School history will be made Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m.

That's when the SRSS players take to the field to play the Crocus Plains Plainsmen in Brandon in the football programs first ever junior varsity game.

"It just seems like a short seven years ago we were kicking off the first game with the varsity squad and getting to be part of that was really special," said Steinbach Regional Secondary School head coach Kerry Friesen who played quarterback during the Sabres inaugural season in the Winnipeg High School Football League. "It was fun what we were building and now it's a new excitement we're building. There's a bunch of kids who have come out. They're committed and have worked out in the off-season. It's almost surreal but it's really exciting."

Friesen and his coaching staff have a roster of nearly 40 players to work with in season one.

"We had a lot of kids come from the Eastman Raiders bantam team so we had 15-20 core kids who have played football but there was also the other 15 who have never touched a football in their life so to speak. We have a great group of coaches who are alumni and get the process of teaching. They really got our guys up to speed. It's been a fun journey seeing them grow and see them take big steps really quickly."

A really big step took place last week at A.D. Penner Park in Steinbach where the Sabres won their lone preseason game 17-7 over the Grant Park Pirates.

Quarterback Austin Dueck connected with Seth Fenez for a major and running back Christian Ginter had a 35-yard touchdown.

Teg Peters added a 25 yard field goal and Bryson Friesen had two interceptions.

"They exceeded our expectations and yet at the same time it was like, there is so much more this team can do," said Friesen on that exhibition game with the Pirates. "We're a first-year team but it doesn't look like that when we're on the field. It's exciting to see the potential if we keep working hard and be committed and show up day-by-day. It was a fantastic experience seeing them out there and compete and get the win."

And what is the SRSS head coach expecting from the Plainsmen on Wednesday?

"We haven't got any film on them to see what they're going to be like or what they are going to give us as far as strategies," Friesen said. "We're expecting a competitive game, similar to Grant Park. We're trying to raise the bar with expectations that every team is going to be better and better and we need to match that and prepare accordingly. We're expecting a tough physical game and we'll see how we do."

The Sabres play their home opener Wednesday, September 20th against the Sisler Spartans at A.D. Penner Park.


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SCOREBOARD

Monday, September 25th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Volleyball
Junior Varsity
SRSS vs Dakota
@ Steinbach (g) 6 p.m. (b) 7:30 p.m.
Varsity
SRSS vs Dakota
@ Wpg (g) 6:30 p.m. (b) 8 p.m.

Zone 13 High School Girls Soccer
SRSS vs Niverville
@ Steinbach
Gabrielle Roy/PDC vs Lorette
@ Ste. Anne
Both games begin at 5:30 p.m.

NHL
Exhibition
Calgary at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
New York 11 Kansas City 3 
Toronto at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Houston at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
National League
Atlanta at New York, 3:10 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
Atlanta at New York, 6:40 p.m.
Chicago at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Miami at Colorado, 7:40 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
San Diego at Los Angeles, 9:10 p.m.

NFL
Dallas at Arizona, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 24th

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League 
Exhibition
Eastman 6 Kenora 5

MJHL
Portage 6 Wpg Blues 2

Manitoba Major Soccer League
Premier Division
Hanover Kickers 4 NKMB Saints 1

Manitoba Minor Football Association
Bantam
Portage Pitbulls 38 Eastman Raiders 30
Pee Wee
Westman Wolverines 42 Raiders 16

CFL
Calgary 15 Saskatchewan 9

NFL
Jacksonville 44 Baltimore 7
Buffalo 26 Denver 16
New Orleans 34 Carolina 13
Chicago 23 Pittsburgh 17 (OT)
Atlanta 30 Detroit 26
Indianapolis 31 Cleveland 28
Minnesota 34 Tampa Bay 17
New England 36 Houston 33
N.Y. Jets 20 Miami 6
Philadelphia 27 N.Y. Giants 24
Tennessee 33 Seattle 27
Green Bay 27 Cincinnati 24 (OT)
Kansas City 24 L.A. Chargers 10
Washington 27 Oakland 10

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto 9 New York 5
Minnesota 10 Detroit 4
Baltimore 9 Tampa Bay 4
Chicago 8 Kansas City 1
Oakland 8 Texas 1
Cleveland 4 Seattle 2
Los Angeles 7 Houston 5
National League
Washington 3 New York 2
Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 1
Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 0
Chicago 5 Milwaukee 0
Los Angeles 3 San Francisco 1
Arizona 3 Miami 2
Colorado 8 San Diego 4
Interleague
Boston 5 Cincinnati 4

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