Wesley Penner played for Manitoba in U18 football.
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.
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.