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Nov 16, 2017 - LPTV SportsCenter: ROPSSAA Championship
LPTV SportsCenter: ROPSSAA Championship
Nov 16, 2017 - 2017 ROPSSAA Senior Football Champions
2017 ROPSSAA Senior Football Champions
The Lorne Park Spartans are the 2017 ROPSSAA Football Champions following a decisive 33-0 win over the St. Marcellinus Spirit at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium on Wednesday. This is the third Peel title in five years for one of the most storied football programs in the province in their 35th appearance at the regional final.
The Spartans set the tone right out of the gate. On the first play from scrimmage, DE Cal Duncan stripped the football and DT Seth Kirkham recovered, giving Lorne Park the football in Spirit territory.
Lorne Park QB Christain Smodis, led the team quickly down the field, scrambling for 15 yards, and then hitting Chris Haggart with a short pass before launching one into the endzone to WR Riley Farquharson who climbed the ladder and brought it down for the opening score.
The Spirit recovered their own fumble to open the next possession, then managed to put together two first downs with strong runs from David Spence, Scott Murray and Eric Colonna. The drive stalled once they crossed midfield, and the Spartans took over.
Backs Frank Mensah and Jakob Page each burst through the Spirit defense for first down runs and then Smodis unleashed a 54-yard bomb to WR Will Manko to put the Spartans up 14-0.
The next Spirit possession was short-lived as LB Mike Ugliano came flying into the Spirit backfield and forced another fumble. DE Luke Tejerina recovered, and the Spartans were back in business as the nightmare first quarter continued for St. Marcellinus.
Lorne Park continued to move the ball at will as Smodis found Manko streaking across the middle of the field for a 28-yard gain. Then Mensah carved out another 21, Farquharson hauled in a 15-yard pass, and Smodis plunged into the endzone from a yard out. The extra point would fail, but the Spartans had built a comfortable 20-0 lead as the second quarter began.
The Spartans recovered the ensuing onside kick, but it didn't travel the required 10 yards, giving St. Marcellinus their best field position of the game. The Spirit couldn't make anything of it offensively, but Christopher Micelli's pooch punt on third and long was a thing of beauty, and a holding penalty backed the Spartans up to their own 1-yard line.
The drive that followed would essentially end the game. From in his own endzone, Smodis found Manko on a short hook route that he somehow managed to turn into a first down. Mensah turned consecutive carries into another first down, and then Smodis found Ryan Di Florio flying down the sideline for another 26 yards. Smodis would go back to Di Florio for an 11-yard gain on the next play, and then Manko came down with the catch of the day, a leaping 27-yarder over the middle to set the Spartans up inside the Spirit 20. Page brought the ball down to the 8-yard line, and then Smodis connected with Di Florio in the corner of the endzone for the score. The Spartans drove 109 yards for the touchdown, and any hope the Spirit had of getting back into the game vanished.
Lorne Park would take a 30-0 lead into halftime and shut it down in the second half as they went on to win 33-0, claiming the ROPSSAA Championship and advancing to the OFSAA final, where they'll look to claim their fourth provincial title.
Smodis finished the game 21 of 27 for 358 yards and three touchdowns, adding another on the ground. Manko had six receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown, Di Florio had seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, and Farquharson had four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. Frank Mensah led all rushers with 94 yards on 13 carries.
For the Spirit, Merritt was 4 of 10 for 31 yards. Spence led St. Marcellinus on the ground with 61 yards on 12 carries. Colonna had one reception for 17 yards, and Kerr had two for 9 yards.
Lorne Park's opponent at OFSAA is the yet-to-be-decided CWOSSA Champion. The game will be played at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton at 10:00am on Tuesday, November 28th.
Nov 11, 2017 - LPTV SportsCenter: ROPSSAA Semi-Finals
LPTV SportsCenter: ROPSSAA Semi-Finals
Nov 10, 2017 - Spartans Roch Ravens in Semi-Final
Spartans Roch Ravens in Semi-Final
WR Ryan Di Florio goes for a run after one of his three catches. [Photo: Christina Birch]
For the fourth time in five years, the Lorne Park Spartans are off to the ROPSSAA Championship following a thorough dismantling of the St. Roch Ravens in the semi-final game on Thursday.
After the Ravens handed them their only regular season loss, the Spartans answered the bell in the rematch. Lorne Park dominated the game early in all three phases, building a 22-0 first half lead before shutting it down and cruising to a 22-6 win.
With a strong wind in their face, the Spartans barely got the opening kickoff out of the endzone, and a quick two-and-out set the Ravens up with a short field. The Lorne Park defense would force a punt three plays later, and the Spartans found themselves right back in the same situation, pinned deep in their own end.
RB Frank Mensah took the ball out to the Lorne Park 15, then QB Christian Smodis scrambled out to the 26-yard line. Smodis then rifled one out wide to WR Riley Farquharson for 19 yards, and the Spartans were on the move. Mensah plowed forward for another five yards, then Chris Haggart took a direct snap down to the St. Roch 30. On the next play, Smodis found RB Jakob Page in the right flat, and Page scampered into the endzone to put the Spartans up 7-0 with 4:05 remaining in the first quarter.
Noah Tauskela recovered the ensuing onside kick for Lorne Park, giving Smodis and the offense the ball at the Ravens 51-yard line. Smodis continued to sling it into the wind, connecting with WR Ryan Di Florio for 32 yards, and a late hit on the QB put the ball at the St. Roch five. Lorne Park was unable to find the endzone on this trip, however, settling for a 10-yard Luke Tejerina field goal that put them up 10-0 with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
The Ravens took the ball on the 35, but continued to struggle against a tough Spartans defense. As the quarter came to an end, Lorne Park had the ball at the St. Roch 52, and a strong wind at their back.
