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Tigers Go Undefeated


The SVRSS Senior Tigers Football team has pulled off what most teams believe to be an impossible feat when they finished their season in the Rural Manitoba Football League (RMFL) as undefeated Doug Steeves Cup Champions on Saturday (Nov. 2).
The cup was carried out to mid-field for them to collect after a 59-13 defeat over the Southwest Sabres in front of their home town crowd.
“I don’t know how we could have played a better game,” said Head Coach Justin Petelski. “We played hungry, we played disciplined and we played with heart. There’s not much more we could have asked for from these athletes.”
In the game, Will Windsor had six carries for 136 yards and a touchdown and Ethan Trevellyan had six carries for 80 yards.
Cody Eisner rushed the ball four times for 21 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 12 out of 14 passes for 272 yards and threw for four completed touchdowns.
And, in the last game of his high school football career, Austin Rivard scored a touchdown.
Tyler Van Kleek was Eisner’s favourite target throughout the game catching four passes for 50 yards while Trey Sauder had two receptions for a team high of 68 yards and a touchdown.
Trevellyan had two receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown before having to leave the game early due to an injury.
Caelan Lewis also made his presence on the field known with a 42 yard catch for a touchdown.
Windsor had a 15 yard touchdown catch as well while Grade 9 freshman Trae Bateman had a beautiful 45 yard catch and run.
On the defensive side, Morgan Staniland finished off his high school career leading the team with eight tackles, four assisted tackles, an interception and a pass knockdown.
Cole Ames also had four solo tackles, five assisted tackles and a quarterback sack.
Kylan Nunn had three tackles, one assisted tackle, and broke up three pass attempts to end a record breaking year.
“We had a perfect season; the first one in the Tigers history playing in the RMFL,” said Petelski. “We had a great group, sometimes it was hard to keep them focused – it can be tough when you win games by a large score – but it was only because we knew how good they were. And, in the end they proved wae were right.”
Graduating from the team on the ultimate high is Morgan Staniland, Carson Mullin, Weston Keller, Will Windsor, Cole Ames, Merrick Young and Austin Rivard, who will leave big shoes to fill in the upcoming season. But, until then, they will enjoy celebrations for a job well done in this season.
“It was great to see so many people out at the final,” said Petelski. “I have received texts and messages from parents, alumni and alumni parents congratulating us on our championship season. The support of our team in the Valley was great.”

Jakki Lumax