As freezing rain drilled down the puddle filled mud slop of a field, the Lorne Park Spartans fought valiently but came up short to a talented St. Roch team in semi-final action on Friday.
The Spartans were ready to play their first playoff game, but a series of unfortunate events set them back. A delay to start the game, as was the case with an earlier game this season, caused a flat start and some well delivered hits by St. Roch put the Spartans into an early 15 - 0 hole.
As has always been the case when competing with talented opponents, early momentum is everything. And on this muddy day, giving Roch early confidence and energy proved to be deadly.
The offense struggled on the day, in the mud, as the ball became too wet and heavy for any passing game. The result being an impossible battle against a relentless run blitz.
Josiah Nguyen flashed his significant potential with a terrific run just before the half, but the brutal conditions stopped Gianni Stewart from delivering the pass he could to wideout Cole Buchanan. It simply was not the Spartans day.
The defense had a tough day in the slop of the middle of the field. The defense came out and handled Roch's spread offense with precision and solid tackles; Joseph Salvadori and Ben Eede both had terrific games at halfback. And recognition goes to Liam Ventresca who played the entire game on the line. But in the brutal conditions, Roch's power package was able to move the ball in the mud. But not with ease as Faisal Oglah blasted through and punished the formation. The mud covered bodies of the defense showed how hard they fought all day.
It was a tough end to the season but it was a season where a very inexperienced group of players came together and improved every day and every game. The team did Lorne Park proud.
A deeply felt thank you goes out to the volunteer coaches who gave up their time this season to make it all possible for the players. A primary reason Lorne Park Football has had such a long history of success is having a talented coaching staff.
This season was no different. Starting with Offensive Coordinator Mike Parsons who was again an amazing resource of football intelligence and out of nothing, he created a formidable offense. Without Coach Parsons coaching skill and support, there would be no Junior team. Working with Coach Parsons was Coach Dave Rukavina who brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to the offensive line unit. The wide receivers this season had two coaches working with them. Coach Michael Harvey, who was a terrific player for the Spartans, was a great addition to the staff. Coach Harvey ran tough fitness sessions, excellent scout offense and improved the wide receivers skill all season. A late addition to the staff was Coach Gilchrist who brought intensity and experience to the team.
On the defensive side of the ball, Coach English turned his linebackers into a fearsome force. Coach English's ability to coach multiple positions and offer in game adjustments made him an incredible asset to the team. Coach VanAlstine once again ran the defensive line unit and his positivity and experience helped make them a key cog in the defense.
And a final thanks to all the parents for your support of the program. Your patience, cheering (especially when we are on the road!) and encouragement makes all the difference.
The next event for the Spartans is the Lorne Park Football Banquet on Thursday, December 6 at Lorne Park, starting at 6pm. It will be a great night with food, awards and a guest speaker.
The players tickets are included in their fee but parents are invited and encouraged to attend to help celebrate the work and effort put in by the team this season. Tickets are $25.00 and are available on schoolcashonline until Friday, November 23.
Thank you to all who read these recaps and who support the team.
As the cold November rain poured down on the muddy tundra of The Cage, the Lorne Park Spartans finished the regular season with a 28 - 0 victory over the Meadowale Falcons, clinching first place in the South.
The offense came out ready to finish the regular season on a high. Running back Justin Chamie was in top form, churning up yards in the mud and leading the team with three touchdowns. It was another terrific performance in a break-out season for Chamie. Gianni Stewart displayed his importance and leadership role on the team, leading the offense all afternoon. In addition, Harry Williams and Cole Buchanan were also key contributors for the offensive unit. Buchanan's blocking prowess and dependable hands and Williams toughness help make the unit so successful.
