This young man’s accomplishments make it difficult to choose a title for this post – i) Team Ontario LB commits? ii) Bowl champion LB heading to Guelph? iii) Defensive MVP …? In Curtis Newton, a 6’1″ 210-pound linebacker from London, Guelph is getting … iv) all of the above. Newton was a two-way starter, at slotback and linebacker, for the Western Bowl champion A.B. Lucas Vikings. Lucas was a near-perfect 10-1, and thoroughly dominated their competition, outscoring opponents 204-41 in the regular season and 190-60 in the playoffs. The defensive MVP of the Vikings, Newton (#10 in photo) had 4 interceptions on the season. In the City championship he had an INT, two sacks and multiple tackles. He also had a 3 touchdown game. Based on his video, most impressive to me was the number of tackles he makes behind the line of scrimmage (TFLs). It looks to be a combination of football smarts and great speed.
Newton’s 2011 season highlights actually began back in July when he played in the Football Canada Cup in Lethbridge AB. Newton was Team Ontario West’s defensive MVP in a game against the host Alberta squad. [Fellow Londoner, and future Gryphon teammate, Zack Mallough also won a defensive MVP game award in Lethbridge.] Newton played OVFL football with the London Falcons at the peewee and JV levels. Newton was not only a football team captain but he wore the “C” for his high school hockey team. Newton found time to run track at Lucas and play competitive lacrosse.