Aidan Godfrey (42) of Port Howe was a member of the Under 16 Eastern Challenge Cup championship Nova Scotia team.
PUGWASH – Last year, when Nova Scotia defeated Quebec to win the Spalding Cup many figured it was a fluke. Two weeks ago, Nova Scotia proved it was anything but that winning the U16 Eastern Challenge with a 35-21 win over Ontario.
“We proved them wrong,” Aidan Godfrey said. “No one thought we could do it, but we did. We showed how strong our team is and how good our program is.”
Godfrey, who is entering Grade 9 at Pugwash District High School, played a key role in Nova Scotia’s championship run. As middle linebacker, he was a strong defensive presence and enjoyed a solid tournament making several big tackles throughout the weekend.
“I thought I played very well,” he said. “In the first game I had four or five tackles and a fumble recovery and in the gold medal game I had a sack.”
After defeating New Brunswick in the semifinal game, Nova Scotia got three touchdowns from Malcom Bussey in the win over an Ontario squad that kept things closer after falling behind early.
The win had added meaning coming on home turf at Acadia.
The 13-year-old Port Howe resident said beating a traditional football powerhouse like Ontario is a tremendous confidence booster for a smaller province like Nova Scotia.
Godfrey has come a long way in just a short time. It was just two years ago that he was convinced by a friend to play football in Truro. From there he continued to develop his game and at five-foot-10, 190 pounds he is a presence on the football field.
“We spent a lot of time practising and getting ready for the tournament. We started about six months ago practising every week,” Godfrey said. “We did a lot of strength and conditioning drills during the winter and as we got closer we transitioned onto the field.”
The commitment included twice a week trips to Enfield for practice.
Although it’s still several years away, Godfrey is hoping to play college football. He’s thinking he may transfer to CEC in Truro in Grade 10 so he can play high school football.