Charleswood-based football player Braedy Will of the Winnipeg Rifles Junior Football Club has made it onto the Prairie Football Conference’s rookie all-star team.
Will, who plays defensive back, found out the news early one morning from his coach Ryan Karhut, and said the information took a while to sink in.
"I was kind of excited," Will said. "I was half-asleep when I read (the news). I didn’t know what it meant. I woke up two hours later and was like, ‘Oh!’"
Karhut is in his first year coaching the Winnipeg Rifles, but has already observed that Will is a skilled player.
"I’m excited for him. He’s very good. He made a difference for us on our backhand," Karhut said. "He’s a bit young, so he has some growing to do, but he did a great job going in and trying to make plays."
"It’s definitely a great organization to be a part of," Will said of the Rifles team.
Two other Rifles players, linebacker Chris Brown-Fillion and running back Blair Mattes, also made the rookie all-star team. In total, nine players made the rookie team.
The Winnipeg Rifles is one of 20 teams in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) with players aged 17 to 22. The Rifles were named after the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Infantry Regiment. They are members of the Prairie Football Conference.
The Prairie Football Conference consists of six football teams across the prairies: the Calgary Colts, Edmonton Huskies, Edmonton Wildcats, Regina Thunder, Saskatoon Hilltops, and Winnipeg Rifles. Prairie Conference teams have won 19 of 26 national championships so far.
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