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Nov 15, 2017 - Spartans Victorious in Semifinal

Spartans Victorious in Semifinal

The grip of winter began to take hold with a damp, cold Monday afternoon in the Cage.  The Lorne Park Spartans were once again head to head with a talented and physical team from St. Aquinas, but this time in an elimination game, with the winner heading to the ROPSSAA Final.

The teams were very familiar with each other, having met up in the regular season finale and the familiarity caused some chipiness  but it was a good competitive playoff game between two talented teams. The Spartans came out on top with a 47 - 6 victory but it was a much better football game than the score might suggest.

The offense had their hands full with an aggressive Cardinal pass rush and a muddy field for traction but once again the team could rely on the arm of Nolan Dillingham and the deep squad of quality recievers the team is lucky to have.  It was a day of insane catches, kicked off with Braden Jauernig showing off his concentration and hands with a superb contested catch in the endzone.  Few junior receivers would have the ability to catch a ball in double coverage but Jauernig is not like most receivers; he has impressed all season with his route running and focus and it paid off with the touchdown.  Unbelievably it was not even the best catch of the day for him, as he followed it up with an absolute stunning highlight catch that any Senior receiver would be proud of, tracking down a deep ball thrown by a scrambling Dillingham.  Not to be outdone, Francis St. Onge competed for the catch of the day with a terrific tip up and secured catch, that reminded Patriot fans in the crowd of the Kearse Superbowl catch.  The catch was again a tribute to the concentration and effort of a Spartan receiver.  The ground game was also a little slow getting started but it was once again the downhill running and superb vision of Chey Charles that started to break the defense down.  Charles consistently earned yards that helped the offense get a rhythm.  The offensive line worked well in a tough situation, the opponent was rushing without fear but Carter Parsons and Liam Ventresca both held their own and James Spalding continued to develop in both the pass and run game.  As the team built in confidence, tailback Liam Bowman added the final shots with long scoring runs that helped build up the lead to the point of no return for the opponent.  Bowman who leads the team in scores and most times booed by his teammates, put on a show and took over the semifinal, putting the team on his back.  

The defense held up their end of the bargain with a strong performance.  The linebacker unit of Max Henry, Liam Jeewan, Mason Tonks and Carr Hogan set the edge and controlled the run and prevented the skilled Cardinal backs any time to make a read or a cut.  The defensive line also had a great day with gameday captain Kofi Danso, slicing into the backfield consistently causing problems for the Aquinas offense. Dougal Graham's skill and speed is so consistent, it can be easy to take it for granted but he is a special player and he once again showed why he is a force on the field, tracking down the quarterback and running backs, with speed rarely associated with a defensive lineman. And the final piece to the front 7 was rookie Liam Ventresca who showed why he is a player who will go on to great things on the football field. Ventresca has quick feet and heavy hands, and the Spartans are glad he is on our side.  The defensive backfield had a good day, with Noel Hancocks absolutely crushing runs in pursuit mode and his blitzes caused consistent problems for the quarterback and the offense.  Free safety Shadi Abdelmalik continued his ball hawking with a textbook high pointing and although Max Ramsay was not in a position to grab one on the day, Nolan is aware of his ball hawking prowess.

The oft discussed and soon to be awarded Pump Players of the Game were:  Liam Bowman who took whom the offensive award with a 4 touchdown day, a case that is hard for anyone to argue with.  The Pump Defensive Player of the Game was Noel Hancocks, who continues to make his way toward the title of best Hancocks playing at Lorne Park.

It was a slow start with some sloppy moments but a solid team win is not to be dismissed and this was a good team win in a semifinal.  The Spartans are now preparing for the final, a rematch with a talented St. Marcellinus team on Thursday, November 16 at 11:00am at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke.  Any adult over the age of 12, who would like to come cheer on the team need to purchase a $7.00 ticket through the team at school, as no tickets will be sold at the door.  The team hopes that a great turnout from the school and community comes to cheer on the guys who have put in the work and time to try and achieve the goal.

