Pair of locals looking to crack U18 prov. football roster

Matthew Gourlie
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Buettner named top quarterback at Roughrider Bowl

Peacock's Sawyer Buettner was singled out at the end of Football Saskatchewan's Roughrider Bowl this past weekend.


Peacock quarterback Sawyer Buettner powers his way for a four-yard touchdown run at the SHSAA 3A provincial football final Saturday afternoon in Moose Jaw.

The real prize for the quarterback will come later this summer.

Roughrider Bowl game in Regina.

"It's a pretty big deal to represent your province at the Canada Cup so this is a goal I have in mind every year — especially this year to try to make the U18 Sask. team," said Buettner.

Central's Braydon Johnson and Jacob Laboccetta made the team last year as Saskatchewan lost to Quebec in the Football Canada Cup semifinals.

This year Moffatt and Buettner will have a better chance of earning a trip to the tournament as Football Sask is fielding two teams when they host the Canada Cup from July 6-12 in Saskatoon. Saskatchewan White will be the eighth seed and will play Quebec to open, while Saskatchewan Green will be the fourth seed and have a much more manageable opener against Manitoba.

Buettner was on the under-16 provincial team that won the Red River Cup in his Grade 9 year and is hoping to play on his second provincial team later this summer.

"Last year I made it to the last tryout, but I didn't make the team. This year I've been going to all of the Team Sask stuff and hopefully I can make a team this year," said Buettner who is in Grade 11.

The Team Green players will get together again this weekend in Regina for another camp to trim the roster down to 40 players. Team White will be doing the same in Saskatoon.

"I think I have a pretty good shot, but we'll see how the weekend goes," said Buettner. "I'm pretty excited to get the practices underway."

Buettner has been busy working and doing conditioning before the start of his high school season and to get ready for the under-18 camps. He was happy with his performance at the Roughrider Bowl and being named the top quarterback will only help his confidence.

"There were 10 quarterbacks there, so that was pretty good," said Buettner who threw a touchdown and an interception during the game. "It was pretty even between the run and pass. It was a fun scrimmage."

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