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James Lauzon commits to fall 2020 CÉGEP football

Set to graduate in June from Vankleek Hill Collegiate, James Lauzon is already looking to continue his football career, having committed to join the team at le CÉGEP de l’Outaouais in Gatineau, where the teen will also pursue a technical degree in mechanical engineering.

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James Lauzon (Cornwall OFC Wildcats photo)

Lauzon, who recently turned 18, was a member of the Glengarry Gaels high school football team, a collaboration between VCI and Glengarry District High School, in Alexandria.

He’s also previously played for the Cornwall OFC Wildcats in games across the province, as an offensive lineman.

As for his contribution to the gridiron game at the CÉGEP level, he says, “I’ll most likely be playing offensive guard, but that could change before the season starts. I’ll definitely play on the offensive line, but I don’t necessarily know where.”

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Lauzon is working part-time and training for fall football.

Regarding the Outaouais Griffons, the O-lineman tells me that he hasn’t been given a specific home training plan, rather they are “encouraging us to create/find and follow our own workout routine.”

Even if the OFC Wildcats due play this summer, Lauzon likely won’t be joining them, something he says he’s disappointed about, adding, “I just need to make as much money as I can and be in the best shape” for the upcoming CÉGEP season.

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OFC Wildcats try online video conferencing for training sessions

They may not be able to practise in person at the Cornwall fieldhouse or together on a football field in the Seaway City, but members of the OFC Wildcats football team are finding ways to stay connected online and continue their workouts.

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Wildcats FB/TE coach Alex Zarifi, top left, leads three OFC footballers through workouts online. Clockwise in this screen capture are Nathan Sauve (from Hawkesbury, student at Le Sommet), Schuyler Schellenberg (Tagwi), and Jeremy Hartle (Cornwall, St. Joseph’s).

Using online video conferencing, coaches are connecting with their respective positional players, running them through workouts and providing immediate feedback.

As well, Cornwall gym owner Kyle Labelle has been posting workout videos to the Cornwall Minor Football Facebook page. Here’s a recent one:

Traditionally, at this time of year, players and coaches would be in the latter stages of their indoor training, hoping for fields to be dry enough in the coming days to begin sessions on the outdoor gridiron. The Cornwall Wildcats field an OFC (provincial-level squad for 16- through 19-year-olds) as well as teams in a recreational spring league that interlocks with teams from the Glengarry Gaels program (ages 7 through 15).

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions, there are no in-person activities permitted. Typically, outdoor season game action begins in late May.

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Minor football announces temporary cessation of activities

Football Canada, the nation’s oversight body for the gridiron game, yesterday issued a recommendation to leagues and clubs across the country to consider “suspension of practice or play until further notice.”

The Cornwall Wildcats had begun pre-season training camp for the OFC provincial team under new head coach Alex Labonte. As well, the club was running speed and agility training, along with NCAFA teams pre-season practices. All of these activities are suspended, effective March 13.

Labonte adds, “It’s a temporary stop, hopefully.” At the OFC level, players are being encouraged to work out on their own. The head coach is also looking at holding meetings online, via FaceTime.

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The Glengarry Gaels football club hadn’t yet begun its spring activities, president Ian Parent noted in an online post. The focus currently is on player registration for the spring outdoor tackle season.

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Gaels football since its 1980s hiatus. For player registration information, please see the club’s website here.

Wildcats spring team recruitment information can be found here.

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OFC Wildcats kick off training camp with player combine

On Sunday evening, the 2020 season of the Cornwall Wildcats OFC varsity football team got underway, as the coaching staff held a player combine.

Training camp continues, under the guidance of new head coach Alex Labonte, through to mid-May, when the provincial football season kicks off.

For the full schedule of training days and more information, please see this earlier post.

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Tryouts for OFC Wildcats, Ontario teams scheduled for March

Tackle football tryouts for the Cornwall Wildcats of the OFC and for Team Ontario at the U18 and U16 levels will be held in March.

The Wildcats, for ages 16 through 19, start March 1, at the Cornwall Fieldhouse, at 7 p.m. The club invites players to pre-register online.

Here’s the complete schedule for the team’s training 2020 camp.

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The Wildcats play in a provincial league for U20 players. Home games take place at Joe St. Denis Field in Cornwall, with road games in various parts of the province. The season runs from late May through early August.

