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Spartans Defeat Falcons in Opener

Sep. 25, 2017

Spartans Defeat Falcons in Opener

The 2017 season opened on the road on a sweltering Thursday afternoon, with the Lorne Park Spartans defeating the Meadowvale Falcons in convincing fashion 60 - 0.  The Spartans came out prepared to start the season and imposed their will early on an undermanned Meadowvale team.

The first game still showed some ragged edges in warm up but the group led by team captains: Max Henry, Liam Bowman, Max Ramsay, Zander Castro Wiese and gameday captain Francis St. Onge was ready when the whistle blew to start the season.

The offense continued the skill it showed during the preseason with a quick strike offense that scored early and often.  The three lions of the backfield were unstoppable on this sweat soaked afternoon.  Liam Bowman once again showed his skill at running back as he was unstoppable, breaking lb ankles, powering through arm tackles and showing endurance with his full field reverse runs. Bowman a player with rugby experience, is quickly becoming LP's Sonny Bill Williams in the backfield.  Chey Charles again proved that he is both the irresistible force and the unmovable object, as he plowed over tackles and his vision and shiftiness made him a headache for Meadowvale.  The third weapon in the backfield, Francis St. Onge showed why he needs to be accounted for as well, with his speed and hands.  Nolan Dillingham continued his development to becoming an elite quarterback with a terrific first half.  He ran the offense with confidence and poise and they were largely unstoppable.

Complimenting the fireworks of the offense was a performance by the defense that allowed a handful of first downs during the entire game.  Max Henry showed his closing speed hunting down screen passes and A gap blitzes and it set the tone for the day.  Kofi Danso who has transitioned over to the defensive side of the ball, showed his progression with his laser fast first step and he lived in the backfield.  Dougal Graham showed his versatility with his work at nose tackle, as his combination of quick feet and hands and power game made him a load for the center to deal with.  The defense impressed all afternoon, as they flew to the ball carrier and delivered clean heavy hits at every opportunity.  Noel Hancocks continued to show his instinct and desire to hit, as he solidified his spot as a starting half back. First year players who also really showed up in the first league game were Kobe Buraconak who is quickly becoming a potential starter, Mason Tonks continued to impress with his solid work and Seamus Ingram who came off the bench and started racking up stats.

It was a solid start to a season, but the team knows that it is only the first step and a tough Friday Night Lights game against a talented David Suzuki squad, that made the final last year, awaits next week. The game at Suzuki starts at 6:00pm and should be a great test for the team under the lights.

The Clarkson Pump and Grill Offensive Player of the Game was Liam Bowman and the Defensive Player of the Game  was Max Henry.  The performance of both players showed why they were named as team leaders