Bears and Chargers enjoy a good week of football
by Randy Pascal
Absolutely no one was thinking the cupboards were bare at the home of the St Benedict Bears senior boys football team this year. But with head
coach Junior Labrosse noting a real legitimate concern in even fielding a team this fall, and with only a very small handful of players returning
for a grade 12+ season, expectations were tempered early on.
Two games into the 2018 campaign, it appears that the bar on those expectations has been raised substantially.
After disposing of the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes, with ease, in their opener, the Bears looked ready to mount a challenge to the high-flying
Lively Hawks, stopping the Lo-Ellen Park Knights 24-1 last Friday night at the James Jerome Sports Complex.
The St Benedict offense received a pair of touchdowns from Chris Gosk, hauling in passes from QB Adam Rocha, while Giovanni
Mastroianni was all over the scoresheet, returning an interception to the end zone for a major, and also adding a 37 yard field goal and three
conversions along the way.
Aeden Klem also picked off a pass for St Benedict in the contest. The win pulled the Bears even with the Hawks, who ran away from the St
Charles College Cardinals on Thursday, posting an impressive 36-6 victory right at the home of the Cards.
After Aiden Ragogna (SCC) opened the scoring, capping off a rock solid drive for St Charles with a 21 yard field goal, the visitors went to work.
Touchdowns from Eamon Dolphin (six yard run), Lucas Howland (20 yard pass from Nicholas Rideout) and Rideout (four yard run) would
vault Lively to a 24-6 advantage at the half, with Ragogna (36 yard FG) and Rideout (25 yard FG) also trading three pointers along the way.
The Hawks only added to the lead in the second half, with Rideout (28 yard FG), Tyler Bell (one yard TD run) and Dylan Brown (safety touch)
all finding their way on to the scoresheet.
In junior play, the Confederation Chargers rolled over the Lasalle Lancers 37-0, as slotback Tanner McCosham hauled in touchdown
passes from both Ryan Rivest and Dylan Paquette for the winners.
"Both of them can throw," noted McCosham after the game. "If you're open, they will get you the ball. They're both pretty accurate." A 15 year old grade
10 student, the returning Charger joins a large delegation of teammates who are competing in the junior ranks for a second consecutive season, making a
world of difference as they take to the turf this fall.
"Just going in knowing that you have played the game before," stated McCosham. "You're going in against kids who are your age or younger. You're not
playing against the older kids, so you go in more ready."
Despite the core of second year talent, Confederation head coach Brandon Dougan did not sway greatly from his "modus operandi" as players convened
for junior training camp in late August.
"We practically started from scratch, because we needed to teach the grade nines and all of the new grade ten kids," said McCosham. "Honestly, we did the
same as last year, except the (returning) grade tens got to help the grade nines more."
Rounding out the scoring for the Chargers were Clint Corbett (TD run of 26 yards and 47 yard punt return), Marky Mitchell (18 yard TD pass
from Rivest), Austin Rioux (four converts) and Ava Lafrance (safety touch).
The senior Chargers made it a perfect week on Friday, thumping the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes 51-0 as Dylan Whitmell paced the Confed
attack with three majors. Also reaching the end zone were Bradley Patterson (2 TDs), Parker Bertrand and Connor MacNeil, with Justin
Belanger chipping in with six converts and a single, and Patterson scampering for a two-point conversion.