Nov 6, 2017 - Spartans Finish Strong at Home

Spartans Finish Strong at Home

On an unusually warm and humid day for early November, the Lorne Park Spartans finished the regular season with a 41 - 6 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday.  The field was a muddy mess but it didn't slow down the Spartan offense who faced a talented and physical Aquinas defense.  The offensive line faced a strong front 7, and were definitely challenged by the blitzing backers. But the unit was up to the challenge, and refused to be dominated on their home field.

The offense bared down and started pounding the ball inside, with center Carter Parsons leading the way, Chey Charles was able to punish with inside runs.  Charles also was a huge force for the O with his devastating, textbook blocks. The offense had their hands full with the defense but again were able to put together long drives down the field. The slippery mud slowed down the Spartans but it didn't stop Liam Bowman from the run of the season, streaking down the sideline and then cutting inside, to cross up a tackler, pushing off would be tackles, Bowman traversed the entire field, finishing the epic run with a touchdown scoring flourish.  Nolan Dillingham continued his battle with Bowman for Offensive MVP by throwing a beautiful ball to Ben Beckham Rendeiro who caught the contested ball and fought off the last tackler for the major.   

Special teams ace, Francis St. Onge had another terrific day for the team, pounding field position changing punts, converting the extra points that were there to be converted and proved he is also an offensive weapon to be wary of, with a touchdown.  It was a terrific day for the offense, with gameday captain Nate DeMontagnac getting in the final quarter at quarterback, once again showing the depth of the squad. The defense came out anxious to take on the challenge of stopping an offense that had shown terrific speed and misdirection.  The result was a satisfying one, as swift and aggressive tackling and positional discipline lead to a dominating first half for the defense.  Max Ramsay, who has been an all purpose weapon for the defense this season absolutely scorched the field with his pursuit, edge setting and blitz tackling.  He set the tone for the defense for the day.  Halfbacks Noel Hancocks, who again took the lead for best hitter on the team and Sameer Qazi kept up the attack with run stopping hits and Brady Farquharson, responded to a superb catch with an interception on the very next play; demonstrating the exact kind of discipline and short memory that a great db must have, one play you're moss'd, the next you get the rock.   

Max Henry was the rock in the center of the defense once again, taking away the hope of all that dreamt of an inside run and keeping the shape of the defense.  The D line had a tough task ahead of them, with the inches of mud they had to wade through but they held the line of scrimmage all game, forcing the plays to the edges and cleaning up any off tackle runs.  Mason Tonks, once again was a beast on the Kickoff unit and he made anyone running his direction pay the price.  The defense kept Aquinas's talented offensive weapons in check for the majority of the warm, wet afternoon, and free safety Shadi Abdelmalik was glad to face a team that was willing to put the ball in play with deep passes.   

It was a great finish to the regular season for the defense and a good warm up for the playoff run that they have been working toward all season. The Clarkson Pump Offensive Player of the Game was wide receiver Ben Rendeiro who can always be counted on for great routes, great blocking and now for a great touchdown catch.   The Clarkson Pump Defensive Player of the Game went to LB/DB Max Ramsay who absolutely obliterated his targets all afternoon.

The victory was a special one for Coach Moynihan, as his mother who had flown in from Halifax, was in attendance for the first time at a game and she felt the team was "a machine", a compliment that very much suits the squad this season.

The team has earned a first round bye and will now prepare for a semi-final match versus Mayfield or St. Thomas Aquinas on Monday, November 13 in the Cage at Lorne Park, kickoff time has yet to be announced.

Oct 29, 2017 - Spartans Successful at Mount Carmel

Spartans Successful at Mount Carmel

On a beautiful, sunny Friday afternoon, the Lorne Park Spartans were able to do what they have failed to do since 2008 on Mount Carmel's field, record a win.  The Spartans came out ready to play and recorded a 42 - 6 victory over the Crusaders.

