Two Glengarry Gaels youth football teams prevailed last Sunday in opening-day action, and we have the story in The News this week. Photos from the bantam contest can be viewed in our online gallery here.
All three Cornwall Wildcats football teams will be playing in the NCAFA 'A' semifinals this weekend.
Last Sunday, the tyke Wildcats hosted the Gatineau Vikings, prevailing 32-7. Among the Glengarry contingent, Ben Jackman had his customary strong game on defence. Other county boys on the squad are Elliott Keenan, Payton Savenco, Kingston Savenco, Andrew Wiltshire, Nacky Shareck, and Nathan Wood.
Cornwall's mosquitos won their quarter-final game versus the North Gloucester Giants with a 32-20 effort. The roster includes county boys Travis Brisebois and Connor McDougall.
The peewees beat the Belair Lions 27-20. Glengarry members of the team are Cooper Jackman, Oliver Keenan, and Cameron Belisle.
This weekend's semifinal action will have the tykes on the road against the Kanata Knights, while the peewees will be in Ottawa to play the Myers Riders.
The mosquito Wildcats get to play their semifinal on home turf at Joe St. Denis Field, booked to host the Cumberland Panthers.
Glengarrians are invited to join the Cornwall Wildcats teams that will compete in the Ottawa-based NCAFA league, starting next month and running into the fall.
We will have more information on the programming in an upcoming edition of The Glengarry News.
Last Saturday, the Cornwall OVFL Wildcats were scheduled to host the Brampton Bulldogs to wrap up the season, but the 'Dogs forfeited, handing the 'Cats the victory to finish with a 2-6 record for eighth spot in the 10-team league.
The Wildcats, which include county boys Cameron Howes and Rylan Duhart, scored 125 points in all, while allowing a league worst 243.
The boys did get in some final action over the weekend, playing an intra-squad game. The score was 28-21 for Team AJ. Word has it that stellar officiating was provided by Kirby Camplin, Costa Zarifi, Mitch Zapitelli, and one of the player's dad. Glengarrians Alex Zarifi, Dylan Hambleton, and Alex Labonte were among the coaches.
Howes had a strong game for the winning side, while Duhart was steady at centre for the losers.
The 2017 edition of the Cornwall Wildcats OVFL team was slated to host one more league game this season, booked for Saturday, July 15, but alas, the season actually came to an abrupt end this week, with Brampton forfeiting the contest.
Thus, there will be no game play, and the Wildcats will officially get the win to end their season at 2-7, one spot in the standings ahead of winless Brampton.
Despite scoring the opening points off a kickoff return for a touchdown, the Cornwall Wildcats OVFL team couldn't find any cohesiveness or momentum, as the visiting Toronto Thunder pummelled the 'Cats 45-7 to drop Cornwall's record to 1-6 on the season. The boys sit ninth overall in the 10-team league.
Saturday, July 15 will have the boys in action one final time, slated to host the winless Brampton Bulldogs at Joe St. Denis Field. Opening kickoff is set for 4pm.
With a Sunday loss in Hamilton, the Cornwall OVFL Wildcats now have a record of 1-5 on the season. The 26-14 decision extended the team's losing skid to three games.
The Wildcats have two games remaining, both at home, at Joe St. Denis Field. On July 8, the Toronto Thunder provide the opposition, and on July 15 it will be the Brampton Bulldogs. Both are 4pm starts.
There are several county boys on the team this year, including Cameron Howes (#33), Rylan Duhart (#67), Terry Dogbey (#21), and Simon Korteweg (#20). In addition, Glengarrians Dylan Hambleton, Alex Labonte, and Costa Zarifi are part of the coaching staff.