2015 ONTARIO PROSPECT CHALLENGE (St. Catharines): Goodridge, McCallum steer Team Halton-Peel to slim victory

Game summary below by John Metcalfe

St. Catharines Kiwanis Field was the location of the 2015 Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC).  The top varsity amateur players from Ontario converged for an entertaining opening game.

Team Halton-Peel edged Team West in the 2015 OPC 15-14

Guided by Head Coach Anthony Mandalfino, Team Halton-Peel hit the scoreboard in the first quarter as pivot Clarke McCallum connected with Connor Knight for a nine yard major

A talent filled Team West roster included top picks from the Hamilton, Niagara and Guelph area.  # 54 Teddy Manzel, Zenith Helmets Defensive MVP said the team was “well prepared”.

In the first quarter, Team Halton Peel enjoyed a 14-0 lead as Mitchel Stodulski ran into the end zone on a 25 yard fumble recovery.

The West got on the scoreboard in the second quarter as Blair Robertson found Fisher for a 27 yard major to cut the deficit 14-7.  Then four minutes later, Tyden Kelly talled a major on a 30 yard fumble recovery to tie things up 14-14.

The highlight of the first half was when receiver Cody Fisher has a 27 yard gain in the first quarter.

In the third quarter, Team Halton-Peel added a point which was ultimately was the difference in the outcome of the game they edged team Halton-Peel 15-14.

Team Halton-Peel defensive player Riley Littlejohn had a tackle and a sack while Team West’s Braedon Lehman had a total of 2.5 tackles and recorded two sacks.

Team Halton-Peel’s passing game totalling 241 yards versus 105 yards for Team West.

Dominic Mandalfino led all rushers with 25 yards.


2015 Ontario Prospect Challenge

Varsity Game Summary

Halton Peel      15     vs.     West      14

Qtr.        Team     Time                      Play                                     Convert                         Running


1st        HP       5:43     Connor Knight from Clarke McCallum, 9 yds.   Nicholas Casola          HP 7-0

1st        HP       11:51   Mitchel Stodulski, 25 yard fumble return       Nicholas Casola          HP 14-0

2nd        W        10:06   Cody Fisher from Blair Robertson, 27 yds.    Patrick Ezewski          HP 14-7

2nd        W        14:08   Tyden Kelly, 30 yard fumble return               Patrick Ezewski          14-14

3rd        HP       9:42     Justin Thibodeau, 42 yard punt rouge         n/a                               HP 15-14



Halton Peel                             West


Rushing (att.-yds.)                  15-41                                       15-13

Passing Yards                         105                                          241

– Team Losses                         -21                                           -14

Net Offence                            125                                          240

First Downs                            11                                            15

Return Yards                          67                                            63

Fumbles-Lost                          2-1                                           2-1

Interceptions by                      1                                              1

Penalties-Yards                       11-125                                     13-145



HALTON PEEL                   WEST


Rushing (atts.-yds.)                  Dominic Mandilfino 7-25       Nicholas Boonstra 4-8

Nori Kaltsidis 3-9                   Austin Whetton 3-3

Clarke McCallum 2-5              Nicolas Baldini 6-2

James Smibert 1-2                   Brandon Battencourt 2-0

Johnathon McEachern 2-0



Receiving (cat.-yds.)                Joshua Palmer 2-37                 Cody Fisher 6-85, td

Connor Knight 3-34, td          Colin O’Connor 6-81

Nigel Goodridge 2-21             Ross Wilkinson 2-32

J D Foxcroft 1-11                   Nicholas Boonstra 3-17

Matt Creelman 1-2                  Jack Kys 2-14

Steve Warner 2-12


Passing                                    Clarke McCallum 8-20-1-1-103     Blair Robertson 11-18-1-1-136

(comp.-atts.-tds-int-yds)         James Smibert 1-6-0-0-2         Brendan Carey 10-16-0-0-105



Defence                                   Tyler Roy – 2 tackles              Teddy Mansell – 5.5 tackles & 2 tackles for loss

Nathan Haye – 2 tackles                          Braedon Lehman – 2.5 tackles & 2 sacks

Riley Littlejohn – tackle & sack     Jake Richardson – 2 tackles & sack




Game Awards


Baron Rings M.V.P.                                                  Nigel Goodridge – Halton Peel

Big Kahuna Offensive Player                                 Clarke McCallum – Halton Peel

Xenith Helmets Defensive Player                         Teddy Mansell – West




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