Co-stars

Tal­ented ath­letes share Dis­trict 8 se­nior foot­ball MVP hard­ware

Waterloo Region Record - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Bryson, Record staff mbryson@there­cord.com, Twit­ter: @BrysonRecord

KITCH­ENER — Colin Co­nant has com­pli­men­tary things to say about An­drew Horscroft.

“He’s got a crazy good arm. … Not only is he mobile, but he’s got great reads and a great re­lease. He knows where his re­ceivers are go­ing to be and he knows when to hit them.”

And Horscroft is quick to toss the com­pli­ment back at Co­nant.

“He’s quick, he’s re­ally quick. He’s not the big­gest guy, but he’s trou­ble ev­ery time he’s on the field.”

Horscroft and Co­nant have been named co-MVPs of the Dis­trict 8 se­nior boys’ foot­ball league, for out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual play and lead­ing their teams to the cham­pi­onship game.

Horscroft was a quar­ter­back/ de­fen­sive back/punter with the St. Bene­dict Saints and Co­nant was a re­ceiver/de­fen­sive back/ kick-re­turn spe­cial­ist with the St. David Celtics.

Horscroft im­proved as the sea­son pro­gressed and guided the Saints to a 5-1 reg­u­lar-sea­son record and the first se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship in school his­tory. The Grade 12 stu­dent threw 12 touch­down passes and had five rush­ing scores dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. And he had a pair of rush­ing touch­downs in the Saints’ 25-21 win in the D8 fi­nal.

“Andy had a sen­sa­tional year for us. He con­tin­ued to get bet­ter each and ev­ery week, and beat teams with his arm and legs,” said Saints head coach Joe Vale.

“His abil­ity to man­age the game and get all re­ceivers in­volved made our of­fence tough to de­fend.”

Horscroft and the Saints fol­lowed up their D8 cham­pi­onship by de­feat­ing the St. Mary’s Mus­tangs, of Owen Sound, 29-7 in a Cen­tral West­ern On­tario play­off game. The Saints’ sea­son ended just three days later with a 39-13 loss to the Ja­cob He­speler Hawk in a CWOSSA semi­fi­nal game.

“Over­all, it was a good sea­son and I wouldn’t have wanted to play with any­one else,” said Horscroft. “Hope­fully, the school will win more D8 ban­ners and get back to CWOSSA.”

Horscroft, who plays foot­ball for the Cam­bridge Li­ons and se­nior bas­ket­ball at St. Bene­dict, is open to the idea of play­ing at the uni­ver­sity level. How­ever, he has no con­crete of­fers to pon­der. He has yet to de­cide whether he’ll re­turn for a fifth year of high school.

Co­nant used his blaz­ing speed to score eight TDs on the sea­son, in­clud­ing a game in which he scored a rush­ing TD, a re­ceiv­ing TD and a de­fen­sive “pick-six” score. The Grade 12 stu­dent rarely left the field and played a star­ring role as the Celtics fin­ished first in the reg­u­lar-sea­son stand­ings with a 5-1 record.

In ad­di­tion to his great speed, Co­nant pos­sesses a strong knowl­edge of the game and has a knack for know­ing where the ball is go­ing to be.

“Colin was a leader on and off the field. He played the game with in­ten­sity and pas­sion,” said Celtics coach Steve En­nis. “He was a hawk on de­fence and his speed was un­matched on of­fence and spe­cial teams. He is the kind of kid you build the pro­gram around.”

Co­nant is also un­sure of what comes next. He’s con­sid­ered try­ing to play at the next level, but also thinks this might be the ideal time to walk away and fo­cus on his ed­u­ca­tion. Out­side of school, he plays soc­cer and dab­bles in track and field.

The MVP award, he said, helps soften the sting of los­ing the D8 fi­nal to the Saints.

“I wanted to play my best in what is prob­a­bly my last year of high school and I did that,” he said.

“We didn’t win the cham­pi­onship, but this is a nice con­so­la­tion prize.”

Co­nant is the sec­ond straight St. David stu­dent to win the award, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of cur­rent Uni­ver­sity of Water­loo player Justin Hen­der­son.

IAN STE­WART, SPE­CIAL TO THE RECORD

Colin Co­nant of St. David, left, and An­drew Horscroft of St. Bene­dict have been named co-MVPs of the Dis­trict 8 se­nior boys’ foot­ball league.

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