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BULLDOGS FOOTBALL PARENTS/PLAYERS MEETING
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On the eve of the start of our football season we will be holding a Parents/Players meeting. This is an informational meeting to discuss the plans of the team for 2015.
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Atrium - Main Entrance - Bellerose High School
This is a mandatory meeting and we suggest at least 1 parent from each player to be in attendance as well as the players themselves. We will have coaches as well as the Head Coaches of both teams and support staff of Bulldogs Football in attendance.
Come see how we operate and the expectations we have of our volunteer community, and to meet the coaches and staff.
If you have any questions, please contact myself,
Darryl Moroz - General Manager Bulldogs Football
The Bellerose Bulldogs are putting last year behind them after a dream season turned into a nightmare.
The Bulldogs were penalized three wins by the Metro Edmonton High School Athletic Association on the eve of the Carr division one playoffs because of two ineligible players who transferred to Bellerose from Saskatchewan at the start of the football season and the transfer forms were not filed by the school’s athletic department.
The Bulldogs appealed the ruling but it was upheld by the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association.
When the Carr standings were updated the Bulldogs, tied for second at 5-2, dropped into the sixth spot at 2-5 and instead of playing the Austin O’Brien Crusaders, who they beat in league play, the first-round opponent was the Harry Ainlay Titans and the result was a 15-0 loss.
“It was a fantastic start and it didn’t end well at all so we just try to forget about it,” said head coach Chad Hill at Wednesday’s fall camp. “We’ve got some great kids coming back in the program and some really good coaches out with us this year so we’re really looking ahead and looking forward to 2015.”
Ironically, the Bulldogs host the Titans in the season opener Thursday at 5 p.m. at Riel Recreation Park. Gate admission is $5.
“We treat every game like it’s important for sure but the first one everyone is more amped up and ready to go. You’re excited but nervous. It should be good,” said Grade 12 lineman Matt Flatla.
It’s imperative the Bulldogs roar out of the starting blocks since only four teams make the playoffs.
“It’s really important. Last year we got off to a good start (5-0) and that takes some of the pressure, or at least the feelings of the pressure that some of the players carry with them,” Hill said. “The year before we got off to a slower start and I think that affected our boys a little bit in 2013. We were 0-2 and you could see every play there was more and more pressure on them.”
The new playoff format has raised the bar for all nine Carr teams.
“It’s a little more pressure for sure but as long as we push we can pull through,” said Flatla, 17.
Last year’s junior Bulldogs from the undefeated division one championship team will reinforce a senior lineup hit hard by the graduation of 28 players.
“For what we lost in size we gained in speed. We’re not a big team but we’re definitely fast,” said Flatla of the team of players from Bellerose and Sturgeon high schools. “Definitely we’re an athletic team this year.”
Only a handful of players are back on defence and the offensive unit consists of six returnees – three linemen, two receivers and quarterback Morgan Sherban.
“We’ve graduated a lot of players, actually the last couple of years we’ve graduated a lot of players, so our line every year I always say is going to be that question mark,” Hill said. “On the line, we’ve got some fantastic boys and they’re well coached from coach (Nick) Ternovatsky and coach Bucky (Dryer) with the juniors but every year I feel we’ve lost size so this year we’re going to have to rely on being fast and being quick off the ball.
“Our strength would be our speed. Our skill positions we have speed there. We have some receivers, we have with some nice height and we’ve got some guys that can really run and catch the football. Defensive backs have been playing very well in the spring and here in the fall camp too.”
The Bulldogs travelled to Red Deer to play the Notre Dame Cougars Friday in the team’s only preseason game. The score was unavailable at press time.
“It will help get the kinks out. Everybody is very excited and enthusiastic. I think we’ll do good,” said Flatla, a six-foot-two, 235-pound offensive and defensive tackle.
But no matter how the season unfolds for the Bulldogs, the most hyped game of the year is the Battle of St. Albert against the Paul Kane Blues, a 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Lights special Oct. 2.
“Everybody is always thinking about the crosstown rivals, but we’ll treat it like another game. It will be fun. It should be,” said Flatla, 17, a member of the 2013 undefeated junior Bulldogs’ division one championship winning team.
