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Spartans Win Battle of Undefeated
Oct. 15, 2017
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.