Local Football Player Wins Silver at National Championship – FortSaskOnline.com

Parker Kellington and Alberta’s prestigious U18 team walked away with silver medals at the Football Canada Cup tournament.

Kellington was born and raised in Fort Saskatchewan. His love for football started at a young age when he started playing for the Fort Sask Falcons football program. During this time, he won a Tier 3 Division Championship and was named to Edmonton’s Metro All-Star Team.

After seven years with the Falcons, he transitioned to Tier 1 football at his high school, Bev Facey in Sherwood Park. At the end of the 2022 school year, Kellington was selected to play on Alberta’s U18 team for the Football Canada Cup.

From July 7-17, provincial teams from across Canada gathered in Kelowna to face off at the 2022 Canada Cup. Kellington played on Team Alberta as an offensive lineman.

Kellington said it was his first visit to Kelowna.

“Being in the mountains and everything and being somewhere I’ve never been before, I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for such a great team and such a great program. They definitely made it better. It wasn’t just the scenery that made it so good.”

The Alberta team spent the time between practices taking ice baths and sightseeing, with one of Kellington’s highlights being an evening when the team went bowling together .

“There were these little things that would be great memories for the team to bond with, because in games that’s when we’re really tested on our ability to come together.”

Their first game was on July 11 against British Columbia.

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“There are a lot of nerves with that,” Kellington said. “We made a few mistakes, and we were a bit behind, but we kept using the phrase ‘we bend, but we don’t break. “”

The match was close, with Alberta emerging as the winners with a score of 18–17. Their next match was three days later against Quebec, where Alberta won with a score of 23–13.

“It felt a bit like a master class for us. We really hit our stride.”

Team Alberta participated in the championship game against Saskatchewan, where Alberta’s winning streak ended 13-1.

“As a team, we never gave up and gave it our all. We kept playing until the end even though Saskatchewan has a lot of talent and a very tough schedule, but we stayed the course and We had a good game overall.”

Alberta ended up winning a string of silver medals and bragging rights as one of the toughest U18 teams in the country.

Next season is the last year for Kellington, and he hopes to get recruited to colleges, get scholarships and take his game to the next level.

“With this kind of thing, there is never a single path, it’s not a linear rope. Hang on to the best opportunities, you do your thing, and when the time is right, the path for you will come. .”

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