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Sep 10, 2018 - Spartans Play Well in Ohio Loss

Spartans Play Well in Ohio Loss

The Spartans opened the season with a hard-fought 42-0 loss to the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions in Chardon, Ohio on Friday night.

Despite the lopsided score, Lorne Park head coach, Scott Price, was encouraged by the team’s performance.  “I actually thought we played pretty well,” said Price.  “We’re ten practices in, and we weren’t able to have a spring camp this year, so we’re very raw right now.  Playing a team like NDCL is great for us because it shows guys where they need to get to.”

Notre Dame is ranked 4th in Ohio among III Division teams, and looked the part, limiting the Spartans to 117 total yards while racking up 323 themselves.

With both of Lorne Park’s QBs unable to make the trip, LB Luke Tejerina took the helm for the first time.  Tejerina finished the day 3 of 10 for 35 yards, adding 21 yards on the ground with two turnovers.  RB Liam Bowman led all Lorne Park rushers with 44 yards on 10 carries.  Defensively, Max Henry and Connor Kellock led the Spartans with seven solo tackles each.

The Spartans travel to Niagara Falls on Thursday to play the St. Paul Patriots at 2:00pm in another non-conference game.

Sep 3, 2018 - Lorne Park Opens Their Season This Week In Ohio

Lorne Park Opens Their Season This Week In Ohio

Lorne Park play the Tornadoes in Dover, Ohio in 2013 (Photo: Christina Birch)

The 2018 high school football season is finally here, and the Lorne Park Spartans (0-0) find themselves with a familiar target on their collective backs after winning their third provincial championship in five years.  

The Spartans couldn’t have scheduled a more difficult start to this campaign, as they travel to Chardon, Ohio to take on the powerhouse Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions (2-0) in a non-conference game on Friday night.  The Spartans will also visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and take in an NCAA game at Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday.

Lorne Park opened their 2013 and 2014 seasons in Dover, Ohio, and their 2016 season in Detroit, Michigan, but they have yet to take on an American opponent with the credentials of the NDCL Lions, ranked 4th in Ohio among DIII schools.  To make things more difficult still, the Spartans will be travelling south of the border with a skeleton crew.

“Playing in the States is a great way to start the season,” said Lorne Park head coach, Scott Price.  “It allows us to start camp in mid-August, and it’s great for our guys to see the calibre of play down there so they know where they need to get to by the end of the season.  The one problem,” continued Price, “is that we never have our full roster for the trip, and this one is no exception.”

The Spartans, who typically dress 50 players, are expected to travel with a roster of only 30.  Most of their projected defensive starters are making the trip, but they’ll be extremely light on the offensive side of the ball, most notably at QB.  With last year’s League MVP QB Christian Smodis, and JV Offensive MVP QB Nolan Dillingham both unavailable, the Spartans have been trying out LB Luke Tejerina, WR Lucas Ricci, and WR Ben Rendeiro under center over the past two weeks.

“All three guys have looked good, given the circumstances, but Tej is probably our best option right now,” commented Lorne Park’s offensive coordinator, Ben Grant.  “He’s got a cannon for an arm, he’s shown no fear in the pocket, and he has a great understanding of the game.”

With Tejerina, a Team Ontario LB, expected to make his first ever start on the offensive side of the ball, it remains to be seen how much his presence will be missed as the signal-caller on defense.

There’s a youth-movement afoot at Lorne Park, with the majority of the team made up of grade 11 players. Only four starters remain from last year’s squad, and there are big shoes to fill, including the shoes of six players who are now playing football on Saturdays.  Expectations are always high for one of Canada’s most decorated high school football programs.  Who will step up this year for the Spartans?  This question will be answered on Friday night in the Buckeye State.

Jul 23, 2018 - Training Camp

Training Camp

The Lorne Park Spartans report on Monday, August 20th at 9am for the beginning of training camp.  Camp runs every weekday from 9am-11am unti the start of classes.

The Spartans open their season on Friday, September 7th with a non-conference game at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in Chardon, Ohio.  Consequently, this year's Training Camp will have an additional focus - reviewing American rules and practicing on a much smaller playing field.

The remaining games on Lorne Park's 2018 schedule have not been released yet.

Jul 11, 2018 - Looking Back on the 2017 Season

Looking Back on the 2017 Season 

 

2017 was an historic year for Lorne Park Spartans Football.  The Senior Spartans won their third Provincial Championship since 2013, and the Junior Spartans went 12-0, capturing a Provincial Championship of their own.  The Junior Spartans have now won 21 Peel Championships, and the Senior Spartans have now won 19 Peel Championship, but never before have both programs been crowned at the provincial level in the same season.


As is tradition at Lorne Park, championship football teams have their picture displayed in the Football Wing.  The 2017 teams will forever stand shoulder to shoulder with the great champions of years past.

2017 Lorne Park Spartans Junior Football

 

2017 Lorne Park Spartans Senior Football

Over the years, Lorne Park has sent hundreds of players on to play university football all over North America.  From the 2017 Senior team, Chris Haggart (Wilfred Laurier), Aaron Sharma (Bishop's), Cal Duncan (Queen's), Noah Tauskela (Queen's), Salman Causer (Queen's), and Riley Birch (Waterloo) have all committed to play CIS Football next season, with several other standout Spartans graduates looking to earn roster spots as walk-ons.  To see the list of Lorne Park football players who have gone on to play in the CIS, NCAA, NLA, CFL, and NFL, take a look at the Spartans Alumni page. 

The names of last season's award winners for both teams have been added to the Junior Trophy Case and Senior Trophy Case.

Junior Spartans Award Winners

Most Valuable Freshman - Liam Ventresca

Most Improved Player - Kofi Danso

Coach's Award - Shadi Abdelmalik

Most Valuable Lineman - Dougal Graham

Colin Guthrie Award - Zander Castro Wiese

Manny Castillo Award - Francis St. Onge

Defensive MVP - Max Henry / Max Ramsay

Offensive MVP - Nolan Dillingham / Liam Bowman

 

Senior Spartans Award Winners

John Musselman Award - Duncan Rolston

Rookie of the Year - Christian Smodis

Special Teams MVP - Luke Tejerina

Doug Dixon Award - Jakob Page

Rick Millar Award - Rowan Hancocks

Most Valuable Lineman - Cal Duncan

Defensive MVP - Chris Haggart

Offensive MVP - Will Manko

As the saying goes, the only thing harder than winning a championship is defending it.  That being the case, the Spartans will certainly have their work cut out for them this season with two Provincial Titles to defend.  Returning players are training hard, and incoming Grade 9s are chomping at the bit as they look forward to the start of training camp, and the opportunity to put another picture on the wall.

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