enjoy the grind! After it’s all said and done, football is a game and games are supposed to be fun.”

Going into the fall season, the Warriors will rely on their resiliency to guide them to success in reaching their goals on and off the field.

“This season has already brought about a number of challenges,” explained Weir.  “However, that’s what keeps the drive alive.”

“The players and coaches believe in what we’re doing and we are committed to overcome.”

Mike DelTin

The Warriors offense will be led by quarterbacks Luke Griese and 2013 Junior MVP Colin Grant.  Additionally, fullback Gregg Anderson and offensive lineman (center) Mike DelTin will be players to watch for on the unit.

On defense, cornerback Graeme Shreeve and halfback Graham Legrow will provide veteran leadership on the secondary in this, their last campaign with the Warriors.

“Along the line of scrimmage, defensive tackle Cameron Lougas will be hoping to draw a number of double teams,” added Weir of the unit.

One player who is poised for a breakout campaign is halfback Jamie Hollingworth who will be a prominent figure on the Warriors defensive unit and on special teams.

However, the team will have to address significant gaps created by the loss of several key players that have graduated.

“With the graduation of Kaleb Scott (CFC 100), Devon Baker-Francis, Luke Ciraco and Kyle Lasota, the Warriors will not be looking for any one player to fill their shoes,” explained Weir.  “Instead, the team has taken a different approach.”

“Everyone has committed including all players and coaches to raising their game to the next level.”

Graham Legrow

Overall, the Warriors know that there are some areas they need to improve upon in their quest to achieve success in 2014.

“There are a number of areas that require work,” said Weir.  “Our players and coaches are dedicated to getting better every day.”

“Luckily for us, “It’s not how we start… It’s how we finish!”.”

As for what to expect from both the offense and defense on the field, Weir gave a preview of both units style of play.

“Offensively, it’s no secret,” described the Warriors Coach.  “We run the triple option.”

“Defensively, our style is a simple one – whatever keeps the ball out of our end zone.”

In his assessment of the competition in the YRAA Division, Weir expects each game to be a battle.

“The YRAA will once again will be one of the toughest conferences in Southern Ontario,” added Weir.  “Bill Crothers, King City and Brother Andre all have the potential to win it all.”

Ultimately, the Warriors “BELIEVE” they can succeed in 2014.

“We have a saying up in our weight-room “Warriors Are Built, Not Born”,” explained Weir.  “We have to win with the student-athletes in our own backyard.”

“We have to train year round to be able to compete. These conditions have produced an atmosphere of near fanatical dedication to the Program. Our players and coaches believe in what we’re doing. Every season for the past decade high school football prognosticators have been giving their opinions as to why “this is the year Huron Height’s run comes to an end”. Ten years later and a 92-11-2 record and we’re still here. We may not win the championship every year, but we’ll be there. That’s the difference between being a “Program” and a team. Any team can have a good year or two. But you have to believe, to survive injuries, upsets & tough conditions. “Football at Huron Heights is a marathon, not a sprint.”.”

For more information on the Warriors, you can visit us at the website: warriorsfootball.ca

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HURON HEIGHTS WARRIORS (YRAA – NEWMARKET, ONTARIO):

2013 RECORD: 11-0 regular season, Ontario Champions, Ranked #1 by CFC, Ranked 3rd in Canada by CFC

HEAD COACH: Al Rover (12th season)

NUMBER OF RETURNING STARTERS –OFFENSE: 5

NUMBER OF RETURNING STARTERS – DEFENSE: 5

KEY RETURNEES: Luke Griese (quarterback), Colin Grant (quarterback), Gregg Anderson (fullback), Mike DelTIn (offensive lineman -center), Graeme Shreeve (defensive back – cornerback), halfback Graham Legrow (defensive back – halfback), Cameron Lougas (defensive tackle)

KEY LOSSES: Kaleb Scott (CFC 100), Devon Baker-Francis, Luke Ciraco, Kyle Lasota

“X” FACTOR: Jamie Hollingworth (halfback)

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