ST. CLAIR FRATMEN FOOTBALL

February 12, 2021

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St. Clair Fratmen Football Announce 2021 Player Additions

Windsor, ON – The St. Clair College Fratmen have been busy on the recruiting trail and are excited to announce several key additions to the 2021 roster. 

Coming to the Fratmen from the local area is 6’1” 195 lbs. Defensive Back/Receiver Malcolm Wallace (Windsor ON/FJ Brennan).  He was named a WECSSAA All-City selection in addition to winning an OPFL Varsity Championship with the Essex Ravens in 2019.  Wallace will be enrolled in St. Clair’s Business program academically. 

“Malcolm is a terrific athlete and a perfect fit to our scheme on either side of the ball,” said Fratmen Head Coach Mike LaChance. 

LaChance continued, “His explosiveness was evident right away.  But the thing that attracted us most to him was his toughness and willingness to mix it up.”

A pair of American commitments will make a large impact immediately including 6'5" 375 lbs. Defensive Lineman Kendell Jones (Killeen, Texas) and 6'0" 195 lbs. Defensive Back/Corner Tenoa Alex (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). 

Alex was a 4-year performer at Jackson State University (Jackson, MS) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) after his high school days at Redemptorist High School in his hometown. 

“Tenoa is a big-time athlete coming from an outstanding level of play in the SWAC.  His experience and athleticism will really elevate us not only in the secondary but our entire defence will benefit.  He is a really bright kid who we are counting on to raise the bar with some of our younger defensive backs,” said LaChance. 

“With our various blitz packages, it is imperative that we have pieces like Tenoa to communicate quickly and play the game at a fast pace.  We are really excited about this addition,” finished LaChance. 

Jones played at Shoemaker High School in Texas before participating in the Under Armour All-Star Game where he earned himself a 5-Star rating that turned into a commitment to the University of Alabama in 2016.  But he entertained several other NCAA Division I offers to the likes of Baylor, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M. 

“Kendell is unbelievable on tape with his incredible size and agility.  He can man handle offensive lineman and commands double and triple teams.  As a 5-Star recruit and former Alabama commit Kendell has seen football at a level that very few (if any) players in the CJFL ever get to experience,” said LaChance. 

LaChance continued, “Life doesn’t always follow the script we expect and that is certainly the case with Kendell.  He is legitimately excited to have this opportunity to resurrect his football career and put his stamp on the Fratmen program.  We like his attitude the most as he is a very humble and genuine young man with an outstanding team first attitude.  I cannot be happier to have him suit up for the Fratmen in 2021.”

6'5" 335 lbs. Tim Davis (Brampton, ON) is another important piece coming to the Fratmen.  The Bramalea Secondary School standout played with the Guelph Jr. Gryphons winning the 2015 OFC Championship and earned a Bronze Medal in 2016 at Canada's Spalding Cup.  Davis has played with the London Beefeaters the last two seasons helping his team to a 2019 OFC Junior Championship and a Canadian Bowl appearance. He is enrolling in St. Clair’s Motive Power Technician program in the fall. 

LaChance stated,” Adding a player of Tim’s size to the offensive line is advantageous alone.  But when you factor in his experience as well as intensity level that he plays the game with it makes it even more exciting.”

“One of our offseason priorities was to improve the running game and Tim will play a big role in accomplishing that,” finished LaChance. 

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August 6, 2020

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CJFL Fall Season Suspended

Windsor, ON – The Saints Student Athletic Association Inc. has learned that the Canadian Junior Football League has officially cancelled the 2020 fall season and playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result, the St. Clair Fratmen will not get a chance to participate in its inaugural campaign this fall at the brand-new Sports Park Football stadium.  

In a release this morning the CJFL determined that it was not feasible to operate a regular season or playoffs for the 2020 season.  CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich stated, “It is very disappointing to make this announcement today, but our priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, and team administrators.”  

