Concordia’s new­est Stinger

Jar­rad Detheridge com­mits to play football at Mon­treal univer­sity this fall

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO SYD­NEY sports@cb­ On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

As Jar­rad Detheridge’s football ca­reer pro­gressed over the past four years, the calls from in­ter­ested univer­si­ties came in.

The 18-year-old run­ning back from Whit­ney Pier and Syd­ney Academy Wild­cats alum­nus has set­tled on a school, com­mit­ting to play for the Concordia Stingers this fall.

“Ever since I started play­ing football, I wanted to play col­lege,” he said. “I’ve just fo­cused on football through ban­tam and high school years and started to get phone calls. I was talk­ing to Guelph, St. FX and Concordia, but Concordia was the main one I looked at.”

Detheridge said it wasn’t just football that lured him to the Mon­treal in­sti­tu­tion. He plans on tak­ing so­ci­ol­ogy with the hopes of even­tu­ally get­ting into law en­force­ment.

“I’m hop­ing to go up there and start as a run­ning back or a full­back,” he said.

Syd­ney na­tive An­drew Suther­land is an as­sis­tant head coach with the Stingers football pro­gram and re­cruited Detheridge. He played football for Syd­ney Academy and Riverview in 1986 and 1987 re­spec­tively, be­fore tak­ing the field for five sea­sons in univer­sity at Bishop’s, Concordia and St. Fran­cis Xavier.

“I like that he’s a stu­dent ath­lete and his ed­u­ca­tion is a pri­or­ity to him,” Suther­land said of Detheridge. “He wasn’t strictly just look­ing to play football, he was look­ing at our school as a world-class in­sti­tu­tion.”

Syd­ney Academy head coach Lorne Burke, who played football with Suther­land with the Wild­cats, said he’s both proud and ex­cited for his grad­u­at­ing player.

“He’s go­ing to first and fore­most get a great ed­u­ca­tion at one of the top schools in Canada in Concordia. That’s pretty im­pres­sive,” he said.

“I’ve coached Jar­rad for ( four) years and he’s worked very hard for this. He’s learned the game to be coach­able at the next level and these coaches rec­og­nize that.”

Football Cape Bre­ton pres­i­dent Phil Mac­Don­ald also praised Detheridge for mak­ing the jump to the next level.

“I think it’s great for the coaches to see how the kids have pro­gressed,” he said. “It’s great for the younger kids, so it’s a credit to the whole pro­gram. The pro­gram is grow­ing and there’s op­por­tu­nity for tal­ented kids to play univer­sity ball.”


Jar­rad Detheridge of Whit­ney Pier, a grad­u­ate of the Syd­ney Academy Wild­cats football pro­gram, has com­mit­ted to play for the Concordia Univer­sity Stingers in Mon­treal this fall. From left, Concordia as­sis­tant head coach An­drew Suther­land of Syd­ney, Detheridge and Syd­ney Academy Wild­cats head coach Lorne Burke.

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