Football

Posted on Tuesday October 31, 2017
The Mackenzie Mustangs carry on a storied and long tradition of football.  Football was established at Mackenzie High School in the 1950's and teams won an incredible number (31) of junior and senior championships over the decades to follow.  In 1984 Mackenzie won its last Renfrew County Junior Championship.  The following year (1985) the program stumbled and no football was played at Mackenzie that season.
 
The school and town rallied and with help from community coaches such as Rico Giardini and Dale Stewart, the team returned to action the following year and in 1987 won the Renfrew County Senior Championship as a varsity football team.  The team has remained a varsity squad since 1987.
 
As staff evolved and population decreased, the football program was ended in the mid 1990s.  It was thought that would be the end of this Mackenzie program.
 
With some good timing and fortuitous events, Mackenzie was able to field the second generation of Mustang football in 2002.  Mackenzie alumni and football Mustangs David Miller and Charles Sims with the incredible help and financial support of community members  and commitment of players established a varsity program in the dynamic Lanark Renfrew Football League (LRFL).
 
The program has seen hundreds of MHS and MCS students take to back field in their purple and gold.  Even as Mackenzie's population has plummeted to 250 students, the varsity squad competes against juggernaut schools and has collected a multitude of accomplishments.
 
Since the program's rebirth in 2002, the Mackenzie Mustangs have managed four playoff berths (2011, 2012, 2016, 2017), a Renfrew County Championship in 2016, five Turkey Bowl titles (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017) and three Algonquin Bowl titles (2005, 2009, 2010).
 
A testament to the members of the Mackenzie community and our community at large.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support.