CFCFPC Ottawa (MVPs): Team East vs Team West Grade 8s

With the threat of overtime looming, Team East managed a late game touchdown to win 12-6 over Team West in the final grade 8 game of the weekend. When everybody’s heartbeats returned to normal, Tyler Putzu was chosen as the overall MVP, Keegan Bertrand was named the offensive MVP and Jayden Delorme took home the defensive MVP honours.

ATH Tyler Putzu (West), the overall MVP.

For Tyler Putzu (#35 West), his MVP honours came as a bit of a shock. “Well, I was not expecting that award. I had like two catches, a couple good tackles, so I guess that really helped our team,” he said.

Even though his team only dropped the game by one major score, Putzu was a little disappointed. “Our team, we weren’t really prepared. We only had a couple weeks’ practice. I think we would have pulled out a win if we knew all of our players’ abilities and what they could do,” he said.

RB Keegan Bertrand (East), the offensive MVP.

Similar Putzu, running back Keegan Bertrand (#33 East) was surprised that he was recognized for his game. “I thought it was pretty cool. I don’t know. I really didn’t think I was going to get it because there were a lot of good players on my team. But, you know, it was very cool,” he said.

Bertrand, who had what proved to be the game winning touchdown, felt his team played well in the first half. In the second, Team West started to come back. “But, then, I guess our defense did really good,” he said.

DE Jayden Delorme (East), the defensive MVP.

It was a special moment for defensive end Jayden Delorme (#99 East) to hear his name over the PA system. “To be honest, I am really excited about it. It’s my first time. It was really exciting,” he said of his MVP selection. The first passing play of the game I got a sack, so that’s really nice.”

In a defensive struggle with a smattering of offense, Delorme was pleased with his team’s efforts. “Offense came out strong, very strong, especially with the defense,” he said. “We got a couple of picks, fumbles, big, hard hitting, full on aggressive all game. So, that was really good.”

Head coach Ron Raymond of Team East believed the selections were great. “In games like this, it is tough to do an MVP in these types of games. It is what it is,” he said.

Chris Kent, the head coach of Team West, echoed his counterpart’s sentiments. He said, “I thought they did a good job. I thought they really showcased the kids that did well. I thought they all deserved what they got.”

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