Ret­zlaff represts the South­west at Se­nior Bowl

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Gull Lake’s Travis Ret­zlaff was the only South­west par­tic­i­pant in the 2009 Se­nior Bowl on Mon­day in Regina. The 6’3’’, 251 lb Ret­zlaff was one of seven of­fen­sive line­men on the South ros­ter as they rolled to a 33-13 win over the North.

It was a wel­come con­clu­sion to the grade 12 stu­dent’s high school foot­ball ca­reer af­ter en­dur­ing an 0-6 sea­son with the Gull Lake Lions nine-man foot­ball team last fall.

“It was def­i­nitely a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me, go­ing from nine-man foot­ball to 12-man is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,” said Ret­zlaff. “I learned a lot be­cause I am usu­ally a de­fen­sive guy so I had lots of learn­ing to do. But I learned a lot and it was sweet to be out there with all those guys.”

Ret­zlaff was se­lected for the 45-man South ros­ter af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in a try­out camp.

He was also only one of 13 play­ers named to the squad from out­side of Regina.

“It was pretty cool be­cause the teams are mostly made up of those city guys and I am not used to cov­er­age like that.”

“I was in fairly of­ten, not as much as I would have liked, but I can’t com­plain be­cause there was lots of guys to play,” ex­plained Ret­zlaff of his time on the field Mon­day. “It was fun and def­i­nitely worth the ex­pe­ri­ence. I think I did fairly well be­ing new to the whole 12-man part.”

As for his fu­ture Ret­zlaff re­cently at­tended Saskatoon Hill­tops camp but in­jured his knee half­way through the camp and is un­sure whether ju­nior foot­ball will be in his fu­ture.

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