Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Hawk looking to strengthen game after strong rookie year

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Defensive Tackle

6’3”, 261lbs
Cambridge Lions (bantam: OVFL)
Jacob Hespeler Hawks (high school: WCSSAA)


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Riley Forbes’ gridiron experience began in 2015 when he was chosen to be a part of the bantam Cambridge Lions of the Ontario Varsity Football League’s (OVFL).

The defensive tackle ended up leading the defensive line in points, and the Lions won the OVFL Bantam Championship over the Cumberland Panthers after a 10-1 season.

Moreover this past season, Riley started high school and joined the team as a member of the Jacob Hespeler Hawks’ defensive line.

The Hawks went 9-0 for the season and won the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association (WCSSAA) Championship.

After a great first year in football, he is looking forward to the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC).

“My goals for the OPC are to first of all make the team and to use the opportunity to strengthen my game,” said Riley.


The Hawks standout has played hockey for the past nine years, and spends his offseason playing travel hockey as a goalie. He also plays travel lacrosse and has for the past four years, winning the Ontario Lacrosse Championship two years ago.

This upcoming season, Riley is going to put all of his focus on the gridiron.

He is also using the offseason to work out by lifting weights and using the football sled at the school gym, as well as using his small home gym.

The defensive tackle has two idols, Mean Joe Greene and Ndamukong Suh.

“I really like their physical style of play and how they are able to get sacks as defensive tackles,” explained Riley. “I like how aggressive they play and how well they can move for their size.”

The Hawks standout loves the sport for many reasons, including the team aspect of the game and the different strategies involved.

“Of course my favourite part is sacking the quarterback, nailing the running back and winning games,” added Riley.


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