Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Barking Bulldog

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Defensive Line, Linebacker

6’3, 230 lbs

North Bay Bulldogs (bantam: OMFL)


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Philip Fortin started playing Youth Tackle Football in North Bay in 2012, and stayed for three seasons.

In the summer of 2013, he joined the junior varsity North Bay Bulldogs in the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL). During the season he achieved four solo tackles at the age of 12, with very limited time on the field.

The following summer he played junior varsity with the Bulldogs again, but this time in the Ontario Minor Football League (OMFL).

This past summer Philip played for the bantam Bulldogs in the OMFL. He was the leading tackler on the team, and helped bring their inaugural season to 4-4.

Currently, the Bulldogs’ standout is not playing due to an ankle injury, but he is on the sideline helping his coaches and teammates at Franco Cite High School anyway he can, like pointing things out to his teammates they may not see on the field.

In the offseason, he plays other sports to keep in shape, such as basketball, hockey and badminton.

He also spends a lot of time with his father in the bush taking down trees and dragging them out. In the winter, Philip also cuts about two cords of wood per week.

For the Ontario Prospect Challenge, Philip has some key objectives.

“My goals for the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) are to make the team and play some more football,” said Philip, “I like to challenge myself to get better.”

“OPC has the best players in the province so this is where I want to test myself.  I want to see how I compare to the rest of Ontario.”

On the field one, of his idols is Jon Cornish because he plays the game with a high intensity and a lot of heart.

Another one of his idols is Mean Joe Green because when he put a helmet on he completely destroyed offensive players and made every team he played game plan for him.

“If I can play with that level of intensity and make teams worry about me then my team is in a better position to win,” commented the Bulldogs’ standout.

Overall, he is passionate about the sport for a couple of reasons.

“I love football because I love the competition and the contact,” explained Philip.  “I know the player that works the hardest off the field will win the individual battles.”

“That challenges me to learn everything I can about the game.”


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