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Whalers hitting the university level

Brock Mould (left) and Scott Childs are heading to university following their Ballenas Whalers football success. Childs will be at the University of Calgary while Mould will suit up at McGill. - Tyson Taylor Photo
Brock Mould (left) and Scott Childs are heading to university following their Ballenas Whalers football success. Childs will be at the University of Calgary while Mould will suit up at McGill.
— image credit: Tyson Taylor Photo

Ballenas Whalers Scott Childs and Brock Mould will be taking their football talents to university fields this fall.

Both Childs and Mould, who graduate from BSS this year, will be suiting up in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) for the University of Calgary and McGill University, respectively.

Childs, a wide receiver who also played some defensive back in high school, is heading to the University of Calgary where he will continue running routes and hauling in touchdowns. Childs, who stands 6’2” and weighs 170 lbs., led all B.C. Football AA Varsity players in both receiving yards (582) on the offensive side of the ball and interceptions (7) on the defensive side in his senior season with the Whalers.

“I’m looking forward to going to Calgary and playing for the Dinos,” Childs said. “They told me that they wanted to use me primarily as a receiver, so that was something that really swayed my choice to go there. I had interest from some schools in California, Washington and Oregon, as well as UBC, but I chose Calgary because I really like running those routes and making big plays.”

Both Childs and Mould will be trading in their blue and white uniforms for the hated color of red, something that Mould laughed about when discussing going to McGill.

“Barsby was our rival so we hated seeing those red jerseys when we stepped out on the field,” Mould said. “It’s funny, looking at it now, to think that we’re both going to be wearing red uniforms playing for McGill and Calgary.”

Mould, who played on both the offensive and defensive lines, stands an even six feet and tips the scales at 310 lbs. He is coming off back-to-back years of making Team B.C., a travel team that participated in the International Bowl in Texas. He’ll be suiting up for the McGill Redmen.

“I’m excited about it. I was looking at a lot of options but I really enjoyed the visit I had to McGill,” Mould said. “It feels good knowing that I’m going to be able to continue to play football at the next level and hope that I can continue it beyond that too.”

Both get excited about the idea of a career in the game, but know that it’s going to be hard work.

“It’ll be a grind, for sure,” Childs said. “I’m happy that I get the chance to keep playing football and I’m equally as happy about being able to get a good education out of this as well. I’m going to work hard to see how far I can go with football but having a back-up plan doesn’t hurt either.”

Hoping to follow in the rather large footsteps of Whalers’ alumni Justin Sorenson, the pair know it’s possible.

“Knowing that he played on the same field that we did and took his game to the college level and now plays in the CFL is a big boost of confidence,” Mould said. “It lets us know that even though you come from a small place, you still have a shot at making it big.”

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