#CFCOPC16 (Grade 7 – East vs Halton-Peel): Corsi, Banks and Miron named MVPs

HAMILTON – On Sunday, the last day of the Ontario Prospect Challenge, Team East squared off against Team Halton-Peel and while there were many great athletes, it was Antonio Corsi of Team East, Jayden Banks of Team Halton-Peel and Scott Miron of Team East that were named the game’s MVPs.

Antonio Corsi with Raad Raad (left) and Rich Lechance (right).

Antonio Corsi with Raad Raad (left) and Rich Lechance (right).

“It’s probably one of the best things that’s ever happened to me,” Corsi (#80) said, who was the winner of the overall MVP award. “This is my first year getting MVP, but I played three years. I thank my coach.”

He added that the highlight was, “probably when I went in with four people on top of my back.”

“Corsi is a great player,” said Rich Lechance, the head coach of Team East. “I’ve watched him for the last three years now playing in the OPC. He’s developed great. The last two years he played tight end and this year he played running back. Different position, but he’s going to be something special moving forward.”

Jayden Banks (#24) with Raad Raad (left) and Rich Lechance (right).

Jayden Banks (#24) with Raad Raad (left) and Rich Lechance (right).

Banks, who sported #24 black, was surprised to win the offensive MVP award. “I’m pretty proud of myself and I thank my coaches and my team,” he said.

Raad Raad, the head coach of Team Halton-Peel, said that the young running back made some big stops for his team.

Scott Miron (#40) with Raad Raad (left) and Rich Lechance (right).

Scott Miron (#40) with Raad Raad (left) and Rich Lechance (right).

While the entire Team East defense played a good game, it was linebacker Miron (#40) who was named the defensive performer of the game. “It’s a great honour and I would love to do it again,” he said. “Everyone who plays football out there did a great job and they played hard and went for it.”

Lechance said that “Miron’s a leader. From day one he’s been out with us. He’s been a leader in the dressing room, on the field encouraging his teammates. He’s got a great future.”

While it wasn’t the result that Raad was expecting, he said that “Both sides fought hard at the end of the day.”

He added, “One of the things I told the boys was it’s not always the boys that are letting the coaching down. Sometimes the coaches actually let the boys down.”

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