CFC’s Victory Lap (BC): “The game lived up to hype and was an exciting contest that went right down to the final seconds”
All this week, CFC will be honouring championship teams from region to region in daily exclusive segment called “Victory Lap.”
The Junior Varsity age-group continues to be the deepest and most competitive. Another top match up this week features the ‘ground & pound’ Essex Ravens against the athletes from Mississauga (Warriors).
The top teams in the Varsity division continue to separate themselves from the pack. Will we be wrong for the 2nd week in a row with our #1 JV Ranking?
Limestone District Grenadiers quarterback #18 Tyler Filson carries the ball and
tackled by a defensive lineman for the Markham Raiders. (Eric Healey)
VARSITY (UNDER 20)
1 Toronto Thunder (1) [3-0] OVFL
Continued to dominate all opponents with a mixture of ball control offense and timely, effective defense. The defense has given up 7 points per game and does not get enough credit for their success.
WR Daniel Petermann evades defenders
2 Hamilton Ironmen (2) [3-0] OVFL
Quarterback Alex Hill had another solid outing throwing 4 touchdowns, including two to Daniel Petermann. “I’m happy that we were able to compete with Brampton,” said coach Rob Underhill, “they’re one of the most athletic teams in the league with big play potential.”
3 London Junior Mustangs (3) [3-0] OVFL
Defeated Essex Ravens 31 to 7 at home.
Defense continues to improve each week, led by arguable the best and deepest defensive line in the league. Rupert Butcher and Hector De La Rosa (Western commits), Zach Mallough (Guelph commit), Matt Leeming (Windsor commit), and underclassman Emmanuel Adusei, Bill Aziz, Chris Archambault, Mark Mackie and Zach Annen.
4 Mississauga Warriors (4) [3-0] OVFL
Defeated Cambridge Lions 35 to 21 at home.
Coach Craig Clarke believes this is the year that they get back to their winning ways, referring to the team’s back-to-back championship run of 2007 and 2008. Marcus Hobbs led a 2nd half scoring spree including a TD pass to Jaykwon Thompson. First year Varsity player S.N. Elad scored a TD and Quintin Gregory scored on a pass from Hobbs to complete the scoring. Face the 1-2 Essex Ravens who are better than their record indicates.
5 Twin Cities Predators (7) [3-0] OFC
Defeated Clarington Knights 32 to 9 on the road.
Receivers Theshawn Berry and Spencer Flemming continue to pace the offense for the Predators.
6 Metro Toronto Wildcats (10) [2-1] OVFL
QB Nikko Stamatis passed for 360 yards, 3 TD’s and one rushing touchdown in an exciting 31-24 victory. RB Travis Jennings has 115 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Defensive Coordinator Niamoo Quarshie was very impressed with his teams play in Week 3. “I am very pleased with how the defense and the team rebounded from a tough loss last week. We stepped up the challenge versus a well coached Myers team in a must win game”.
7 Cumberland Panthers (HM) [2-1] OVFL
Defeated Cornwall Wildcats 42 to 0.
Everything clicked for the Panthers last weekend. QB Darcy Lavoie had his best game of the year, picking apart the Wildcat defense. Travel to Oshawa this weekend to take on the Hawkeyes.
8 Sault Ste. Marie Sabercats (HM) [2-1] OVFL
Defeated Guelph Bears at home 49 to 25.
QB Casey Wright was 15 of 28 for 238 yards and 3 TDs. Receiver Colin Booth was the main target with 127 yards on eight catches and 3 TDs. Ray Duplin had a big special teams play, returning a blocked punt to the house. Host the Brampton Bulldogs this weekend.
9 Niagara Spears (NR) [2-1] OVFL
Defeated Halton Cowboys 40 to 3 at home.
RB Jerrell Gaddishaw has a pair of touchdowns (55 and 33 yards) in the win. QB Reid Robertson was effective in the victory with a passing touchdown and running touchdown. Penalties were an issue for the Spears who face #2 Hamilton this week.
10 TIE Burlington Stampeders (8) [1-1-1] OFC
Ties Chatham Kent Cougars on the road 21 to 21.
Were unable to hold 14-0 and 21-7 leads against the upstart Cougars. Travel to London to play the Forest City Thunderbirds this weekend.
