Knight makes one-armed grab at banquet

Football: Holy Trinity Academy awards top guys on the gridiron

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 10:38 am

The Holy Trinity Academy Knights handed out the hardware at their annual football banquet Nov. 28 at the DeWinton Hall, the recipients are (back row, left to right) Jordan Rae, Cian Booth, Jonathan Leggett, Jayce Oancia and Jesper Honkonen. Front row, from left, Nick McFarland, Caleb Selders, Troy McGee, Chase Howson and kneeling, Josh Woehleke.
The Holy Trinity Academy Knights handed out the hardware at their annual football banquet Nov. 28 at the DeWinton Hall, the recipients are (back row, left to right) Jordan Rae, Cian Booth, Jonathan Leggett, Jayce Oancia and Jesper Honkonen. Front row, from left, Nick McFarland, Caleb Selders, Troy McGee, Chase Howson and kneeling, Josh Woehleke.
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Holy Trinity Academy Knights award winners

Recipients at the Holy Trinity Academy Awards banquet:
Recipients at the Holy Trinity Academy Awards banquet:
Rookie of the Year – Jonathan Leggett
Knightly Warrior – Chase Howson
Heart of the Knight – Jesper Honkonen
Lineman of the Year – Jayce Oancia
Student Athlete of the Year – Caleb Selders
Iron Knight Award — Cian Booth
Nick Beaulieu Memorial Award – Nick McFarland
Most Improved Player – Josh Woehleke
Special Teams Player of the Year — Caleb Selders
Defensive Player of the Year – Jordan Rae
Offensive Player of the Year – Troy McGee
Most Valuable Player – Troy McGee
Big Rock All-stars —Leggett, LB; McGee, QB; Rae, DB; Selders, WR; Woehleke, DB

The Holy Trinity Academy Knights defensive player of the year had to make a one-handed catch when he accepted his trophy last week.

Shoulder surgery two days before the Knights awards banquet prevented cornerback Jordan Rae from grabbing the trophy with both hands.

“My shoulder is doing pretty good, it is recovering pretty fast,” Rae said at the Knights Awards banquet on Nov. 28 at the DeWinton Hall. “I wanted to have my surgery now in case we made it to provincials, but it didn’t happen.”

Rae banged up his left shoulder while playing Midget football in the spring. Despite the injury, he played for the silver-medal winning U-18 Team Alberta at the Football Canada Cup in July. He was still injured at the start of the high school football season, missing the Knights first two games. When he returned he found himself at cornerback rather than safety.

“My shoulder didn’t affect me too much this year because I was playing corner, there’s not as much contact as safety would be,” he said.

One of the reasons the standout defender didn’t have too much contact was because opposing teams threw to his side as often as a full lunar eclipse. When they did throw his way, they often paid the price. Rae had a pair of pick sixes, however, he would have liked to contribute more.

“I expected to play a lot bigger role on both sides of the ball, not just defence,” Rae said. “Maybe some return stuff, but I’m just glad to contribute in any way.”

He will be making the next step in the fall when he heads to the University of Alberta to suit up with the Golden Bears — the same team Knights head coach Matt Hassett played for nearly two decades ago.

“He was really supportive of it, but he never pushed me to go there,” Rae said with a smile. “He told me about the school and it was something I was already excited over. So to have that positive feedback is pretty nice.”

Hassett called Rae one of the best to ever wear the Knights uniform when presenting him with the award.

All the past recipients of the defensive player of the year award have gone on to play either university football or Junior ball.

Surprised MVP

When it was announced who was the Knights 2013 Most Valuable Player, the recipient looked like he had been blindsided by a hard-charging defensive end — something that didn’t happen too often due to his agility.

“I just wasn’t expecting it,” said Knights quarterback Troy McGee. “There are so many people who did really well this season.”

McGee, who was also selected the Knights offensive player of the year, started being groomed as Holy Trinity Academy’s (HTA) QB of the future while backing up Ryan Hassler two seasons ago when the Knights went all the way to the provincial final.

“My Grade 10 experience was a great experience, Hassler taught me a lot,” McGee said. “Coach (Kyle) Clay was the quarterback coach then and he also gave me a lot of help.”

McGee was calmer this season in the most high-pressure positions in football.

“I think I have improved a lot,” he said. “My throwing has got a lot better – I can throw the deep ball I feel I have a better vision and see the field better.”

He said one of the highlights was getting the season off with a victory over the Brooks Buffaloes.

“I had a really good game and I kinda ‘swermed’ out of the pocket a lot,” McGee said. “It was a good start off to the season.”

The Grade 12 student had a big year, especially when Grade 11 quarterback Spencer Kiranas was pencilled in to start behind centre.

“I knew I had to step up and I knew I had to be a clutch player in big games,” he said. “Spencer got injured and I think I grew and became more confident.”

He has plenty of confidence in his likely successor at QB.

“I think Spencer will be one of the best quarterbacks to ever come through HTA,” he said.

McGee plans to attend the University of Calgary where he will study business.


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