2019 FOOTBALL CANADA CUP PREVIEW – ONTARIO
By Ameeta Vohra
Ontario comes into the tournament hoping to improve upon their 2018 performance that left them off the medal podium after losing to Quebec in the bronze medal game in Calgary.
In 2019, there is a new leader for the province as Glen Mills moved on and JP Circelli has assumed the positon as head coach. While this is his first year as head coach, Circelli was part of the coaching staff at last year’s event in Calgary. This has been a banner year for him as he recently became head coach of USPORTS team Windsor Lancers after years of being an offensive line coach with both the Western Mustangs and Concordia Stingers as well as high school team, Central Catholic Crusaders of the Thames Valley Regional Athletic Association (TVRAA).
Leading the offensive is quarterback Keagan Hall, who tends to use his size and athleticism to prolong plays so he can bide time to find his open targets. One of his main targets at the tournament is expected to be wide receiver Raeshawn Blake. Keagan O’Neill will be one player to watch for on the offensive line.
Returning lineman Mitchell Price anchors the battle at the line of scrimmage while Matt Henderson leads Ontario’s linebacker core. One player who the crowd will be rooting for is local defensive back Ethan Coulas.
2018 RESULT: lost to Quebec 33-6 to end up fourth in the tournament
HEAD COACH: JP Circelli – first year in role, was on provincial coaching staff at last year’s Football Canada Cup in Calgary, Alberta
2019 GAME DAY 1 – will host fifth seeded British Columbia on July 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST
NUMBER OF RETURNING PLAYERS: 5
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
|Raeshawn Blake||REC||Catholic Central|
|Keegan O’Neill||OL||Bell River|
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