BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING IN WEEK 5!!

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20TH - MM ROBINSON @ NELSON

The Senior Lords take on the MM Robinson Rams in Week 5. The Doubleheader kicks off at 2:00pm with the Jr Lords hitting the field looking to remain undefeated. The SR Game kicks off at 3:30pm. Nelson High School will be looking for another big crowd for a major announcement to be made between games!!!

The SR Game vs. MMR will also be televised on YOUR TV HALTON (Formerly CogecoTV)

The Game will air Friday Night (Oct 20th) at 7pm on Channel 700!

NISSAN CFL KICKOFF PROJECT

Both the Rams and Lords have been selected by NISSAN CANADA as winners in the Nissan Kickoff Project.

A special presentation will be made between games to both programs. There will be special giveaways and many Special Guests attending!

MAKE SURE you are there to support local HS Football!

 

SR LORDS KEEP ROLLIN' WITH WIN UNDER THE LIGHTS

GEORGETOWN DISTRICT @ NELSON LORDS -- FRIDAY OCTOBER 13TH

NELSON - 42

GEORGETOWN - 7

Nelson started slowly under the lights Friday night but got things rolling in the second half to pull away from a tough Georgetown squad. The Lords defence locked things down early in the game until the offence turned it around in the second quarter. Taylor Hoffner plunged in from 2 yards out to open the scoring and Zach Ihasz added a major of his own to give the Lords a 14-7 halftime lead. The second half was all Nelson as Jared Currie, Brenden Day (Fumble recovery), Quinn Pritchard and Daniel Burton would all add touchdowns as the Lords won this one going away. Georgetown is certainly establishing themselves in Halton Football and have a great shot to meet the Lords again in the Playoffs.

Friday`s game aired LIVE on YOURTV Halton (Formerly CogecoTV) and will replay this week.

Up Next: Nelson hosts the MM Robinson Rams next Friday at Nelson Stadium. Both teams are involved in the Nissan Kickoff Project and there will be special presentations made Pre-Game.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Owen Mertens Photography and others.

1997 METROBOWL CHAMPIONS HONOURED

Nelson High School welcomed back the 1997 MetroBowl Championship team to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Most of the players returned and were welcomed by Former Principal Bryce Leggatt and Former Coach Bob Stacey.

 

JUNIOR LORDS REMAIN UNDEFEATED

JUNIOR -- GEORGETOWN DISTRICT @ NELSON LORDS

NELSON - 55

GEORGETOWN - 13

The JR Lords continue to dominate the HSSAA with another huge win over Georgetown on Friday. Liam Keary led Nelson with 3 touchdowns on the day. Jackson Cooling, James Priestner, Jackson Sommerville, Luca Rosiello, Hayden McHardy all added majors of their own. Kicker Ved Hatolkar added 7 converts as well.

Up next the JR Lords host MM Robinson on Friday in the first half of the doubleheader. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm at Nelson Stadium. The SR Game kicks off at 3:30pm. Both teams are involved in the Nissan Kickoff Project and there will be special presentations made between games.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Ildi Hall.

 

JUNIOR LORDS PICK UP BIG WIN OVER KERRY BLUES

JUNIOR -- NELSON LORDS @ ST. MICHAEL'S KERRY BLUES

NELSON - 35

ST. MICHAELS - 21

The JR Lords played an outstanding game on Saturday night in Toronto and came away with a 35-21 over the previously undefeated Kerry Blues. The Lords were firing on all cylinders with many players turning in their best performance of the season. On the ground Luca Rosiello and Jackson Sommerville were nearly unstoppable racking up yardage every time they touched the ball. Rosiello had close to 200 yards rushing with Sommerville also turning in big yardage and a Touchdown. Quarterback Ved Hatolkar had the best game of his career throwing three touchdowns, two to WR Jackson Cooling and one to WR James Priestner. Hatolkar also contrbuted four converts, 2 field goals and a Kickoff Single on special teams. Defensively many players stood out for the Lords but Chris Candow turned in the top performance with many big plays including a big interception. This win proves that the Lords will have something to say come playoff time for the Junior Metrobowl in 2017.

Up next the Lords host Georgetown on Friday evening in the first half of a floodlight doubleheader. Kickoff is set for 4:45pm at Nelson Stadium. The SR Game kicks off at 7:00pm.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Adrian Peter-Manickam.

 

DE JA VU... JR LORDS HAMMER HAYDEN AGAIN!

JR -- NELSON LORDS @ HAYDEN HUSKIES -- WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4TH

NELSON - 42

HAYDEN - 0

For the second time in 5 days the Lords laid a beating on the Hayden Huskies, this time to the tune of 42-0. Nelson has outscored the Huskies a staggering 100-6 in two games. Paving the way for Nelson was RB Jackson Sommerville who reached the endzone three times. Liam Keary, Ben Schultz and Luca Rosiello also scored majors for the Lords. Kicker Ved Hatolkar added 5 converts and a rouge on a kickoff.

Up next the Lords travel to Toronto on Saturday for a Non-Conference tilt against the St. Michael's Kerry Blues at Eugene Melnyk Field. Kickoff is set for 6:00pm.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Ildi Hall.