The defense was also up for the task in the muck. Both teams struggled to get a footing in the mud but the defense would not give up any points on the day. The linebacker crew of Faisal Oglah, Khalid Tahir and Rohin Marok dominated the run game and the level of mud on their uniforms after the game was proof of the battle in the trenches that was won by the defense. The leader of the linebacker unit, Oglah, had a pick and a long runback but came up short of the endzone. As well, linebacker Griffin Aziz also had a huge day for the Spartans with solid tackling, a blocked punt and an interception. Gameday captain Ben Kostyk led the defensive line, who were solid in run support and Liam Ventresca had his best game yet, reading run superbly and making huge tackles for the defense. And a special shoutout goes to Nick Cruji who also had the very rare interception as a nose tackle. The secondary also did their part, keeping a lid on the passing game and halfback Joseph Salvadori in particular, had a productive day in run support. It was a terrific full unit performance, with no dropoff in play as players were rolled in throughout.
The Spartans finished the regular season, a much improved team and a team that achieved its first goal. The coaches are excited to see what the next level of competition brings out of the team.The Clarkson Domino's Offensive Player of the Game was WR Cole Buchanan, who once again was a force in the blocking game and a weapon outside the numbers.
The Clarkson Domino's Defensive player of the Game was nose tackle Liam Ventresca who was dominant all day in gap control.
The Spartans are now set to take on a talented St. Roch team in the semifinals on Friday, November 9 at The Cage, the kickoff time is TBA.
vs St. Roch Ravens
Date: Friday, Nov. 9th
Location: The Cage
On a cool fall day that felt like playoff weather, the Spartans were tested but passed with flying colours with a 30 - 7 Lorne Park victory on Thursday.
The offense really impressed as the Spartans went down 7 early in the game. The defense needed the offense to pick them up and the offense responded with a terrific performance. Justin Chamie had his best game yet in the backfield for LP. Chamie was absolutely dominant as he racked up three touchdowns, with the last one being an unbelievably tough run breaking tackles and simply refusing to be denied the endzone. Of course, a great running back day means the offensive line had a huge day against a very talented and physical defensive line. Austin Ingleton was a blocking force at center and Sam Rolston who converted to the Oline from linebacker continued to be a huge part of the team's success this season. Gameday captain Harry Williams also added a score and showed his soft hands and physical edge with terrific play all afternoon. The focus of the team for this rematch was on finishing and today the offense finished their opponent.
The defense had their hands full with a fired up opponent, who came ready to play in the fight for first place. The opening drive was a clinic in tough inside running and the result was a touchdown but the team would not give up or be beaten by a tough start. The defense reset itself and won the battle on the ground, not allowing any more scores and adding a safety and a rouge on punt return coverage to the scoring total. It was a physical and demanding game and the defense would not allow the team to lose. Will Franciz was an absolute monster on the defensive line, moving inside and out and delivering the hit of the season on a cutback run. It was a game of smash mouth football and the Spartans were not intimidated. It was a total team effort.
Gianni Stewart led the way on special teams with his kickoffs again, most noticeably on a booming kick that allowed the kickoff coverage team to bury their opponent in the shadow of their own endzone. Andrew Clausen was automatic again at conversions.
The Clarkson Domino's Offensive Player of the Game was running back Justin Chamie whose intensity and effort were exactly what the team needed.
The Clarkson Domino's Defensive Player of the Game was defensive lineman Will Franciz who really stood out in his season debut on the defense. Great things are in Will's football future with work and preparation.
The Spartans now turns its focus to a rematch with the Meadowale Falcons in The Cage at 2:00 on Friday, November 2.
vs Meadowvale Falcons
Location: The Cage
Date: Friday, November 2nd
Come and take part in LP Football's Second Annual Pool Tournament!
The Crooked Cue in Port Credit.
This Sunday afternoon, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Alumni, friends, parents and players are all invited to come take part. All are welcome.
Running a football program of the calibre we have at Lorne Park is very expensive.
Although players pay a fee each season, this does not cover everything the program needs to sustain itself.
