ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD - Nick deChamplain
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER - Coleman Precht
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER – Ben vanLeeuwen
MOST CONTRIBUTION/LEAST RECOGNITION – Travis Heggart
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Keegan Pawlik
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - James Suranyi
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER – Logan McCullough
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER - Cordel Callioux & Matt Coogan
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD - Quade Kozak
LEE GRANT MEMORIAL TROPHY - Ben vanLeeuwen
TRUE ROOKIE AWARD - Adam Rafat
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER - Zach Roberts
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER - Jakob Kikkert
MOST CONTRIBUTION/LEAST RECOGNITION - Ethan Mickleborough
MOST OUTSTANDING LINEMAN AWARD – Tanner deChamplain
OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP & DEDICATION– Luke Randhawa
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER - Jordan Howe
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER - Carson Antoniuk
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD - Zach Froese
On Sunday, May 21 at the Football Alberta Bantam Bowl banquet our own Larry (Coach O) Olexiuk will be inducted into the Football Alberta Life Membership/Hall of Fame. Larry's accomplishments listed below in the Football Alberta press release speak for themselves, but his passion and genuine devotion to the Bulldogs Football program is second to none. We at Bulldogs Football are proud to have such a distinguished and true gentleman teaching our boys how to become men first, and football players second.
Please join us in congratulating Coach O!
Life Membership/Hall of Fame Award
Larry Olexiuk – St. Albert Minor and High School Football
Larry Olexiuk’s involvement in football stretches back to 1967 with his first year of coaching the offense with the Jasper Place Bantam Lions. A year later he became the head coach of the Palmer 49er’s Bantam team in St. Albert and began a close to 50 year love affair with football in that city. Over the years, Larry was instrumental in coaching at all levels of the game in St. Albert and also supported the Edmonton District Bantam Football Association as head coach of their all-star team in 1986 and 1987. His most important role in St. Albert was as the main driver for the creation and initial funding of the St. Albert High School Football Association in 1986. Prior to that players had to leave the city to play high school football. Since that time the high school situation has grown from one senior team to football at all three high schools in St. Albert. Thanks to Larry over 200 young men get to play high school football in their hometown each season. Very deserving of the Life Membership/Hall of Fame award.
Congratulations to QB Quade Kozak voted by Metro League Carr Conference Division I coaches as the league MVP!
Quade had his amazing season cut short in the Carr Conference Division I semi-final with an injury but his stats for the season and his leadership on the field speak for his nomination and being voted as the league MVP.
QUADE KOZAK stats for 2017
8 Games played, 6 wins 2 losses
PASSING - 189 Passes attempted, 117 Completions for 1868 Yards 61.9% completion percentage. 18 TD, 6 Int.
RUSHING - 97 Attempts, 611 Yards 6.3 Yd avg, 5 TD
PUNTING - 46 Punts - 1673 Yards - 36.4 Yd Avg.
Tuesday marks the last game for the Bellerose Bulldogs before the playoffs in the metro Edmonton junior football league.
Kickoff is 5 p.m. at Larry Olexiuk Field between the pool B Bulldogs (2-1) and pool A Austin O’Brien Crusaders (1-2).
The top two teams in both pools go head-to-head in the Oct. 23 semifinals for berths in the division one final Oct. 29.
The second shutout win in three games against pool B teams for Bellerose (3-1 overall) was 37-0 against the O’Leary Spartans (1-2) Tuesday at Clarke Stadium.
With two games remaining before the playoffs, the Bellerose Bulldogs are regrouping after back-to-back losses in the division one Carr conference.
Bellerose (2-3) hosts the Jasper Place Rebels (0-5) Friday on Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. at Larry Olexiuk Field and the last game before the metro Edmonton league playoffs is Oct. 18 against the Spruce Grove Panthers (3-2) at 6 p.m. at Fuhr Sports Park.
The Panthers are a potential playoff opponent for Bellerose as six teams qualify for the post-season starting Oct. 25 and the top two have first round byes.
The second loss for Bellerose after winning two in a row was 49-15 against the Salisbury Sabres (5-0) Thursday in Sherwood Park. The halftime score was 21-7.
