WECSSAA Players Of The Week


By John DeNapoli

(WINDSOR, ON) – Chris Drouillard had a game that most wide receivers can only dream of.  In the 28-16 upset of the Kennedy Clippers, in a Wilson Conference Quarter-Final, Drouillard, of the Essex Red Raiders, caught five passes from QB Matt Hobson for 135 yards and three TDs.

Raiders Head Coach Badi Qawwas spoke about the big game from his wide receiver.

“Drouillard is a big-play, big-game, sure-handed receiver who came up huge with three outstanding touchdown receptions,” Qawwas said.

The Raiders squad will now meet St Anne’s at Alumni Field on Friday at 5:00 pm in a Wilson Conference Semi-Final.

Jake Faubert led the inspired Nobles to an 18-2 upset over the Catholic Central Comets in a Newman Conference Quarter-Final. Jake scored a rushing TD, kicked 2 PAT’s, a 30-yard FG, and a rouge, accounting for 12 of the 18 Nobles’ points on the night.

Coach Rick Dugal commended the play of Faubert.

“Jake was a true leader and he managed the game like a veteran,” Dugal said. “He displayed all the qualities you want in a QB: poise under pressure, football intelligence, accurate passing, and a thorough understanding of our offense.”

The Belle River Nobels will take on Holy Names at Alumni Field on Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Rik Van Espen, of the Sandwich Sabres, had an exceptional defensive performance in the 20-7 win over the Brennan Cardinals in Wilson Conference Quarter-Final action. Van Espen totalled 16 tackles and 2 QB sacks for 38 defensive points.

Head Coach Dan Milne described Van Espen’s play as impactful.

“Rik had an exceptional game not only making impact plays on the field but also calling our defensive adjustments during the game,” Milne said. “Rik’s solid tackling and never-ending hustle helped energize the entire defence and propel us to victory.”

The Sabres will next go head to head against Massey on Thursday at 5:00 pm at Alumni Field.


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