© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
The bantam Wolfpack practiced was under the watchful eye of coach Brian Sherstone and under the lights at Robb's Centennial Complex on Thursday night.
AMHERST - After finishing the 2012 season with a 6-0 record, the Cumberland County Amherst Toyota Bantam Wolfpack travel to Moncton on Sunday to play in the Moncton Football Association City Championship, six-on-six final at the Rocky Stone field.
"They're really looking forward to playing in the championships," said bantam coach Brian Sherstone.
Athleticism is the key to the success of the bantam team.
"We have very good athletes and that's the main reason for our success," he said.
Blake Thompson will start at quarterback for the Wolfpack on Sunday.
"He's a very good athlete," said Sherstone. "He has a good arm and he has a good head on his shoulders."
Running backs are Mike O'Brien and Desiree Gould.
"It's the first time I've ever coached a female and she's very good."
He also said they have a good receiving corps that help them score a lot of points.
One problem is the team often has eight to 10 players for each game, meaning many players need to execute on both offence and defence.
"Some of them were whining and complaining about wanting to get off the field because they weren't in shape," said Sherstone. "They're in better shape now and can play on both sides of the ball, which is asking a lot from them. In the last few games they're not complaining and doing all they can. They're dying on the ball field and not coming off. They're playing exceptionally well."
Sherstone, who lives in Northport, has 30 year's of experience coaching football.
"My coaching has all been in Montreal," he said. "I coached all levels of city football right up to midget, so I coached 16 and 17-year-olds."
He said the big difference between football in Montreal and football in Moncton is the number of kids who play ball.
"You can't compare the two," he said. "Of the bantam team I coached (in Montreal), we had six peewee teams feeding our one bantam team. I would have 100 players trying out for a 40-man squad.
"But this program has come a long way in three years," he added. "Travise (Dowe, organizer and coach) has done a great job."