OFC: Toronto Jr. Argos prepared to deliver “rude awakening”

The 2013 Toronto Jr. Argos are ready for the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) to get underway as they hope to bounce back after last year’s disappointing campaign.

In spite of having several great offensive weapons and a decent quarterback, the Jr. Argos were unable to compete in the OFC last season. Strong teams such as the TC Predators, Burlington Stampeders and Sudbury Gladiators were able to easily walk over the squad from downtown Toronto. When the season was finally over, the Jr. Argos only had one win on the stat sheet.

This off-season the club went under a coaching change, and this summer the team will be led by Carlo Onorati.

“Every program has their ups and downs each season,” says Onorati. “While it may have been a down season last year, we have nothing but optimism for the upcoming season.”

Onorati spent 2012 coaching the Junior Varsity Jr. Argos, finishing in fifth place and making the playoffs.

“As a coach I don’t plan on doing much different than we did with the junior varsity team,” says Onorati.  “Make the playoffs and have fun.”

“We are very active about pulling guys aside and giving them personal goals that we believe they need to achieve over the course of the season and on a week to week basis.”

However, Onorati is quick to point out the unique challenges that come with coaching a group of older players.

“They have a lot on their plate”, says Onorati. “They are focusing on the grades for university, family and jobs.”

That being said, Onorati is excited about the amount of talent that is on the Jr. Argo roster this season, including the return of last year’s starting quarterback, Chris Sharanewych. Other players to look out for will be York University commit Adam Adeboboye and offensive lineman Terrelle Lewis-Vu.

The Jr. Argos will kick off the 2013 season this Sunday at St. Michael’s College field at 2:00PM. They will face off against the Nipissing Wild, the only team they were able to beat last season.

Onorati warns, “Teams that think we are going to roll over for them because we had a rough season last year are going to be in for a rude awakening!”

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