 

SR LORDS GET LONG AWAITED WIN OVER HAYDEN

NELSON LORDS @ HAYDEN HUSKIES -- FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH

NELSON - 34

HAYDEN - 7

Nelson used a quick start to put the Huskies away early and cruised home with their first victory on the Huskies home field. WR Brenden Day made two acrobatic catches to set up touchdown runs from Zack Ihasz putting the Lords ahead early. Jahlique Armstrong hauled in a TD Pass from QB Colin Barber and OL Joel VanGemert would fall on an Armstrong fumble for a Touchdown of his own in the endzone. Kicker AJ Schofield added a Field Goal and 4 converts. On defence Andrew Spelman hauled in two interceptions and the defence chipped in with a safety and single point.

Up next the Lords will have a bye week and return to the field Friday October 13th under the lights vs. Georgetown.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Owen Mertens Photography.

 

JR LORDS HAMMER HAYDEN TO IMPROVE TO 2-0

JR -- NELSON LORDS @ HAYDEN HUSKIES -- FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH

NELSON - 58

HAYDEN - 6

The Junior Lords couldnt be stopped at Hayden on Friday. The Lords scored and will while the Huskies unorthodox offence simply had no chance to move the ball. RB Jackson Sommerville reached the endzone three times with WR Jackson Cooling adding a pair of his own. Liam Keary hauled in a TD pass from Ved Hatalokar who also added a short TD Run of his own. Robert Debaseggio closed out the scoring with a fumble recovery in the Endzone.

Up next the two teams meet again in the second half of a back to back. Kickoff is set for Wednesday October 4th back at Hayden.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Ildi Hall.

 

LORDS GET BACK ON TRACK WITH BIG WIN

NELSON LORDS vs. IROQUOIS RIDGE -- FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND

NELSON - 48

IROQUOIS RIDGE - 0

The Nelson Lords got back on track with a big win infront of a great crowd at Nelson Stadium on Friday. The Lords scored early and often enroute to the blowout victory. Zack Ihasz led the scoring with 3 touchdowns. In addition to two short runs, Ihasz added an interception return for a TD in the second quarter. Jahlique Armstrong and Thomas MacDonald also added majors through the air for the Lords. Quarterbacks Colin Barber and Jared Currie got the offence on track with big games respectively. Defensively, Nelson got back to playing lights out defence and shutdown the Trailblazers all game long. Corner Jack Donnell recorded two interceptions and Kicker AJ Schofield also had a strong game kicking two field goals and adding 5 converts.

Up next the Lords travel to Frank Hayden to take on the Huskies next Friday September 29th.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Owen Mertens Photography.

 

JR LORDS ROLL IN SEASON OPENER

JR -- NELSON LORDS vs. IROQUOIS RIDGE -- FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND

NELSON - 49

IROQUOIS RIDGE - 15

The Junior Lords returned the opening kickoff for a Touchdown and never looked back in the season opener. Liam Keary reached the endzone 3 times in the win while Jackson Cooling added a pair of touchdown runs on his own. Jackson Sommerville and Ben Schultz added majors to round out the Lords attack. Kicker Ved Hatolkar was a perfect 7 for 7 on converts.

Up next the Lords travel to Frank Hayden to take on the Huskies next Friday September 29th.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Ildi Hall.

 

LORDS FALL TO PROVINCIAL POWERHOUSE

NELSON LORDS vs. SOUTH LIONS -- FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH

SOUTH - 40

NELSON - 0

Nelson got a tough reminder of what the Number 1 team in the Province and maybe the Country looks like. The Lords hung tough but were unable to move the chains effectively on offence against a veteran Lion defence. Offensively, the South lineup had too much athleticism for the Lords to contain and South was able to turn short fields into scores. South pulled ahead early and cruised to the win with big games from their stars Ethan Martin, David Nethersole and Noah Johns. A big thank you to the South program and to the Western Mustangs for hosting us. The early competition against two National top 20 teams will serve as a great learning experience for a young Nelson lineup as they move into the Regular Season starting on Friday.

The home opener goes Friday September 22nd vs. Iroquois Ridge at Nelson Stadium.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Owen Mertens Photography.

 

LORDS DROP PRE-SEASON OPENER IN GUELPH

NELSON LORDS vs. ST. ROCH RAVENS -- FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH

ST. ROCH - 22

NELSON - 0

The Lords found out quickly that 2016 is a thing of the past. A lacklustre effort full of turnovers and mistakes resulted in a shutout loss at the hands of the St. Roch Ravens. The Ravens were full marks for the win capitalizing on mistakes when they needed to and cruising home with a pair of late touchdowns. Nelson turned the ball over 7 times in the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lords are right back at it next Friday night in London against the top team in Ontario. The South Lions are waiting for an 8pm kickoff Friday night at TD Stadium on the campus of Western University.

Click the link below for game photos courtesy of Owen Mertens Photography.

LORDS VISIT GRYPHON FOOTBALL

The Lords enjoyed a great visit to the Gryphon Football program prior to their Pre-Season game. The team toured the Football and Athletic Facilities and were able to meet Guelph AD Scott McRoberts (Nelson Grad), as well as Coaches Todd Galloway and HC Kevin McNeill

 

LORDS BREAK TRAINING CAMP

The Lords ended their weeklong Training Camp with a scrimmage at Bishop Ryan CSS in Hamilton. You can check out all the action from Owen Mertens Photography by clicking on the photo link below!

 

2017 SCHEDULE

2017 SCHEDULE

The 2017 Schedule will see many changes for the Nelson Lords. Opening the season with perhaps the two biggest Non-Conference games in the province back-to-back will be a great test. The Regular Season schedule will see Nelson play a 7 game all-public schedule before entering the GHAC playoffs. The GHAC playoffs will be comprosied of teams from the HSSAA, HCAA and HWCAA.