Saints Student Athletic Association President Michael Beale said, “This is unfortunate news for the Fratmen Football program.  But realizing the impact that the coronavirus has had on a global level the St. Clair Fratmen support the decision to suspend the 2020 fall season”.

Beale continued, “The St. Clair Fratmen remain committed to its players and coaches during this pandemic.  We had hoped that a delay in the season opener would have allowed an opportunity to salvage even a reduced fall season.  But even this proved to be too much of a challenge.  We will now focus on engaging our Ontario Football Conference partners to garner enough support to deliver a spring 2021 season to replace the fall season that was lost.”

St. Clair College Vice President Ron Seguin affirmed, “In light of circumstances beyond the control of our St. Clair College players we have decided to honour all financial commitments for scholarships in the upcoming academic year.”

In the coming weeks the Fratmen will engage in discussions to achieve a framework for a spring season that will meet the standards set by local and provincial health officials.  Updates on those plans will be released when it is appropriate. 

For the CJFL statement click on the following LINK.

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May 19, 2020

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St. Clair Fratmen Football Go East as part of Five New 2020 Additions

Windsor, ON – The St. Clair Fratmen Football team picked up five new 2020 roster additions including a pair from New Brunswick and Niagara Falls as well as another local all-star.

The Fratmen defensive line will improve with the inclusion of 6'2" 228lbs Zach Layden (Moncton, NB) and 6'3" 240lbs Jeffery Arthurs (Wheaton Settlement, NB) who both played their prep ball for Bernice MacNaughton High School in Moncton.  

Layden will be enrolled in St. Clair’s Business Marketing program and was a Defensive Lineman of the Year and an Offensive All-Star Award winner when he contributed in the backfield.  Defensive Coordinator Mike Morenice said about Layden, “Zach has good size for a young defensive end coming out of high school and the potential for growth on his frame is high.”

Morencie continued, “We only had the opportunity to recruit him off his film, but our defensive staff really liked what we saw.  We need to get him into camp and give him an opportunity to show us how he fits into our system.”  

Arthurs was another Defensive Lineman of the Year and won a Defensive All-Star Award in high school but will be attending St. Clair’s Motive Power Technician program academically.  

Morencie commented on Arthurs, “Jeff is another young player who starts out with a good frame and he is off to a good start to play inside with our front four.  We can help him put a bunch of size on and our defensive staff is excited to get Jeff into camp to begin his maturation as a football player.”

The Fratmen will benefit from a pair of Niagara Falls offensive players from Saint Paul Catholic High School in 5'9" 160lbs Slot Receiver/Running Back Enzey Youyoute and 6'2" 220lbs Full Back Jarrel Pappin.

Youyoute was an Offensive MVP in 2017 and won a SOSSA and a Niagara Regional Championship in 2019.  The Ontario Scholar will be enrolled academically in St. Clair’s Sport and Recreation Management program.  

Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Mike LaChance glowed about Youyoute, “Enzey is an extremely fast twitch player who has multifaceted skills.  He fits into our offense perfectly and will add to our quick strike and chunk yardage game.  We really look forward to adding another weapon like this into both our offense and return game.”

Pappin was an Offensive MVP and 3-time Defensive MVP helping Saint Paul to a pair of Championships but also competed for the Niagara Spears of the OPFL. Pappin is also pointed towards St. Clair’s Sport and Recreation Management program in the fall.  

LaChance added, “Jarrel brings a different and much needed aspect to our running game using his big body to play with physicality.  He can earn carries in our short yardage packages and with his excellent hands help our short passing game.  Athletes like Jarrel always contribute immediately on special teams as well.”

One local roster addition in this group includes 6’0” 205lbs Linebacker/Defensive Back Nick Trifon (Lakeshore, ON).  The Sandwich Secondary product was a WECSSAA All-City Linebacker and Sabre Award winner in 2019 as well as helping the Essex Ravens garner an OPFL Championship last summer.  Trifon is slated for St. Clair’s Electrical Techniques program in the fall. 
 
