The Fellowes Falcons football program is looking forward to a fresh start. After nine years of playing in the senior circuit of the Lanark-Renfrew High School Football League, the school is moving to a junior program with high expectations it can build a stronger foundation for the sport moving forward.
Fellowes will play out of the newly created Ottawa and the Valley junior high school football league which features eight teams including Arnprior, Almonte, Carleton Place, Franco Cite French Catholic and Holy Trinity schools in Ottawa, St. Mark’s in Manotick and St. Thomas Aquinas in Russell.
Head coach Chris Cooper is excited about the team’s prospects and spent the summer putting together a coaching staff and recruiting players. He’ll lean on Grade 10 player Jacob Morel, who played with the varsity team last year.
“We’re really looking for big things from Jacob this year. Last year, he came in as a Grade 9 player and made a real impact at receiver. He’s tremendously athletic and could play almost any position on the team,” says Cooper.
Starting a junior program means that most of the players will not have played football previously, but Cooper believes he has found some talent through his work with feeder schools during the off-season. Among them are twin brothers who will join the team as Grade 9 students, but are both more than six feet tall. Sam and Anderson Harris from Beachburg are both expected to be receivers, giving Morel two big targets to throw the football to down the field.
Aaron Moore will also see a lot of playing time for the junior Falcons as he will be the team’s lead running back. Tanner Sterling, Reece Julius and centre Lucas Campbell all saw action with the senior team last year and will be expected to provide leadership to the new players.
Joining Cooper on the sidelines will be several alumni who are on the coaching staff. Kevin Ready, who played the past four seasons with the Falcons varsity team will be the club’s defensive co-ordinator, while Quinton Hodgson will coach the running backs and linebackers and Brad Lapierre will be in charge of coaching the quarterbacks and managing the passing game. Other coaches include Jamie Morel as strength and conditioning coach and Bob Henderson and Colin Baird as assistant coaches.
The Falcons will open their season on Thursday, Sept. 19 against Holy Trinity in Kanata. The team will play four home games in the seven-game schedule with their home opener planned for Friday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. against Franco Cite French Catholic school. The top four teams will make the playoffs.
Fellows Falcons 2019 football schedule:
Thursday, Sept. 19 @ Holy Trinity 1p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27 vs Franco Cite 1p.m. @ Fellowes Alumni Field
Thursday, Oct. 3 vs St. Marks 3p.m. @Fellowes Alumni Field
Thursday, Oct. 10 vs Almonte 3p.m. @ Fellowes Alumni Field
Friday, Oct. 18 vs St. Thomas 12 p.m. @ Fellowes Alumni Field
Thursday, Oct. 24 @ Arnprior 3p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1 @ Carleton Place 1p.m.