Of note, the Lords will play under the lights on October 20th against longtime rival MM Robinson.

CLICK HERE to visit the SR Schedule page.

 

NELSON LORDS TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOOTOUT

The Nelson Lords and McMaster Marauders partnered again for an outstanding day of competition on April 26th. The St. Thomas More Knights and AN Myer Marauders made it back to the Championship in a rematch of last year's game, however, this year it was the Knights turn to hoist the Championship plaque! The St. Roch Ravens took home the consolation Championship defeating the Holy Trinity Titans.

Also congratulations to our 4 Finals MVPs!

 

2017 U-SPORTS COMMITS

The following Lords have commited to play in the 'U' for next season. The 2016 players will join 10 other Nelson graduates at the next level this fall. Please check back as the list continues to grow.

 

NELSON AIR FORCE TAKES JVCSS TOURNAMENT

The Lords took home the JVCSS Touch Football tournament with an Overtime win over St. Roch in the Championship game!

 

2016 AWARDS BANQUET & CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS

A fantastic night for everyone associated with Nelson Football was capped off by the presentation of the 2016 Championship Rings to the SR Lords. Guest Speakers and Jon Behie & Courtney Stephen both passed along outstanding messages to the current Lords about what it means to be a part of the Nelson Football Program.

A huge Thank You to TLitzen Sports and NIKE for Championship Jackets as well as Jostens for the Championship Rings.

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OUR 2016-17 AWARD WINNERS ARE LISTED BELOW.

SR MVP -- Will Corby

JR MVP -- Aidan Rossi

FRED DOERFFER AWARD (Jr Toughness) -- Owen Catania

DEAN PALMER AWARD (Jr M.I.P.) -- Liam Keary

JR LEADERSHIP AWARD -- Keagan Hall

COACH STACEY TRUE GRIT (Sr Toughness) -- Mitchell Unwin

MVK SCHOLARSHIP (Leadership) -- Robbie Walker & Connor Graham

 

NELSON WINS 5TH BOWL GAME IN SCHOOL HISTORY

Golden Horseshoe Bowl: Lords rule with defence

Nelson stifles St. Marcellinus and wins 27-6

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Hamilton Spectator

Nelson is back. Or maybe that all depends upon how you look at it.

"Nelson never really went anywhere," said Jeff Brock, head football coach of the perennial Burlington powerhouse, after his Lords defeated Mississauga's St. Marcellinus Spirit 27-6 in Tuesday's Golden Horseshoe Bowl at Tim Hortons Field, in their first OFSAA bowl appearance in four years. "You can't win every year. Our league is tough. If you can get out of Halton, you are in good shape."

The Lords were in good shape Tuesday, capping a 10-0 season in which their defence dominated, as it did against the Spirit who managed only two field goals.

In the Halton regular season, Nelson registered three shutouts and allowed six points in each of their other three games. The most any team could score on the Lords all fall were the 15 points Holy Trinity put up in the Halton final.

Even powerful Cardinal Newman, ranked among the top teams in the country, scored only 13 in last week's GHAC play-in game to this week's OFSAA Football Bowl Festival.

"Our defence does a great job giving us great field position, and we make sure to take our shot and get our completions and move the ball," said Jared Currie, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Nelson quarterback. "We want to hang on to the ball and give them a rest, because they deserve it."

Currie completed 15 of his 19 passes for 175 yards, with Michael Lehmann (74 yards) and Robbie Walker (53 yards) his primary targets. Quinn Pritchard rushed for 99 Nelson yards and Walker, Will Corby and Zach Ihasz scored touchdowns. AJ Schofield kicked two field goals and three converts, while Mitchell Unwin and Ryk Vanderpol were the leading tacklers.

Nelson won the Halton junior title in 2014 and '15 (they also won this year), and grads of those teams featured prominently on this year's senior roster.

"With the players that we had returning, the Grade 12s, and to have those Grade 11s move up, it was a great combination," said Ihasz, who also played linebacker and is the only Grade 10 player on the team.

"I honestly think we're the best overall team in the country. It's a great team to play for. The history of this school means something, and I'm honoured. We're all part of one legacy, and we were just adding onto it all year."

Tuesday's victory was Nelson's first OFSAA bowl appearance since 2011, when they also won the Golden Horseshoe Bowl. The school that produced Jesse Lumsden, among other notables, also won the Golden Horseshoe in 2005 and the Metro Bowl in 1997 and 1999. Even when they didn't win a title, the route to the championship often went through them.

Tiger-Cat safety Courtney Stephen helped out as a "guest coach" and says the Lords are "very well coached" by Brock and his staff.

Brock said that edging Newman last week was a difficult victory and praised the consistency of his team's defence: "We sort of build our team around defence all the time, and all year they have been lights out. And that allows us to throw the ball around here and there without worrying about making mistakes because they'll bail us out."

Nelson Lords earn their place in school history with Golden Horseshoe Bowl victory

Nelson Lords win Golden Horseshoe Bowl
Burlington Post

They were constant reminders of how high the bar had been set. Photos and newspaper clippings from past Nelson championship teams on the wall of the weight room, looking over the current crop of Nelson football players as they prepared for the season and dreamed of adding to the school’s gridiron legacy.

Nelson won its last Golden Horseshoe Bowl in 2011. Since then it hadn’t been able to escape one of the toughest leagues in the province.