10 TIE Chatham Kent Cougars (NR) [2-0-1} OFC
Ties Burlington Stampeders 21 to 21 at home.
Overcame a 14 to 0 halftime deficit. Blayne Bechard had 2 rushing touchdowns. Eric Frappier returned a 113 yard ‘pick-six’ in the fourth quarter to establish the tie final score. The Cougars visit OFC leading Twin-Cities on Saturday.
JUNIOR VARSITY (UNDER 17)
1 Mississauga Warriors (3) [3-0] OVFL
Defeated the Cambridge Lions 35 to 7 at home.
The Warriors get stronger each week, dismantling a very good Cambridge Lion team this past week. Jonathan McEachron rushed for 130 yards and 1 touchdown on only 10 carries. The Defense and Offensive Lines are the key for this juggernaut.
2 Burlington Stampeders ‘96 (2) [3-0] OFC
Defeated the Hamilton Panthers 64 to 3 at home.
Ho-hum, another dominating victory for the JV Stamps’. Should handle the Jr. Argonauts this weekend.
3 Essex Ravens (4) [3-0] OVFL
Defeated London Jr. Mustangs 51 to 35 on the road.
Want to see an effective running game? Khaliel James and Marcus Kentner would be the first to tell you that is starts up front. Another #1 versus #3 match up this week, as the Ravens host the Warriors. Could we be wrong for the 2nd week in a row?
4 Kingston Grenadiers (5) [3-0] OVFL
Quietly piecing together a nice season. All three QBs threw a touchdown in the big victory over the Raiders. “When you jump out to an early lead it can be difficult to remain focused,” said Magee. “I thought our kids did an excellent job of executing our offence and defence once we had established the lead.” Containing Newmarket stud receiver Dylan John is job number 1 this weekend.
5 Pickering Dolphins (6) [3-0] OVFL
Defeated Brantford Bisons 62 to 14 at home.
Another solid game for the Dolphins. Travel to Markham to take on the Raiders who are licking their wounds from the thrashing at the hand of the Grenadiers.
6 Hamilton Ironmen (8) [2-1] OVFL
Defeated Brampton Bulldogs 24 to 13 at home.
Bounced back nicely from a week 2 loss. Liam Putt tossed a pair of touchdown passes to MacKenzie Sadjer (from five yards and one yard), while the other Hamilton touchdown was scored on a five-yard run by Brandan Gamble. Travel down the QEW to face rival Niagara, a series which the Ironmen have traditionally dominated.
7 Cambridge Lions (1) [2-1] OVFL
Lost to Mississauga Warriors 35 to 7 on the road.
Guess we were wrong about the ‘roar’ of the Lions. Some ‘soul-searching’ this week may be required for this talented squad. The London Jr. Mustangs hope that they don’t ‘find themselves’.
8 Myers Riders (9) [2-1] OVFL
Defeated Metro Toronto Wildcats 49 to 35 on the road.
This team could end up winning the big prize in the end, showing the depth of competitiveness in the Junior Varsity age division. Dimitri Morand hopes to clean up his early season ‘TD-INT’ ratio going forward. An improved run-game would go a long way in helping that ratio. Host the Toronto Thunder this week.
9 Metro Toronto Wildcats (7) [2-1] OVFL
Lost to Ottawa Myers Rider 49 to 35 at home.
The defense was ‘shocked’ into submission by the Myers Rider offense. They hope to get back on track this weekend when the travel down the road to Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke.
10 Twin Cities Predators (HM) [3-0] OFC
Defeated the Oakville Titans 42 to 0
Play the ‘upstart’ Sarnia Sturgeons this weekend. The Sturgeon also support a 3-0 record and will give the Predators a good test.
Toronto Thunder [2-1], Sarnia Sturgeon [3-0], Cumberland Panthers [2-1], Niagara Spears [2-1].
CFC SUMMER RANKINGS:
The CFC summer rankings are compiled 48-72 hours after the last summer game of the weekend. We include the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) and the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) teams in the rankings.
Contributors to the summer rankings include 20 CFC Journalists covering summer teams, selected non-affiliated scouts, selected OUA coaches, and selected non-CFC journalists.