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Congratulations to the 2017 NFC Champions

For the GTA Allstars it was a perfect season. It all began on May 27th 2017 with a 14-0 victory over a game-ready Ottawa team. As the weeks went on the questions about the abilities of the GTA AllStar team to live up to their 2016 season fell to the side as did their opponents. The coaching and the players refined their skills and played great football. As the season moved forward it became obvious that the GTA Allstars were excellent on all sides of the ball. They could stonewall and shut down any offence and then unleash it’s high-powered offence to march down the field.

All of the gears and cogs moved in alignment to earn the GTA Allstars a perfect regular season posting 8 wins and 0 losses with 307 points for and only relinquishing 71 to all of their opponents. The GTA Allstars earned the first place berth in the NFC Championship. The first to fall was the returning North Bay Bulldogs who put up a valiant effort in their game against the defending champions but the score of 34- 0 sent them home. The Sarnia Imperials stepped up to the challenge after winning an exciting contest against the Ottawa Invaders. The GTA All Stars overcame the Sarnia team to advance to the finals 35-0.

The challengers in the finals, the Tri-City Outlaws, were a formidable force and the 2nd ranked team in the regular season with an impressive 6-2 record. It took the Dan Diagle lead offence to finally put points against the Allstars for the first time in the 2017 tournament. The Outlaws looked strong and ready. Then the tide shifted to the number one seed. The GTA Allstars then unleashed it’s offence to take advantage of the few minor mistakes made by the Outlaws to put up 29 points via touchdowns by play makers: Phil Dixon, Jahmeek Murray, Kevin Walsh and Quincy Van De Cruize. The GTA kicker Ovi Coca added four converts and a rouge to the point total. In the end the powerhouse Outlaw team couldn’t dethrone the champions. The GTA All Stars took home the title over a tough Outlaw team.

Congratulations to our 2017 NFC Champions the GTA Allstars. The dynasty continues as they reign once again holding the throne they first took in 2015, defended in 2016 and clutch with an iron grip in the 2017 season.

Patriots Season Opener

The Steel City team has been evolving and pushing to make a playoff run. With the sudden departure of the Sault Steelers, the Patriots want to ensure their fans they aren’t going anywhere but the playoffs.

The Patriots have made a number of dramatic off-season moves to keep them a dangerous threat in the NFC’s Eastern Division. From acquiring their new offensive coordinator Kyle Cole. To bringing a renewed ground game in their running back Tony Furlone. To finding a shutdown Defensive Back Donovan Saunders. The Patriots hail this season as The 2017 NFC Championship Tour.

Philip D. Costantini “Cosz” Owner, V.P. Football Operations for the Patriots wanted the fans to get the following information for their rematch with the Outlaws.

Location: Mohawk Sports Complex Field No. 1:  (locker rooms/parking adjacent to the furthest goal posts).
Address: 770 Upper Kenilworth Avenue,(Lincoln Alexander Pkwy; Stonechurch Rd./Limeridge road)
Admission fees: Adults – $10.00, Seniors/Students(13-18) – $ 5.00, children 12/under – FREE
KICK-OFF: 6:00 p.m.(on field arrival and locker rooms 3 & 4, access at 4:00 p.m.)
Home Team Colour Declaration: White & Red
5th Quarter: Fool’n Flagon, 2255 Barton Street East, Hamilton. Kids are welcome.
Please let us know if you require any hotel information as well.

2017 Preseason Report

The Northern Football Conference Executive meeting in Barrie over the past weekend revealed the path of the NFC for the 2017 season.

A tentative schedule has been worked out giving the teams opportunity to prepare for NFC week 1 on May the 27th.  The schedule will be posted to the site in graphic form and then in a week by week breakdown.

Two teams rejoin the NFC. The Toronto Phantom Raiders are back after a rebuilding year and make up the fifth team in the NFC East. They join the Invaders, Longhorns, Patriots and the reigning NFC champions the GTA All Stars.

The North Bay Bulldogs return after a 6-year league hiatus rebuilding their football program from the ground up. The Bulldogs look to make an impact in the NFC West joining the Steelers, Spartans, Outlaws and the Imperials.

The NFC Preseason is in full effect. The teams are recruiting and training for a great NFC 2017 season.

Imperials Fall In NFC Final

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A pair of late touchdowns wasn’t enough for the Sarnia Imperials, as they dropped the NFC Championship game 29-21 to the GTA All Stars.

Sarnia opened the scoring early in the first quarter, with their defense returning an interception for a touchdown, getting the home team out to an early 7-0 lead.

