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 Hawks soar to U12 football title


  Humphreys scores 4 TDs as Hawks blank Bulldogs, 48-0


  November 7, 2023


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By Rob J. Ross

LONDON, Ont. - St. Thomas Hawks head coach Patrick DesRosiers finally has his football title.

After three previous trips to a final, DesRosiers guided the St. Thomas Hawks to the 2023 London Minor Football Association U12 championship.

Quarterback Quinn Humphreys scored four touchdowns and Xavier Looper had two, as the Hawks devoured the Bulldogs, 48-0, in the final November 5 at City Wide Sports Park.

"This is my fourth final and it's alluded me all these years, so it's great that we're here. The kids played great all year long," DesRosiers said. "We have a bunch of great athletes and I'm glad we were able to wrap it up."

Heydon Graves also had a TD, while Brody Bale and Josh West each caught a two-point convert pass from Humphreys, who twice scored single points.

"We knew we had to execute our playbook," DesRosiers said. "We wanted to go fast and hard at them. We didn't want to sit back and we wanted to get up early. Punch as much as we could. I wanted to attack the middle. I knew they'd have us on the outside. So we ran a lot of power, a lot of things up the middle."

Cian DesRosiers made two interceptions and Carter Sullivan had a QB sack, leading the Hawks' defence to a seventh shutout of the season.

"Defensively, as long as we stuck to the system and made our tackles. Defence, it's the backbone of our team," said DesRosiers. "We knew they would come out with something different and unique and we knew they're going to throw the ball on us. They're well coached. Jason, the Bulldogs coach, is a really good coach. So we knew we had to have the coverage."

Humphreys was named game MVP.

"It feels really good," said Humphreys who attends Southwold elementary school. " I really like to say thanks to my team. I couldn't have done it without them and my linemen for doing really good blocking for me."

Similar to his head coach, Humphreys ended two previous seasons as a runner-up.

"I've got to the final twice in a row and they beat us both times, the Bulldogs, so it feels really good today," Humphreys said.

The Bulldogs won the U12 title a year ago, 25-13.

This season, the Hawks complete an undefeated season with a 9-0 record. The defence only allowed 19 points the entire season, while scoring 26 points.

"We prided ourselves on both side of the ball," said DesRosiers. "We practiced that, if we had fumbles, we could scoop and score. If there were a lot of bodies, we'd jumped on it, make sure we got the ball. But if there's open space, we scoop and score."

The 2023 Hawks are Quinn Humphreys, Daniel Draper, Oliver Grimes, Brett McClenaghan, Xavier Looper, Cian DesRosiers, Brody Bale, Andie Dekker, Heydon Graves, Joshua West, Anthony Dale, Mason Craftchick, Dax O'Sullivan, Greyson Hrstic, Hunter Leclerc, Mathew Berthiaume, Harvey Lackey, Charlie Stoakley, Jack Van De Klippe, Kahbrel Luckas, Mason Killough, Noah Baird, Carter Sullivan.





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