The offense was too much for Mount Carmel on this afternoon as the three heads of the hound of Hades: Bowman, Charles and Dillingham would not be denied the endzone.  Quarterback Nolan Dillingham set the tone early turning a likely sack into a successful run for first down.  The ability to beat you on the ground as well as the air has been an issue for defenses all season when covering Lorne Park's quarterback and on this perfect day, Dillingham ran for two touchdowns and threw for an additional score.  It was an impressive performance.   

Liam Bowman also had a big day for the Spartans, punishing the defense with his physical running style, as anyone who as tried to tackle Bowman can attest to, he is a hard player to bring down.  Bowman added another touchdown to his stats as tailback and he also continued to be a weapon on special teams with a kick off return for a touchdown. 

The final member of Cerberus, Chey Charles once again proved his worth as a dominant blocker, strong runner and deadly pass catcher with two fantastic scoring plays.   With six touchdowns as a group on the day, they helped lead the team to the victory.  But all of this scoring does not happen in a vacuum and it is a result of great blocking by the offensive line, Zander Castro Wiese led the way at center, dominating the defensive line and delivering punishing blocks and his compatriots James Spalding, Liam Ventresca, Mayar Turunji and Jacob Kacira all helped create the lanes for the scoring plays.  Francis St. Onge was again a dual weapon at receiver and place kicker and on a tough break, Kam Coovadia demonstrated the speed and ability the team knows he has on a superb touchdown run that was called back on a flag.  Coovadia will be a weapon to be watched in the final game of the regular season.

The defense came out and started a little rusty with two penalties but once they dialed into the game, they were their dominant selves.  Dougal Graham, Mason Tonks, Kofi Danso and Carr Hogan all fired off the ball in the first half of the game, and took away any chance of an inside run for the opponent.  Graham in particular was a tackling monster.  The linebacker unit of Max Henry, Max Ramsay and gameday captain Liam Jeewan took away the outside run and their blitzing speed was a lot for the offense to control.  The defense were able to control the field position game and the talented Carmel running backs with solid tackling and positional discipline.  The team was able to continue to play well as players were substituted in but the defense did give up a well thrown deep pass reception in the second half, the ensuing goalline stand was excellent but a breakdown on the edge allowed Carmel to score.  In a small revenge, safety Shadi Abdelmalik screamed through from the outside to block the point after. But touchdown aside, the entire defense played an efficient and physical game.  First year linebacker "Prince Harry" Williams stood out with a great late game tackle to seal the game.

On specials, it was a positive afternoon, with a kick off return for a td and the new kickoff coverage unit continued to impress but more work is to be done on breaking down, closing the net on returners and proper tackling techniques.  

The Pump Offensive Player of the Game went to Whoooa Kam Coovadia whose speed is going to continue to be an asset for the team moving forward. And the Pump Defensive Player of the Game went to the tackling and blitzing clinic put on by team captain, Max Henry.

It was a successful day but still mistakes to be cleaned up remain, with offside lining up, blocks in the back and peel back blocks.  The team has yet to play a perfect game but the time to build to that is now as the regular season comes to an end this week.  The team now prepares for the final regular season game against a talented St. Aquinas team on Thursday at 3:00pm in The Cage at Lorne Park.

Oct 24, 2017 - Lorne Park Football Pool Tournament

Lorne Park Football Pool Tournament

Oct 22, 2017 - Spartans Defeat Warriors

Spartans Defeat Warriors

On a unseasonably warm day in late October, the Lorne Park Spartans moved to 5-0 with a 52 - 0 victory over the Port Credit Warriors on Thursday.  It was a one sided victory but with Port Credit competing in Junior Football for the first time in over a decade and were shorthanded with injuries, it was still a good afternoon of football.

