Last week, the Cornwall Wildcats football club held three days of skills development sessions for youngsters. The activities were led by local coaches, including Summerstown's Jeremy Pike, who recently completed his university studies and football career at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and CFL Ottawa RedBlacks active player Dan West.
The Cornwall tyke 1 Wildcats earned a 48-6 victory over the Bell Warriors, on a chilly Sunday morning at Joe St Denis Field. As occasional snow flurries fell during the Oct. 21 gridiron grudge match, the Wildcats dominated on both sides of the ball.
Glengarrian Connor Hamelin had 9 rushes for 187 yards, scoring 4 touchdowns. On defence, he had 5 solo tackles and 7 assisted tackles. Elliot Keenan recorded 6 rushes for 40 yards, 3 solo tackles, and 7 assisted tackles, while Andrew Wiltshire had one tackle.
The other Cornwall scoring came from Caleb Denney (1 TD) and Bryce Camplin (3 two-point convert kicks).
With the win, the tyke 1 team advances to the NCAFA 'A' semifinal round, scheduled to play against Cornwall's other squad, tyke 2 (which won on the road last weekend in quarter-final action, 48-20 over Kanata), on Sunday, Oct. 28, starting at 10 a.m.
In other results last weekend, the mosquito Wildcats got past the Orleans Bengals 26-6. As a result, Cornwall moves on to play the Nepean Eagles on the road, Saturday, Oct. 27.
The peewee Wildcats were the lone squad to lose last weekend, dropping a 32-27 contest to Kanata. Cornwall's peewees will move into the 'B' playoff round, hosting the West Carleton Wolverines at noon, on Sunday.
The Cornwall Wildcats will field tackle football teams at three levels of play in the Ottawa-based NCAFA league this summer and fall.
The tyke program is for girls and boys aged 7-9, the mosquito level for ages 10 and 11, and the peewee program for the 12- and 13-year-olds.
All protective equipment is provided with registration fees (2018 cost is $315, which includes game socks). Games are played on Sundays, with practices twice weekly, in Cornwall. The season runs August through October.
Our latest online gallery features images from the June 30 OFC Cornwall Wildcats football game versus the Peterborough Wolverines. For the story, be sure to check out this week's edition of The Glengarry News. The photo gallery can be viewed here.
One thing has to give on Saturday afternoon in Cornwall, as a pair of winless OFC football teams are set to collide on the Joe St. Denis Field.
The Wildcats, which feature several boys from Glengarry county, are 0-4, while their scheduled opponents, the Peterborough Wolverines, are 0-5. With a win, one of these teams will climb out of the East Division basement.
This is the first season for the Wildcats playing in the OFC. Previously, they competed in the OVFL, which is now defunct.
The OFC varsity league provides provincewide football for teens aged 17 to 19.
Saturday's game is set for a 1 p.m. opening kickoff.