A men’s flag football league has taken flight in Cornwall, with games played Wednesday evenings and Sunday on a field at Optimist Park.
In a match played August 30 between Cornwall Volkswagen and Planet Fitness, the latter prevailed 42-22. Amongst the athletes helping Team Blue, Alex Zarifi recorded a pair of touchdowns, while Eric Bowman threw for two. Bowman also ran in a major and snagged an interception.
Thanks to Costa Zarifi for recording these two videos of the action. The one above shows an interception thrown by Bowman, while the movie below has Bowman on a QB run.
Heading into play tonight (September 8), Planet Fitness sits in second place, with 10 points, trailing Crossfit Cornwall (12). Cornwall Volkswagen has 2 points, for sixth spot. Rounding out the standings are third-place Jas-Mar (8 points), Campeau Insurance (6), Rookez (4), and Hyundai (0).
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.
Using online video conferencing, coaches are connecting with their respective positional players, running them through workouts and providing immediate feedback.
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.
U-Sports weekend football action saw the Concordia Stingers and Acadia Axemen score victories, and both teams have connections to Glengarry County.
In Atlantic Canada, Bainsville’s Darcy Thibaudeau is a student-athlete at Acadia University and a member of the Axemen football team, which beat the Saint Mary’s Huskies 28-18, to remain perfect at 7-0 on the season.
Thibaudeau is studying kinesiology and is an inside linebacker for the football team.
Concordia has two Glengarrians on its football roster. Rylan Duhart is a rookie walk-on lineman. He’s yet to see game action, dressing as a backup as he trains and waits for his opportunity. Alex Zarifi is in his second year with the Stingers, but continues to be sidelined by injury. Currently, he’s serving as a technical assistant to the coaching staff.
The Stingers were on the road this weekend in Sherbrooke where the needed a comeback effort to beat the Vert & Or 27-19. In the process, the win keeps Concordia’s (2-5) playoff hopes alive.
Two Glengarrian boys are part of the 2019 education U-Sports football team at Concordia University, in Montreal, and one of them, Rylan Duhart of North Lancaster, is getting his first opportunity to dress for a game this Friday.
Duhart, a first-year biochemistry student, was invited to join the team at the start of the school year when the squad suffered a shortage of linemen due to injuries. He’s been training with the boys and working out in the gym, looking for his opportunity. This week, he got it, as coaches informed him that he would be dressing for the September 27 game versus Université de Montréal. As a freshman, his playing time is likely to be limited, if at all. An offensive lineman, Duhart, should he be sent in, most likely would work on special teams or as a replacement for an injured teammate.
On the opportunity, Duhart tells me, “I’m very excited for it, but I don’t think I’ll be hitting the field unless someone gets hurt.” In preparing, he adds, “I’ve been looking over the plays a lot.”
The other Glengarry athlete with the Stingers is Alex Zarifi. He’s in his second year with the team, though he hasn’t yet played, due to injury. Zarifi, of Alexandria, is currently assisting the coaches as he recovers from a cracked collarbone.