Five years really isn’t that long. But in the life of a high school athlete, it’s a lifetime.

Which is why for those players returning for a fifth and final year, this season represented their last chance.

It was one they made good on Tuesday. Nelson built a 17-0 halftime lead and repeatedly smothered any chance of a St. Marcellinius Spirit comeback on its way to a 27-6 victory in Golden Horseshoe Bowl at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton.

“It makes us proud to be Nelson,” said running back Quinn Pritchard, who ran for 99 yards. “That (2011) team — Will Finch, Doug Corby, the No. 1 team in Canada — we looked up to them. But from our first practice we knew had a special team.”

It was a team hungry for a title, made up of seniors who lost a heartbreaking Halton final 11-9 to Assumption, and last year’s juniors, who reached the Junior Metro Bowl final only to fall to St. Michael’s College.

St. Marcellinius got an indication of the kind of day it was in for midway through the second quarter. One play after A.J. Schofield had put Nelson up 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal, Spirit running back Kevin Wong broke a couple of tackles and sprinted down the sideline for what would have been a 75-yard touchdown. But it was called back for an illegal block and the Spirit would come away empty handed after missing a 36-yard field goal.

Nelson got the ball back and marched 59 yards in seven plays. Currie then hit Evan Catania with a pass over the middle. He was stripped of the ball but the Lords’ Will Corby scooped it up and ran it into the end zone to extend the lead to 17.

“I’m telling everyone it was a hook-and-ladder play, but it was a fumble that just landed at my feet,” said the receiver, who caught four passes.

Though St. Marcellinius finally got on the board with a field goal on its opening drive of the second half, the Nelson defence continued to dominate.

Facing first-and-goal on its own one, Nelson dropped the Spirit for losses on consecutive plays, with Jake Mitchell getting into the backfield to set St. Marcellinius back six yards on the opening play of the fourth quarter. The Spirit again settled for a field goal.

The defence got an assist on the series from Greg Glover, who prevented St. Marcellinius from getting to the end zone before the defence even got on the field.

Nelson QB Jared Currie was intercepted and a sure pick-six was denied when Glover, a 200-pound offensive lineman, chased down the Spirit defensive back and dove to trip him up at the 22-yard line.

“The D has been doing things like that all year, making plays for us,” Glover said. “It was a chance to repay them.”

“That was huge,” said Nelson coach Jeff Brock. “He’s an athletic guy and he just didn’t give up.”

Nelson answered with a 12-play drive that ate up six minutes and was capped by Schofield’s second field goal, this time from 27 yards, to restore the 14-point advantage.

Led by Mitchell Unwin and Ryk Vanderpol, who paced the Lords with five tackles each, Nelson would not allow the Spirit to threaten again. Nelson's Ben Lack picked off a pass and Zach Ihasz put the finishing touches on the win with a 14-yard TD run.

While St. Marcellinius failed to establish a passing game —completing just four for 23 yards — Nelson perfectly blended its ground and air attacks.

Currie, who completed 15 of 19 for 175 yards, picked apart the Spirit defence with short passes over the middle while Pritchard consistently bulled his way to five or six yards each time he was handed the ball.

Nelson converted a pair of third-and-ones, the second one on the goal line as Robbie Walker punched the ball in from a yard out, to take a 7-0 lead in the final minute of the opening quarter.

St. Marcellinius gained 48 yards on its first two plays and then gained only one more first down the rest of the opening half.

That set the stage for the Lords to finish off a perfect 10-0 season, and earn their own their own spot on the wall.

“You see the guys looking at those when they’re in there working out,” Brock said. “They certainly wanted to have something to leave behind.”

Among those watching Nelson hoist the Golden Horseshoe Bowl after the game was Finch, the quarterback of the 2011 championship team who went on to become a two-time Ontario university MVP with Western Mustangs.

“It awesome to see that,” he said. “Now they can have their turn to inspire.”

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NELSON DEFEATS CARDINAL NEWMAN

Nelson Lords advance to OFSAA Football Bowl Series

Long TD run by Corby highlights 16-13 win over Cardinal Newman

Two-way threat
Burlington Post

The Nelson senior Lords are one win away from a perfect season after defeating the Cardinal Newman Cardinals  16-13 Tuesday night at Nelson Stadium.

The Lords will play Mississauga St. Marcellinus as part of the nine-game Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Football Bowls Series next week at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton.

While the Lords’ defence as always dominated proceedings, not allowing a single TD all night, the big play of the game was on offence, courtesy wide receiver Will Corby. He took a short pass from quarterback Jared Currie, then ran for 85 yards on a missed tackle by a Cardinal defender, for his second TD of the night.

It turned an 8-7 third-quarter lead into a 16-7 advantage when Robbie Walker hauled in a two-point conversion on a pass from Currie.

While the Cardinals quickly scored two field goals early in the fourth quarter to narrow the deficit to 16-13, they were foiled by a stingy Nelson defence on a number of fourth-quarter series.

“I think that’s the best team we are going to face (this season). They’re always rated one of the best teams in the province,” Nelson head coach Jeff Brock said, adding he knows little of the St. Marcellinus squad. “Peel’s a fine league and they won the Peel final.”

Brock said he wasn’t worried at all during the game, even when the Lords clung to an 8-7 lead in the third quarter.

“I never worry,” he said. “We’ve got athletes here. I think we’ve been a little bit underrated all year and nobody gave us much credit. Our league wasn’t the strongest, that’s for sure, but to compete with a Hamilton team like that, that’s good.”

