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SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Waterwise Spartans are expecting a tough challenge right off the bat.

Summerside Waterwise Spartans quarterback Riley Molyneaux focuses on his target during a recent practice. The Spartans will open the 2016 Papa John’s P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League regular season at Eric Johnston Field on Friday. The Cornwall Timberwolves will provide the opposition for the 6 p.m. contest.

The Spartans will begin pursuit of their fourth straight Papa John’s P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League championship on Friday. The Cornwall Timberwolves, who have 18 returnees this season, will visit Eric Johnston Field for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

“They (Timberwolves) have a great coaching staff down there and they have been developing a good bantam program, so it will be a very close game,” said Spartans defensive co-ordinator Jeff MacDonald. “Our guys will be ready, but it’s a little different taking your game from the practice field to the game field, so you can expect some mistakes this early in the season.”



The Spartans have 11 returnees on their 35-player roster, and the coaching staff is confident the team will be in contention when it counts at the end of the season.

“We have a lot of atom players who have moved up to bantam and we have a number of new players that are very good athletes, but don’t yet know the game of football very well,” added Summerside assistant coach Brian Doucet. “We preach to our players it’s about getting better every week, and we have already seen a big improvement in our team since late August.”



Summerside will play a six-game regular season, playing home-and-away games against the Timberwolves, Charlottetown Privateers and Eastern Kings Steelers. 

The bantam league features players in Grades 7 to 9.

All the Spartans’ home games are Fridays at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be concessions available.



Summerside Waterwise Spartans’ roster:


7. Riley Molyneaux, quarterback

10. Luke Payne, quarterback

12. Justin Caron, quarterback

20. Ethan Lawless, running back

22. Phoenix MacKay, running back

44. Ryan Lawless, running back

30. Arman Singh, running back

33. Zach Blood, wide receiver

54. Jayden Ryder-Clements, offensive line

67. Paul Wambolt, offensive line

70. Connor Murphy, offensive line

75. Isaac Prosser, offensive line

80. Charlie Turner, wide receiver

81. Colin Goodwin, tight end

82. Alex Campbell, tight end

84. Kyle Cameron, wide receiver

87. Blake MacKinnon, wide receiver

88. Ethan Haakman, wide receiver



21. Sahib Singh, linebacker/defensive back

24. Shawn Aitken, defensive back

25. Luke Quinlan, defensive back

28. Ben Murphy, defensive line

45. Parker Fisher, defensive back

51. Nic Gunning, linebacker

55. Connor Murphy, defensive line

56. Finn Turner, linebacker/defensive back

58. Ryan MacKinnon, defensive back

59. Braydon Lawless, linebacker

60. Jon Quinlan, defensive line

77. Ryan Murphy, defensive line

90. Sean Matheson, defensive line

91. Daniel Tamtom, defensive line

93. Charlie McBean, defensive back

92. Logan Rogers, defensive line

98. Nathan Enman, defensive line

99 Breton Brown, defensive line


Coaching Staff

Head coach – John Turner

Offensive co-ordinator – Paul Power

Assistant offensive co-ordinator – Jamie Matheson

Assistant coach/defensive co-ordinator – Brian Doucet

Defensive co-ordinator/special teams – Jeff MacDonald

Assistant defensive co-ordinator – Paul Quinlan

Assistant special teams – Ken Blood

Sports Editor's Note: A story on the Summerside Clippers' varsity team will be published in Friday's edition of the Journal Pioneer.

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