Noah Lank didn’t get end his high school football as a provincial champion but there was some consolation in store for the Duchess Park Condors running back/linebacker.
On Monday, the B.C. Secondary Schools Football Association announced Lank has been selected as the offensive player of the year in the double-A varsity division.
In six games, the six-foot-two, 215-pound Lank carried the ball 118 times and gained 981 yards, averaging 8.31 yards per carry and 163.5 yards per game. He also scored five touchdowns. The Condors defeated the Prince George Polars 35-12 in the P.G. Bowl North Division championship game and Lank played a big role in making that happen, rushing for 197 yards on 31 carries.
“Obviously, Noah is a special player,” said Condors head coach Craig Briere. "He’s worked hard over the last three of four with the Kodiaks’ Academy, the 7-on-7, and in the gym. He’s doing all the right things and it certainly shows on the field.”
Duchess Park receiver Aiden Lewis was selected to the provincial double-A varsity all-star team, along with Prince George Polars offensive lineman Connor Johnson; Polars defensive lineman Jason Kragt; Polars linebacker Nicholas Krawczyk; and Nechako Valley Vikings linebacker Brendan McKee.
“When you look at the group of all-stars we have, a number of them are active in a lot of the off-season programming that’s provided and that’s certainly showing on the field,” said Briere. “This was a very strong year for us - the number of players we had on the all-star team was one of the highest we’ve ever had as a conference. It’s a testament to the quality of play up here and the growth we’re seeing in football.”
In a non-pandemic year, the all-stars and provincial award winners would gather for an all-star game, but that’s not happening this year due to travel restrictions and the continuing threat of the virus.