Proceeds from this event help us safely equip our players and continue to provide a first-class
football program that has produced:
21 JV Championships
19 Varsity Championships
1 JV Provincial Championship
4 Varsity Provincial Championships.
So get a team together to play in our round-robin pool tournament or come on your own and join one of the teams.
Or if competing isn't your thing, just come by enjoy some great food and NFL football on the plethora of TVs.
We have amazing silent auction items for you to bid on and it is a great chance to connect with other parents,
alumni, friends, and coaches...all in support of the LP football program!
Buy your ticket on teamsnap today and we look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!
On a wild weather day, opening with cold northern winds and ending with a perfect fall sunny day, the Lorne Park Spartans took the field with focus and desire and it resulted in a 40 - 0 victory over the David Suzuki Grizzlies.
It was a special day for the program as it was a key part of the You Can Play day at Lorne Park. The project which fights for equality in sports had spokesperson Brian Burke at Lorne Park for a captains pledge ceremony and the football program was proud to deliver a cheque for 1,500 dollars.
The stands were jammed packed with students from Lorne Park's feeder schools: Hillcrest, Green Glade and Tecumseh who got to watch the game and experience a little bit of life as a Spartan. The game started with more pagentry than normal with the team being piped out by senior player Zander Castro Wiese and the captains and gameday captain Kate Levesque led the team onto the field in dramatic fashion through the mist of red and white smoke.
(A big thank you shout out to the David Suzuki coaching staff for being the first to show how great the smoke looked at a game and sharing the details on acquiring it!)
The game began with a blast for the Lorne Park offense with developing star Harry Williams opening the game with a long run for a touchdown. The offense fired on all cylinders all afternoon and was a force in the first half. QB Daniel Szarko was dialed in, efficiently working his teammates down the field; with a highlight being an absolute dime dropping into the hands of reciever Cole Buchanan in the endzone for an early score. Gianni Stewart once again was a leader on the field, leading the team with physical and determined runs resulting in two touchdowns and devastating hits on the Kickoff team. It was a terrific performance by the offensive unit and one that will be built upon heading into next week.
The defense came out ready to match the offense's effort and focus. From the opening snap, the defensive line worked to hold the line of scrimmage. Ben Kostyk led the unit with his strong play at end and the inside tackle combo of Liam Ventresca and Safwan Al Sibai were a wall in the first quarter. The linebacker unit continues to be a standout unit for the defense with Griffin "Ponyboy" Aziz delivering terrific edge setting and pursuit tackles and Khalid Tahir had his best game of the season at inside lb. Tahir took care of the running back passing game and his solid tackle angles and tackles helped set the tone all afternoon.
The special teams had a good bounce back with Andrew Clausen being rock solid on point after conversions and a field goal. Sebastian Lach also had some good moments as the punter, working in concert with gunner Aman Chand, Lach's booming kick resulted in a rouge and a second punt was even better but had the unfortunate luck of hitting the upright.
The Clarkson Domino's Offensive Player of the Game was again a tough choice but with tough and skilled runs all day, the choice was clearly running back Harrison Williams.
The Clarkson Domino's Defensive Player of the Game was a clear choice as well, with linebacker Kahlid Tahir earning the reward with his solid play.
It was a good team win in front of a great crowd and now the team resets and gets ready for a short week of preparation for a road game rematch with Mount Carmel on Thursday, October 25 at 3:00.
vs Mount Carmel Crusaders
Location: Crusader Park
Date: Thursday, Oct. 25
A perfect fall day waited for the Spartans at Meadowvale Secondary on Friday; the beautiful colours of the trees, warm fall sun and the cool fall wind created a great setting for an afternoon of football. The game was competitive and entertaining one, with Lorne Park coming out on top, with a 33 - 7 victory over the Falcons.
The offense had a better day this week, with QB Daniel Szarko displaying his potential with good decisions and a consistent arm and he led the offense to a 20 point first half. The running back position showed real depth with Harry Williams, Justin Chamie and Josiah Nguyen all starring. All three ran hard and punished Meadowvale all afternoon. Each scored for the Spartans on the day and as they gain experience and hone their technique, they will be a serious problem for opposition defenses. It was a good bounce back for the entire offense.
