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The Dakota Lancers of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) will set out to accomplish two team goals during the 2014 season.

“Our goals are to continue player development over the course of the regular season and represent the WHSFL in the Potter Division Playoffs,” commented Lancers Head Coach Raymond Jarvis, who is entering his fifth season with the team.

For success on the field, the Lancers will rely on two key offensive strengths.

“This year our team strengths will be our athleticism on the offensive side of the ball which will allow us to be more diverse and have more of a balanced attack both on the ground and in the air,” assessed Jarvis.

Offensively, the attack will be led by a pair of running backs in Brandon Sitch and Somto Anyadike.

“Brandon and Somto hard running athletic running backs whose combination of speed and size will make it difficult other defenses to stop both,” evaluated Jarvis.

Conor Nedelec

Moreover, the Lancers receiving core of Tyrece Viner Cox, Maco Bockru and Conor Nedelec will be difficult for opposing defences to stop because of their versatility to stretch the field.

The quarterback duties will be split between Colby Kyliuk Lucas Johnston.

A potential surprise for the Lancers could be the offensive line trio of Austin Patterson, Lucas Litwin and Conor Whitney.

“Austin, Lucas and Conor will be relied on heavily this season to anchor the line and provide leadership for the offence,” added Jarvis, who offered that the offence will balanced as a run and pass attacking unit.

As for the Lancers defense, four players will be expected to contribute to the successful execution of stopping opponents’ offenses with an aggressive, hard-hitting style.

“Defensive end Derek Dufault will be an impact player from the edge,” said Jarvis.  “Defensive lineman Shimon Abramovich will be our interior run stopper as well as Garret Sumka and Ryan Lobson is our hard hitting shut down corners.”

However, the Lancers will have to fill the voids on their team due to the losses of linebacker Derek Milani, defensive line Hayden Nellis and defensive back Andrew Nolan.

“They are significant losses in terms of impact and leadership and will be difficult to address the gaps immediately,” explained Jarvis.  “Over the course of the season, we will be looking to our youth collectively to continue to develop their game to back-fill the need.”

In his assessment of the competition in the John Potter Division, Jarvis said there are three teams that will be tough to face this season.

“The Potter Division of the WHSFL will be very competitive this year as every team is well coached and talented,” evaluated the Lancers Head Coach.  “St. Paul’s, Oak Park and Vincent Massey Winnipeg will be measuring stick for the Division.”

Ultimately, the Lancers hope their persistence will translate into victories and success this fall.

“We are a hard working team who are supportive of each other and will find a way no matter the obstacle presented,” expressed Jarvis.



2013 RECORD: 5-2, lost in semi-finals

HEAD COACH: Raymond Jarvis (fifth season)



KEY RETURNEES: Derek Dufault (defensive end), Shimon Abramovich(defensive line) Garret Sumka (defensive back – cornerback) Ryan Lobson (defensive back –cornerback)  Brandon Sitch (running back) Somto Anyadike (running back), Tyrece Viner Cox (receiver) Maco Bockru (receiver) Conor Nedelec (receiver)

KEY LOSSES:  Derek Milani (linebacker), Hayden Nellis (defensive line), Andrew Nolan (defensive back)

“X” FACTOR:  Austin Patterson, Lucas Litwin, Conor Whitney (offensive line) “Austin, Lucas and Conor will be relied on heavily this season to anchor the line and provide leadership for the offence.” – Raymond Jarvis – Head Coach, Dakota Lancers






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