The offense came out ready to play well with Nathan DeMontagnac taking over as QB1 and the team didn't skip a beat, as Nathan was smooth in handoffs and showed off his speed and arm accuracy the entire afternoon.  It was a great game for all the players on the offense to get a chance to get involved and the depth of talent was on full display.  Gameday captain Braden Jauerning was able to get in to the endzone for 6 with a well executed route and run after catch.  Erik Fyraj also made a case for more touches with a terrific catch and long run for a touchdown with a PC defender at his heels but Erik was simply too fast on this day. The offensive line kept Nathan and Francis St. Onge who took some reps at QB in the second half clean with technically sound blocking and first year player Mayar Turunji flashed his potential to be a star for the unit with his play.  Team leaders Chey Charles and Liam Bowman both scored when the opportunity arose but Bowman did have some trouble returning punts, with a number of the returns ending up out of bounds.  

Special teams were a strength on the warm afternoon with the Freight Train kickoff unit dominating field position with aggressive play.  Contain man "Tom" Brady Farquharson had the special teams play of the game with a scoop and score on kickoff, the first of the season for the team.  Francis St. Onge also was perfect on his first field goal attempt of the year to compliment a perfect day of point after conversions.

The defense recorded the shutout with a solid effort that kept Port Credit pinned on their side of the field for most of the game.  Shadi "ET" Thomas had a pick for six that was once again denied by a penalty, a frustrating mistake the team will work to fix and first year player Kobe Buraconak flashed on the field with his first interception of the year, the first of many to come for the talented player.  The defensive line unit of Will Martisek, Jeff Chen, Seamus Ingram and Nick Cruji really impressed with their playing time, as they were able to control the line and open up holes for linebackers Liam Jeewan, Max Henry and Carr "Hulk" Hogan who all had terrific afternoons inflicting their will on the PC backfield.  It was a good performance from a unit that has shown its desire to be the best in Peel.

The Pump Offensive Player of the Game went to Nathan De Montagnac who showed his versatility once again, having now played corner and wide receiver, moving to quarterback and running the offense.  The Pump Defensive Player of the Game went to nose tackle Jeff Chen, who has improved with every practice and he showed why he is a valuable part of the defensive unit with a terrific performance controlling the A gap.

The Spartans remain on the road this week, heading to face long time rival Mount Carmel on Friday, October 27 at 2:00pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel's beautiful grass field.

Oct 15, 2017 - Spartans Win Battle of Undefeated

Spartans Win Battle of Undefeated

On a warm, windy, drizzly day in the Cage, the Lorne Park Spartans came out ready for battle with St. Marcellinus and a focused and talented Spartan squad fought their way to a 35 - 0 victory in front of a sell out crowd.  The atmosphere was amazing as the stands were packed with students who had "bought in" to come cheer on the team, the school band provided the soundtrack and the spirit squad fired up the crowd with their energy and dance routines.

The weather was perfect for football, with fall-coloured foliage in the background and a newly painted field but this game would be no easy day for the Spartans, as the opponent came out ready to play. Fast physical defense forced a few early punts from the offense, but the team was resilient.  The offense knew that they would not be denied and they did not get frustrated just adapted to the gameplan they faced.  Liam Bowman and Chey Charles started winning the fight with punishing runs up the middle.  The constant attack had a clear effect, as the Spartans were able to earn first downs on their drives, but it did not come easy.  The rain definitely made passing the ball a little challenging early on but QB Nolan Dillingham kept the defense on its heels with his ability to strike through the air.  The air attack warmed up as the rain stopped and the sun took over, and Nathan DeMontagnac once again showed his skill running deep pass routes, and all DeMontagnac does when he walks between the lines is score and today was no different, with a beautiful catch for six.  Francis St. Onge who is a quadruple threat as place kicker, punter, running back and receiver, had a huge catch and run for a touchdown to really cement the lead for the Spartans.  St. Onge who flipped the field with a superb punt in the first half, was absolutely deadly in the open field and his determination to get in the endzone is symbolic of why the offense has been so successful this season.  As well, a shout-out has to go to Braden Jauernig for his absolute devastating blocking and his laser focus on the goal of winning the game. The moment of the game however has to go to Chey Charles who absolutely set the field on fire with his highlight catch in the endzone.  Charles released up the field but was rightfully a focus for the defense and he was well covered but that didnt stop Dilly from dropping a dime to where only Charles could get it and get it he did, with an amazing jump and grab for the touchdown.  It was a spirit breaking moment for the defense and it was all due to Charles's effort.  Liam Bowman once again was a game changer for the offense, and his speed and physicality wore down the opponent and he once again recorded multiple touchdowns and had the crowd on their feet with his scoring runs down the sideline.  The offense was physical, nasty and overwhelming and it was a terrific performance against a strong opponent. 

