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Spartans Finish Strong at Home
Nov. 6, 2017
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.