July 1, 2014
Southwest Head Coach Wes Mueller prepares the Wolves for their first battle
A new Midget team Rises in Winnipeg
By Dustin Pernitsky & Chris Holigroski
That’s a rallying cry never before heard in the Midget Football League of Manitoba (MFLM), but we will be hearing a lot of it in 2014.
A new team was officially revealed on Wednesday, June 18th. The Southwest Wolves played their first ever inter-squad scrimmage against the Greendell Falcons at Ray Fennel Park, home of the Fort Garry Lions, in front of a impressive crowd eager for a first look.
The Wolves, comprised of players from the Fort Garry and St. James (Rods) areas, saw their first live competition just a few weeks after pulling on the pads.
“The first couple of series were chaotic,” acknowledged Wes Mueller, the Wolves head coach, “we don’t know what these guys can do yet.”
Reassuringly, after that first score the Wolves' defense was fairly stout, holding the Falcons to mostly short gains and making solid tackles when they needed them.
Falcons receiver #85 Brayden Gilmour runs a deep route (Video)
The Southwest program has strong ties to the Fort Garry Lions, where Barrett Mueller will follow in the footsteps of siblings Caleb and Kelsey. Since graduating from the MFLM, Caleb has won a Major Championship with the Lions, while Kelsey is a standout linebacker with the Manitoba Fearless of the Western Women's Canadian Football League.
The Wolves will play two of their four regular season home games under the lights at Fort Garry and two games at the St. James Rods' storied facility. Although outfitted for the scrimmage in Lions' practice gear, the team will sport custom Black and Gold jerseys this upcoming season.
The Wolves' final drive ended on a positive note, as their final play from scrimmage was a touchdown pass from Colin Lynds to Gabe Grenier that saw the Wolves get into the end zone for the first time in their brief history.
The Southwest sideline, brimming with talented fifteen and sixteen-year-olds, exploded like they just won the Super Bowl.
Expect to hear a lot of that in the future.
June 28, 2014
The Eastman Raiders Football Club will not be fielding a team in the Midget Football League of Manitoba (MFLM) for the 2014 season.
Eastman last won a Midget Championship in 2009 and were Finalists in 2012. Recent notable alumni include 2012 MFLM Defensive Player of the Year Brock Letkeman (Team Canada U-18, Winnipeg Rifles), 2012 MFLM Lineman of the Year finalist Jonathan Wichers (Valley Huskers), and two-time (2010, 2013) Manitoba Major Football League Most Valuable Player Kelly Sansregret (East Side Eagles).
2013 Eastman Raiders Midget Team