The defense was not to be outdone on this showcase day by the offense however, delivering a smothering shutout.  The tone was set with the first defensive series of the game.  The offense had been slowed down and a wet ball punt had left the opponent with decent field position and the talented multi -threat qb, Chad Owens Jr took the field, looking to open the game with a score.  The crowd was still settling into their seats and the opening play was a deep pass, hoping to catch Lorne Park by surprise but second year corner Aaron Aria was ready.  He dropped and ran down the field with his receiver and with the best play of his two year career, stole the ball away with a tone setting interception.  It absolutely electrified the team and set up the victory that was to come.  The defense had their hands full with a talented and varied offense but their discipline and aggressiveness would not be denied.  Max Henry had another rock solid game at inside lb, calling out formations and taking on the huge back who was sledgehammering up the middle for most of the game.  Noel Hancocks and Max Ramsay took away the jet sweeps and punished the receivers who tried to take advantage of underneath zone play, with huge hits.  Shadi Abdelmalik, continued to be LP's Earl Thomas with his patrolling of centerfield and he had yet another interception, returned deep into the opponent's territory.  The defensive line was asked to hold the line with only three men, but they were up to the task. Kofi Danso's speed and strength allowed him to live in the backfield, gameday captain Dougal Graham continued to be a force and the combination of Zander Castro Wiese and Liam Ventresca blocked up the middle.  A shout-out on the defensive side has to go linebacker Mason Tonks who proved that his short break from the Freight Train special team was a coaching mistake, as he absolutely crushed the returner upon his re-addition to the kickoff squad.  The defense came up huge, recording its third shutout of the season and they continue to be ready for any task put before them.

The Pump Offensive Player of the Game was Chey Charles for getting the tough yards and for his amazing hands down the field.  The Pump Defensive Player of the Game was Kofi Danso, who continues to get better with every game at his new position.  

The team would like to thank a ton of people who made Friday such a success.  Mr. Caslick and the administration at Lorne Park for being so supportive of the program and making Friday a day to remember.  The enthusiasm shown all week to get kids out to cheer for the team by Mr. Caslick with his announcements really paid off with the packed stands. Ms. Brown and the band who were enthusiastic, talented and made everyone proud to be a Spartan. To Ms. Hatzakis and Ms. Noon who took care of all of the logistics of selling and checking tickets, the bbq, the sound system and the amazing spirit squad.  And thanks to Senior coaches, Coach Grant and Coach Price who took care of field setup and announcing. And of course to the amazing women of the Friends of Football who are so instrumental all season with fundraising and support. In particular, Ms. Christina Birch who created the programs for parents and once again took the great photos that accompany all of our game recaps.  It was a full school effort and it resulted in a day all Spartans could be proud of.

The team now prepares for an away game at Port Credit Secondary, who are a welcome sight back competing in Junior football after a long hiatus, on Thursday, October 19 at 3:00pm.

