A couple of familiar faces were joined by a newcomer on the Sudbury Spartans’ list of Northern Football Conference first-team all-stars for 2019.
Veterans Josh Cuomo and Erik Conrad once again earned first-team nods at running back and linebacker, respectively, while multi-talented freshman Nick Rideout was acknowledged as the NFC’s top kick returner.
League all-stars and award winners were announced on Tuesday via social media.
Second-team all-stars for Sudbury included brothers Matt Chartrand and Louis Chartrand on the offensive line, Josh Duckett at wide receiver, Ben DeBenedet at linebacker, Andrew St. Amour at defensive back and Massimo Cimino at kicker.
Cuomo led the league with nine rushing touchdowns, according to the NFC website, despite battling injury, and was fifth in the NFC with 397 yards on 68 carries, for an average of 5.84.
Conrad was fifth in the league in both tackles, with 27, and sacks, with three for 27 yards in losses.
In addition to his duties as a returner, Rideout excelled as a receiver, with three touchdowns on 19 catches, for a total of 210 yards, and as a punter, before he was lost late in the season to an injury.
Major award winners announced on Tuesday included Archelaus Jack from the Steel City Patriots as MVP, Julian Shadd-Gentry of the Sarnia Imperials as offensive player of the year, Tyler Storie of Sarnia as defensive player of the year, Paul Woodham of the GTA All-Stars as offensive lineman of the year and Michael Livingstone of GTA as defensive lineman of the year.
Joshua Wright of Sarnia shared the August Kangro Memorial Award, handed out to the league’s top scorer, with Jack.
GTA’s Trevantae Ivey won the Leo Troy Memorial Award as rookie of the year, Steel City’s Donovan Saunders took home the Mike Jackson Memorial Award as special teams player of the year, and the Ottawa Sooners’ Brandon Weeks captured the Sid Forster Memorial Award, named for the legendary Spartans bench boss, as coach of the year.
The Spartans posted a 5-3 record, good for second in the NFC West Division, in 2019. Hampered by injuries to quarterbacks Hunter Holub and Adam Rocha, as well as to Rideout, who played pivot in high school, the locals dropped their playoff opener to the Ottawa Sooners by a 41-0 score.
Ottawa advanced to the NFC semifinal, where the Sooners fell 31-13 to the eventual-champion GTA All-Stars.