Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

New head coach no stranger to Reivers

  • Print
New Kildonan-East Reivers football coach Jason Hawkins addresses the team during its training camp at East Side Eagles Field.

PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON Enlarge Image

New Kildonan-East Reivers football coach Jason Hawkins addresses the team during its training camp at East Side Eagles Field. Photo Store

The Kildonan-East Reivers are heading into the 2013 Winnipeg High School Football League season with a new man in charge.

New bench boss Jason Hawkins took over the team for its spring camp earlier this year, and officially kicked off spring camp on Aug. 19 at East Side Eagles Field.

Though he has the shiny new title, Hawkins is no stranger to Reiver football, having held a coaching position each year since the program began in 2006. After rising up from assistant head coach and defensive co-oordinator under Daryl Didyk last year, Hawkins has surrounded himself with a solid staff of coaches from the community.

He said he won’t be overhauling a team that went 3-4-1 last season, falling to Vincent Massey (Brandon) in the opening round of the playoffs last year.

"The big motto is positive encouragement and consistent progress," he said. "We’ve been working hard since the spring. We always have here at Kildonan-East, but I’m trying to make them do some extra conditioning drills, trying to get in their mind that if you work hard, good things will happen."

The Reivers had over 30 players out to camp, and Hawkins hopes to pick up a few extra bodies when school resumes in early September to round out the roster with 35 to 40 players. The Reivers open the season Sept. 4 when the Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans of Portage la Prairie visit at 4:30 p.m.

Kildonan-East is bringing back 22 players from last year’s team, with the bulk of those being Grade 11 students expected to fill a bigger role after acclimatizing themselves to the league in 2012.

"It’s a little tough when you’re in Grade 10 playing high school football against some 11 and 12s," he said. "I’m hoping those guys step up this year."

Quarterback Zach Goring is at the forefront of the youth movement. The Grade 11 student is taking the reins after serving as an understudy to Khaliel Dennis, who led the Kas Vidruk AA Division in completion percentage at 66.2% last season.

"Last year I learned a lot," said the East Kildonan resident. "You need to be a leader and have confidence in your team to make sure everyone makes the plays and protects you."

Complementing the 16-year-old pivot will be running back Brock Lucy, who has represented Football Manitoba, and Grade 12 receiver Zach Winsor-McKinnon, who is expected to break out.
Hawkins expects linebacker Ben Mikuloff, defensive back Lucas Capra, and safety Christian Guenette to anchor the defence.

Guenette, in his second year with the Reivers after spending his Grade 10 season as a Miles Macdonell Buckeye, is up for the challenge.

"(Last year) could have went better, but we did a lot of things well. We learned a lot of things last year, including myself," he said, noting the year all in all was "positive". "I have complete confidence in this team we can make it to the championship."

Facebook.com/TheHeraldWpg
Twitter: @HeraldWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Northwest Winnipeg may be getting a new subdivision with homes for 5,400 people. Do you think it’s a good idea?

View Results