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2018 NFC Awards

2018 Northern Football Conference

All Stars and Awards

Congratulations to all the NFC All-Star and League Awards recipients.

Please see the complete list of all award winners below:


Most Valuable Player
Julian Shadd-Gentry – Sarnia First Honour

Offensive Player of the Year
Julian Shadd-Gentry – Sarnia First Honour

Defensive Player of the Year
Erik Conrad – Sudbury First Honour

Offensive Lineman of the Year
Nik Blake – GTA* First Honour
Daryl Ntow – Sarnia* First Honour

Defensive Lineman of the Year
Jordan Pavell – Steel City First Honour

Rookie of the Year
Josh Madden – Steel City First Honour
(Leo Troy Memorial)

Coach of the Year
Jake Cherski – Sarnia Also Honoured in 2015
(Sid Forster Memorial)

Special Teams Player
Donovan Saunders – Steel City First Honour
(Mike Jackson Memorial)

Leading Scorer
Kevin Walsh – GTA First Honour
(August Kangro Memorial)

*-denotes a tie


Jason Bertrand – GTA First Honour

Running Back
Alex McFarlane – GTA First Honour
Josh Cuomo – Sudbury 2016, 2015, 2013

Taj Gill – GTA First Honour
Kevin Walsh – GTA First Honour
Ryan Lounsbury – Sarnia 2016, 2015
Isaiah Wiltshire – GTA First Honour

Offensive Line
Michael Antoine – GTA First Honour
Louis Chartrand – Sudbury First Honour
Nik Blake – GTA First Honour
Adam Mackinnon – Sarnia 2017
Patrick Ross – GTA First Honour


Ovi Coca – GTA First selection

Punt Return
Donovan Saunders – Steel City First selection

Ovi Coca – GTA 2017

Kick Return
Donovan Saunders – Steel City First selection


Defensive Line
Micheal Livingston – GTA 2017, 2016, 2015
Cody Burt – Sarnia 2017
Jordan Pavell – Steel City First Honour
Kevin White – Sudbury 1992

Kris Kusch – GTA 2016, 15, 14, 13, 12
Erik Conrad – Sudbury 2017, 2016
Nicolas Lortie – OTT First Honour

Defensive Backs
Jake Edgers – Tri City 2016
Josh Girolametto – Sudbury First Honour
Donovan Saunders – Steel City First Honour
Matt Gauthier – Sault First Honour
Andrew St. Amour – Sudbury 2017


Julian Shadd-Gentry – Sarnia

Running Backs
Steve Hiiemai – Sault
Donnie Portis – Sarnia

Brandon Weekes – Ottawa
Joshua Wright – Sarnia
Micah Moore – Sarnia
Jesse Pledge – North Bay

Offensive Line
Jamie Eldridge – Sarnia
Brandon Wolsey – Sarnia
Matt Chartrand – Sudbury
Bradon Demers – Ottawa
Antonio Lepiane – Steel City

Special Teams
Punter Adam Pallett – Steel City
Punt Return Kevin Walsh – GTA
Kicker Andrew Banerjee – Ottawa
Kick Return Jesse Pledge – North Bay

Defensive Line
Switchson Spring – Steel City
Nigel Spence-Hart – GTA
Derick Mulder – Tri City
Andrew Gillis – Sudbury*
Allens Pierre – Oattawa*

Doran Harry – Oakville
Dustin Murray – Steel City
Andrew MacDonald – Sarnia

Defensive Backs
Tyler Bistrovich – Steel City
Marcus Severe – Ottawa
Riley Roy – Sudbury
Randy Trice – Sarnia
Kevin Coxall – Toronto Raiders

*-denotes a tie

Niagara Spears Join NFC

The Northern Football Conference is excited to add the Niagara Spears to our list of Member Clubs.
Please welcome the Niagara Spears to the NFC. The NFC is excited to bring another great organization and football team to challenge the NFC alumni.
At the Fall NFC meeting – the member clubs voted in the Niagra Spears organization for the 2019 NFC Season. The Spears are our newest expansion club. A solid football organization with a long history. They currently have a great youth program with the full complement of Bantam, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. Now they are ready to play with the men.
As has been standard practice for a number of years. As a new member of the NFC – Niagara has a few conditions and restrictions on who they can register as a player for their first 3 seasons in NFC.
The Niagara Spears registration conditions/restrictions for their first 3 seasons in the NFC – 2019, 2020 and 2021 are as follows:

1 – Zero Players from Steel City Patriots and Oakville Longhorns – the Niagara Spears may not sign any player who was registered with either the Steel City Patriots or Oakville Longhorns in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 NFC Seasons.