GTA responded with a lengthy drive up field, eating up the majority of the first quarter, but ultimately tying the game at seven.

Pat Wright opened the second quarter with a 22 yard gain through the air. Unfortunately for the home side, it resulted in just a single point on a punt through the end zone. The visitors would once again respond in the very next series, with another touchdown pass over the middle to give the All Stars a 14-8 edge going into half time.

Despite Sarnia getting the ball to start the second half, it was GTA who would strike first, running it in from 24 yards out. Following a failed two point conversion, a strong kick off from the All Stars gave them a single point, making it 21-8.

Penalties would continue to get Sarnia into trouble in the third quarter. After it appeared Sarnia had stopped GTA on the goal line, a penalty to the defense gave the All Stars a fresh set of downs. They would take advantage of the opportunity with a TD pass, making it a three possession game.

Down 29-8 in the fourth quarter, the Imperials started to find some room for quarterback Pat Wright, resulting in a few lengthy offensive drives. When things seemed to be slipping away, Sarnia’s defense once again got things going, coming within a yard of their second pick six of the game. The Imperials would convert from the one yard line, making it a 29-15 ball game.

A successful onside kick gave Sarnia a late opportunity, but a quick interception shifted things in GTA’s favour once again. The back and forth continued as a quick four and out by the All Stars gave the home side the ball.

On four and long, QB Pat Wright aired out a long pass, resulting in a touchdown for Sarnia. After failing to convert on the extra point, Sarnia trailed by eight points with 1:12 remaining.

They kept the home fans on their feet, with another successful onside kick.

Hoping for another lengthy gain through the air, Wright once again through a long pass down field. It didn’t work out this time, as GTA picked it to seal the deal, and cap off the 29-91 win.

Following the game, Sarnia was awarded the trophy for Western Conference Champions. They were also the NFC Regular Season Champions with a 7-1 record.

Power Ranking – 2016 Week 10

NFC Insider – Power Rankings Week – 10

Playoffs are around the corner.
Sarnia can firm up 1st overall with a victory over Sudbury and guarantee that the road to the NFC title goes thru Sarnia.

GTA needs to beat the Sault in the Sault to finish first in the East.

The dust hasn’t settled but the following match ups are already confirmed.

Quarter final Matchups
Hamilton at Tri City
Oakville at Sarnia
Sault at GTA/Ottawa
Sudbury at Ottawa/GTA

Week 10 Power Rankings

#1 Sarnia Imperials (6-1)
The Imps were off this week relishing in their overtime victory versus GTA a week ago. The party should be over by now – time to get back to work. They have a shot to finish first overall but need to take care of business in Sudbury this week.
Week 9
BYE Week

#2 GTA All Stars (5-2)
Something just isn’t right with the defending National Champs. I can’t put my finger on it but they have some work to do if they are gonna repeat in the NFC. This is going to be an interesting playoff scenario. Still a great team but missing that dominance they had last year.
Week 9
WIN 21-10 over Ottawa

#3 Ottawa Invaders (6-2)
Well boys – after the dust has settled on your regular season. You’re still a respectable 6-2. Now get ready for playoffs and prove your claims to be number 1 in the NFC. It doesn’t take a genius to see that you’re going to have to go thru GTA in the semi’s. Best of luck!!! Excellent defensive effort versus GTA this weekend.
Week 9
LOSS 21-10 to GTA

#4 Tri City Outlaws (4-4)
Congrats on the road win in Hamilton – clinched you a first round playoff home game. Well done! All year long – I’ve said that the Outlaws are a tough football team. Looks like you are peaking right in time for playoffs. And you will see Hamilton first round.
Week 9
WIN 21-14 versus Hamilton

#5 Steel City Patriots (4-4)
Well playoffs are up next for you and a road game to Tri City in two weeks.
Maybe you underestimated them? Or maybe they simply played a tougher game? Going to be a great quarter final.
Week 9
LOSS 21-14 to Tri City

#6 Sudbury Spartans (3-4)
Kept the perfect record at home going with a dominant performance over the Sault. One more home game versus top ranked Sarnia this week. This will be a good measuring stick for how far your program has come the past few years.
Week 9
WIN 33-8 over Sault

#7 Sault Steelers (1-6)
Tough road loss with a short bench. It doesn’t help that your QB got tossed early in the game. Becomes a war of attrition and with your short bench – not gonna win many of those contests.
Week 9
LOSS 33-8 to Sudbury

#8 Oakville Longhorns (1-7)
Another tough year on the field. Playoffs are around the corner and matchup with Sarnia in Sarnia. It’s playoffs time for you and anything can happen.
Week 9
BYE