In week five of the Football Alberta Tier I (1,250-plus students) rankings, Salisbury is No. 2, the defending Carr champion Harry Ainlay Titans (5-0) are No. 5 and the Panthers are No. 10.
Bellerose entered the game following last week’s hard-fought 30-28 setback to the Austin O’Brien Crusaders (4-1) at Foote Field. AOB, ranked seventh in Tier II (750 to 1,249 students) scored the winning points with a 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Thursday’s division one Carr conference match between the Bellerose Bulldogs and Salisbury Sabres in metro Edmonton football kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Emerald Hills Turf Field.
Salisbury and the Harry Ainlay Titans are tied for top spot at 4-0 and Bellerose is fourth at 2-2 after Friday’s 30-28 loss to the 3-1 Austin O’Brien Crusaders.
In week five of the Football Alberta Tier I (1,250-plus students) rankings, Salisbury is No. 2, Ainlay is No. 5 and the 2-2 Spruce Grove Panthers replaced Bellerose at No. 10.
Bellerose was the winner of two in a row before AOB kicked the game-winning 36-yard field goal to close out the scoring at Foote Field.
AOB, the No. 7-ranked Tier II (750 to 1,249 students) team in the province, started off the contest with three touchdowns before Bellerose answered in the second quarter with Tristan Olenick’s TD passes of seven yards to Adam Rafat and five yards to Jordan Howe to tighten the deficit at 20-14.
It was 27-14 in the third quarter when Olenick teamed up with Dorian Therqaj for a 10-yard TD and in the fourth quarter they hooked up for an 11-yard scoring play and Mohammad Zeidan’s fourth conversion gave Bellerose its first lead at 28-27.
Tuesday’s metro Edmonton division one junior semifinal between the Bellerose Bulldogs and Salisbury Sabres kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Clarke Stadium.
The Bulldogs (5-1-1) and Salisbury (5-2) finished second and third, respectively, in the eight-team standings.
The Bulldogs beat Salisbury 33-29 in league play Oct. 24 in Sherwood Park. At halftime the Bulldogs led 27-0.
The winner plays the Jasper Place Rebels (6-1), the defending champions, or Harry Ainlay Titans (4-2-1) in the Nov. 14 final.
Last year’s 27-11 loss in the division one semifinals to the Rebels ended an undefeated run of four consecutive undefeated championship seasons for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs are 39-2-1 in league and playoff action since losing the 2011 semifinal after Monday’s 62-15 rampage against the Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds (0-7).
The Bulldogs cruised to leads of 39-6 at the end of the first quarter and 52-6 at halftime.
Jakob Kikkert scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 65-yard run.
Shep answered with a long run but the convert was no good.
The ensuing kick-off was returned by Kikkert 75 yards to the house.
The next TD was Zach Froese’s quarterback designed run of 44 yards and the rout was on.
Froese connected with Ethan Mickleborough on a 30-yard catch and run TD and Dylan Young’s one-yard TD burst was set-up by Adam Rafat’s reception from Froese.
Ethan Engele and Denes Demeter took over the QB duties for the last three quarters as the Bulldogs emptied the bench.
Jordan Howe pulled off a pick-six, Engele hooked up with Rafat on a 40-yard TD strike and Gage Froese ran in a two-point conversion.
Howe also returned an interception for a TD but it was called back because of an iffy illegal block. That set up Kikkert’s third TD on a short completion by Demeter.
Shep aired the ball out for a long TD, followed by the two-point conversion and then got a single off the kick-off.
A suspect holding penalty wiped out Will Baker’s 75-yard TD on a trick play.
Adam Rafat was a touchdown machine with four scores as the Bellerose Bulldogs stomped the Austin O’Brien Crusaders 41-0 Tuesday in metro Edmonton junior football.
Zach Froese and Jordan Howe also produced TDs as the Bulldogs improved to 2-0-1.
The junior Dawgs led by 20 points at halftime and running time started in the third quarter as the Crusaders (2-1) struggled to stop the Big Three on the Bellerose offence. Rafat is the team leader in TDs with eight while Froese, the quarterback, has rushed for three majors and Howe has four TDs.
