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'Extra motivation' for Trojans in senior football


North Park Trojans quarterback Ethan Andrew looks to pass to a receiver during a practice for the school's senior football team on Wednesday.

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North Park Collegiate’s senior football team has some unfinished business to take care of.

“The boys were a little disappointed based on last year’s loss in the semifinals to Assumption,” said Trojans coach Todd Andrew, whose 2-1 team takes on Brantford Collegiate Institute on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Bisons Alumni North Park Sports Complex.

“There’s a little extra motivation and a sour taste in their mouth is pushing them to work harder. Hopefully, we get to the point we can be in the championship game.”

Among North Park’s early games was a rematch with Assumption College, which the Trojans lost 16-2.

“It was basically a one-score game,” said the coach.

“We had a little bit of a miscue that led to a tipped ball and they ran it in for a touchdown that secured the win for them.”

Andrew said both teams’ defences played well. And that bodes well for the Trojans, who already possess one of the best offences in the league.

“I like to believe we have a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball but definitely the defence has stepped up,” said the coach.

“Nobody is hanging a big number on us yet so we’re quite pleased with how the defence is doing.”

Defensively, linebacker Bobby Hardwick, defensive end Keegan Runge and Todd’s son, Noah, a halfback, have been keys to the early-season success on defence.

On the offensive side of the ball, there’s no doubt the entire league looks to shut down running back Danny Bosett when they play the Trojans. But North Park has other threats, including Matt Clark in the backfield and Todd’s other son, Ethan, at quarterback.

Following a win against Paris District High School, the offensive unit was outstanding in a 40-14 victory over St. John’s College.

“That’s probably as well as we’ve played this year, especially offensively,” said Andrew.

“Everything seemed to be working for us on the offensive side of the ball.”

The Trojans have a roster of about 40 players, with an influx of solid Grade 11s joining the veterans.

North Park will be tested by BCI, the defending Brant County champions.

“You’re always looking to measure yourself and see how you’re progressing from week to week,” said Andrew. “You hope to be improving on both sides of the ball.

“This game will be another game to see if we’re ultimately improving.”

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