Smodis opened the following drive with another strike to Farquharson for 17 yards, then Page pushed the pile up the middle for another seven, but Ravens DT Brandon Frimpong sacked Smodis on second and long, forcing the Spartans to punt the ball away.
Deep in their own end, heading into the strong wind, the Ravens conceded a safety on their next possession extending the Lorne Park lead to 12-0.
On the first play of the next drive from the Spartans 35, Page blasted up the middle for 17 yards. Smodis then found Farquharson for an 11-yard gain and Page ripped off another 16 yards. The drive stalled at the St. Roch 10, and the Spartans settled for a field goal to go up 15-0 with a few minutes remaining in the half.
As they had been doing all half, the Lorne Park defense held true, and the Spartans got the ball back at the Ravens 45 with under a minute to play in the half.
Smodis wasted no time, launching one down the sideline to Di Florio for 39 yards, then hitting WR Jared Benson on his knees in the endzone from 11-yards out.
Up 22-0 at halftime, the Spartans were able to shut it down in the second half and cruise to a 22-6 victory in front of dozens of loyal Spartans fans who braved the conditions and made the trip north. The David Suzuki Grizzlies, who defeated St. Roch 18-17 last week were also in attendance, taking the time to shake hands with the Spartans players after the game in an emotional scene involving the only two public school teams in ROPSSAA Tier 1 Football. The Grizzlies took the Spartans to a 0-0 draw back in September, and remain the only team the Spartans were unable to beat in the 2017 season.
Christian Smodis finished the day 12 of 21 for 201 yards, two touchdown and two interceptions. Riley Farquharson had four receptions for 54 yards with Ryan Di Florio adding three catches for 74 yards. Jakob Page led all Spartan backs with 92 yards on nine carries.
For the Ravens, QB Aman Auijla was 6 of 14 for 48 yards. Anthony Miller led all St. Roch receivers with two receptions for 21 yards, and RB Juwan Jeffrey pounded out 59 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
With the win, the Spartans advance to the ROPSSAA Championship where they'll play the first place St. Marcellinus Spirit at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium on Wednesday, November 15th at 11:00. Tickets can be purchased through both schools.
Nov 4, 2017 - LPTV SportsCenter: Cardinals 0 - Spartans 31
LPTV SportsCenter: Cardinals 0 - Spartans 31
Nov 2, 2017 - Spartans Down Cardinals
Spartans Down Cardinals
QB Christian Smodis scans the muddy field for an open receiver. [Photo: Christina Birch]
The Lorne Park Spartans wrapped up the regular season with a 31-0 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Cardinals in The Cage on Thursday.
The rain held off, but it was muddy in The Cage, as it often is this time of year, and running the ball proved something of a challenge for both teams. The Cardinals opened the game with a running play that lost two yards. Their second attempt went for no gain, and they never attempted another run after that with 32 consecutive pass attempts.
On their first drive of the game, Lorne Park QB Christian Smodis hit WR Will Manko for a short completion, and then connected with WR Riley Farquharson for a 37-yard touchdown to put the Spartans up 7-0.
The Spartans got the ball back quickly when FS Chris Haggart picked off an errant pass from QB Brando Mancia. This time Smodis dialed up WR Jared Benson for a 29-yard touchdown and the Spartans led 14-0.
Mancia began the next Cardinal possession with a 29-yard completion to WR Matthew Raghunath over the middle, but a Cal Duncan sack to start the second quarter brought that drive to an end.
With the ball just short of midfield, Smodis called his own number, gingerly working his way through the mud for 18 yards, and then spun it out to Farquharson on the next play for a 9-yard gain. RB Frank Mensah worked back-to-back carries down to the Cardinals 10-yard line, and then Smodis, with everyone well covered, tucked and took it himself for the touchdown.
With five minutes left in the half, the Cardinals threatened once again. Mancia launched a deep ball over the middle to WR Daunte Rowe who made a sensational diving catch. On the next play, however, DE Cal Duncan tipped Mancia's pass, and DT Luke Mezgec came down with the interception.
Smodis, continuing to spread the ball around, hit WR Jalen Scott for a gain of 18, WR Ryan Di Florio for 36 more, and then Jared Benson for a 10-yard touchdown to put Lorne Park up 28-0.
The Cardinals began the third quarter with a spark as Mancia lofted one up to WR Malik Kelly for a 33-yard gain, but sacks from Mezgec and DT Seth Kirkham put an end to that drive.
Lorne Park would add a 17-yard Luke Tejerina field goal on their opening drive of the third quarter, and that would do it for scoring plays as the Spartans cruised to a 31-0 win.
Smodis finished his day 11 of 15 for 227 yards and three touchdowns, adding another 28 yards and a major on the ground. Di Florio's two catches went for 101 yards, Benson's two catches went for two touchdowns, and Farquharson contributed another TD on his two receptions.
Defensively for the Spartans, Duncan, Mezgec, Kirkham, and Davyn Webster-Cho each collected a sack while Haggart, McCullough, Mezgec, and Webster-Cho had the Lorne Park interception.
For the Cardinals, Mancia went 11 of 28 for 176 yards and four interceptions. Kelly led all Cardinals receivers with five receptions for 97 yards.
With the win, Lorne Park finishes the regular season in second place, and will play the third place St. Roch Ravens next Thursday at a time that has yet to be determined. The first place St. Marcellinus Spirit will host the David Suzuki Grizzlies in the other Semi-Final matchup.
Oct 29, 2017 - LPTV SportsCenter: Spartans 44 - Crusaders 7
LPTV SportsCenter: Spartans 44 - Crusaders 7
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