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Spartans Earn Spot in Metro Bowl Final
Nov. 27, 2017
Spartans Earn Spot in Metro Bowl Final
Cold northern winds and a hint of snow blew across the perfect St. Michael's field; surrounded by the towering buildings and the noise of the city it was the setting for a terrific display of football from the Lorne Park Spartans. Lorne Park came out ready to earn their spot in the final, and a full team effort resulted in a 46 - 0 victory over Niagara's football power, AN Myer.
It was clear from the start of the game, that the offense was going to be too much for Myer to handle on this day. The offensive line took on the size and speed of Myer with courage and skill and simply would not let the opponent dictate how the game would go. Carter Parsons and Zander Castro Wiese once again were absolutely dominant, opening lanes for Bowman and Charles and giving Dillingham time to let deep pass routes develop. The return of Liam Ventresca was a huge addition for the unit as well, and Ventresca was superb in his comeback game. A special notice must also go to lineman James Spalding who had to take on a superb athlete from Myer as his counterpart on the defensive line. Spalding wasnt always successful but his work helped the team jump out to an early lead. The offense which has been a force all season was in top form on the cold Saturday afternoon in Toronto. Liam Bowman was once again absolutely dominant on turf, finding lanes and punishing would be tacklers with his cuts and stiff arms. And although many on the team want to yell at him, he has never been anything but an absolute leader on the field. His determination to turn every run into a scoring play feeds the team's energy and it is a huge part of the success the team has experienced this season. Chey Charles, not to be outdone by his counterpart in the backfield was a difference maker for the Spartans in the semifinal as well. Charles who is deadly in the pass game and in goaline packages, helped set the game out of reach. The organizers of the day chose Nolan Dillingham as MVP for the game and the reason continued to be his superb passing and running combinations. Dillingham had gorgeous throws to Nathan DeMontagnac and Francis St. Onge who both had terrfic catches in the endzone.
With the offense, rolling the defense set out to take care of their side of the ball, and take care of it they did. Myer had playmakers and were not an easy team to keep under wraps but the defense was suffocating and precise all game. The defensive backfield was ready to go with an avalanche of interceptions led free safety Shadi ET Abdelmalik whose smooth footwork and lightning fast speed made him a danger to every deep pass Myer attempted. Nathan DeMontagnac, playing both ways again this game, had the closest shot at a defensive pick six, with a terrific play and return on a pass attempt to Myer's best receiver. Brady Farquharson also got into the action, showing the drive, length and aggression that earned him a starting position on the defense. It was a terrific performance by the db's in the air and gameday captain Noel Hancocks was absolutely solid in run support. Myer had a dual threat quarterback as well and it was the work of linebackers Max Henry, Max Ramsay and Liam Jeewan who contained the quarterback and made him pay the price on every run he attempted. Ramsay in particular had a huge sack to help end a drive by Myer and end any chance of a score by the opposition. The defensive line had a terrific day as well, with Kofi Danso having an outstanding game at outside end and Mason Tonks was reliable and focused as any coach could ask for on the opposite end of the line. The duo set the edge all afternoon and sent plays back into the waiting tackles of the linebacker flow. It was an impressive performance by the defense and a tribute to their talent and focus, as the team only had a few days to prepare in this compressed and exciting playoff run.
The entire team celebrated the victory, winning the Southeast Conference Championship, but the goal is still the game on Wednesday. The Spartans will now face off against the talented Chaminade Gryphons in the Metro Nowl Final on Wednesday, November 29 at 1:00pm, once again at the St. Michael's College School field. Tickets are available at the door for fans, with the cost again being 3.00 for students and 6.00 for adults.