1957 Shearwater Flyers


Determination, Defense and Drive. Harvey Mills head coach of the 1957 Shearwater Flyers preached these words to what was arguably the best senior football squad ever assembled in this province. With that philosophy in mind, it was a truly exciting year for the Flyers and their fans. By the time the regular season was over, the Flyers had smashed just about every gridiron record this side of the St. Lawrence.

The trio of Bob Hayes, Bruce Walker and Buck Taylor made a shambles of the individual scoring statistics with Hayes and Walker being tied for the scoring title at 114 points each and Taylor placing third with 78 points. The Flyers had a team pile up of 389 points. The next best was 115 points by St. F.X. When the Flyers moved on to face Mount Allison Mounties, the New Brunswick champs, they racked up a 40-18 victory, their ninth straight win of the year. That earned them a date with the Brantford Tiger-Cats, defending Canadian champions, for the Eastern Canadian intermediate title. With 3,000 people looking on at the Wanderers Grounds, Shearwater, the team scored an electrifying 12-7 victory to earn a birth in the final against the Fort William Redskins. On November 25, 1957, a record of 6,000 fanatical followers crammed the Wanderers Grounds to watch the Flyers and the Redskins battle it out for the national championship. The Flyers led 13-6 at half time but it was short lived as the Redskins charged back for a 21-14 lead by the end of the third quarter. The Flyers knew they had to dig deeper for the final 15 minutes. In that final quarter the Flyers offence scored 13 unanswered points, their defense held steady, resulting in a jubilant come from behind 27-21 victory. With the win the Flyers completed an undefeated season and became the first Maritime team to win the Canadian senior football championship.