Prior experiences with Rams coaches draws two to team

Rams add two local commits to their Class of 2018.

Defensive back Jackson Sombach and wide receiver Dallen Keen from Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School have grown up playing football together, and now they are entering the Regina Rams locker room together.

Jackson Sombach

Courtesy of Jackson Sombach.

When Jackson Sombach suits up for the Rams, he will be adding another chapter into his family’s history with the team. His father and uncle played for the Rams. But, it’s not merely family ties that bind him to the Rams. He said he has played with many of the current Rams prior to their time on the team.

“I have a good relationship with the coaches and I just feel at home knowing I will be playing for the Rams,” Sombach added, who is from Regina, Saskatchewan. “I have been coached by and trained with many of the coaches, and they are very knowledgeable about the game and I know that I will grow as a player while playing for them.”

The 5’9, 170lbs nine-year veteran also knows that there is no quit on this team. He said he committed to the school because “they have high expectations for you to compete every week, which is important to me because it will push me to improve my game.”

In his career, Sombach has played with the Regina Bears and Mustangs (Regina Minor Football). While with the atom Bears in 2011, he won a championship. In the next two years, he won two more with the peewee Mustangs. In high school, he played with the Miller Marauders (Regina High Schools Athletics Association) where he was the team’s MVP in 2015. In 2016, he won a 3A city championship. He also suited up with Team Saskatchewan that year.

Accustomed to winning, Sombach will be looking to help bring success to the Rams. “I’m very excited to work with the coaches in the future,” Sombach said. “I felt very welcomed and I’m very excited to be apart of the Rams family.

Dallen Keen

Courtesy of Dallen Keen.

Dallen Keen, a fellow Marauders’ teammate, also decided that the hometown team was for him. The Rams coaching staff influenced his choice. He said he has been coached by the staff, including the receiver’s coach, on various teams.

“I feel it will make the transition a lot easier,” he said. “The coaching staff has been great during the recruiting process and very helpful with past programs. They showed a lot of interest, which made the decision easier.”

Hailing from Regina himself, Keen has seen the Rams transform under his eyes. He added that he committed to the team “because of the turn the team has taken in pervious years under the new coach.”

Keen, who is interested in kinesiology, stands at 6’4, 200lbs. He has played in the RMF league and the Regina Spring League. In his eight-year career, he has also played with Team South Saskatchewan U16, the South Sask Selects U16 and Team Saskatchewan U18. In 2017, he was the South Selects offensive MVP. In 2016, he won a 3A City championship with the Marauders. These past two seasons, he has been a silver medalist at the Football Canada Cup.

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