Jamestown youth impresses on the football field - April 13, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Colby Nicholson has a lot to celebrate this month as he turned 12 over the weekend and, later this month, will be playing for a regional PeeWee football team.
The Jamestown-area pre-teen started playing football three years ago in Kitchener for the Predators and last year the squad went 8-0 and won the local championship.
This year, Nicholson tried out for the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge team in the Minor age group representing western Ontario, one of the four regions in the province.
Nicholson made it through the two tryouts and will take the field with the team in Hamilton on April 28 to play a team from Cleveland after practising twice this month.
The Predators tryouts have started and the team is looking for more players in the PeeWee age group. Nicholson’s mother Roxane explained that the association provides the equipment for the team and pre-season games will start next season with an eight-game season starting later.
This year, Nicholson is hoping to also make the defensive line while continuing on as left tackle on the offensive line.
When asked what directed him to football, Nicholson said he was looking for a spring sport, but didn’t want to play soccer or baseball.
“I watch football on television a lot so I kind of wanted to play it,” he said. “I play hockey as well.”
After deciding he wanted to play football, finding a team proved to be difficult. The closest team he could find was the Predators which plays in Kitchener at the University of Waterloo. The team plays against squads from centres like London, Burlington and Chatham.
“It’s a competitive game, so if you want to play, you have to work hard and know how to give and take a hit,” he said. “You need to be fast, big and strong.”