Timberwolves prepare for upcoming season

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Pee Wee Timberwolves of the Windsor Minor Football League have only held four practices but first year head coach Jim McMahon likes what he has seen.

“We have a good senior core back this year,” said McMahon.

McMahon, who has served as the team’s defensive coordinator for the past three years, took over the head coach position after former head coach Mike Speller stepped down because of personal reasons.

The Timberwolves are coming off a less than stellar season, which McMahon said was due to poor communication between coaches and players.

Sam Girard is just one of many returning player that will be looked upon to help lead the Amherstburg Timberwolves to a championship.

“We had a bit of a rough year last year,” said McMahon. “I think it was poor communication and the kids suffered from it. That’s all on the coaches.”

McMahon said to resolve the communication problems; coaches are spilt up into specific areas and will be responsible for their units.

The Timberwolves kick off their season on Sept. 11 and will play eight straight weeks at the Windsor’s Fogular Furan Club.

Sam Girard will take over the offense as quarterback and according to McMahon will have a solid receiving corps to throw to.

“Sam has been around for a bit. He’s a bigger kid so he’ll be able to see over he line,” said McMahon. “He’ll have a solid group of kids to throw to, which is an area that we were lacking last year.”

Girard will have the sure handed, speedy Matthew Pickens in the backfield, which should take the pressure of Girard if the passing game goes flat.

“He’s a big, fast kid. He’ll be exciting to watch this year,” said McMahon.

As for the other side of the ball, the Timberwolves defensive line will have a couple of kids who just finished the season with Bantam Ravens to lean on.

“It’s good to have those kids back and they’re already well conditioned,” McMahon said.

According to Girard the most improved area of the Timberwolves game is the offensive line.

“Last year we didn’t have a strong offensive line but this year the line is much better,” he said.

McMahon thanked Tom Manherz, quarterback and receiving coach and owner of Timberwolf Forest Products for sponsoring the team.

“If we can get the pass and the rushing game going, these kids will have a good shot at a championship,” said McMahon.

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