De'von Young will be a massive factor for West K again in 2019
In 2018 under the guidance of third-year head coach Russell Wallace, West Kildonan finished the regular season with a 5-2 record before falling in the quarter-finals to a tough Portage team. Their regular season finish was the best result any Wolverines team has had since moving up to Division 2 however, leaving plenty of room for optimism.
West K returns just five total starters from last season, however there are some critical game changers still in the fold, led by a two-headed monster at running back in De'von Young and Jacob Harris-Settee. The former has speed to burn at 5'11", 180, while the latter is a two-way athlete who thrives on contact and is hard to bring down with just one defender.
Defensively, three veteran linebackers in Evan Macdonald, Matt Garland and Michael Esquash will shoulder the load, along with impact additions Astrit Cook (defensive line) and Braendan Obirek (defensive back). The team prides themselves on their tackling abilities and will look to be sound in that department again.
Our short term goal is to get better every practice. We have 39 of 47 player who have not played football before, so we want to give them as much experience as possible," Wallace, a six-year provincial team coach and current Vice-President of Football Manitoba says.
"Long term we want to build our program to be one of the competitive programs in Division 2."