Lords’ middle linebacker/running back Zachary Ihasz, the first name of many mentioned by Brock as key defensive contributors, said the unit is the best he’s ever played with.

“They’ll fight for every yard out there,” Ihasz said. “We allowed six points on defence tonight. The DBs played great, the linebackers, the front seven, we all played great.”

Nelson opened the scoring halfway through the opening quarter when Currie hit Corby on a 15-yard passing play.

The Cardinals pressed to tie the score but Nelson DB Ben Lack picked off quarterback Jordan Rimac in the Lords’ end zone.

Soon after, Cardinals’ Matt Persia intercepted Currie and  ran 40 yards for the only TD of the night for the visitors. Ethan Bastarache added the convert to tie the score.

The Lords took an 8-7 lead into the locker room when A.J. Schofield’s missed field goal went for a single with 18.7 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Both offences stalled in the third until Corby’s big run down the south sideline.

“We were just going for a short pass for the first down and (the defender) missed the tackle and I took it to the house,” said the fifth-year veteran.

Corby knew that St. Thomas More blew out Holy Trinity 59-8 in the other Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference semifinal earlier on Tuesday. The two GHAC representatives advance to the OFSAA Festival but not against each other.

“I wish we got to play (More) just to prove we can play at that level,” he added.

Instead, Nelson will face Peel champion St. Marcellinus of Mississauga in one of nine OFSAA contests. The Golden Horseshoe Bowl is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.

 

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JR LORDS END SEASON WITH LOSS TO ST. MARCELLINUS

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22ND -- JR METROBOWL QUARTERFINAL

The JR Lords ended the season on Tuesday with a 36-23 loss to St. Marcellinus in the MetroBowl Quarterfinal.

 

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2016 HALTON CHAMPIONS

Nelson defeated Holy Trinity 28-15 to win their first Halton Championship since 2011 and the 21st in school history!!!

Nelson defence delivers as Lords top Titans for Halton title

Nelson defence delivers Halton title

Nelson defence delivers Halton title

Graham Paine — Burlington Post
Nelson's Jake Mitchell tries to escape the grasp of his opposite number, Holy Trinity's Josh Bork in Thursday's Halton senior football final. Mitchell ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in Nelson's 28-15 win.

 

Burlington Post

When Ben Cowman started playing football with the Burlington Stampeders eight years ago, it was the intensity that drew him to the defensive side of the ball.

“I just loved that,” he said. “You become a different creature. You can be the nicest guy off the field but you become something different when you’re playing defence.”

The intensity hit new levels during the third quarter of Thursday’s Halton senior football final. Cowman and his fellow Nelson Lords defenders had just stalled a Holy Trinity Titans drive on the five-yard line to preserve a 21-6 advantage.

Two plays later they were back on the field when a Titan interception gave Trinity the ball back at Nelson’s six-yard line. On second and goal, Trinity’s Damian Lee found a hole and appeared headed for the end zone when Cowman wrapped him up and dragged him down at the one-yard line.

When Trinity handed the ball to Lee again on the next play, he was met by a wall of Lords — Cowman suspects it was Connor Graham that made the final stop, though there were at least four Nelson players there to meet Lee and stop him short of the goal line.

The goal-line stand would be a pivotal moment in Nelson’s 28-15 victory, one in which the Lords managed to overcome six turnovers to win its first Halton senior title since 2011.

“Defence doesn’t get a lot of credit,” said Nelson coach Jeff Brock. “Offence makes a lot of flashy plays but defence wins. I’m hard on them, but they always deliver.”

Nelson’s running game also came through, racking up 272 yards with Jake Mitchell (117) and Zach Ihasz (88) leading the way.

After Trinity picked off passes on two of Nelson’s first three possessions, the Lords got things rolling on the ground.

After Trinity took a 6-0 lead on the opening play of the second quarter, Nelson answered back, covering 64 yards on eight straight rushes, capped by Jared Currie’s one-yard plunge to make it 7-6.

That seemed to settle Currie as he completed five of six passes for 59 yards on the next possession. Ihasz finished the 12-play drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

Cowman sacked Trinity’s Kurtis Rourke forcing Trinity to punt from deep in its own end and Nelson, getting the ball back with less than a minute to play, capitalized.

Will Corby reached behind him to tip the ball back to himself then pulled it in as he landed in the corner of the end zone.

“Those two goal line stands were huge,” Corby said following the game. “When you see the defence make big plays like that, you want to repay them and make some big plays.”

Corby watched his brother Doug, who went on to become an all-star receiver with Queen’s, win Nelson’s last championship, which was followed up by a Golden Horseshoe Bowl victory.

“That definitely motivated me to play at the level he did,” Corby said.

That elusive Halton title was the motivation for the Lords but there were still some hurdles to clear. Holy Trinity recovered a fumble but Nelson’s Robbie Walker made a diving interception to stop the Titans in Nelson territory.

“They’ve got a lot of weapons. Not just one or two, but three or four,” said Robbie Walker. “Our D line did a great job putting a lot of pressure on them.”

The Lords almost put the game away on the resulting possession. After moving the ball 76 yards, Ihasz was headed for the end zone only to be stripped on the one-yard line. Trinity recovered in the end zone, but the Nelson defence answered with a three-and-out as the Titans turned it over on downs.

The Lords needed just three plays to seal the victory as Mitchell scored from four yards out to make it 28-8.