For 2020, the Wildcats will have a new coach, though he has been with the club for many years, as Alex Labonte takes the reins.

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Alexandre Labonte is the 2020 head coach for the OFC Cornwall Wildcats. (Costa Zarifi photo)

Ontario Football also recently announced tryouts for its U16 and U18 teams. The local event is scheduled for March 28 in Ottawa, starting at 4:30 p.m. It will be held at the University of Ottawa.

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Cornwall Wildcats OFC team celebrates top 2019 performers

At a season-capping banquet in December, the Cornwall Wildcats Football Club celebrated the top athletes from its 2019 OFC squad.

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Trophies and awards await presentation at the Cornwall Wildcats OFC football team banquet. (Photo courtesy Wildcats)

The December 15 gathering saw team staff and players gather to reflect on the season that saw the Wildcats reach the East Division final, before bowing out to the Huronia Stallions in Barrie.

Despite the loss, it was a positive season for the club, with the team finishing at 6-3-1 on the season.

The highlight was winning the east semifinal, the first playoff win for the Wildcats FC since 2014.

Graduating players are Nick Longchamps, Steffon Lee, Keighlan Thompson, Tyler Murray, Mello Mundy, Cody Brammal, Alex Este, John Davis, Connor MacMillan, Jordan Millward, Brady Seguin, Morgan Kane, Jordan Lalonde, Nick Lupien, and Rylan Duhart.

Brody Fairbairn was honoured with the team MVP award. Jordan Millward was named offensive MVP, and Yannick Lafrance won defensive MVP honours.

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2019 Wildcats OFC team MVP Brody Fairbairn. (Photo courtesy Wildcats FC)

Other awards: Morgan Kane (offensive line MVP), Connor MacMillan (defensive line MVP), Brady Seguin (offensive rookie), Codie Brammall (defensive rookie), Max Sabourin (special teams MVP), and Jeremy Latour (coaches’ award).

The Cornwall Wildcats OFC team will play its 11th season in 2020 with a new head coach, as announced in this previous post.

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OFC Wildcats announce new football head coach for 2020

The Cornwall Wildcats, which play in the province’s top junior football league, will have a new head coach for the 2020 spring gridiron season.

Bainsville’s Alex Labonte has been named to the post.

The 28-year-old played his junior football in Quebec’s CEGEP league, before moving on to suit up at the university level for the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Labonte was named to the top job earlier this month and tells me he has already started working, particularly on the recruitment front. On his role as head coach, he says, “It’s gonna be a good challenge.” He had served over the past few years as an assistant coach.

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Footballer takes his skills to Lennoxville

Glengarry District High School graduate Odin Marfurt-Breakenridge is a product of his school football program as well as the OFC Cornwall Wildcat club, and this fall he will be showing his skills as a member of the Champlain Cougars CEGEP, in Lennoxville, Quebec.

He’s already in la belle province training with his new team, or as he puts it, he “just finished my last hell week practice.” The Cougars have him positioned as a wideout on the boundary side of the field.

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Odin Marfurt-Breakenridge

The Wildcats describe Marfurt-Breakenridge as a star wide receiver who played two season with their provincial league team.

The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame recognized his high level of sports achievement (he starred in high school basketball as well) by naming him to the young athletes table at the 2019 induction ceremony, but due to his football schedule, he was unable to attend.

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Season ends for OFC Wildcats

The 2019 provincial football for the OFC Cornwall Wilcats came to an end Saturday in Barrie, where the boys were blanked 27-0, by the Huronia Stallions in the east division final.

Coach Kirby Camplin notes that the ‘Cats struggled on both sides of the ball, as the boys were unable to get their footing all game.

Despite the loss, it was a positive season for the club, with the team finishing at 6-3-1 on the season. The highlight was winning the east semifinal, the first playoff win for the Wildcats since 2014.

In Camplin’s words, it “was a great season, full of ups and downs. The kids got better every week, and they worked hard to make sure we got better. Always impressive when a small community can have success at that level of sport. Competing against bigger communities is something we love, and welcome.”

He adds that the team’s record of 6-3-1 on the season “is one of the most successful years for the Wildcats varsity program. Playing in a conference championship is a big deal. Only 4 of the 14 varsity teams were still playing, and we were one of them.”

2019 OFC Cornwall Wildcats
2019 OFC Cornwall Wildcats
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