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Two Airdrie football players in the 2022 Senior Bowl

After a three-day trial in April at Calgary’s Shouldice Athletic Park, Airdrie’s Micai St. Lewis and MJ Doyle-Marshall were selected as members of Team South.

Two student-athletes from Airdrie will enjoy one of their final hoorays of high school football as members of Team South at the Football Alberta Senior Bowl on May 23.

The Senior Bowl is an annual all-star game pitting the top 40 12th graders from Northern Alberta against the top 40 12th graders from Southern Alberta. Due to the pandemic, the last Senior Bowl was held in 2019.

After a three-day trial in late April at Shouldice Athletic Park in Calgary, Airdrie’s Micai St. Lewis and MJ Doyle-Marshall were selected as members of Team South.

St. Lewis, a defensive end/tackle for the George McDougall Mustangs, said it was an honor and a privilege to represent Airdrie and George McDougall at the upcoming game, which will be played at Lacombe.

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” said the 18-year-old. “Every time I sit down and think about the choices I’ve made over the past few years, it’s truly a blessing. Not many people get to that point, so I’m very happy to represent my school, family, friends, teammates, coaches and the people I love in this game.”

The 12th grade athlete said he has dedicated the last few years to his football development and that he feels being included in the Team South roster is a testament to that dedication and hard work.

“I basically changed my life and dedicated my life to playing football and working as hard as I could to get to the next level and become the best player I can be,” St. Lewis said. “Just knowing that I’m among the best of the best [in the province]it is very humbling and gives me joy to know that my coaches have guided me in the right direction.”

St. Lewis was a dominant force on the defensive line last season and played a key role in the Mustangs’ memorable 2021 season. That season, George McDougall finished second in the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) with an 8-1 record before being eliminated in the first round of Football Alberta Provincials.

After the Senior Bowl, St. Lewis plans to continue his football career next fall and sign his letter of intent in 2021 to play for the University of Calgary Dinos – an consistently strong program at U SPORTS’ Canada West conference.

He said what attracted him to U of C was a combination of the school’s proximity to Airdrie, the competitiveness of the Dinos football team and the atmosphere he experienced while attending the team’s recent spring training camp.

“When I was there, I really liked the campus,” he said. β€œThe coaching is great and I love the way they go about things. I’ve heard good things about the program and just got back from camp. It was amazing and they had a lot of good pointers. It’s a really good school overall and I think I’ll fit in there.”

As for Airdrie’s other representative in this year’s Senior Bowl, according to head coach Josiah Donahue, Doyle-Marshall was the focal point of the WH Croxford Cavaliers’ offense in the 2021 season. The head coach mentioned that the 17-year-old running back scored all three Cavaliers touchdowns in the last team’s game of the season and was always anxious to run the ball.

“We want to be a hard-nosed football team and MJ was the face of that,” he said. “He got a lot of compliments all season and it struck me that he was one of the toughest runners I’ve seen in my coaching years. He could do anything we asked of him and we couldn’t ask for more.

“We’re excited to see where he goes in the future.”

Doyle-Marshall, who moved to Airdrie from Scarborough, Ontario. last year he said he was proud to do Team South. He added that he enjoyed playing senior bowl tryouts against some of southern Alberta’s best players.

“I came to the tryouts because I knew I had to stay focused and play my own game,” he said. β€œI was fighting for a starting place more than just making the team. But when I heard I made the team, I started running and jumping.”

Doyle-Marshall said his goal is to play for a varsity team in Canada for two years after graduation and then move south to pursue his college career in the United States with the ultimate goal of playing professionally .

In addition to the two Airdrie players, eight other RVSA players cracked the Team South roster, including five from championship winners Cochrane Cobras, two from the Chestermere Lakers and one from the Springbank Phoenix.

The game will be streamed on May 23rd at 12pm. Visit footballalberta.ab.ca for details

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