Ronan Harley & Nicholas Young

Teammates and classmates Ronan Harley and Nicholas Young are a dynamic duo.

The Grade 7 Tansor Elementary School students both play for the Cowichan Peewee Bulldogs football team, Harley at linebacker and kicker and Young at centre and defensive end.

It was Young who introduced Harley to the game.

“I used to not like it,’’ said Harley, who turns 13 in July. “I used to do kickboxing, but then one day I just decided I’ll try it. I came down and I fell in love with it immediately.’’

Family got Young into the game.

“My brother and my dad, they both started me,’’ said Young, 13. “I played for nine or 10 seasons and I’ve played almost every sport but right when I joined football, that was my sport.’’

Both like the hitting aspect of the sport.

“I used to play soccer but then I had to quit because I kept hitting people,’’ said Harley.

“Ronan and Nicholas are great kids,’’ said Tansor principal Joseph Boudreau.

“They talk about they like the hitting aspect of the game which is great, but when I see them here in school, they’re leaders. If I need some help, if we have new students in the building, they’re very welcoming.’’

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