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F.P. Walshe athletes help Cobras win championship

Six F.P. Walshe school students from Fort Macleod helped Willow Creek Composite Cobras win the Tier 4 provincial football championship Saturday. From left: Brad Van Herk, Logan Markland, Sam Meech, Elliot Iwen, Jaxon Douglas and Justin No Chief.

Six F.P. Walshe school students helped power Willow Creek Composite Cobras to the Tier 4 provincial football championship.
Logan Markland, Brad Van Herk, Sam Meech, Elliot Iwen, Justin No Chief and Jaxon Douglas were part of the Cobras team that beat St. Paul Lions 47-0.
Cobras head coach Tim Bryson was effusive in his praise for the Fort Macleod players following the medal and trophy presentation at Comet Stadium in Raymond..
It’s immeasurable,” Bryson said of the contribution from the six F.P. Walshe athletes.
“They’ve been coming up for a few years but in the las three years . . . these guys tip the balance and put us over the top in terms of being a championship team.”
The Cobras jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and dominated St. Paul on both sides of the ball in the second half.
Bryson said the F.P. Walshe athletes impressed him with their commitment to the high school football team in Claresholm.
“The dedication, every day up and down that highway, sometimes in bad weather,” Bryson said. “They’re on time, all the time and they work hard.”
It was a strong season for the Cobras who won seven and lost two games in regular season and playoffs to be ranked No. 1 in Alberta in Tier 4.
The Cobras beat W.R. Myers Rebels from Taber 54-13 Nov. 1 to win their ninth south zone Tier 4 championship.
In that game, Van Herk caught two passes for 58 yards and a touchdown, Iwen had two quarterback sacks from his spot at noseguard and Douglas had a sack and a fumble recovery.
With that win, the Cobras advanced to take on Canmore in the provincial quarterfinals and caged the Wolverines 53-0.
Van Herk had 136 yards on eight receptions and made six tackles while playing defensive back.
That win advanced the Cobras to the semifinals and a meeting with No. 2-ranked Drumheller Titans.
The Cobras beat Drumheller 48-7 at the Snake Pit in Claresholm, with Van Herk hauling in seven passes for 180 yards and a touchdown.
In the process Van Herk set a new single season receiving yardage record for the Cobras with 1,004 yards. That beat the mark of 997 set by Brandon Egger in 2006. He added 30 yards to that total Saturday.
“I can’t say enough about the contributions of every single kid from Fort Macleod,” Bryson said.
Bryson noted that Willow Creek Composite and Fort Macleod have a strong working relationship that benefits both schools.
Willow Creek Composite athletes travel to Fort Macleod in the spring to bolster the F.P. Walshe rugby team’s lineup, and Fort Macleod players head north in the fall for football.
“It seems to work out just great,” Bryson said. “It’s really cool.”

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