The defense had a solid day on the field, and although it lacked the intensity and precision of the previous week there still were a lot of positives to take away from the game. The secondary had some good moments, with Ben Eede, playing great cover two technique had an early pick and Aman Chand showed his hands with a great recovery of a pass tipped by cornerback Marcus D'Acre. The depth of the defense showed up as well, as the team did not give up any points in the second half, as new players were rolled in. A standout performance was delivered by linebacker Rohin Marok who is quickly earning his way into the starting lineup with his hitting and effort.
It was not a highlight day for the kicking special teams units but a chance to regroup and reset this week will be helpful.
The Clarkson Domino's Offensive Player of the Game was a difficult choice but a terrific performance by first year running back Josiah Nguyen earned him the honours.
The Clarkson Domino's Defensive Player of the Game was linebacker Rohin Marok who was a tackling force at inside and outside linebacker.
The team now prepares for a rematch, at home, with David Suzuki Secondary on Friday, October 19, with a 12:00pm kickoff in The Cage.
A great crowd is expected for the game as we are hosting our feeder schools and it is a buyout for the student body, with all funds raised going to the You Can Play Project.
A BBQ will run all afternoon and any donations for You Can Play will be accepted at the field for all family and friends who can come out and cheer on the Junior and Senior teams.
vs David Suzuki Grizzlies
Location: The Cage
Date: Friday, October 19
All funds raised from ticket sales and donations go to You Can Play Project!
As the unseasonably warm fall day dried the soaked field in The Cage, the Spartans took the field to take on the first place Mount Carmel team and the result was the logical result of two equally matched teams battling: a 7-7 overtime draw.
Mount Carmel came out prepared and physical and they were able to shut down the Spartans offense that had been successful the week before. The offense shot itself in the foot in the first half with some sloppy play and that simply would not get it done versus a talented Carmel defense. The second half was a better showing, with strong inside runs from Justin Chamie and excellent play from reciever Cole Buchanan. It hopefully is a learning experience for the offense of the level they need to play at to be successful in Peel football.
The defense had a strong day on the field, dealing with Carmel's running game and passing prowess. The defensive line of Kostyk, Aziz, Al Sibai, Farfan, and Ventresca absolutely held the line of scrimmage and took away the inside run. Inside linebacker was again a strength as Khalid Tahir and Faisal Oglah showed great vision and speed when asked to blitz. The defensive backs had their hands full but held their own, with a great pick by Aman Chand. And the one bust on an inside route that led to a huge gain was reversed by a huge play by halfback Sebastian Lach who chased his reciever down and ripped the ball from his hands to help preserve the regulation time shutout. It was a good performance and one to build on moving forward.
After 48 minutes of no scoring, the overtime was dramatic. On Carmel's first possession, the defense had to deal with a roughing the passer penalty, pinning them at the goal line. The defense held up for three attempts but unfortunately, another flag cost them and Carmel scored on the extra chance. The defense needed the offense to pick them up and they did just that, showing their toughness and potential with a huge touchdown on Lorne Park's possession in overtime. But it was not to be LP's day. The defense bounced back from giving up a touchdown and stopped Carmel on their second possession but a game ending interception brought the day to a close.
A full group effort by the men on the line earned a rare positional Clarkson Domino's Defensive Player of the Game, with the starting DLine being awarded the pizza.
The Clarkson Domino's Offensive Player of the Game went to running back Justin Chamie who had some huge, tough runs for the team, especially in the second half.
The Spartans now have to bounce back, on a short week, building to a road game against longtime rivals the Meadowale Falcons on Friday at 2:00.
at Meadowvale Falcons
Location: Meadowvale S.S.