Oct 6, 2017 - Spartans Decisive in Home Opener

Spartans Decisive in Home Opener

On a perfect fall day, on the site of so many Lorne Park Football games since 1958, the Spartans came out ready to play against a talented St. Roch team, and earned a 54 - 8 victory.  The team was ready for the speed and size of St. Roch and proved once again, that they are a team with real potential this season.

As any coach knows, every football game is decided by five plays.  The result of those five plays determine everything and on this day the opening play of the game set the tone for the afternoon.  As the ball flew through the air, with both teams nervous with pregame energy,  the Kickoff Return unit went to work and strong blocking set the field for a touchdown return by Liam Bowman.  The score immediately set Lorne Park up for a big day and it seemed to deflate St. Roch's squad.

The high powered offense continued to be dominant this season with its most impressive display to date.  The speed, size and variety of weapons the Spartans have at their disposal was impressive and resulted in Lorne Park jumping out to an early lead that they would not give up.  QB Nolan Dillingham continued to impress with his development from wr to qb, with accurate short and deadly deep throws.  He was absolutely dialed in against Roch, who had no answers for his ability to use the entire field.  Two throws in particular stood out, with a superb read and bullet throw to game day captain Chey Charles, who showed his hands off with the grab and drove into the endzone.  And the second was the deep ball thrown to Nate DeMontagnac whose footwork and route running remind people of the beauty of a Swiss chalet in the Alps. Nate was also a big contributor stepping in to play defensive back as well for the team.  The team is a better unit with DeMontagnac on the field.  Dillingham who threw for three touchdowns on the day could easily have repeated as offensive player of the game with his strong afternoon.  Making matters tougher for the St. Roch defense was that the air attack was complimented with a unrelenting ground game.  The backfield of Charles and Bowman once again proved to be a lot to handle as they both ripped off long runs with speed and power.  The duo, still in need of a nickname have been a force for the team this year.  WR Braden Jaeurnig and Francis St. Onge also had big plays on an afternoon when all the pistons were firing.

The defense once again was a picture of preparation, aggression and skill.  The defensive line was in the backfield the entire game and controlled middle run with strength and effort.  With injuries trying to slow down the Spartans, more was asked of some players and they were ready for it.  Carr Hogan, the all purpose weapon for Lorne Park, was terrific in double duty with work at will backer and offensive line and Zander Castro Wiese showed that he could be a game changer at defensive tackle as well as on the offensive line.  The Spartans aggression resulted in a constant stream of turnovers and two and outs by St. Roch, allowing the team to control field position for the majority of the game. Inside backers Liam Jeewan and Max Henry were rock solid again, taking away all hope from the running backs.  Halfback Max Ramsay who played sam backer for the game was superb at setting the edge and allowed the defense to flow to the run.  When Roch went to the air, safety/halfback Shadi Abdelmalik was there to take away their shots with two picks, one a pick six returned on an unfortunate penalty.  A shout out also must go to cornerback Sameer Qazi, who was not only the team's best dressed player but he stood in and squared up Roch's fullback who thought he had mismatch but he was shown to be incorrect by Qazi who stopped him in his tracks. As players were substituted in, the aggressiveness and ability of the defense remained high and first year players Kobe Buraconek and Sam Rolston both gained valuable experience going against Roch's starting offense.  It was a great team effort all afternoon and the kind that is demanded of teams with playoff goals.

The Pump Offensive Player of the Game could have been a variety of players but it went to Zander Castro Wiese for his physical tone setting play on the line.  The Pump Defensive Player of the game went to ball hawk Shadi Abdelmalik.

The Spartans now have the long weekend to rest up and prepare for another short week and another tough opponent with the Chad Owens Jr led undefeated St. Marcellinus Spirit coming to the Cage.  The game is a "school buy-in", so a good, loud crowd of cheering students, and cowbell banging parents is expected for the 12:00 kick off.

Upcoming GamesNelson Lords
Tuesday, Nov 21st
1:00 PM
The Cage