While Nelson had to travel to Hamilton last year after losing the Halton final, this time it will have home field advantage.

“I’m really excited to play at home Tuesday,” Mitchell said.

Trinity added a touchdown in the final minute, but that couldn’t dampen Nelson’s celebration.

“We’ve had four undefeated (regular) seasons, but this is our first championship,” Cowman said.  “It’s something we deserve. Last year we came up just short, but this was clearly our year. It doesn’t make up for last year, but we needed this one.”

Nelson will face the Hamilton Catholic runner-up Tuesday at Nelson Stadium with the winner advancing to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Bowl games.

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2016 HALTON JUNIOR CHAMPIONS

The JR Lords completed the 3-PEAT with their third Halton title in as many years defeating the Hayden Huskies 28-14!

Nelson's third straight Halton junior football title comes at expense of Hayden

Stopped in his tracks

Stopped in his tracks

Reg Vertolli – Burlington Post
Nelson Lords' Myles Matchett (49) and Owen Catania (13) wrestle a Hayden Huskies ball carrier to the ground during Thursday’s Halton junior football Tier 1 final at McMaster University. The Lords won 28-14.
Burlington Post

Just two short months ago, Liam Keary would have never imagined he’d be one of the Nelson Lords’ biggest stars in their biggest game of the football season.

“Coming into high school, I wasn’t expecting to start,” the Grade 9 student said of joining the two-time defending Halton junior Tier 1 champion Lords.

“This is a good school for football.”

Not only did Keary start, he teamed up with quarterback — and fellow first-year player — Keegan Hall for two long touchdowns Thursday at McMaster University in a 28-14 win over the Frank Hayden Huskies.

The first connection from Hall to Keary came with the score tied 7-7 late in the first half. On the first play following a Hayden turnover in Nelson territory, Keary beat two Huskies defenders to pull in a pass, stumbled and then regained his balance to run 68 yards for a go-ahead touchdown.

Then, with five minutes left in the fourth quarter and Nelson nursing a 21-14 lead, Hall hit Keary with a well-thrown 36-yard TD strike. The play came on fourth down and six yards to go, demonstrating just how much confidence Lords coach Nick Mlekuz had in his pair of Grade 9 students.

“It was really the Grade 9s who carried us today,” Mlekuz said, also highlighting the contributions of first-year Nelson student Carter Hooper, who ran the ball 17 times for 77 yards and a touchdown.

“It’s not like our Grade 10s didn’t contribute, but at our skill positions, it was (mostly) Grade 9s...

The best players play, that’s always been our philosophy.”

The two long throws from Hall to Keary accounted for 104 of the 126 passing yards accumulated by both teams combined in the contest. Otherwise, Hayden — a fourth-year school making its first appearance in a Tier 1 football final — went toe-to-toe with the perennial powerhouse Lords, outgaining Nelson 277-218 on the ground. The Huskies were hurt by three turnovers and injuries to a couple of key players.

“For our school to be only four years old and be in the Tier 1 finals, undefeated (in the regular season)... I’ve been around for a long time and don’t think (anyone else) has done that in four years,” Hayden coach Nelson Da Costa said. “I’m super proud of the boys.”

Nelson’s Alex Holtved, who ended a Hayden drive with a fourth-down tackle and then recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter to put the game away, admitted he was impressed by the Huskies’ success this year.

“At the beginning of the year, we didn’t think much of Hayden. When they started 2-0, we thought maybe they didn’t play great teams, but then they went undefeated like us,” said the 15-year-old Grade 10 student.

Holtved noted the Lords’ focus this week in practice was staying disciplined defensively against a Hayden attack that featured a lot of pre-snap motion and trickery.

“We felt very prepared.”

Huskies QB Elijah Paulsen ran 22 times for 102 yards, including a 14-yard TD run that opened the scoring five minutes into the game. The Huskies’ other score came on a one-yard plunge by Liam De Ath, tying the score 14-14 midway through the third quarter.

Hooper put Nelson back in front with a three-yard run three minutes later. Nelson’s first touchdown came on a 39-yard sweep by Aidan Rossi, who finished the game with 129 yards on 13 carries.

Jay Armstrong converted all four of Nelson’s touchdowns, and Yousef Saad kicked the extra point following the Huskies’ two majors.

The Lords now advance to the Metro Bowl playoffs, which they’ll begin with a quarter-final game Tuesday, Nov. 22 against St. Marcellinus. Kickoff at Nelson is scheduled for 3 p.m.

“Our big goal was to win a Halton championship, since we’ve got such a young team,” Mlekuz said. “Whether we’re good enough to go beyond (Halton), we’ll find out Tuesday.”

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LORDS ADVANCE TO HALTON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH WIN OVER REBELS

SR SEMI-FINAL ---- GEORGETOWN @ NELSON

The Lords continue to roll with a 41-7 win over the Rebels to earn a trip to the Halton Final for the second consecutive season. Nelson got touchdowns from Jake Mitchell, Quinn Pritchard, Will Corby, Jared Currie and Zach Ihasz. Kicker AJ Schofield added a Field Goal and 5 converts, the defence added a safety touch and Michael Lehmann caught a 2pt conversion. A swarming Nelson defence held the Rebels in check all afternoon. The Lords now advance to the Championship game vs. the Holy Trinity Titans.

