Payton Falk competed at his second Duel in July, and he fared very well.
Not only did he finish first among incoming high school sophomores, he became the first Canadian to ever win NFA’s prestigious quarterback competition.
“The Duel showed me that I have what it takes to be a great quarterback,” said Falk, who received his invite at an NFA’s 3 Day OSD in Minneapolis (link to Minnesota). “I enjoyed every minute of it. This was my third Duel and finally being able to win it meant a lot, and then being the first Canadian to have ever done it was even more of an achievement.”
Heading into his season with a load of well-earned confidence, he had a big season at Steinbach Regional Secondary School in Manitoba. “The thing I am most proud of about this season is our team became the first team in school history to win 3 games in the top division,” Falk said of the Sabres’ strong showing in the Winnipeg High School Football League. “Our team was recently moved up to the top division and I’m honored to have been a part of the team’s success.”
Based on his historic showing at the Duel and spectacular 91.5 score in the competition, you would have thought Falk was going to quarterback SRSS this season. Instead, he did what was best for the team, and his remarkable athletic ability helped the Sabres roar. Falk rushed 15 times for 125 yards and caught 20 passes for 283 yards and 2 touchdowns on offense. On defense, he had 13 tackles and 1 forced fumble. Falk also returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.
“My goal heading into the season was to be the best athlete I can be for the team,” he said. “Go play wherever the coaches put me, do what’s best for the team and ball out at that position.”
Falk did all of those things, just as he’s been doing in the eight years he’s been playing football. He started playing QB three years ago.
“At quarterback, I enjoy the feeling of leading my team out on game day and having the other school watch you walk out,” Falk said. “It’s a feeling nothing can replace. As a receiver and running back, my favorite thing is making the big momentum-changing plays.”
Falk’s impressive development at quarterback has been bolstered by his three years training with NFA and Coach JC Boice (link to JC Boice). “Without NFA and JC, I would not be the quarterback or person I am today,” he said. “The program has taught me more than I can say. I’m truly honored to be a part of such a great program.”
Speaking of honor, Falk is an Honor Roll student at Steinback Regional Secondary School. “School helps me understand what is happening on the field and why we use the motions we use as I further my knowledge on the human body,” he said.
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