Lakeshore sending four teams to upcoming finals
For the second time in their organization’s history, the Lakeshore Cougars football organization will see four of its five teams playing for championships in league finals next weekend at Stade Hebert in Saint-Leonard, after its Midget, Peewee, Mosquito and Atom squads all moved onto the their respective legue finals after winning semifinal games Saturday at Parc des Benevoles.
On Saturday, the midget Cougars capped a massive day of football, edging LaSalle 14-13 in a thrilling game, with quarterback Glenn Valentine scoring the winning touchdown as the clock wound down on the game. Offensive leaders for the Cougars included Tyler Pazin, Xander Caperis and Zach Pipe, running behind an offensive line bolstered by defensive linemen Quincy Logan, Tobi Cheukwuekezie and Nolan Howard. Raph Dunn, Ryan Quesnel and Adam Perks shone on defence for the Cougars, who will take on the Greenfield Park Packers Sunday at 4 p.m. at Stade Hebert.
The peewee Cougars jumped out to a 24-0 lead and rode that in the second half as they downed the Greenfield Park Packers 30-18 behind touchdowns from Zack Sebestyen, Sebastien Mari and Troy Dottin. On offense, they got strong performances from Matthew Cooper at quarterback, as well as a number of strong performances from offensive linemen Logan Horn, Cole Lalonde, Jeremy Tishalamaba, Mady Van Rees, Zack Belval and receivers Marcus Rafla and Niron Sexton all delivered big games.
Head coach Glen Cooper said his team played hard and will get back to work in practice this week before they move on to play Sunnybrooke – which also went undefeated this year – at Stade Hebert Saturday at 4 p.m.
“Sunnybrooke is going to be a very tough opponent and we have our work cut out for us this week. We’re going to get to work and have a great week of practice. That’s where the games are won, so we’re going to try to do a great job in practice with focus and enthusiasm,” he said.
The mosquito Cougars had an even easier time of it, dropping the Greenfield Park Packers 59-0, while the atom Cougars moved on after defeating Sunnybrooke 28-0. The mosquitoes will take on the Chateauguay Raiders Saturday at 1 p.m., while the atoms will kick off against Greenfield Park – who dealt the Cougars their only loss of the season in a hard-fought affair – at 10 a.m.
Atom head coach Adrian Kerr and his team are made up of Malcom McLaren and running backs Oliver Lin, William Lavoie, Nathan St-Vil, Aiden Conroy, and Shaka Storm Iseghohi will run behind an offensive line featuring road graders Michael Kerr, Luis Gutierrez-Avila, Emma Rokas, Harrison Papachronis, Zakery Notargiovanni and Zachary Delice. On defence, they’ll lean on Griffin Devine, Garrett Laberge, George Thompson, Charles Melki, Danylo Martin, Samuel Stephan, Jacob Cervinka, Adam Mantagaris, Michael Brisebois, Sydney Seto Pronovost, Yuxi (Lucas) Yang, Noah Dunn, Alex Parent and Maximillian Ciambella, Jayden Sharma and Mason Velenosi.
In 2019, the Lakeshore organization saw all four of its teams – atom, mosquito, peewee and bantam – play in, and win, their Metro Montreal Football League titles. This year, they will attempt to do the same next weekend.