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HSSAA SENIOR PLAYOFF PICTURE

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LORDS HANG ON FOR LAST SECOND WIN OVER LOYOLA

JR SEMI-FINAL ---- LOYOLA @ NELSON

The JR Lords held on for a thrilling last second victory over the Hawks 27-21. Nelson finally stopped an 80 yard Loyola on the final play of the game to preserve the victory. Aidan Rossi scored 3 touchdowns with Carter Hooper adding a single. Liam Keary added a 2pt convert and Jahlique Armstrong kicked one convert. Nelson will now take on the Hayden Huskies.

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HSSAA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Nelson will take on the Hayden Huskies on Thursday Nov 11th at McMaster. Game kicks off at 9:15am. Nelson and Hayden have never met with their only meeting last season cancelled due to wind.

Tickets will be on sale Monday for students. $10.00 for game ticket and return bus transportation. Parents/Fans may also purchase tickets at the gate for $5.00.

The game will be part of a Nelson doubleheader as the SJR Lords play the Holy Trinity Titans at 11:45am in the second half.

Both games will take place at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University.

 

HSSAA JUNIOR PLAYOFF PICTURE

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LORDS PROGRAM PREPARES FOR PLAYOFFS

The Lords took both teams and travelled to Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton for a combined training camp practice during their bye week. A great football afternoon in a fantastic venue saw the Lords get a lot of great work in!

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JUNIOR LORDS FINISH UNDEFEATED WITH WIN OVER AQUINAS

JR WEEK 6 - ST.THOMAS AQUINAS RAIDERS @ NELSON LORDS

The Junior Lords finished the regular season undefeated with a 41-0 win over STA. Aidan Rossi, Matthew Morreale, Liam Keary, Jahlique Armstrong and Carter Hooper all scored majors on the afternoon. The defence would chip in two safeties and kicker Jahlique Armstrong added a field goal and 4 converts to round out the scoring. The win secured a Quarterfinal bye for the Lords who await their Semi-Final opponent.

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NELSON CLINCHES FIRST PLACE WITH 38-7 WIN AT HOLY TRINITY

WEEK 6 - NELSON LORDS @ HOLY TRINITY TITANS

Nelson came out firing from the opening play and opened a quick 21-0 lead at Holy Trinity. Evan Catania scored on a long touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and the Lords never looked back. Two Will Corby touchdown catches and an AJ Schofield fieldgoal had the Lords up 24-7 at the half. Jared Currie and Zach Ihasz would add rushing touchdowns in the second half to put the game away. The Lords defence was fast and aggresive and dominated a potent Titan offence all game long. The victory clinches first place in the Volpe Division for the Lords who get their BYE week in the final week of the Regular Season. The Lords have also earned a first-round playoff BYE. Nelson will await the winner of the Richardson Quarterfinal on November 4th. Four teams remain in contention for Quarterfinal births in the Richardson division; Hayden, Assumption, Loyola and Georgetown.

 

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JUNIOR LORDS REMAIN UNDEFEATED WITH WIN

The Junior Lords remain perfect with a 35-14 win over Holy Trinity. Nelson will have one more Regular Season game on Tuesday vs. St Thomas Aquinas. The Lords will be looking to lock up first place in the Volpe Division and a first-round playoff bye. Scoring for Nelson were Aidan Rossi with two touchdowns. Carter Hooper, Max Prince and Noah Dobson also added touchdowns. Jahlique Armstrong was 5/5 on converts.

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BLAKELOCK IS NO MATCH FOR LORDS

Nelson scored early and often in a 44-0 rout at TA Blakelock. The Lords were able to empty their bench for most of the game en route to the victory. Jake Mitchell scored three touchdowns with Robbie Walker, Brenden Day and Evan Catania adding scores of their own. AJ Schofield was a perfect 6 for 6 on converts. The defence also chipped in with a safety. The win improves Nelson's record to 5-0 with a massive match-up looming with Holy Trinity.

UP NEXT: A first-place battle with the Holy Trinity Titans awaits next Wednesday Oct 19th at HTCSS.

 

JUNIOR LORDS DEFEAT TIGERS TO REMAIN UNBEATEN

The Junior Lords remained unbeaten with a 35-7 win over the Blakelock Tigers. Liam Keary scored two touchdowns with Carter Hooper, James Priestner and Alex Holtved adding majors of their own. Jahlique Armstrong kicked all 5 converts. The Jr Lords now look ahead to a first-place matchup at Holy Trinity next week!

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NELSON MOVES TO 4-0 ON THE SEASON WITH WIN OVER RAMS

WEEK 4 - MM ROBINSON RAMS @ NELSON LORDS

Nelson defeated the MM Robinson Rams 49-0 on Thursday to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Lords offence led by Quarterback Jared Currie was virtually unstoppable. Receiver Michael Lehmann scored 4 touchdowns, three receiving and one on a punt return. Will Corby added his own touchdown through the air. On the ground Nelson got scores from Zach Ihasz and Ethan Rolle. AJ Schofield was perfect kicking 7 converts. The Lords defence was strong all game long allowing only a couple of first downs by the Rams.

UP NEXT: Nelson visits the Blakelock Tigers in a SR/JR Doubleheader next Thursday.

 

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JUNIOR LORDS DEFEAT RAMS TO REMAIN UNBEATEN

The Junior Lords remained unbeaten with a 34-15 win over the JR Rams. Nelson was led on the ground by Aidan Rossi with four touchdowns. James Priestner hauled in a touchdown pass from Keegan Hall as well. Hall and Ty English also had two point conversions.

UP NEXT: Nelson will visit Blakelock on Thursday October 13th.