Morencie admired, “Nick is exactly what we look for in every defensive player we recruit and that is the ability to help us in multiple ways.  He can play either LB or DB in our system and that duality gives him a huge upside.  As a WECSSA All-Star he is a huge recruit for us and should see a lot of playing time in his rookie season both on the defense in addition to the special team’s side.”

Additional roster announcements for the St. Clair Fratmen will continue in the coming weeks.  

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May 7, 2020

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St. Clair Fratmen Football Bring in 7 More for 2020

Windsor, ON – The St. Clair Fratmen Football team welcomes to their 2020 incoming roster a pair of top out of town recruits as well as five local standouts. 

The Fratmen trenches will benefit on both sides of the ball with the acquisition of 5’11” 275lbs Offensive Lineman Chris Costigan (Barrie, ON) and 6’6” 250lbs Defensive End Austin Colter (Sarnia, ON).

Costigan won a local high school championship during his three seasons at Nantry Shores (Innisfil, ON) while also playing for the Huronia Stallions of the Great Lakes Football League. After an all-star season with the GTA All Stars of the Northern Football Conference he was also an OFC All-Star selection last year with the Niagara Regional Raiders.

Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Mike LaChance complimented Costigan, “Chris is an extremely physical player who finishes his blocks really well.  He has the strength to be impactful at the point of attack but he also has the athletic ability to pull and get to the second level.  Chris will be a nice addition to an emerging O-line.”

“We are looking for him to be a plug and play guy on our offensive line with his experience at Niagara,” finished Defensive Coordinator Mike Morenice about Costigan who will be enrolled academically in St. Clair’s Protection, Security & Investigation program. 

Colter starred at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute (St. Thomas, ON) for four years and was named Lineman of the Year in 2017.  Colter also gained valuable Championship experience winning titles with the Sarnia Imperials of the Northern Football Conference in 2016, 2017 and 2019 during four seasons in that league. 

Morencie flattered Colter who is a future St. Clair College Border Services student, “Austin has great length and size for an edge player.  He played four years with the Sarnia Imperials, so we are getting a player with experience at the next level.”

“We love what we see on film of Austin and we can't wait to coach that size on the edge,” said Morencie. 

Another fine local group of players have signed on for the Fratmen in 2020 including Defensive Back/Wide Receiver Tiaje Holmes (Windsor, ON/WF Herman Academy), OL/DL Caleb Mastronardi (Windsor, ON/WF Herman Academy), Defensive Tackle Charles Renaud (Windsor, ON/WF Herman Academy), Tight End/Linebacker Nick Brajkovic (Windsor, ON/Holy Names) and Defensive Back Tyus Browning (Windsor, ON/Holy Names).

The 5’11” 165lbs Holmes was a big part of two WECSSAA Championships while at Herman and was also named Defensive Player of the Year, Wide Receiver of the Year and won the Best Defensive Back Award. Holmes will be enrolled academically in St. Clair’s Electromechanical Engineering Technician – Robotics program this fall.

Morencie said about the Holmes pickup, “Tiaje is one of the better cover guys to come out of WECSSAA in the last few years.  We have been fortunate to have great corners play for us out of Herman in the past including Elijah Blythe, then Dalmas Lynch and now Tiaje.” 

5'10” 235lbs Herman teammate Mastronardi was 2018 All-City selection and helped guide the Green Griffins to a city and SWOSSAA Championship in 2019 while being named the WECSSAA Lineman of the Year.  Mastonardi showed versatility for Herman suiting up at Fullback, Centre, Defensive Tackle and Defensive End.

“The offensive and defensive staff will fight over who gets Caleb.  But wherever Caleb lines up he will get the chance to play right away and automatically upgrade our offensive or defensive line,” said Morencie about Mastronardi.