Date: Friday, October 12
Under an ominous grey sky and surprisingly strong cold winds, the Lorne Park Spartans started the regular season with a convincing 41-0 victory over the David Suzuki Grizzlies on Friday night.
The Spartans were excited to have been invited for the second year in a row to play a FNL game against David Suzuki and that energy translated into a terrific performance.
The offense opened the game and from the opening snap, it was clear that the boys were ready to play. Quarterback Daniel Szarko, making his return to his former school, was dialed in, making on the money throws all game, finishing the game with three touchdowns. Szarko's connection to receiver Gianni Stewart was immediate and productive. Having been named gameday captain, Stewart proved it to be a wise choice, opening his second year with a statement game, scoring four touchdowns. Stewart was electric every time he touched the ball, showed great poise in his route running and soft hands in the endzone. On the ground, Justin Chamie, chewed up tough yards with his physical runs and Will Martisek began to show how he could be the thunder to Chamie's lightning. And as the game went on, developing rookie Josiah Nguyen scored late with a strong run.
As is the case, any time a quarterback or running back has a good game, the offensive line were doing work. The core of the Spartan's success this season will be built on the strength of the line. Moving in a phalanx formation, the line punished as the team moved down the field. The unit of Ingleton, Ventresca, Al Sibai, Rolston and Farfan will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Great offensive play is not only measured in scores but in precise route running and physical blocking; second year receiver Cole Buchanan, demonstrated both all game and was a standout for the team, punishing the defense with a terrific double move leaving him wide open for a TD throw. That play didn't go his way but Buchanan showed why he is a leader on the team as he he didn't complain, he knew that is the life of a wr and his time will come.
The defense started the season with a shutout; a great step up from the performance in the exhibition versus Richview, the previous week. An offside call on the opening play was a clue to the ferocity and aggressiveness they were about to bring. The linebacker crew stood out from their opening series. Newly named captain Faisal Oglah, led his defense with solid tackles and reads and a fumble return that was tantalizingly close to a score. Suzuki was unsuccessful running inside all night with Oglah and Khalid Tahir bringing heat from the ILB position. Left with no choice but to try and bounce outside, Suzuki ran into the edge setting of Griffin Aziz who is quickly becoming Mason Tonks 2.0, with his speed and skill for the 2018 Spartans.
The defensive line was bolstered with the presence of Liam Ventresca and Safwan Al Sibai in the middle, but defensive end Ben Kostyk put in a game with terrific work setting the edge. The fact that the line held the line of scrimmage all game, as players were subbed in is a credit to the depth and skill of the unit.
The defensive backs had a standout night, taking away the deep pass with great coverage and punishing screens and swing passes with solid tackling. Returning corner, Ben Were had a good day tackling and halfback Joseph Salvadori was a standout in run support. Free safety Aman Chand really displayed his development as a player with terrific centerfield play and great concentration on a tipped pass he turned into a pick.
A special teams shout out goes to corner Andrew Clausen who was a machine at converting the point after and a weapon at kickoff, booming kicks deep into Suzuki territory all night.
The program is excited to welcome the Clarkson Domino's who have generously stepped up to sponsor our players of the game this season, with each receiving a free large pizza for the honour.
The Offensive Player of the Game was Gianni Stewart who led the team with four touchdowns. The Defensive Player of the Game was Faisal Oglah who was all over the field as a leader of the defense.
It was a great step forward for the team but a tough test awaits with a matchup with a very talented 2-0 Mount Carmel team, this Thursday at home in the Cage at 2:00pm.
vs Mount Carmel Crusaders
Location: The Cage
Date: Thursday, Oct. 4th, 2018
The cool fall like weather created a later in the season feel for the Spartans as they put more work in preparing for the upcoming season. With a bye Week One of the season, the team was anxious to play some actual football and longtime program friend Richview Collegiate Institute from Etobicoke provided everything the Spartans could have hoped for.
