Two Cowichan Valley football players are attending Senior Bowl events this week, culminating on Saturday with the big game featuring the best graduating players in the province.
Justin Young, who played on Cowichan’s offensive and defensive lines in the 2015 season, and quarterback Bremen Conville are both taking part in the week-long camp.
“Justin was solid for us on D-line and had to play double duty at O-line,” said Opie Williams, who coached the midget Timbermen last fall. “Braemon was great and stepped up to the QB position [from receiver] for us this year.”
Young and Conville will also be representing the Timbermen at Star Bowl next month, along with seven of their Cowichan teammates.
Joining them at Star Bowl will be:
Tyler Hudson — “This is Tyler’s second year at Star Bowl team,” Williams noted. “Having Tyler out for five games hurt and having him back for the final game against Victoria was huge.”
Kain Melchior — “This is also Kain’s second year to be going to Star Bowl. Kain played running back and receiver for us and made a key impact in games.”
Garion Ferguson — “It is great to have Garion going this year. He was our other lock on the defensive back position this year.”
James Dennis-Orr — “James really stepped up as a leader on the offensive line this year.”
Jake Borserio — “Jake made a big difference to our running game to the games he was in.”
Wyatt Faickney — “Wyatt struggled at receiver but we moved him to D-line where he excelled.”
Derion Hughes — “Derion was a great addition to our DB core this year, making some big plays.”
An honourable mention is Mitch Hinton, who was named to the Star Bowl team, but will miss it due to a shoulder injury suffered last fall.
Many of the Star Bowl and Senior Bowl players were also award-winners for the Timbermen last fall, including Melchior (MVP), Hudson (Best Offensive Lineman), Borserio (Best Offensive Back), Young (Best Defensive Lineman), Hinton (Best Linebacker), Ferguson (Best Defensive Back), and Dennis-Orr (Most Inspirational).
Other award winners for the fall season were Mitchell Gudgeon (Best Receiver), Amish Dobson (Special Teams), Lucas Grosse (Rookie) and Brad Staedel (Most Sportsmanlike).