The final player from Herman in this group is the 5’10” 350lbs Renaud who was also part of last fall’s WECSSAA and SWOSSAA Championship team.  He also contributed to a pair of Championships (OVFL 2015 & OPFL 2019) with the Essex Ravens while being voted their Most Dedicated Player last summer.  Renaud will be enrolled academically in St. Clair’s Carpentry and Renovation Techniques program this coming fall. 

“Charles will be a force inside on our defensive front and he is a real tough guy to block one on one with his size,” Morencie relished.  He continued “That size fills a need on our defensive line, and we are excited that Charles can be the answer.” 

The 6’2” 240lbs Brajkovic is the first of a pair of talented Holy Names products announced today from Holy Names who in five high school seasons was a 4-time WECSSAA Champion, 2-time SWOSSAA Champion and a 2-time OFSAA Champion.  Brajkovic will be a St. Clair Border Services student in September and is a “Diamond in the rough who we see as a multi-dimensional player on our defense that possesses great versatility to his game,” according to Morencie. 

5’9” 175lbs Browning is the other Holy Names graduate who owns three WECSSAA titles along with a pair of SWOSSA and OFSAA Championships.  Browning was selected as a WECSSAA All-City selection in his grade 12 season and will be taking the Protection, Security & Investigation program in the classroom this fall. 

Morencie added about Browning, “Tyus will be in the mix at the corner spot the moment camp opens up as he has great confidence in his abilities which is imperative at that position.”

“We cannot have enough players from the pedigree programs like Holy Names and Herman,” finished Morencie. 

Additional roster announcements for the St. Clair Fratmen will continue in the coming weeks. 

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April 28, 2020

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St. Clair Fratmen Football Announce 2020 Roster Additions

Windsor, ON – The St. Clair Fratmen Football team are excited to announce some of their roster additions from the local area for the 2020 season.

On the offensive side of the ball the Fratmen will pick up speedy 5’6” 145Ibs Running Back Boriz Wright after four seasons locally with Holy Names High School where he earned a WECSSAA All-City selection in 2019.  Wright was a part of two SWOSSAA and OFSAA Championship teams for the Knights.  

Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Mike LaChance said of the addition of Wright, “Boriz has outstanding quickness and agility.  He has the innate ability to bounce off would be tacklers and maintain his balance to complete a run.” 

“His overall electricity and big play ability will fit in to our quick strike offence.  We are looking forward to seeing what else he can bring to not only the offence but in the return game as well,” finished LaChance. 

The Fratmen welcome 6’4” 230lbs Quarterback Michael Beale back to football after a 2-year hiatus from the game while he pitched for the St. Clair College Saints Varsity Baseball team in addition to suiting up for the St. Clair Green Giants Summer Collegiate team the past two seasons.  Prior to that and into last summer he was a member of the Tecumseh Thunder Baseball program competing with the 18U and 21U teams.  Beale was last on the gridiron locally in 2017 at the pivot for the Essex Ravens before trying his hand at St. Francis Xavier (Antigonish, NS) for a year. 

That followed a career at W.F. Herman High School which included 5 WECSSAA City Football titles along with 3 SWOSSAA and OFSAA Bowl Championships.  He was individually honoured as a 2-time WECSSAA All-City selection and named the Offensive MVP in 2016.  Beale was also a member of the Herman basketball and baseball teams winning the WECSSAA Mr. Baseball Award in 2017.  Academically, he finished the Early Childhood Education program at St. Clair this spring and will be continuing his studies this fall in the Sports and Recreation Management program.  While at St. Clair he has also moonlighted with the varsity volleyball team and is a member of the Saints Student Athletic Association Board.

LaChance said of the addition of Beale, “Michael is a big, strong armed QB that is able to make every throw.  He has excellent athleticism, solid footwork and natural leadership qualities.  He played at a premiere high school (Herman) and was well coached at the position.  We are excited to add Michael to an already loaded QB room.  Michael is eager to compete with our two returning all-star QB’s.”

