Toronto high school football programs return to the field
Not as many as previous years. But Toronto (and area) high school football teams are now back on the gridiron.
Though some schools did field teams in 2021, many others have not operated a program since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Thus, there are several programs that are running this year for the first time since 2019.
The TDSB has five senior entrants this year. Toronto’s Catholic schools loop features seven participating clubs. And a pair of Toronto schools are among those competing in a four-team Independent circuit.
The Saints, a perennial league power, have 50 players on their roster this season, about half of which participated in Richview’s shortened 2021 campaign.
“I really think it’s anyone’s time this year,” Saints’ head coach Stath Koumoutseas. “All teams are welcoming new kids that have never played before.”
Those expected to make valuable contributions for the Saints this season include QB Michael Winiker, wide receiver Christian Jones-Donald, running backs Nicholas Allison and Antwone Daley and Jacob Przygodski, who is expected to see action as a linebacker, lineman and fullback.
“I think offensively we’ll be okay,” Koumoutseas said. “We’ve good some good skilled position guys.”
The Colts, one of three TDSB squads that fielded senior teams in 2021, are expected to take some positive steps forward this season.
“We didn’t win a game last year,” said Western Tech head coach Russ Hoff. “We’ve got a well-rounded team now and we’re hoping to change that this year.”
The Colts have about 40 players on their roster this season. The squad only lost about a half dozen players to graduation from its varsity club last year.
Western Tech will be led by Jackson Galanyk, a Grade 11 student who also started as the team’s QB in 2021. Other Colts’ players to watch out for include wide receiver Adam Tremblay, defensive end Kai Gagnon and defensive back Tevon Edwards.