By SportsXpress Team
The Niagara Spears JV squad 2015 season can be remembered as a successful one based on the accomplishments of both individuals and team. The boys battled their way to the provincial final by beating the perfect London Mustangs in the Adam division final. A huge defensive effort by Spears linebacker Eduardo De La Garza with 2 Interceptions, 9 assisted tackles and 5 solo tackles. This set up a showdown with another undefeated opponent in the Myers Riders from the Ottawa region.
The game held in Waterloo Ontario had a little bit of everything, a treat for any football fan in attendance. The first half showed the strong defence that the Spears have become known for, defensive stands and turnovers. The back and forth 1st half came to an end with the Spears up 28-22.
The second half continued with more of the same back and forth action, with game MVP , Myer running back Jean Paul Cimankinda finding another gear. Myer took the lead on a long 106 yard TD run in the third. The Spears battled back to make the game 45-42 but the Riders were able to hang on for the title and stay perfect.
Niagara boasts some of the best young football talent in the OVFL, and a lot of their JV players on both sides of the ball have bright futures ahead of them. Cole Burniston WR was named offensive MVP with his stellar performance. The Spears fan base also travelled well with a larger group of supporters filling the stands in their Spears gear.
A bitter sweet ending to the season that can only be looked at as positive experience moving forward for all the Spears players and coaches. The Spears are Niagara’s only premiere football team competing in the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL). The organization has over 75 CIS alumni, 25 CJFL alumni, 2 Provincial Championships and 6 Divisional championships.
Football has a bright future ahead in Niagara, with the Niagara Regional Minor Football Association (NRMFA), Niagara Generals Football of the Ontario Varsity Fall Football League (OVFFL), and the Spears of the OVFL and the OMFL. Niagara now has one community of football programs that can take kids from flag football at the age of 6 all the way to Varsity, finishing at 19 yrs. of age. ONE REGION, ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL.
In the event there is a work to rule decision throughout the High Schools of Niagara and the Province, Niagara Football will be entertaining a fall football program. Be sure to check the Niagara Spears website for updates.
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