The Fratmen made some inroads on the defensive side of the ball picking up 6'1" 205lbs Linebacker James Hanlon (Sandwich Secondary), 6’0” 175lbs Defensive Back Steven Guenette (Holy Names), 6'3" 230lbs Defensive Tackle Noah Mousseau (F.J. Brennan) and 6’0” 250lbs Defensive Tackle Raekwon Soulliere (Kennedy Collegiate Institute). 

Hanlon had a breakout year in 2019 as Sandwich’s Defensive MVP and a WECSSAA All-City selection.  He was also a Team Ontario All-Star in addition to winning an OPFL Premier League Championship for the Essex Ravens.  He earned OPFL All-Star status as well as being recognized as the Ravens Defensive and Team overall MVP. 

“James has the ability to play a number of positions within the defensive front seven,” said Fratmen Defensive Coordinator Mike Morencie about Hanlon. 

“He reminds me of the New England Patriots type backers who can play off or on the line of scrimmage.  When you watch him play the first thing that you notice is his high motor,” said Morencie. 

Mousseau was Brennan’s Defensive MVP in 2018 and 2019 in addition to a WECSSAA All-City selection last fall.  Mousseau was a member of the Essex Ravens OPFL Varsity Premier Championship last summer. 

“A huge priority for us this off-season was to get more beef inside on the defensive line and to have a variety of players who bring different things to the table,” Morencie commented on Mousseau. 

“Noah has a huge upside and brings athleticism to the front.  We are looking forward to working with Noah and developing his skill set so he can compete right away for us.  I see a player who can become a slasher as a pass rusher,” Morencie forecasted for Mousseau.

Soulliere starred at Kennedy as a 2-time WECSSAA All-City selection in 2018 and 2019 helping the Clippers to the ‘AA’ Championship last fall.  The Windsor Minor Football Association product was his school’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 in addition to experience in the Essex Ravens program. 

Morencie added about Soulliere, “Raekwon is a Swiss Army knife type of football player.  He can play DE or DT and can move over to offense if he is called upon.  We will look at him as a defensive tackle early but develop him as a defensive end as well.  He will come to camp in the 255lbs range so our projections down the road are to develop a big run stopper inside.”

Guenette also competed for Team Ontario winning a pair of Bronze Medals in 2015 and 2016.  While at Holy Names he was named a WECSSAA All-City Selection in 2017 helping his team to 3 city titles, 2 SWOSSAA and OFSAA Championships.  He moved on to the University of Waterloo where the Warriors were OUA semi-finalists last fall.  Guenette also has experience with the Essex Ravens and 7 on 7 Legacy League State of Michigan Championship.  

Morencie said about Guenette, “Steven has a great pedigree from Holy Names and the University of Waterloo, so he comes into our program with the best of coaching.” 

“I see Steven as a multi-dimensional defensive player who can help on the edge but is big enough to play inside at the safety.  His football IQ jumps out at you when watch him perform,” complimented Morencie.

The St. Clair Fratmen will continue with additional roster announcements in the coming weeks. 

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For additional information contact:
St. Clair College Athletic Coordinator Ted Beale
Ph: (519) 563-8012 or email tbeale@stclaircollege.ca

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April 22, 2020

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ATTN: SPORTS DEPARTMENT

St. Clair Fratmen Football Unveil New Logo

Windsor, ON – The St. Clair Fratmen Football team officially unveiled its new logo (attached) today through social media and on the www.saintsathletics.ca website.  The logo utilizes the St. Clair corporate Griffin inside a football while maintaining the historical text of the Fratmen nickname.  St. Clair College’s traditional green and gold colours are present throughout the design.

“We think this new Fratmen Football team logo stands out and it is fittingly inspired by the griffin which ties our Saints family together,” stated SAA President Kshitij Punj.  He continued, “With the launch of the new logo, my SAA colleagues and I are really looking forward to seeing the team wear our colours in action.  The operations and development of this team are underway which is very exciting.”

