KERROBERT – The town of Kerrobert cannot be any prouder of former student Jacob Ambros.
Ambros is playing with the Saskatoon Hilltops for a third year as a receiver. The Hilltops played at home against the St. Clair Saints Oct. 29 and dominated the game, winning 43-0. This score secured a spot for the Saskatoon team to play in the Canadian Bowl Championships against the Westshore Rebels in Langford, B.C. on Nov. 11.
The blue and gold has run deep in Ambros’ veins. He had started playing football in Grade 7 as a junior Rebel in Kerrobert and eventually joined the senior team once in high school. Troy Snider was his coach throughout his time as a Rebel.
“Coach Snider actually still texts me before each game to wish me luck,” says Ambros.
The Hilltops this season have been unstoppable, with an 11-0 record currently. The game against the Regina Thunder did prove to be interesting, as Ambros was now an opponent to past teammate, Ben Walz.
“It was really weird. We only played on the Rebels team for one year together before the pandemic hit. We also played the same position in high school so we never really played at the same time together. It was great to watch him though,” said Ambros.
Ambros has had enthusiastic support over the years. From a coaching perspective, his biggest support came from Snider and Myron Beswitherick, another coach who helped mold Ambros into the player he is today.
“I told my mom that I would thank her someday for all the driving she had to do throughout high school football. My dad helps keep me level-headed and I must be thankful for God. He got me out of some tough places in life,” says Ambros.
Ambros says the hardest part of playing a game such as football is when you are not asked to dress for the game. Yet, advice from his past and previous coaches about staying focused and working hard seems to always see him through.
“Don’t dream small and don’t take the hate. That’s what my coaches told me. Those are the words that keep me driven and, in the end, I still get to come out to support my team.”
Ambros has plans to finish his master's degree in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan and is hoping to become a therapist in the future.