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Spartans Open Preseason at Husky Cup

Sep. 18, 2017

Spartans Open Preseason at Husky Cup

The Lorne Park Spartans began their season on Thursday, September 14 with a great performance at the Husky Cup Football Jamboree at Frank Hayden Secondary School.  An annual warm up event for the Spartans, LP had the chance to compete against strong football programs from Garth Webb, Brantford C.I. ,  and MM Robinson.

The weather was perfect for a day of football, and Frank Hayden's gorgeous field was an excellent setting for the team to begin the 2017 season.  The core of the 2017 team are returners and expectations are high for this season, as the talent and ability on this team is impressive.

The offense put on a display the entire day.   The running game was a two headed monster with thunder and more thunder with elusive and powerful running from Liam Bowman, smash mouth running from Chey Charles.   Both backs were able to gain yards with ease and punished defensive backs pay for any attempts to stop them with a clattering.  At quarterback, Nolan Dillingham demonstrated why he is going to be a force to be reckoned with this season.  Nolan, a terrific wr who transitioned to quarterback but he is absolute natural talent at the position.  His arm impressed with accuracy and strength and he led the offense to a score on almost every possession.  Complimenting the run game, a trio of excellent wide receivers, Nate DeMontagnac picked up where he left off last season as a skilled deep ball threat.  Braden Jauernig and Ben Rendeiro also impressed with their route running skills, and dependable hands; both are terrific players and will be a big part of the team's success this season.

The defense also brought its A game to the Jamboree, dominating offenses the entire day.  The rules of the games, meant no punting or downs, so defending the goal with unlimited chances was a challenge for the group but they were up for it.   Max Henry was a calming and aggressive presence in the middle of the field at linebacker, as he took away middle run over and over with his vision and form perfect tackles.  Dougal Graham showed why he will be a major part of the defensive attack this season, with dominating play at the defensive line, his combination of speed and power make him a real asset.  The defensive backfield is in good shape with Max Ramsay flashing at strong half with his ability to stop the run and Shadi Abdelmalik patrolling centerfield, with his lightning speed and receiver quality hands.  What was most exciting for the coaching staff was the performance of Mason Tonks and Liam Jeewan who are learning their positions but their speed and love of contact is going to make them huge parts of the defense this season.

It was a terrific day, where all the players had a chance to play and what was encouraging was how the level of effort did not dip when subs came in.  It was a solid start and the Spartans are excited about their first regular season game at Meadowvale.