Up next is Tuesday’s tilt with the Jasper Place Rebels (2-1). Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Bright Park.
Last year’s 27-11 loss to the Rebels in the division one semifinal ended a spectacular run of four undefeated championship seasons in a row for the Bulldogs.
The only high school junior football team in St. Albert is 36-1-1 in league and playoffs combined since losing the 2011 semifinal.
A tie was better than a loss for the Bellerose Bulldogs in high school junior football.
The Bulldogs are 1-0-1 after clawing back to even the score at 28 against the Harry Ainlay Titans on Tuesday night at Larry Olexiuk Field.
“It’s a good tie because we brought our way back up,” said Jordan Howe, a Grade 10 receiver and defensive back. “We can’t let any numbers go up in the middle section so that means no losses and we’ve got to keep working on that.”
The Bulldogs shook off a 14-point deficit in the third quarter with Howe and quarterback Zach Froese scoring touchdowns and Adam Rafat’s two-point conversion.
“We made a great comeback,” Howe said. “We couldn’t take an L against these guys because our senior team lost pretty bad to them (44-14 in the division one Carr conference) so we had to prove that we can do better.
“We’ve also got to keep our junior streak going.”
The Bulldogs have yet to lose a regular season contest during a 35-1-1 stretch that started in 2012 and included last year’s 27-11 loss to the Jasper Place Rebels in the division one semifinals that ended a run of four junior playoff championships in a row and one short of the metro Edmonton league record.
The Bulldogs got off on the wrong foot while falling behind 21-14 at halftime.
“When we were losing everyone was down but we just had to keep pushing. They had a good running game and we just had to make more tackles and less mental mistakes,” Howe said. “Everyone got a few nice touchdowns and we were able to pull through in the end.”
The team’s first TD was a four-yard run by Froese early in the second quarter and the convert was no good.
With one second left in the half, Howe was on the receiving end of a TD pass from Froese on the five-yard curl into the endzone.
Froese and Ethan Mickleborough also combined on the two-point conversion.
Down 28-14, Howe turned on the jets during a blazing 60-yard catch and run with Froese pulling the trigger and the convert was unsuccessful.
“I just get so amped up when I score a touchdown like that,” Howe said. “I think the smile on my face gets the team hyped up.”
The Bulldogs tied it up with Froese’s quarterback sneak after Howe was stopped short of the goal line and Rafat ran in the two-point conversion on a jet sweep play.
The Bulldogs kicked off the season with a bang by blasting the O’Leary Spartans (0-2) 47-7 before buckling down against a formidable foe in the Titans (1-0-1).
“It was a better game because O’Leary wasn’t as strong as a team as Harry Ainlay so it was good competition. Now we know what we’re facing so we’ve got to come better prepared next time,” said Howe, 15, a bantam product of the St. Albert Fury.
Tuesday the Bulldogs tackle the Austin O’Brien Crusaders (2-0) at 6 p.m. at Larry Olexiuk Field.
The top four finishers in the eight-team division qualify for the division one semifinals and the rest of the teams compete for division two honours.
Congratulations to #6 Matt Coogan, LB and #68 James Suranyi, OL for making the 2018 Senior Bowl All-Star Roster. Matt and James will compete in the 2018 Senior Bowl on Monday May 21, 2018 at Foote Field in Edmonton.
A shout out to 9 of our Bulldogs players who were voted by the Metro Carr Division I Coaches as Metro Athletics All Edmonton All-Stars. Please note, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players so this is recognition by our competitors.
2017 All-Edmonton Carr Division I Players from Bellerose Bulldogs.
Quarterback – Quade Kozak #39
Running Back – Ben VanLeeuwen #29
Receiver – Travis Heggart #86
Receiver – Logan McCullough #7
Offensive Line – JP Parent #99
Offensive Line – James Suranyi #68
Defensive Line – Keegan Pawlik #63
Linebacker – Matt Coogan #6
Defensive Back – Cordel Callioux #2
9 Players from the Bulldogs is the most from any team in the Carr Conference in 2017.
Congratulations to these players for their well-deserved recognition.
Please see the document listed below for the actual announcement by Metro Athletics and All-Stars from all 3 Football Divisions.