Even after capping a stellar season with a championship, the accolades keep on coming for Brady Meeks.
The Muskie quarterback was named the Currie Division's ('A') Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player (MOP) and was honoured at the WHSFL's annual awards banquet on Thursday in Winnipeg.
“It was a true honour to receive the MOP award last night,” Meeks told the Times on Friday.
“At the beginning of the season I set goals for myself and I am thankful to God I completed them all. I wanted to be the best quarterback in our division (I was named the all-star team's starting QB), I wanted to win the first championship for our town, and I wanted to win the MOP award.”
Meeks threw for 1,045 yards and 10 majors while also rushing for 650 yards and nine scores in helping the Muskies finish in third place in the six-team Currie Division with a 4-2 record in the regular season.
A total of 349 of those yards and six of Meeks' passing touchdowns occurred against the Churchill Bulldogs on Sept. 27, both of which shattered the single-game record for the division.
The Grade 12 pivot then led the black-and-gold on a stellar post-season run in which they went 3-0 and dumped the Bulldogs 65-49 in the Canad Inns Bowls to finish the year as division champs and give the Muskies their first title since joining the WHSFL back in 2001.
“I heard my named called last night while surrounded with friends, family, teammates, and coaches at the WHSFL banquet,” Meeks noted.
"The experience was awesome after hearing my name announced and walking up to the front to receive it and the whole league clapping and yelling positive feedback was almost the best feeling of my life, the championship win was first.
“After I took pictures with the rewards while I walked back to my table I was personally congratulated by a lot of people around the league in division 1, 2 and 3 and some I didn't even know,” he added.
Meeks will be graduating from Fort High in the spring and he plans on attending university and studying criminology, but doesn't know which school he will be attending as of yet.
“I have an offer to go play for the [Winnipeg] Rifles (CJFL) and the [University of Manitoba] Bisons and I have been talking recently,” he revealed.
"As soon as I send my film out, I'll be able to be seen more nationwide and we will see what happens then!
“I can't wait to continue my football journey,” he enthused.
Meeks also noted that he came a long way as a player during his four-year high school football career and is thankful for all of his experiences along the way.
“Some of my joys the last four years of high school football was all the people I was able to meet along the way and how I was able to start all the way from a Grade 9 QB who didn't know how to throw more than 15 yards to winning the MOP of the league in Grade 12,” he remarked.
"I'll miss all the guys, all the coaches, all the teachers, parents, and the community supporting and praising me.
“It was all so humbling and I hope that us seniors—with the help of past seniors—were able to finally put Muskie football back on the map, and have more kids come out and play this amazing sport,” he concluded.