2 – No more than 2 players from any other NFC team up to a maximum of 6 players per year.

*These registration conditions / restrictions are in effect for 2019, 2020 and 2021 NFC seasons. The purpose of this is to ensure that the Niagara Spears bring new players to the NFC.
*If a Player signed and played with SCP or OAK during the 2016, 2017 or 2018 NFC season- the Niagara Spears are unable to sign that player until 2022.
*To be clear – there is no waiting period. If the player’s name was on an SCP or OAK roster in 2016, 2017 or 2018 NFC season – Niagara cannot sign them until the 2022 NFC season.
*These conditions / restrictions apply to players only and not coaches, or other volunteers.
Please direct inquiries back to your member clubs or the NFC Executive for clarification.

Imperials to play for NFC championship

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Original article:

By Mark Malone of the Sarnia Observer

Photo Credit: Tiffany Hart Photo

The Sarnia Imperials beat the Steel City Patriots 44-15 in a Northern Football Conference semifinal Saturday.

The Sarnia Imperials are going back to the Northern Football Conference championship game.

The Imperials beat the Steel City Patriots 44-15 in a semifinal Saturday in Burlington.

“The boys played great and kept very calm, but when pushed emotionally after half the guys just reeled each other in and knew we had bigger things ahead,” head coach Jake Cherski wrote to the Observer. “I’m so proud of this bunch. We are coming together finally and feel we have a great chance next week in Toronto versus the national champs.”

The Imperials (8-2) will visit the GTA All Stars (10-0) in the final this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Brampton’s Terry Fox Stadium.

The All Stars shut out the Ottawa Sooners 29-0 in the other semifinal.

The Imperials are in the NFC final for the second time in three years. They lost to the All Stars 29-21 in the 2016 final.

They’re seeking the first championship in franchise history.

“I want to ensure to this bunch that we have the tools to compete and that we won’t be bullied around,” Cherski wrote. “It’s our time. We have worked hard to build a top competitor team and, with making the championship game two of the past three seasons, we are ready to topple the giant. …

“The city is waiting for a champion football team and nothing would be better to represent Sarnia in the national championship game.”

Imperials quarterback Julian Shadd-Gentry completed seven passes for 107 yards. He ran for one touchdown and threw another to Josh Wright.

RJ Trice returned an interception for a 58-yard touchdown. Justin Nicolaisen also scored on an interception.

The Imperials had five interceptions, including two by Quade Krosch. Corey Howell had the other.

Jay Kelly also scored a touchdown on a return.

“Kelly had an amazing game and was all over the field,” Cherski wrote. “… (He) played his head off today. Clearly our player of the game and I guess if he goes, we all go.”

Mitch Haunnesh kicked a 27-yard field goal and was 5-of-6 on extra points. Bob Artell had 44 rushing yards and Austin Colter returned an onside kick 42 yards.

Dan White, Cody Burt and Dalton Gilmore each made a team-high four tackles.

The All Stars beat the Imperials 38-9 in the season opener May 26 at Norm Perry Park. The Imperials also lost their second game, but they’ve won eight in a row since then.

“As long as we take things serious at practice next week, we should be able to give the All Stars a good game,” Cherski wrote. “Our boys have to be disciplined and come to work this week and if they can listen, pay attention and commit to the process everything is going to be OK. All we want to do is give ourselves a chance and you never know what’s going to happen.”

The fan bus for the championship game will leave Sarnia at 3:30 p.m. The $60 fee includes a game ticket and a meal (hotdog or hamburger, chips, and pop).

At least 50 fans are needed for the bus. Payment is required before Thursday. Contact Cherski at 519-312-1364.