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Alexander Cardinals claim mosquito football crown

  • Sunny Letourneau (right) of the Alexander Cardinals is congratulated by teammate Andrew Pearson after scoring a touchdown against Lakeshore Cougars in  provincial AAA mosquito football final at Keith Ewenson Park in Lasalle on Saturday.
    Sunny Letourneau (right) of the Alexander Cardinals is congratulated by teammate Andrew Pearson after scoring a touchdown against Lakeshore Cougars in provincial AAA mosquito football final at Keith Ewenson Park in Lasalle on Saturday.
    Photo credit: John Kenney, Gazette

 The Alexander Park Cardinals from Pierrefonds were not the biggest mosquito football team in Quebec this year.

With about two dozen kids on their roster, they often went into battle with fewer players than most teams.

But on Saturday the Cards proved they were the best  by defeating the Lakeshore Cougars 38-6 in the 2012 AAA provincial championship game at Keith Ewenson Park in LaSalle.

 “There is nothing complicated about how we play,” head coach Derek Soles said. “We just play smash-mouth football. That’s pretty well it. Run, run, run,”

Two Cardinal running backs – Sunny Letourneau and Justin Hryckowian – did most of the damage along the ground.

Letourneau scored four touchdowns and rushed for 118 yards, while Hryckowian had one TD and 108 yards rushing.

Hryckowian also had six tackles on defence, while teammate Andrew Pearson made four tackles.

Afterward, Letourneau was chosen Game MVP for the Cardinals.

“Sunny had a great game,” Soles said. “So did all our guys.”

“I’m really proud of all my players. We weren’t supposed to beat many of the teams we played against. But our 24 or so kids played with so much heart all year. They never gave up. Never.”

Danny Ciccarello scored the Lakeshore lone TD and was selected as his team’s Game MVP.

This year’s provincial crown is the first for the Cards since 2000. It marks the sixth overall mosquito championship for Alexander since 1975.

Alexander Park football teams have won a total of 18 provincial titles since 1968.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Alexander football director Terry White. “We’re a team of 24 players that does not hold tryouts and everyone makes the team. We can beat the Laurentian Wildcats, (a team) that picks from over 250 players.”

White said playoffs wins over Sun Youth and St Hubert also showed the team’s character.

Alexander is “the little park that could,” said White.

 Members of the championship mosquito Cardinals are Joshua Olney, Ethan Stanley, Roshaunn Dorval-Trotman, Brandon Keyes, Dimitri Chatziiliou, Giancarlo Tonks, Jacob Soles, Matthew Cadogan, Jayden Hogan, Sunny Letourneau, Eric White, Augustus Wilson, Justin Hryckowian, Frederick St.Germain, Nicholas Taddio, Ali Galal, Sean Sowden, Andrew Pearson, Stefano Sakalis, Dylan Stanley, Arens Lezha, Matt Hollingsworth, George Zergiotis, Jason O’Donnell and Tyler Gingras.

Assisting Soles on the coaching staff were Colton Cadogan, Alan Hollingsworth, Darcy Sowden, Nic Chatziiliou, John O’Donnell, Mel Taddio and Malia Macera.

In the atom finals, the Lakeshore Cougars were crowned provincial champs after defeating the St. Bruno Barons 22-8 on Saturday.

James Malatesta led the Cougars attack with 203 yards rushing and three TDs.

  Robert Orr shone defensively with 13 tackles and an interception, while

Luke Hunger made five tackles for the winners.

 jmeagher@montrealgazette.com

One comment

  1. Great Season Boys!!! Was worth every minute. You boys deserve this, you worked hard and were commited to each other and the team. Congratulations.

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