Soloman Bond and many of his Grant Park teammates remember exactly what happened at this time a year ago. The Pirates fell in the JV final to the undefeated Vincent Massey Trojans and vowed to come back stronger this season.
"It was just a get this done mentality," the visibly emotional grade ten quarterback said postgame.
"We were angry. We wanted this bad, because last year was a plain embarrassment. We did it and we couldn't be any happier."
Grant Park capped off an undefeated 2019 season by defeating the second ranked Dakota Lancers 28-9 in the JV final this evening at IG Field. They took a 14-0 lead early into the second quarter and didn't look back, churning out a dominant run game -- thanks in part to two-way starters Kyle Watt and Nathanial Lisak -- and an MVP performance from running back/receiver Rylan Mitchell.
Dakota pulled to within five at 14-9 after an Adbeel Bhatti touchdown reception with two minutes to go in the first half, but wouldn't get any closer.
Grant Park's defence locked things down, getting a critical fumble recovery from Evan Rees to snuff out the following Lancers drive, as well as an interception from captain Jake Deneka and multiple third down stuffs.
The Pirates scored two more times in the second half, with the game-defining major coming on their longest drive of the game to end the third quarter. Bond had a massive first down off left tackle during the series and capped things off with a touchdown plunge.
"Everyone was trying, everybody was pushing their hardest," Bond said.
"Right before we went out there I'm like boys, we need this. This is us. Of course we all listen and in our family environment we got it done and punched it in."