Aymont takes silver at Red River Cup
Submitted photo - Portage Pitbull members reunited at the Red River Cup. From left to right, Jordan Aymont of Team Winnipeg West, Erik Thorkelsson of Team Saskatchewan, Blake Park and Blaine Park of Team Westman.
Jordan Aymont took silver at the Red River Cup for the second year in a row on Friday night.
Aymont and his Winnipeg West teammates fell 37-6 to Saskatchewan in the gold medal game in the closing game of the U16 tournament in Winnipeg, but the Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans defensive lineman still took plenty of positives from the event.
Aymont recorded a tackle on Friday after helping out on a couple of sacks in the preliminary games.
Aymont was glad for the opportunity to play in the tournament once again this year to once again challenge for gold.
"It was another great experience, just like last year. We fought hard and did our best to stay a part of the game," said Aymont. "I'm fairly happy with my performance. I was moved around on the D-line partway through the game.
"But it was good, it was a physical game once again."
Aymont said the team progressed from last year, as there was better organization and personnel.
"I think this year, I personally picked up a little bit more, and as a team, we definitely took a huge step up," said Aymont. "(The difference) was mainly our game plan. We also had a lot of really strong young men."
Meanwhile, Blake Park and Blaine Park of MacGregor suited up for Team Westman in the bronze-medal game, though Westman fell 37-0 to Winnipeg East.
Blake Park, a defensive lineman, contributed a tackle, while Blaine, a receiver, did not receive a pass as quarterback Jace Mills attempted only six passes, completing two.
For more, please see Tuesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.