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Youth football leagues making contingency plans for 2020 schedules

Physical distancing requirements to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic have put a crimp in all sports schedules this year, including youth football.

The latest league to explore contingencies is NCAFA, which offers a fall competitive program across Eastern Ontario, including teams from the Cornwall Wildcats. Typically, game play begins in August, running through late October.

Representatives from NCAFA recently convened a sub-committee videoconference meeting “on preparing and planning our return to play once we get the go-ahead from our governing bodies and from the municipalities we play in.”

The goal of the group is to be as prepared as possible, if and when football is again permitted.

“We figure that teams would need a minimum of three weeks of practices to properly teach safe contact and get some plays together.”

Possible schedules under consideration are shown in this chart.

Potential schedules for fall tackle youth football, proposed by NCAFA.

The start date affects the length of the season, as the league is restricted by late-fall weather. The group is also exploring what play might look like if physical distancing requirements continue into September. The likely scenario then would be some sort of tournament, where teams would each get three games.

“Football will be back. And when it does, NCAFA will be ready for it. It’s important that our kids get to be kids again.”

NCAFA sub-committee announcement

The Cornwall Wildcats, which also field spring youth teams that compete in a local friendly league with the Glengarry Gaels, and a squad in the OFC (provincial varsity league), have been trying various methods to stay connected with players, including the use of online workouts and videos.

As the days and weeks pass, the likelihood of seeing spring football is dimming. Usually, the OFC Wildcats would be working out en masse outdoors by this time of year, with game play to begin in mid to late May.

As for the spring youth recreational league, their schedule is traditionally May and June.

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Cornwall Wildcats honour top fall football contributors

The Cornwall Wildcats Football Club held its fall awards banquet on Sunday, officially capping off the NCAFA season and recognizing the contributions of the top athletes across the five teams that competed in the Ottawa-based gridiron tackle football league.

The fall 2019 season was quite a successful one for the Wildcats, which saw one team, the tyke 2 squad, capture an ‘A’ championship, while another, the mosquito ‘Cats, claimed a ‘B’ crown. Cornwall’s peewee team finished as B-side runners-up. The tyke 1 Wildcats and the bantam team both reached their respective ‘A’ semifinals.

For more on the Cornwall Wildcats this season, please see these posts:

At Sunday’s awards, Nick McAuley was honoured as NCAFA Player of the Year. Melinda Summers was recognized as NCAFA Volunteer of the Year, and Matthew Bateman was saluted as NCAFA Coach of the Year.

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Football awards ready to be handed out to recipients at the 2019 Cornwall Wildcats NCAFA fall banquet. (submitted photo)

Tyke 1 awards

Colin Markell (Team MVP), Hayden Quibell (Offensive MVP), Liam Bourbonnais (Defensive MVP), Colton Fardy (Lineman), Jaxson Berniquer (Rookie of the Year), Brody Herrington (Coaches’ Award).

Tyke 2 awards

Bryce Camplin (Team MVP), Connor Hamelin (Offensive MVP), Myles Merpaw (Defensive MVP), Preston King (Rookie of the Year), Max Legros (Lineman), Caleb Martin (Coaches’ Award).

Mosquito awards

Ben Jackman (Team MVP), Noah Carter (Offensive MVP), Elliot Keenan (Defensive MVP), Kingston King (Rookie of the Year), Phoenix Oakes (Special Teams MVP), Daniel Merpaw (Coaches’ Award), Liam McNally (Offensive Line MVP), Rahontsiahawi Jacobs (Defensive Line MVP).

Peewee awards

Nick McAuley (Team MVP), Carter Camplin (Offensive MVP), Jayvyn Ncube (Defensive MVP), Zachary Aubin (Special Teams MVP), Logan Summers (Rookie of the Year), Kash Anderson (Offensive Lineman MVP), Cassius Collins (Defensive Lineman MVP), Damien Gregory (Coaches’ Award).

Bantam awards

Damien Morin (Team MVP), Noah Cardinal (Offensive MVP), Griffin Charlebois (Defensive MVP), Tristan Deschamps (Specials Teams MVP), Reilly Taillon (Offensive Line MVP), Keegan McNally (Defensive Line), Xavier Uhr (Rookie of the Year), Aiden Laird (Coaches’ Award).

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Tyke Wildcats wrangle NCAFA championship

The Cornwall tyke Wildcats are the 2019 NCAFA champions, winners over the Cumberland Panthers 64-8, in the November 3 final, played in Nepean.

Technically Cornwall’s tyke 2 team (as the club fielded two squads at this level for the fall gridiron league), the Wildcats claimed the Seaway City’s second-ever NCAFA ‘A’ cup. This team had a dominant playoff run, outscoring opponents 206-22 in 3 games.

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Cornwall’s tyke Wildcats celebrate winning the ‘A’ NCAFA football championship. (submitted photo)

Team members are 6 – Tewasohkwatenies Jacobs LB, 8 – Connor Hamelin RB/LB, 13 – Bryce Camplin QB, 19 – Cree Ransom LB, 27 – Myles Merpaw LB/FB, 31 – Preston King DL, 34 – Caleb Martin LB, 55 – Daunte Goddard LB, 60 – Cason Kilger OL/DL, 66 – CJ Despatie OL/DL, 91 – Max Legros OL/DL, and 96 – Alek Aubin OL/DL.

The coaching staff comprises head coach Kirby Camplin and assistant coaches Dan Legros, Stephane Aubin, and Mike Vierling.

Cornwall racked up 364 all-purpose yards of offence in the championship game (122 passing, 242 rushing) while holding Cumberland to a combined 144 yards (0 passing).

