Patriots down Ottawa 28-10

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By – Hamilton Today

The Hamilton Steel City Patriots rolled over the visiting Ottawa Sooners Saturday night in Stoney Creek, 28-10. Triumphing over Ottawa for the second time this season, the Patriot organization dedicated the win to Mario Costantini, brother of team owner Phil Costantini, who passed away this week.

Hamilton fell behind early 3-0 but quickly took the lead and never looked back. SCP’s ferocious defence kept Ottawa on their heels most of the game with linebacker Jesse Willick contributing both a sack and an interception. SCP quarterback and former Montreal Alouette, Graham Kelly, passed for 3 touchdowns and ran one in himself, calling his own number late in the third quarter to seal the game.

Next Saturday, July 20 the Patriots (5-2) close the NFC regular season at home, hosting the Tricity Outlaws (1-6) at Cardinal Newman High School (127 Gray Rd, Stoney Creek) kickoff at 6pm. Gates open at 5pm, Admission is $10, Children under 12 are FREE.

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Spartans shut out Bulldogs, inch closer to securing top seed

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By Ben Leeson of the The Sudbury Star

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If members of the Sudbury Spartans defence needed any extra motivation Saturday, maybe they found it while reading the Northern Football Conference predictions on Facebook.

The weekly feature, though light-hearted, may have struck a nerve with its playful poke at the Spartans defenders and their inability to shut out a team in the first five games of the season.

A pre-game challenge from head coach Junior Labrosse, a former standout defensive back himself, may have gone a long way, as well, ahead of Sudbury’s 70-0 thumping of the North Bay Bulldogs at Steve Omischl Sports Field Complex.

“That’s what I told them from the first day of practice this week — I want that goose egg,” said Labrosse, reached shortly after the final horn Saturday night. “I’m setting down the gauntlet, I’m calling the defence out. I told them the same thing at halftime tonight — I want that shutout. I didn’t care about the score. The biggest thing was I want that goose egg.”

And while Sudbury’s hard hat — an unofficial player-of-the-game award handed out by coaches after each contest — could have gone to one of many offensive standouts, Labrosse reserved it for hard-hustling defensive back Andrew St. Amour, who made a couple of interceptions, including one for a touchdown, and collected a fumble recovery and a handful of tackles.

“Guaranteed, he played with a chip,” Labrosse said. “He got benched last week. My philosophy has been very simple, right from Day 1 — you’re a starter, you show me what you have at practice. If you can’t make practice, I have to go with the guys who have been there. And last week, we made a decision, because for whatever reason, he couldn’t make it, so he didn’t get the start.

“For a guy who has been a league all-star, I have been in that situation, it hits you right where it hurts, right in the ego. But you come out firing, saying I’m going to show that coach that I shouldn’t be benched. But hey, if it lit a fire under his butt, then I did my job.”

Nick Rideout got the scoring started on a pass from quarterback Adam Rocha, then Derrick Rantala added a TD reception and Matt Glass scored on a fumbled kickoff return for a commanding 21-0 lead after one quarter.

Tyler Bell, with a reception, Glass, with a long run, then Massimo Cimino, with a pair of field goals and a rouge, made it 42-0 before St. Amour’s pick six that gave the locals dominant 49-0 lead at the half.

Bell had another TD catch, Glass a short run, then Josh Cuomo a 45-yard TD jaunt, while Cimino continued to split the uprights to round out the scoring.

Cuomo was another all-star who didn’t start after missing practice due to other commitments, Labrosse said, but had a strong game nonetheless.

“He’s the best running back in the league, by far,” Labrosse said.

“Sometimes, it’s a test for a player — how is he going to react to this? Is he going to pout? I have had athletes who have done it. Well, guess what? You’re going to get pulled again. You have to bounce back. An athlete should go out and prove the coach made a mistake.”

Sudbury improved to 5-1 on the season, while North Bay slipped to 0-6.

“We rotated out, everybody got a chance to play, showed the coaches what we can do, and hats off to North Bay — they played from the beginning right to the end,” Labrosse said. “They didn’t quit.

“Adam played a very good game at the pivot position, made some good reads, some good calls. Our running backs played well and the O-line made holes when necessary.”

Even in such a one-sided victory, however, Labrosse saw room for improvement — especially with a visit to the defending-champion GTA All-Stars looming this coming weekend. A win ought to secure first place in the NFC’s Western Division for Sudbury.

The Sudbury defence will need another big game, and then some, to blunt the All-Stars’ attack.

“They have to take pride,” Labrosse said. “There’s no glory, really, in defence. The glory comes when you pitch your shutout, when you’re able to stop a stud running back, to knock down the ball or shut down a quarterback, get a sack. The glory comes as an entire unit. You have to play as one — I’ve got your back, you’ve got mine.”


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.