St. Thomas Hawks clinch first in U12 minor football with fifth consecutive shutout
October 16, 2023
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, Ont. - The St. Thomas U12 Hawks defence has been lethal all season.
For the fifth consecutive game, the Hawks shutout their opponent, smothering the second place Rams, 34-0, in London Minor Football at City Wide Sports Park.
St. Thomas clinches first place in the U12 division, at 6-0 and only has allowed 13 points, all in the first game of the season.
Since a 36-13 win against the Bulldogs on opening day, the opponent's end zone has been a deserted place.
"We're hungry. Our motto is E.A.T. Effort, attitude, toughness," Hawks head coach Patrick DeRosiers said. "(The players) are well coached by defensive coordinator Ryan Pineo, trusting the system, communicating and everyone is doing their job."
Kahbrel Luckas led the Hawks with four tackles, while Brett McClenaghan and Greyson Hrstic, had three each and Cian DeRosiers, Anthony Dale and Jack Van De Klippe, two a piece.
Not to forget the offence, the Hawks have averaged 33 points per game this season.
Dax O'Sullivan and Brody Bale, each scored two touchdowns, while Xavier Looper, racked up 56 yards and had a TD. Josh West caught a pair of two-point converts. Heydon Graves collected 59 yards.
The Hawks have top spot secured with one one regular season game remaining versus the Wolverines (3-3) October 22.
"We're pumped (to have first), but are focused on the next play, game and are taught to never get ahead," coach DesRosiers said. "We'll enjoy this win, but they know it's back to work on Tuesday (practice)."
The top four teams advance to the semifinals, October 29.
In U14 play, the Hawks defeated the Rams, 16-6, with Blake McClenaghan scoring both TDs, one a 30-yard TD run and the second, a 63-yard catch and run.
Quarterback Ben McCoubrey threw both TD passes and throws to Kieran McCready, for a pair of two-point converts.
The U14 Hawks are 2-4-1.
Clinching a semifinal berth, the U10 Hawks improved to 4-2, with a 21-7 win over the Bulldogs.
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