Guelph adds another great London athlete

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.

Team Ontario West teammates and Gryphon recruits
Zack Mallough #99 & Curtis Newton #53

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.

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