The Blues made the leap of faith into the Carr after back-to-back undefeated Miles division two championships and both years their only loss was in the Tier II provincial playoffs against the eventual Alberta Bowl champion.
“I congratulate Paul Kane for continuing to grow their program and for coming up into division one football. I’m happy for them that they decided to do it. It’s a little bit nice for us as Bulldogs that we get a crosstown game back because that is always fun, not just for the players but for the whole school. We haven’t had that in a couple of seasons,” Hill said. “A lot of the players have played together through minor football and spring league with the midget St. Albert Storm and a lot of the coaches know each other and have coached together so it should be a really good competitive, friendly rivalry.
“As far as the strategy standpoint that’s still a long ways off. We’ll see what they do on a week-to-week basis, the same as we’ll evaluate our own team and everybody else that we play on a week-to-week basis but again I’m happy that they’ve come up because it makes for a good rivalry.”
Red Deer's Notre Dame Cougars will host the St. Albert Bellerose Bulldogs in a preseason game in Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, August 28th at 5:00 pm. Head Coach Chad Hill is excited to play a quality preseason game against a good opponent a week prior to Edmonton Metro Division I (Carr) play the following week.
Congratulations go out to our own Seth Waselenchuk for being named an All-Star in Football by the Metro High School Athletic Association.
Seth will be receiving an All-Star ring as well as being honored at a luncheon to take place on June 2, 2015.
Way to go Seth!
Bulldogs Football would like to welcome Nicole Olesen-Moreau as our new Treasurer. Nicole's ability and insight into computer accounting practices will bring a wealth of much needed information and experience to Bulldogs Football's move towards an integrated accounting program within the organization.
We would also like to thank Cheryl Dryer for her numerous years in her position of team Treasurer and our sincere gratitude for an excellent job for many years in helping Bulldogs Football grow into the Premier High School Football Program in St. Albert.
In addition, Bulldogs Football would like to announce that Rick Moreau will be moving up to be the Senior team manager and statistician. Rick took on both of these positions in 2014 for the Junior team and did an outstanding job.
Bulldogs Football currently has several staff positions available with the departure of several staff members for the 2015 season. We have had Shelley Cowan (Sr./Jr. Team Photographer), Greg Cowan (Registrar), Lisa and Jeff Waselenchuk (Volunteer coordinators) fulfill their obligations to Bulldogs Football and with the graduation of their sons Nick Cowan and Seth Waselenchuk we now have those positions available. In addition, with Gord Fletcher moving on from the Senior Team manager and Rick Moreau taking on that position, we will need a Junior Team manager for 2015.
Bulldogs Football values the effort and commitment put forward with their volunteer staff and we are now looking for a new staff members to take us into the 2015 season. Anyone who volunteers and for a Staff position and completes that obligation, does get their Dibs (Volunteer Deposit) waived.
Please go to the "Staff" page of the Bulldogs Football website to see what positions are available. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Darryl Moroz, General Manager; email: firstname.lastname@example.org / phone: 780.498.1837
Bulldogs Football is very excited to welcome Brayden Guy to our coaching staff for 2014. Brayden will be Head Coach of the Junior Team starting in 2014. For those of you who don't know Brayden, he graduated from Bellerose High School in 2008 and played on the very first Bulldogs junior team in 2005. He won a Miles Championship while playing for the Bulldogs in his grade 12 year and was awarded the Bulldogs Most Outstanding Defensive Player as well as the Lee Grant Memorial Award that season. Brayden came back to help coach the Bulldogs junior defense for a season before resuming his own playing career at Acadia University. Brayden recently finished his University playing career and graduated with a degree in education and is now teaching at E.S. Gish Elementary school in St.Albert.
We also are happy to welcome Clayton Wowk to the Bulldog Football Program. Clayton is an enthusiastic young teacher at Bellerose who has agreed to join the program as a staff liason and assistant "quality control" coach. Clayton's positive demeanor and gregarious nature will be a huge asset to our program.
Last, but certainly not least, recent Bulldog grad (2014), Cody Johnston will be joining our junior coaching staff to assist Brayden with the Linebackers. Cody was an extremely dedicated, hard working player who will no doubt, be an excellent role model for our young players.
Coach Hill with Spencer Unrau
Coach Hill and John Comeau