Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Kicking Panther

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Kicker, Quarterback, Wide Receiver

5’10, 150 lbs

Orleans Bengals (NCAFA)
Cumberland Panthers (bantam: OVFL)


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Fourteen-year old Xavier Gervais began playing in 2011 as a tyke in the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) with the Orleans Bengals.

He played as a wide receiver and a kicker, winning MVP of the ‘B’ Cup final game.

During his time in mosquito, the Bengals won the A Cup final in 2013.

Xavier has also won the Special Teams MVP four years in a row with the Bengals.

This past year he began playing quarterback with the Bengals in addition to wide receiver and kicker.

Moreover, he also joined the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) this year to play with the bantam Cumberland Panthers.

In the league, he led the province in kick off yards, PAT completions and field goals.

He also won OVFL Special Team Player of the Week for a game winning field goal over the Myers Riders, and Special Teams MVP for the Panthers.


Xavier’s hopes for the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) are “to be recognized as a great all round football player and get noticed for scholarships.”

During the offseason, the Panthers standout attends the Ecole Louis Riel Sports Studies program, where they combine track for speed and agility training with a sports conditioning program designed for football players that focuses on weight lifting and muscle development.

He also does position specific training and a 7v7 league with the Quarterback Club.

This year, he will also be training with Chris Milo a punter/kicker for the Ottawa RedBlacks after the CFL season finishes.

Milo happens to be his idol because of his consistency and technique.

“He came to my practice once and gave me lots of inspiration to train harder and smarter,” said Xavier.

Overall, Xavier is passionate about the game for a few key reasons.

“I love the bond between players, the competitiveness of games, the hype of the games and I love to perform on the field,” commented the Panthers standout on his love for the game.


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