This past weekend, five students from Strathmore High School competed in the Senior Bowl at Shouldice Park.

Members of the Strathmore Spartan football team who played included Taehyeon Park, Hunter Corbin, Bodey Pettifer, Caelin Dehoop, and David Marleau.

To secure their spot, athletes had to compete in a three-day tryout that took place from December 16–19. Once the tryouts were completed, coaches decided the roster.

The athletes are divided into two teams: those who live north of Red Deer and those who live south of Red Deer. All players from Strathmore High School were a part of the South team.

The South team won the game, and the final score was 32-2. Touchdowns were scored by Mark Schroeder from Spring Bank High School, Carson Payne from All Saints High School, and Hunter Corbin from Strathmore High School.

Spartans' head coach, Danny Warrack, who was also the South team's offensive coordinator, was pleased with the outcome of the game. 

“I thought the Strathmore players did well. The offense moved the ball well. I must give a lot of credit to our defensive coordinator, Tom Knitter; he put together a phenomenal game plan,” Warrack said.

The head coach of the Senior Bowl was Scott Lediu from Chestermere High School.

This was Warrack's first year coaching in the Senior Bowl. He had to apply, and he was then chosen by the head coach to be an assistant.

Warrack was impressed with how well the Strathmore athletes played.

“David Marleau played the whole game at left tackle, Caelin Dehoop got in there at guard, Hunter Corbin got a touchdown, Teahyeon Park got a touchdown as well, but it was called back on a questionable holding call, and Bodey Pettifer had a really big play at the end,” Warrack said in an interview.

Corbin scored the first-ever touchdown by a Strathmore player in the Senior Bowl.

Warrack would like to give a thank you to Derek Cooper, Chad Whittemore, Jeremy Stewart, Aaron Roemellee, and Adam Blasetti for their help with evaluations.

The purpose of the Senior Bowl is to showcase some of the most talented Grade 12 football players in the province.

It takes place in January and helps athletes get noticed by university recruiters and junior clubs.

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