#CFCOVFL: Spears’ Charnock kicks his way to the top in rookie OVFL season


Niagara Spears kicker, Owen Charnock, only began playing football three years ago, and has already been turning the heads of University football coaches.

From day one, Charnock has loved the sport of soccer, but after discovering football, he has found a new passion to pursue.

In grade 10, the athlete began kicking for the Dennis Morris Redmen, a high school team in the Niagara Region. After playing for three seasons, he was approached and told that he would have a bright future in kicking if he pursued it. This was when he finally decided to play for the Niagara Spears of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

With the OVFL regular season coming to a close, the league’s statistics have been tallied and Charnock has made an impressive statement in only his first season. The kicker has a 49-yard kickoff average with one ‘rouge’, 27 successful PAT’s, and league-leading 9 field goals in only seven games.

“The highlight of this season with the Spears was kicking the winning field goal in overtime against Cambridge.” he explained.


The 6′ 180 pound kicker will return to Dennis Morris for a victory lap, and possibly to the OVFL for a final season.

Many schools have showed interest in Charnock, but he has his mind set on one thing.

“I would like to go to the States, kicking for a school there. I could potentially make a career of kicking, but I also want to get a business degree.” He explained.

Making the switch from soccer to football has only led to good things for the kicker. He explained by saying “The team spirit and the way the coaches treat the team make it so enjoyable, game or practice. My focus has now switched to kick for football, and soccer has taken a backseat. I know if I work hard enough I could do something good with football.”

“I believe my success comes from me setting my mind to something and giving it my all.”


“I am a huge team player and love to have the support from the team, while I support them. I don’t do anything half-assed… I give it my all. The coached have also been phenomenal with their support and coaching.” Charnock explained.

The standout has been training very frequently, primarily focusing on training his legs, of course.

“I want to work on my fitness and building muscle in my legs and core.” He said.

The Niagara Spears are currently taking their bye-week to rest up and prepare for the semi-finals of the OVFL playoffs, which will be played at Kiwanis Field, in Saint Catharines.

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