Redmen recharge

The Nanaimo Redmen midget football team will travel to play the Chilliwack Giants on Saturday (Sept. 20) in VMFL action.

Nanaimo Redmen player Jake Borserio eludes a Langley Stampeders tackler during a game earlier this season at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park.

Nanaimo Redmen player Jake Borserio eludes a Langley Stampeders tackler during a game earlier this season at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park.

The defending champs are off to an up-and-down start in 2014.

After a 30-0 loss to the Langley Stampeders and a 47-0 win over the Richmond Raiders, the Nanaimo Redmen midget football team will travel to play the Chilliwack Giants on Saturday (Sept. 20) in Vancouver Mainland Football League action.

“We have similar numbers to what we had last year, but we don’t have as much size and we have a lot less experience,” said Sean Roden, the team’s coach.

He’s happy with the progression of his team, as well as attendance at practice and attitude, he said. The Redmen are a skilled group but they’ll need to get the best out of all their guys every week to be competitive.

“It will be tough this year. We’ve got, I think, four teams in the league that have maxed out their rosters,” Roden said. “We’ve got some real powerhouses that we’ll be up against.”

In the blowout win this month, Brennan Mattes scored a punt-return touchdown and an interception-return touchdown. Shawn Arabsky also scored a punt-return major and rushing TDs came from Thomas Franks, Chance MacKay-Topley, Brody Thomson and Jake Borserio.

Mattes, Arabsky and Borserio each had an interception and the defence totalled seven sacks.

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