#CFCOPC16 (Grade 7 – West vs Central): Watson, Park and Forde-Bowen named MVPs

HAMILTON – On Sunday, Team West took on Team Central in the Grade 7 match-up at the Ontario Prospect Challenge and while it was a lopsided game for Team Central the MVP selection was also all Central with Mason Watson, Cameron Park and Nehemiah Forde-Bowen being named the game’s MVPs.

Mason Watson (#14) with James Southward (left) and Brad Park (right).

Mason Watson (#14) with James Southward (left) and Brad Park (right).

Watson (#14) was named as the game’s overall MVP for his outstanding play at running back. “I’m speechless. I couldn’t have done it without my coaches, the blocking from my linemen and everybody. I think that both teams played well, but overall we did amazing,” he said.

Cameron Park (#2) with James Southward (left) and Brad Park (right).

Cameron Park (#2) with James Southward (left) and Brad Park (right).

Watson’s friend and teammate, Park (#2), was named the offensive performer of the game. The young quarterback was also speechless. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates to help me. I thank this moment. That’s all I have to say,” he said.

“Offensive guys, Team Central brought it. We tried everything we could to go up against them. They were just so good, just so tough,” said James Southward, the head coach of Team West.

“We did the best we could and Team Central is a well-coached team, very schooled. We have to step it up obviously,” he added.

Nehemiah Forde-Bowen (#80) with James Southward (left) and Brad Park (right)

Nehemiah Forde-Bowen (#80) with James Southward (left) and Brad Park (right)

The defensive player of the game went to Forde-Bowen (#80). “I’m pretty happy for it. I didn’t expect it. I’ve been working hard for this moment. That’s basically it. All the sacks I got, the last sack I got probably [was the highlight of the game],” the young fullback said.

Brad Park, the head coach of Team Central, was very impressed with the way Forde-Bowen played. “Very fitting, he deserves it for sure. Nehemiah is a machine for a 13 year old boy, he plays like a man,” he said.

Overall, Southward found the MVP selection fitting. “I picked the same guys they picked. Actually, all my coaches did the same thing,” he said. “We knew exactly who they were going to pick and it was really, really good. I’m proud of all the guys.”

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