Left to right, Jarrod Robertson, offensive coordinator, Manny Cooper, running back, Karter Simpson, defensive back, Reid Sergeant, linebacker and kicker, Rhett Bramfield, quarterback, Ty Skeels, defensive back and Bill Bramfield, defensive coach. (Submitted)

Left to right, Jarrod Robertson, offensive coordinator, Manny Cooper, running back, Karter Simpson, defensive back, Reid Sergeant, linebacker and kicker, Rhett Bramfield, quarterback, Ty Skeels, defensive back and Bill Bramfield, defensive coach. (Submitted)

Rimbey Spartans football players return from All-Star game

Three players will represent Team Alberta in June

Five Rimbey Spartans football players have returned from the 2022 Alberta Senior Bowl All-Star game.

Rhett Bramfield, Emanuel Cooper, Reid Sargeant, Karter Simpson, Ty Skeels and coaches Bill Bramfield and Jared Robertson represented the “south.”

On May 22, Team North met up with Team South for the All-Star at ME Global Stadium in Lacombe.

Down by 20 at halftime, Team South came storming back to tie with the chance of a winning convert with 50 seconds remaining. A call forced Team South to take Sargeant, the team’s kicker out of the game for the convert with 50 seconds remaining in the game. Team North kicked a rouge to win the game by one point on the last play of the game. The rouge is a uniquely Canadian football rule where a team receives a single point when a punt is kicked out of the back of the end zone.

Coaches, Bramfield and Robertson both said that the players represented Rimbey and the Spartans well both on and off the field making major contributions to the team’s efforts.

Since 1990 the best talent in Alberta high schools football has been showcased through the Senior Bowl All-Star Game. The game consists of players from all the high schools across Alberta split in a “North” vs. “South” fashion.

The league said that planning for the Senior Bowl begins in November of the year prior as the coaching staffs for both the “north” and “south.” Teams are then made up of players from the ranks of the high schools throughout the province.

In April prior to the all-star game two selection camps are held to screen the over 400 nominee players from the team leagues in Alberta and out of it, two, 40-man teams are finalized.

Every year during the May long weekend the teams reconvene for a three-day training camp followed by an awards banquet and the game.

Three of the Spartan players Bramfield, Cooper and Sargeant have now been selected to represent Team Alberta vs Team Saskatchewan on June 12 in Lacombe. Coach Robertson and Bramfield will be joining team Alberta’s coaching staff.