Small numbers not stealing T-Birds thunder

Sports Oct 12, 2017 by Darryl Smart Brant News

While the Brantford Collegiate Institute Mustangs celebrated its first win of the Brant County Secondary School Athletic Association senior football season Thursday at Kiwanis Field, down at the other end Ken Chisholm gave his Pauline Johnson Collegiate Thunderbirds a heartfelt post-game speech.

 “I just told them to be proud of themselves and their effort,” Chisholm said after the 32-0 loss. “We have lots to be proud of. This is a great group of kids.”

Yes, it was another loss for the winless Thunderbirds. But on Thursday, the real story was how many players the Thunderbirds had. Though numbers have been an issue for quite some time, against the Mustangs, they only had seven on the sidelines.

“The score certainly wasn’t the story here,” Chisholm said. “The first issue is school size. We’re at about half of everyone else in Brantford. That’s part of it. Our job is to take kids in Grade 9 that have no Bisons experience and try to prepare them for senior football. When they get here, hopefully they’ve hung around long enough.”

Chisholm and his coaching staff realize things always go in cycles. So for the time being, the Thunderbirds are doing their best to survive and help those that are taking the challenge, thrive.

One of those that has taken the challenge head on and has excelled is Justice Weaver.

“I believe that it’s all about coming out here and have a lot of fun,” Weaver, a Grade 12 student said. “I know we aren’t going to win a lot of football games because of our numbers. We just lost six guys for this game. It’s been tough. But that’s the hard part. The main thing is that we’re out here competing and the rest of us are keeping together as one unit. We love the game of football and we love being together. That’s why we’re here.”

Weaver is one of a handful of Thunderbirds with Bisons experience. He said being part of the Thunderbirds has helped him in more ways than one. A big reason is the number of roles he plays.

Not only is Weaver one of the team’s leaders, Thursday he played Inside linebacker, running back, long-snapper, was on the kicking team and kick return team.

“I didn’t come off the field,” Weaver said. “It’s tiring but it’s a lot of fun. It’s hard because you’re bouncing back from position to position. I just try to keep it all in my brain.

“I’ve gotten better playing here,” he said. “The coaches are all great. I’ve developed more skills, teamwork, leadership, and all of those things.”

Chisholm said Weaver is a role model for all of his teammates.

“Guys like this and athletes like this are what we’re looking for,” Chisholm said. “I’m looking for kids with integrity and heart, kids that don’t give up and fight and battle. Every night we don’t talk about the scoreboard. We talk about it’s going to be a tough night and that it’s going to be a battle. If we were able to take this team and triple it in numbers, we wouldn’t be able to keep these guys down. They are all guys with a ton of heart.”

In the meantime, Weaver, Chisholm and the Thunderbird hope to keep growing a program that has had quite a bit of success in the past. Both see that happening again soon.

“We have a huge Grade 9 crop,” Chisholm said. “In two years, our numbers should be much better. We’ve been in a down place for a few years. But we aren’t too far removed from winning championships. Our SOAR Program has helped and so have our facilities. I see good things down the road. And we have the kids that have stuck it out and worked hard now for that.”

 

OTHER RESULTS

Senior

Oct. 5

NPC 43, ACS 21

Oct. 6

SJC 42, PDHS 21

Oct. 11

BCI vs NPC

 

THIS WEEK

Friday

SJC vs PJC 8 p.m.

Saturday

ACS vs PDHS 1 p.m.

 

Junior

Oct. 5

NPC 35, ACS 0

Oct. 6

PDHS 29, SJC 8

Oct. 11

BCI 15, NPC 0

 

THIS WEEK

Friday

SJC vs PJC 6 p.m.

Saturday

ACS vs PDHS 11 a.m.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1

Small numbers not stealing T-Birds thunder

Despite small numbers PJC senior football team learning life lessons on the field

Sports Oct 12, 2017 by Darryl Smart Brant News

While the Brantford Collegiate Institute Mustangs celebrated its first win of the Brant County Secondary School Athletic Association senior football season Thursday at Kiwanis Field, down at the other end Ken Chisholm gave his Pauline Johnson Collegiate Thunderbirds a heartfelt post-game speech.

 “I just told them to be proud of themselves and their effort,” Chisholm said after the 32-0 loss. “We have lots to be proud of. This is a great group of kids.”

Yes, it was another loss for the winless Thunderbirds. But on Thursday, the real story was how many players the Thunderbirds had. Though numbers have been an issue for quite some time, against the Mustangs, they only had seven on the sidelines.

“The score certainly wasn’t the story here,” Chisholm said. “The first issue is school size. We’re at about half of everyone else in Brantford. That’s part of it. Our job is to take kids in Grade 9 that have no Bisons experience and try to prepare them for senior football. When they get here, hopefully they’ve hung around long enough.”

Chisholm and his coaching staff realize things always go in cycles. So for the time being, the Thunderbirds are doing their best to survive and help those that are taking the challenge, thrive.

One of those that has taken the challenge head on and has excelled is Justice Weaver.

“I believe that it’s all about coming out here and have a lot of fun,” Weaver, a Grade 12 student said. “I know we aren’t going to win a lot of football games because of our numbers. We just lost six guys for this game. It’s been tough. But that’s the hard part. The main thing is that we’re out here competing and the rest of us are keeping together as one unit. We love the game of football and we love being together. That’s why we’re here.”

Weaver is one of a handful of Thunderbirds with Bisons experience. He said being part of the Thunderbirds has helped him in more ways than one. A big reason is the number of roles he plays.

Not only is Weaver one of the team’s leaders, Thursday he played Inside linebacker, running back, long-snapper, was on the kicking team and kick return team.

