Bantam Wolfpack makes history by winning Championship

Dave Mathieson
Published on October 29, 2012
With the championship trophy in front of them, the Cumberland County Bantam Wolfpack celebrates winning the 6-on-6 Bantam City Championship title Sunday on the Rocky Stone fooftball field in Moncton. The championship winning team is (back, from left) Coach Brian Sherstone, Michael O'Brien, Keaton Mapplebeck, Desiree Gould, Isaiah Richardson, Justin Ott, assistant coach Kevin Gould, coach Travise Dow, (in his arms) Lauren Dow, (front, from left) Peyton Dow, Dan Maddison, Blake Thompson, Joel McCrossin and Desmond Oliver.
Submitted by Robin Thompson

AMHERST – In its third year in existence the Cumberland County Wolfpack has a championship title to boast about.

The Amherst Toyota Bantam Wolfpack have bragging rights on being the first Wolfpack team to win a City Championship title in the Moncton Football Association after their 26-25 win over the Moncton Raiders Sunday on the Rocky Stone field in Moncton.

"It was a tense game," said bantam quarterback," Blake Thompson. "The last minute especially."

The Raiders had the ball in the last minute of the game and the Wolfpack had to stop them for the win.

"We were ready to play and ready to shut them down," said Thompson.

The team plays in the 6-on-6 division, which means players play on both sides of the ball.

On offence Thompson said some runs by Michael O'Brien and Desiree Gould stood out, but added that the whole team battled hard.

The bantams finished the season with an undefeated record and beat the Raiders throughout the regular season.

"Every other game we beat them by about 20 points," said Thompson. "So when we were winning by one point it was pretty nerve-wracking."

Thompson thanked his teammates and his coaching staff. 

"Coach Sherstone has about 30 years of experience, so he really knows what he's talking about," said Thompson.

Travise Dow founded the Wolfpack and has a hand in coaching all the Wolfpack teams.

"The (Wolfpack) kids played a great game," said Dow. "And the Raiders played a fantastic game and you could tell both teams were putting their heart and soul into the game and were battling to the final second."

Dow said they expected a tough game.

"When you play against each other a few times the kids get to know each other by name, so it gets more challenging to run plays that they haven't seen before," he said. "It strengthens both sides and makes them more equal. Both teams should be proud of their efforts."

Dow said the Bantam team was small in numbers but mighty.

"It was fantastic to see them grow through the season."

The Wolfpack banquet is Nov. 9 at Amherst Regional High School.