Although the South lost, Airdrie athletes shined brightly at this year's Football Alberta Senior Bowl in Lacombe on May 22.

George McDougall head coach Chris Glass, who was the special teams coordinator and quarterback coach for the South team, says it didn't turn out the way they wanted, but that it was a fantastic experience."

Glass says due to weather conditions, the South only had three practices compared to the North's five since they were able to practice inside.

"Our players played through that and did a great job with it, specifically, our Airdrie kids really stepped up."

Local players in the game were:

  • Paul Condon - George McDougall - Runningback
  • Dawson Jensen – George McDougal - Linebacker
  • Robert Lasebnik – George McDougal - Kicker/Punter
  • Charles Wiersma – Bert Church - Receiver
  • Kadin McFadzen – Bert Church - Offensive Line
  • Ty Ochitwa – Bert Church - Defensive Line
  • Brydon Cameron – Bert Church - Linebacker
  • Ryan Pace – Bert Church - Defensive Back
  • Marcus Lowe – W.H. Croxford - Defensive Back

"Without Airdrie, they wouldn't have been able to field a team, that's how many starters were from Airdrie. Between all the programs here,  Airdrie is really developing some excellent football players and that's being noticed throughout the province."

Glass would like the opportunity to coach at the Senior Bowl once again and hopes this is the new standard on how many Airdrie players appear in the game.

The North all-star team took a 7-0 lead into the second half, then scored two more majors before the South got on the scoreboard with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. A pick-six ended their chance for a comeback, and the North went on to a 30-13 victory.

With that now in the rearview mirror, a new football camp in Airdrie is starting to fill up for players in Airdrie and the surrounding area.

"Our quarterback camp is completely sold out. Our defensive backs, there are 10 spots left, our receiver camp, we have about 10 spots left. We've also opened it up to defensive and offensive linemen as well, just due to demand."

The camp is for athletes in grades 7-12.

If you're interested in the camp, click HERE.

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