“I didn’t come off the field,” Weaver said. “It’s tiring but it’s a lot of fun. It’s hard because you’re bouncing back from position to position. I just try to keep it all in my brain.

“I’ve gotten better playing here,” he said. “The coaches are all great. I’ve developed more skills, teamwork, leadership, and all of those things.”

Chisholm said Weaver is a role model for all of his teammates.

“Guys like this and athletes like this are what we’re looking for,” Chisholm said. “I’m looking for kids with integrity and heart, kids that don’t give up and fight and battle. Every night we don’t talk about the scoreboard. We talk about it’s going to be a tough night and that it’s going to be a battle. If we were able to take this team and triple it in numbers, we wouldn’t be able to keep these guys down. They are all guys with a ton of heart.”

In the meantime, Weaver, Chisholm and the Thunderbird hope to keep growing a program that has had quite a bit of success in the past. Both see that happening again soon.

“We have a huge Grade 9 crop,” Chisholm said. “In two years, our numbers should be much better. We’ve been in a down place for a few years. But we aren’t too far removed from winning championships. Our SOAR Program has helped and so have our facilities. I see good things down the road. And we have the kids that have stuck it out and worked hard now for that.”

 

OTHER RESULTS

Senior

Oct. 5

NPC 43, ACS 21

Oct. 6

SJC 42, PDHS 21

Oct. 11

BCI vs NPC

 

THIS WEEK

Friday

SJC vs PJC 8 p.m.

Saturday

ACS vs PDHS 1 p.m.

 

Junior

Oct. 5

NPC 35, ACS 0

Oct. 6

PDHS 29, SJC 8

Oct. 11

BCI 15, NPC 0

 

THIS WEEK

Friday

SJC vs PJC 6 p.m.

Saturday

ACS vs PDHS 11 a.m.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1

Small numbers not stealing T-Birds thunder

Despite small numbers PJC senior football team learning life lessons on the field

Sports Oct 12, 2017 by Darryl Smart Brant News

While the Brantford Collegiate Institute Mustangs celebrated its first win of the Brant County Secondary School Athletic Association senior football season Thursday at Kiwanis Field, down at the other end Ken Chisholm gave his Pauline Johnson Collegiate Thunderbirds a heartfelt post-game speech.

 “I just told them to be proud of themselves and their effort,” Chisholm said after the 32-0 loss. “We have lots to be proud of. This is a great group of kids.”

Yes, it was another loss for the winless Thunderbirds. But on Thursday, the real story was how many players the Thunderbirds had. Though numbers have been an issue for quite some time, against the Mustangs, they only had seven on the sidelines.

“The score certainly wasn’t the story here,” Chisholm said. “The first issue is school size. We’re at about half of everyone else in Brantford. That’s part of it. Our job is to take kids in Grade 9 that have no Bisons experience and try to prepare them for senior football. When they get here, hopefully they’ve hung around long enough.”

Chisholm and his coaching staff realize things always go in cycles. So for the time being, the Thunderbirds are doing their best to survive and help those that are taking the challenge, thrive.

One of those that has taken the challenge head on and has excelled is Justice Weaver.

“I believe that it’s all about coming out here and have a lot of fun,” Weaver, a Grade 12 student said. “I know we aren’t going to win a lot of football games because of our numbers. We just lost six guys for this game. It’s been tough. But that’s the hard part. The main thing is that we’re out here competing and the rest of us are keeping together as one unit. We love the game of football and we love being together. That’s why we’re here.”

Weaver is one of a handful of Thunderbirds with Bisons experience. He said being part of the Thunderbirds has helped him in more ways than one. A big reason is the number of roles he plays.

Not only is Weaver one of the team’s leaders, Thursday he played Inside linebacker, running back, long-snapper, was on the kicking team and kick return team.

“I didn’t come off the field,” Weaver said. “It’s tiring but it’s a lot of fun. It’s hard because you’re bouncing back from position to position. I just try to keep it all in my brain.

“I’ve gotten better playing here,” he said. “The coaches are all great. I’ve developed more skills, teamwork, leadership, and all of those things.”

Chisholm said Weaver is a role model for all of his teammates.

“Guys like this and athletes like this are what we’re looking for,” Chisholm said. “I’m looking for kids with integrity and heart, kids that don’t give up and fight and battle. Every night we don’t talk about the scoreboard. We talk about it’s going to be a tough night and that it’s going to be a battle. If we were able to take this team and triple it in numbers, we wouldn’t be able to keep these guys down. They are all guys with a ton of heart.”

In the meantime, Weaver, Chisholm and the Thunderbird hope to keep growing a program that has had quite a bit of success in the past. Both see that happening again soon.

“We have a huge Grade 9 crop,” Chisholm said. “In two years, our numbers should be much better. We’ve been in a down place for a few years. But we aren’t too far removed from winning championships. Our SOAR Program has helped and so have our facilities. I see good things down the road. And we have the kids that have stuck it out and worked hard now for that.”

 

OTHER RESULTS

Senior

Oct. 5

NPC 43, ACS 21

Oct. 6

SJC 42, PDHS 21

Oct. 11

BCI vs NPC

 

THIS WEEK

Friday

SJC vs PJC 8 p.m.

Saturday

ACS vs PDHS 1 p.m.

 

Junior

Oct. 5

NPC 35, ACS 0

Oct. 6

PDHS 29, SJC 8

Oct. 11

BCI 15, NPC 0

 

THIS WEEK

Friday

SJC vs PJC 6 p.m.

Saturday

ACS vs PDHS 11 a.m.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1