As the season nears additional branding will be put in place featuring this logo.  Also attached is the uniform design of the St. Clair Fratmen in both the white and green options.

Due to COVID, the entire league is currently on shut down of any football related activity until June 1st.  The season schedule will be released when the Canadian Junior Football League leadership, after consultation with the provincial and federal health organizations, feels it is safe to resume activity. 

See below St. Clair Fratmen Coaching Staff for the 2020 season. 

Mike LaChance        Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
James Rice               Offensive Line Coach
Sean Guenette         Offensive Line Coach
Ricky Simons            Quarterbacks Coach
Jamie McCurdy        Running Backs Coach
Nick Niforos              Running Backs Coach
Joel Archer                Receivers Coach
Mike Morencie          Defensive Coordinator
Darren Quennell      Defensive Line Coach
Mike Laino                 Defensive Line Coach
Erik Lovis                   Linebackers Coach
Stacy Norton             Defensive Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Dave Drouillard        Defensive Backs Coach

In the coming days and weeks, the St. Clair Fratmen will begin to announce 2020 roster signings as well as information about pre-season mini camps.

The St. Clair Fratmen can be followed on the social media platforms listed below.

Twitter:           @stclairfratmen
Instagram:     stclairfratmen

February 21, 2020

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ATTN: SPORTS DEPARTMENT

Saints Student Athletic Association Purchase Fratmen Football

Windsor, ON – Saints Student Athletic Association Inc. made it official Friday morning announcing the purchase of the Fratmen Football organization at a Press Conference held at St. Clair College’s SportsPlex. 

“The Saints Student Athletic Association is happy to make this announcement as we are always looking to expand our athletic portfolio.  We think this is a great opportunity to offer football enthusiasm to the student body on campus,” stated SAA President Kshitij Punj who addressed staff and media gathered at the SportsPlex.  Punj continued, “The SAA board and I are looking forward to the challenge of being directly involved with the operations of this team and are indeed excited about it.”

This innovative partnership between the Fratmen Football franchise and the Saints Student Athletic Association Incorporated will be the first of its kind in Ontario.  As of this announcement the Student Athletic Association Inc. will assume ownership of the Fratmen Football team taking responsibility for the business and game day operations of the program.

Beginning with the 2020 season the team will play and practice at the soon to be completed St. Clair College Sports Park.  Construction of the 20-million-dollar complex is set to be finalized in mid-summer with the facility featuring a full artificial turf playing surface that is fully lit for evening play, 1,500-seat capacity stadium seating including a media press box along with a jumbo interactive score board.

The Saints Student Athletic Association Inc. is thrilled to be partnered with the storied history and success of the Fratmen brand who are the longest running amateur sport organization in Canada which began in 1929 and has won 3 National Titles during that span.  The Fratmen were also the first Canadian Junior Football League team to be honoured in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and have been featured in the Museum's locker room exhibit.

The team will continue to play in the Ontario Football Conference which is part of the Canadian Junior Football League with a fall season stretching from August to November.  The current Fratmen coaching staff will remain intact with recruitment already in full swing for next season.  Head Coach Mike Lachance will announce his coaching staff in the coming weeks assisted further by Joe Cleroux who will be retained to assist with league matters and compliance.

Rostered players on the football team who are enrolled full-time in the fall semester at St. Clair College will continue to enjoy a $1,250.00 scholarship with access to several other bursaries and financial aid opportunities.  However, student status at St. Clair College is not required for access to the playing roster.  Rick Cranker along with St. Clair Athletic Coordinator Ted Beale will serve as education liaisons for current and prospective football team members. 

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For information about the St. Clair Fratmen use the contacts below.

Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator - Mike LaChance
fratmenfootball@hotmail.com  (519) 562-5399

Defensive Coordinator - Mike Morencie
mmertz27@gmail.com  (519) 817-6378

Athletic Coordinator & St. Clair College Admissions Assistance - Ted Beale
tbeale@stclaircollege.ca (519) 563-8012

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