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Bantam Spartans eye steady progression

Summerside Spartans quarterback Lucas Doucette hands the ball off to Ryan McCourt during a drill in a recent practice at Eric Johnston Field. The Spartans open the P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League season against the Kings County Steelers at Eric Johnston Field on Friday at 6 p.m.
Summerside Spartans quarterback Lucas Doucette hands the ball off to Ryan McCourt during a drill in a recent practice at Eric Johnston Field. The Spartans open the P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League season against the Kings County Steelers at Eric Johnston Field on Friday at 6 p.m. - Jason Simmonds

Kings County Steelers visit Summerside for opening game

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Waterwise Spartans are taking a play-by-play, game-by-game mentality this season.
With the P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League moving from eight-man to six-man football, it will be interesting to see how the Spartans match up with the other teams. Some of those answers will be known on Friday, when the Spartans host the Kings County Steelers in the regular-season opener for both teams. Start time at Eric Johnston Field is 6 p.m.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Spartans will have great speed in the backfield with Kieran Arsenault and Zackary Blood. The Spartans are also looking for big things offensively from first-year quarterback Lucas Doucette, and the coaching staff likes his speed and arm.
The offensive line is raw but talented, with Sean Matheson as the only seasoned veteran, while Evan MacDougall and Carson Biggar are first-year Spartans.

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Defence    
On the defensive side of the ball, the Spartans have more experience and are looking for big things from leader Aiden Little at middle linebacker, Nathan Enman and Daniel Tamtom on the defensive line and Luke Quinlan at strong safety. The defence will be looking at for two sophomore players, Bradley McCourt and Brayden Pike, to make significant contributions at the defensive-back positions.
Almost half of the team are first-year bantam players, and the coaches will be mixing these players in to give them experience and hoping for some big contributions from them as well.
The Spartans’ coaching staff is really excited with the make-up of this team, and is hoping for a good crowd on Friday night.

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Players
Summerside Spartans’ bantam team roster:
10. Lucas Doucette
20. Sam Friesen
21. Bradley McCourt
22. Wesley Long
24. Donovan Ryder-Clements
25. Connor Blood
30. Colby Gallant
33. Brayden Pike
44. Cole Holland
45. Kieran Arsenault
51. Carson Biggar
54. Carter Lawless
55. Luke Quinlan
59. Brexton MacLeod
77. Evan MacDougall
81. Zachary Blood
87. Sean Matheson
90. Dane Rogers
91. Daniel Tamtom
92. Nathan Enman
99. Aiden Little

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