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LORDS IMPROVE TO 3-0 WITH BIG WIN OVER O.T.

WEEK 3 - NELSON @ OAKVILLE TRAFALGAR

Nelson improved to 3-0 on the season with a dominant victory over the Devils at Oakville Trafalgar. Will Corby led the Lords with 2 touchdown catches and a fumble recovery for a score. Evan Catania, Jake Mitchell and Quinn Pritchard would also add majors for the Lords offence. Robbie Walker returned a kickoff for a major while Zach Ihasz added an interception return for a touchdown. Kicker AJ Schofield would add a Field Goal, single and 6 converts to round out the scoring. The final score was 59-6 for Nelson.

UP NEXT: Nelson hosts the MM Robinson Rams in a JR/SR Doubleheader next Wednesday

 

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JUNIOR LORDS IMPROVE TO 2-0 WITH WIN AT THE RIDGE

Nelson improved its record to 2-0 on the season with a 36-14 win over Iroquois Ridge. The Jr Lords were led by three touchdown runs from Carter Hooper to pace the offence. Aidan Rossi would add his own rushing touchdown while Liam Keary would return a kickoff to the house as well. Jahlique Armstrong added 4 converts and James Priestner scored a 2 pt conversion to round out the scoring.

UP NEXT: Nelson will host the MM Robinson Rams at Nelson Stadium on Wed Oct 5th.

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LORDS SHUT OUT IRISH IN WEEK 2

From the opening kickoff the Lords would be in complete control of this game. Nelson got four touchdown runs from Quinn Pritchard and two from Jake Mitchell along the ground. Evan Catania added a receiving touchdown from Jared Currie while DB Brandon Schofield scored on a 55-yard interception return. Kicker AJ Schofield would add 7 converts and a single point.

Nelson returns to action next Friday afternoon in Oakville against the O.T. Red Devils. Kickoff is set for 3:00pm at OTHS.

 

JUNIOR LORDS ROLL OVER IRISH TO OPEN SEASON...

The Junior Lords had a dominant season opening win over Notre Dame. Scorng for the Lords were RB Aidan Rossi with 3 Touchdowns, SB Liam Keary with two scores and TE's Noah Dobson and James Priestner with single touchdowns. Jahlique Armstrong converted all seven Lords majors.

UP NEXT: Nelson visit the Iroquois Ridge Trailblazers in Oakville

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LORDS OPEN SEASON WITH A WIN UNDER THE LIGHTS

WEEK 1 - ST.THOMAS AQUINAS @ NELSON

Nelson opened the 2016 regular season with a 36-6 win over the Raiders under the lights at Nelson Stadium. A great crowd from both schools as well as the Burlington community was treated to an entertaining game on the field. The Lords opened the scoring early in the 1st with a Touchdown catch by Will Corby on a pass from Jared Currie. The Lords defence would force a safety and a Jake Mitchell touchdown run early in the second quarter saw Nelson open up a 16-0 lead. Nelson seemed to have the game in control until an excellent run by the Raiders QB got them into the endzone to make it 16-6 at the half. The second half was all Nelson as they controlled the game along the ground. Zach Ihasz scored early in the third quarter with a short Touchdown run. Jake Mitchell would add his second rushing touchdown shortly after and Quinn Pritchard rushed for one of his own to close out the scoring. AJ Schofield added four converts on the night.

The Lords will host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Thursday afternoon in a JR/SR Doubleheader.

A special Thank You to the Burlington Teen Tour Band Drumline who attended the game.

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JR LORDS ROLL OVER RAVENS IN PRE-SEASON TILT

JR LORDS PRE-SEASON @ ST. ROCH RAVENS

The Nelson JR Lords who are looking to three-peat as Halton Champs got off to a great start to the 2016 season in Brampton. Nelson dominated the St. Roch Ravens and came away with a 49-8 win. The game was part of the Ravens Friday Night Lights event at Terry Fox Stadium in Chingacousy. The Jr Lords got touchdowns from 7 different players in the win. Majors went to James Priestner, Noah Kalgoanis, Alex holtved and Liam Keary all on passes from QB Keagan Hall. On the ground majors went to Hall, Carter Hooper and Aidan Rossi. Jay Armstrong converted 5 singles.

The JR Lords open the Regular Season on Thursday vs. the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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NELSON DEFEATS ST. PETER IN MONTREAL

NELSON VS. ST PETER -- UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

Nelson opened the 2016 season with a 27-7 win over the St. Peter Knights in Montreal. The Lords got two touchdowns from RB Jake Mitchell on the ground. Will Corby scored on a 50 yard Punt Return and Brenden Day recovered a fumble on a missed FG for the other Nelson touchdown. AJ Schofield added 3 converts as well. Nelson will open the Regular Season on Friday Night under the lights at Nelson Stadium.

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PRE-SEASON TRIP TO MONTREAL

The Lords spent two days in Montreal touring at local universities and preparing for their pre-season game.

 

 

2016 SCHEDULE

The Lords will play in the VOLPE DIVISION in 2016. Back are some old rivalries from the past with games against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, MM Robinson Rams and the Holy Trinity Titans. Nelson will open the season under the lights on the Cogeco Game of the Week vs. the Aquinas Raiders at Nelson Stadium. The Lords and Raiders have not met since 2007. Rounding out the schedule are games against up and coming Oakville schools in TA Blakelock and Oakville Trafalgar. The Lords close out the season with a BYE week heading into the playoffs

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