Young bucks

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Shortly after 8 p.m. tonight, good friends Trent Peterson and Lane Dell will line up on opposite sides of the ball with the city's high school junior football championship on the line.

Within shouting distance on either side of the field will be their well-known dads, who shared a similar experience almost three decades earlier.

Trent is one of the province's top quarterbacks, who will be spurred on by the support and play-calling of his father, Greg Peterson, a former Stamp-turned-Lord Beaverbrook offensive co-ordinator.

Lane is a middle linebacker whose stepfather, Stamps president Ron Rooke, will be wearing St. Francis Browns colours on the other side of McMahon Stadium.

"I think it's ironic because Greg and I played high school football together at E.P. Scarlett and we beat St. Francis in the city (championships)," says Rooke, smiling.

"It's also ironic Lane and Trent have faced each other in two bantam and two peewee championships. Trent has the upper hand, winning them all."

As Lane laughs: "I'll get him back one of these days."

Today could be that day when their Div. 1 matchup punctuates an afternoon of championships at McMahon that includes

Div. II combatants Central Memorial and Bishop Grandin at 5:30 p.m. and Bishop O'Byrne against Centennial at 3 p.m.

In a another father-son Stamp connection sees Stu Laird's son Matt plays linebacker for Centennial, where Stu helps coach.

Getting to know one another at Stamps games over the years while their fathers worked, Lane and Trent spent plenty of time together at the Alberta Summer Games where they won silver together.

"We kind of thought we'd see each other in the final," says Trent, 15, who has inherited all the skills that made Greg a CFLer and uncle Brent Peterson an NHLer.

"They're a tough team with very good defence -- good offence, too. We've become pretty good friends and I see him across from me on the field but I try not to think about him."

Trent got a good view of Lane during a season-opening loss when his pal intercepted an errant toss -- a byproduct of directing an offence for which Trent passes an unheard-of 60% of his plays.

"Trent's definitely one of the best in the province -- I'd put him in the top two automatically," says Lane, 14.

"Usually, a quarterback at this level is not as developed as Trent's arm and throwing ability are. He has such a quick release -- it's hard to get him down, so we really have to have tight coverage and step up."

Averaging more than

200 yards in the air and throwing at least one TD every game this year, Trent is a rarity in a high-school game dominated by running plays.

"We plan on passing it as much as possible," says the 5-ft. 11-in., 139-lb. pivot, who got his team in the finals with a last-second, 40-yard Hail Mary pass to Brett Colvin. "We have a great running game with Eric Fitterer but we also have talented receivers with great hands."

While the pressure of any championship game is intense, it's much different than the type that comes with being the son of a former CFLer.

"I've always kind of had a bit of pressure because my dad is Greg Peterson but my dad has turned me into what I am today," says Trent.

"Without him, I'd be nowhere -- he's a phenomenal coach. My mom tends to get mad because it's all we talk about."

The two dads have had a blast talking about the matchup the last few days while their sons focus.

"It's kind of a weird thing -- my stepdad and Trent's dad both played together and now here we are," said Lane. "It doesn't happen very often in sports."


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