Canada Cup

Wes­ley Penner played for Man­i­toba in U18 foot­ball.

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE -

Man­i­toba was fi­nally able to get a win at the 2017 Foot­ball U18 Canada Cup.

Af­ter drop­ping their first two games to Al­berta and Bri­tish Columbia, Team Man­i­toba, con­sist­ing of play­ers in the Win­nipeg High School Foot­ball League in­clud­ing the Beaver Brae Bron­cos Wes­ley Penner, se­cured sev­enth place and their first win beat­ing New Brunswick 43-10 on Fri­day, July 14.

Quar­ter­back Riley Vank­ough­nett was the of­fen­sive player of the game for Man­i­toba af­ter throw­ing for three touch­downs to re­ceivers Ja­son Hen­der­son, Luke McMil­lan and Tyler Ko­niuk and scam­per­ing in for a one-yard touch­down him­self to give Man­i­toba a 36-0 lead at the half.

Line­backer Eric Bu­jal­ski was the de­fen­sive player of the game for Man­i­toba.

New Brunswick scored its first touch­down of the week­long tour­na­ment in the sec­ond half and later added a field goal, but run­ning back Austin Balan se­cured the vic­tory for Man­i­toba when he ran in an eight­yard touch­down.

Man­i­toba’ s ar­rival in Wolf vi l le, Nova Sco­tia didn’ t go as planned as they dropped their first game to Al­berta, leav­ing them out of the bat­tle for medals. In their sec­ond game, Man­i­toba lost 16-7 to Bri­tish Columbia. It was the first win for the B.C. team since re­turn­ing to the Foot­ball Canada Cup.

Man­i­toba’s play­ers of the game against Bri­tish Columbia were wide re­ceiver Eric Adams and line­backer Eric Bu­jal­ski.

Don Burrell, Man­i­toba head coach, said af­ter the game that his team needed to be bet­ter at the line of scrim­mage then they were against B.C. and they had to work on min­i­miz­ing the break­downs in cov­er­age.

In the gold-me­dial game, Que­bec won its third straight gold medal with a dra­matic 10-7 win over Saskatchewan when Jashia Lewis-Pen­ni­cooke scored a touch­down with 19.2 sec­onds left in the game to take the lead. The last-sec­ond touch­down was the only scor­ing al­lowed in the sec­ond half as the teams both played strong de­fen­sively.

On­tario won the bronze medal with a 34-29 win over Al­berta.

FILE PHOTO/ DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Beaver Brae Bron­cos vet­eran Wes Penner tested his foot­ball smarts and skills play­ing for Team Man­i­toba at the 2017 Foot­ball Canada Cup in Wolfville, N.S. be­tween July 8 and 14.

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