Individual offensive leaders for the Wildcats were Camplin (5/8 passing, 122 yards, 4 touchdowns by pass, 1 rushing touchdown), Hamelin (15 rushes, 174 yards), and Merpaw (5 receptions, 122 yards, 4 touchdowns).

Leaders on defence in the final included Merpaw (11 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 7 tackles for loss), Martin (6 solo tackles, 1assisted tackle), Hamelin (3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble), and King (3 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble).

On the season, the squad amassed a record of 11 wins and 0 losses. The core of this tyke team has a combined win/loss ratio of 21-1 over the last two years in NCAFA. With the success at this introductory level of tackle football, the Wildcats football club executive believes that the future is bright locally for the game.

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Three Wildcats teams to play on NCAFA championship weekend

Three of five Cornwall Wildcats minor football teams will be playing on championship weekend, contending for a NCAFA cup, as a result of semifinal action this weekend, including the tyke 2 squad which demolished the Cumberland Panthers 82-0 to qualify for the tyke division ‘A’ final.


In Saturday evening’s peewee ‘B’ semifinal, Cornwall prevailed 41-26 on the road over the West Carleton Wolverines to earn a berth in the ‘B’ cup final next weekend.

After the Wolverines opened the scoring, the ‘Cats responded on a Carter Camplin sneak. The teams continued to trade points, with a missed extra point the difference leaving Cornwall trailing at halftime.

Nick McAuley was called upon to carry the ball extensively in the third quarter, as the Wildcats took control of the game. In all, he scored five touchdowns in the game.

Zach Aubin accounted for the rest of the scoring, successfully booting five of six PATs.

A rainy Sunday morning started off playoff action in Cornwall, where the tyke 2 squad scored the aforementioned decisive triumph in their ‘A’ semifinal.

The tyke 1 ‘Cats played next at The Joe, losing 36-12 to the South Ottawa Mustangs. Their ‘A’ semifinal defeat brings the 2019 season to an end for the team.

Wrapping up the damp day in Cornwall, the mosquito Wildcats dumped the North Gloucester Giants 44-0 in ‘B’ semifinal play to qualify for next weekend’s mosquito ‘B’ cup final.

The bantam Wildcats, in the ‘A’ semifinal, lost on the road today 47-6 to the Myers Riders, ending their fall football season.

NCAFA championship games will be played at the Nepean Sportsplex. Cornwall’s mosquito squad is slated for a 1:15 p.m. start on Saturday, November 2. The peewees will follow, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The tyke 2 Wildcats, battling for the ‘A’ cup, will play Sunday, November 3 at 9 a.m.

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Wildcats sweep home playoffs games

All three Cornwall Wildcats minor football teams in playoff action at The Joe today scored victories to advance on the ‘A’ side on the NCAFA table.

The tyke 1 Wildcats began the sweep with a 60-6 thrashing of West Carleton. Cornwall’s tyke 2 team followed with a 66-14 win over BelAir. The Bantam ‘Cats closed things off with a decisive 38-8 victory over South Gloucester.

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Cornwall Wildcats bantam football players. (submitted photo)

In road action, Cornwall’s mosquitoes dropped a 28-20 decision to the Gatineau Vikings and will drop down to the ‘B’ playoffs next weekend, along with the peewee Wildcats who lost yesterday.

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NCAFA playoffs kickoff for Cornwall Wildcats

It’s the opening playoff weekend for the Cornwall Wildcats minor football teams competing in NCAFA.


The peewees got the start on the other squads, playing today on the road versus the Cumberland Panthers. Sadly, the ‘Cats were blanked 49-0 and will now move into the ‘B’ side of the playoffs next week.

Sunday action at The Joe in Cornwall will begin with a 10 a.m. gridiron battle between the tyke 2 Wildcats and the Bel-Air Lions. At noon, Cornwall’s tyke 1 team will tangle with the West Carleton Wolverines, and at 2 p.m. the bantams will play the South Gloucester Rangers.

Also on Sunday, the mosquito Wildcats are slated to take a road trip to la belle province to take on the Gatineau Vikings, at 1 p.m.

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Wildcats minor football results from week seven

Three of five Cornwall Wildcats minor football teams in action on Sunday scored NCAFA victories. Tyke 1 triumphed 45-38 over the Cumberland Panthers 2, and Tyke 2 beat Cumberland Panthers 1 with a 60-14 effort. The other win came for the bantam ‘Cats, who beat the Greenfield Packers 55-6.

Losses were 36-0 for the mosquito team to the Cumberland Panthers and 48-0 for the peewees also to the Cumberland Panthers.

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Peewee Wildcats secure win over visiting Bengals

At times it wasn’t pretty, but the peewee Cornwall Wildcats did what they needed to do in order to garner the win, beating the visiting Orleans Bengals in Sunday afternoon NCAFA football action 27-24.

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Damien Gregory, of the Cornwall peewee Wildcats, slips between a pair of Orleans Bengals, in Sunday afternoon football action at The Joe. (Photo © Sean Bray)

Really, though, this one should not have been much of a contest. Much of the Bengals offence came on big plays, where one Orleans player seemingly was elusive and able to run untouched the distance. The ‘Cats seemed mesmerized.

In terms of the scoring, Nick McAuley accounted for a trio of touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and Carter Camplin rushed for one major and passed to McAuley for his receiving score. Zachary Aubin kicked three of four extra points. McAuley racked up 269 all-purpose yards, Camplin had 91 passing yards (a long of 30).

Regardless, as the saying goes, a win is a win, and with the victory, the squad improved its record to 3-2 on the season.

Sweep on the day

All Wildcats teams in action Sunday won, making it a sweep on the day. Tyke 1 prevailed in its game 46-30, the mosquitos won 24-0, and the bantams triumphed 45-0.

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