QB Francey is the ultimate competitor

Riley Francey has been battling on football fields for a decade and has been fortunate enough to always play on teams that have strong work ethic and great coaching staffs. He played for the North Winnipeg Nomads from terminator until bantam level when he learned how to be a rugged player.

“I won a championship my last year as a Nomad (bantam) and it was a fantastic way to end off my career with the club,” Riley says. “It was also my first year at the quarterback position since I primarily played safety/linebacker on defence in the previous years.”

Over the 10 years with the Nomads, he won numerous offensive, defensive and team MVP awards. During his Grade 10 year, Riley joined Garden City’s football team and started as a sophomore QB. Over the last two years on Garden City’s team, he’s won Rookie of the Year and Offensive MVP. He’s also been nominated twice at the year-end WHSFL banquet for Offensive League MVP and Rookie of the Year.

The highlight of last year for Riley was how his team proved people wrong.

“Being our first year in AAA, I’d say the highlight of last season was turning so many heads and making it to the WHSFL semi-finals,” he says. “Coming from a successful AA season cut short the year before, lots of people criticized our team for lacking potential. Well, we definitely earned our spot by beating strong AAA programs including the Sisler Spartans in the quarter-finals.”


The recruitment process has been sluggish so far, as he hasn’t received any offers or heard from any recruiters.

“That just tells me that I need to step my game up even further if I want to continue playing the game I love,” Riley says. “I’m not discouraged by it, I just have to work my hardest and stay hopeful.” But if the opportunity arose, Riley would like to play CIS ball close to home.

“The University of Manitoba would be a fantastic program to play for,” he says. “They have a great program with a very sound coaching staff and it’s also my home province. Then again, I’m very open to any CIS programs out there. I also haven’t had an official visit to any universities or colleges.”

As for influences, he’s always been able to count on his parents and one particular coach.

“My parents are my biggest influence,” Riley says. “They’re my rock and I can always depend on them, which I’m very grateful for. As for football, it would have to be my coach, Beau Wilks. We’ve been through thick and thin together. Even in the hard times, he sticks up for me as a football player, which I am really thankful for. He believes in me, which drives me forward to be successful on the football field.”

When it comes to training, Riley has a structured regimen.

“At Garden City, we focus on the five main body movements (push, pull, squat, hinge and loaded carry),” he says. “With the help of my coach, Beau Wilks (who not only is the football coach but also GC’s phys ed. teacher/strength training coach), he guides me with those body movements and makes them the main focus when it comes to my daily training.”

He also strives to improve his game so that he can become a better player and his team can mesh well together.

“As it’s my senior year, I am continually learning how to become a better leader on and off the field,” Riley says. “We have talent but teams don’t just win off pure talent, they need to be united as a whole. That’s my main goal by the end of the year, to unite the team as one because I know for a fact that when that happens, we will be successful.”

An interesting fact about Riley is that sports run through his veins, as he plays many different ones. “I’m also a multi-sport athlete,” he says. “I also play baseball, volleyball, basketball and hockey (all of which were starting roles at the highest levels).”

He plans on going into the faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg, as he wants to be a physical education teacher.

“I love to help/teach others and I know that I would excel a lot in that area,” Riley says.


Riley Francey
Quarterback, Corner, Safety, Slotback, Wide Receiver, Long Snapper
6’1,180 lbs

Teams: North Winnipeg Nomads, Garden City Fighting Gophers
Commitment: None
Official Visits: None
Consideration: Manitoba, Open
Class: 2017


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