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Spartans Successful at Mount Carmel
Oct. 29, 2017
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.