The offense clicked early, with solid running play from Will Martisek, Justin Chamie and Gianni Stewart leading the way behind terrific offensive line play. The running game is a major part of Lorne Park's potential success this season and it will really be counted upon when the real games are played. All three running backs have their own style, with Chamie smashing through in upright but courageous mode, Martisek willing to push the pile when stopped and Stewart's elusiveness helping him.
Quarterback play was up and down but the good outweighed the bad with a good performance from Daniel Szarko. Szarko has the arm and the skill to be a major force for the Spartans this year.
The defense had issues early on with intensity, gap control and tackling but that is to be expected from a very inexperienced squad. However, the level of attention to detail, wrapping up and communication increased with each set of 10 plays and by the end of the day, they had done a solid job of keeping a talented Richviuew squad out of the endzone. Everyone on the team had a chance to contribute, which speaks well to the depth on the team. Standouts for the defense were Griffin Aziz who went a long way to solidifying a starting position with his excellent play at linebacker. Cornerbacks Kate Levesque and Meedo Hegazi both played very well, with Kate grabbing a turnover and Meedo showing terrific pursuit technique on an outside run.
It was a competitive day between two evenly matched teams that offered excitement and optimism for the season and lots for the coaches and team to work on heading into the first regular season game of the season, a Friday Night Lights matchup with David Suzuki Secondary School at 5:30pm on Friday, September 28.
Friday, Sept 28th
@ David Suzuki S.S.
The Lorne Park Football Car Wash, organized by the Lorne Park Booster Club, was a huge success. Cars lined the Lorne Park student parking lot all day long as players and coaches from both Junior and Senior teams hosed, soaped, scrubbed, and chamoised away.
Thanks to the event sponsor, Armor All, for providing all the supplies, Starbucks Fowler Drive for donating the coffee, Erin Henry for picking up the pizza tab, and the Lorne Park custodial staff for being incredibly supportive. Thanks also to the Lorne Park community who turned up in droves to support their local high school football team.
As the warm summer days of August turned into the even hotter, humid dog days of September, the 2018 Lorne Park Junior Varsity season began their journey together with two pre-season competitions.
As has been the case the last few years, the team began with the Frank Hayden Invitational Jamboree. A terrific event hosted at the amazing facilities of Frank J Hayden High School; it is a superb opportunity for the team as the level of talent is very high with top teams from Burlington, Hamilton and Niagara participating.
The first chance to play live football against an opponent was embraced by the team.
The offense had a great day at the jamboree: Justin Chamie, a returning player really stood out in his role as running back, with an aggressive pad level and good vision, he was a problem for defenses all day. As is the case with the defense, the offense has a lot of new players but the team showed real potential with speed and physicality. The offensive line also had a terrific day with Liam Ventresca leading a dominant line that kept quarterback Daniel Szarko clean in the pocket. Safwan Al Sibai and Fabian Farfan form the base of what should be an explosive offense. A shout out goes to Sam "The Rock" Rolston who was thrown into the cauldron and had a terrific debut on the line.
The offense still showed inexperience but as the day went on, the coaches were really encouraged by the depth of talent. Gianni Stewart flashed as a key player, with some huge runs, a couple where he reversed the entire field for the score. Stewart should be a crucial part of the team this year and an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses with his combination of speed and strength. The receiver crew led by Cole Buchanan and new additions Aidan and Tristan Keys also flashed with some good route running and gaining yards after the catch. It was a good start for the Spartans.
The defense also showed some real potential with a physical and intelligent performance. The inexperience of the crew sometimes shone through but there was no lack of effort or desire from the squad. Harry Williams really stood out at inside linebacker, showing his experience with smart reads and solid tackles. Khalid Tahir had some tackles for loss as he gained experience with each snap. Halfback / Linebacker Joseph Salvadori also flashed with his speed and physicality. It was a great learning day for the defense, who reacted well to playing unscouted teams and gave all of the opponents a great look with their energy and finish.