D8 FOOTBALL: St. Benedict’s Ethan Eveleigh named Father Mike, Most Valuable Player


WATERLOO REGION (December 6, 2021) – On Monday, District 8 announced that St. Benedict’s quarterback Ethan Eveleigh would be named the Father Mike most valuable player in senior football. 

Eveleigh earned the top individual honours as he marched the Saints to a District 8 championship title, throwing for eight touchdowns and rushing for another four.

Ethan Eveleigh, District 8 Father Mike Most Valuable Player

“Ethan had a tremendous year for the Saints and was a big reason why we were able to capture the District 8 Championship,” said Joe Vale, head coach of the St. Benedict’s senior football team. “When called upon, Ethan was able to sit in the pocket and deliver efficient throws to receivers and running backs all over the field. However, when a play broke down, it was Ethan’s quickness and mobility that made him extremely successful. The fact that Ethan was able to move from the receiver position to quarterback says a lot about his athleticism and football IQ.”

Eveleigh is currently attracting interest from a number of Canadian post-secondary teams for the 2022 season and hopes to make a decision soon. 

Joining Eveleigh as first team all-stars are offensive teammates Eric Laffin and Caleb Hamilton. Both players scored a touchdown in the 2021 season, while Hamilton also played on defence alongside linebacker and first team all-star Bryn Palin.

Left to Right: Bryn Palin, Ethan Eveleigh, Caleb Hamilton

Three grade 11 players were named as second team selections from St. Benedict’s including Jacob Emery who lined up at defencive back, and Alex Pauletic who split time on the offensive and defensive line. Brayden Ratfort was also named to the second team scoring one touchdown on the season. 

Resurrection’s successful season was led by standout grade 11 quarterback Cole Henry who was named as a first team all-star, leading the league in passing touchdowns. Grade 11 teammate and wide receiver Damien Plauszta was the beneficiary of many of those passing touchdowns catching six. 

Left: Damian Plauszta, Right: Cole Henry

Fellow Phoenix Tyler Putzu and Robbie Moligian-Brown were named as first team all-stars, both playing running back and on the defensive side of the ball. Putzu scored two touchdowns in the season while Moligian-Brown had four. 

Left: Tyler Putzu, Right: Robbie Molligan-Brown

Lucas Cabral was named to the second team for Resurrection who rushed for one touchdown, as was teammate Nick Pho who caught five touchdown passes. Grade 12 lineman Jorge Villalobos rounds out the Phoenix all-star selections. 

St. Mary’s is represented by grade 12 lineman Ryan Ramos and grade 12 wide receiver and kicker Luca Romano as first team all-star selections. 

Left: Ryan Ramos, Right: Luca Romano

The Eagles second team selections went to linebacker Aaron King, offensive lineman Scott Sichewski and quarterback Ryan Stere. 

Grade 12 quarterback Ryan Wolf from St. David’s was named as a first team selection along with teammate Zach Brown. 

Celtics second team selections went to a pair of grade 11 linebackers, Ryan Becker and Nick Binkowski, as well as grade 12 lineman Owet Bohl.

2021-22 Father Mike, Most Valuable Player: Ethan Eveleigh, St. Benedict C.S.S.

Senior First Team All-Stars:

First NameLast NamePositionGradeSchool
ZachBrownOL/DL12St. David C.S.S.
EthanEveleighQB12St. Benedict C.S.S.
CalebHamiltonTE/LB12St. Benedict C.S.S.
ColeHenryQB11Resurrection C.S.S.
EricLaffinRB12St. Benedict C.S.S.
RobbieMoligian-BrownRB/LB12Resurrection C.S.S.
BrynPalinLB12St. Benedict C.S.S.
DamianPlausztaWR/DB11Resurrection C.S.S.
TylerPutzuLB/RB12Resurrection C.S.S.
RyanRamosOL/DL12St.Mary’s H.S.
LucaRomanoWR/K12St.Mary’s H.S.
BlakeWolfQB12St. David C.S.S.

Senior Second Team All-Stars:

First NameLast NamePositionGradeSchool
RyanBecknerLB11St. David C.S.S.
OwetBholOL/DL12St. David C.S.S.
NickBinkowskiLB11St. David C.S.S.
LucasCabralLB/TE12Resurrection C.S.S.
JacobEmeryDB11St. Benedict C.S.S.
AaronKingLB12St.Mary’s H.S.
AlexPauleticOL/DL11St. Benedict C.S.S.
NickPhoWR12Resurrection C.S.S.
BraydenRatfordWR/DB11St. Benedict C.S.S.
ScottSichewskiOL12St.Mary’s H.S.
RyanStereQB12St.Mary’s H.S.
JorgeVillalobosOL/DL12Resurrection C.S.S.

Junior All-Stars:

First NameLast NamePositionGradeSchool
AlexBinkowskiLB/WR9St. David C.S.S.
AidanConwayOL10Resurrection C.S.S.
RaulDomingo SaldanaHB/K10St. Benedict C.S.S.
QuintinDouglasRB/LB9St. Benedict C.S.S.
TonyFilipovicDL10St.Mary’s H.S.
YohannesGebrehiwetOL/DL10St. David C.S.S.
EduardoGutierrez OteoDE10St. Benedict C.S.S.
NolanHallRB10Resurrection C.S.S.
ColtonLa ChappelleLB10St. Benedict C.S.S.
JustinLochead – WeilerRB10Resurrection C.S.S.
AlexMartinRB10St. David C.S.S.
MarcusMsuyaRB9St.Mary’s H.S.
BlakeMucciRB/LB10St. Benedict C.S.S.
MateoPlozzerQB10St.Mary’s H.S.
GabePregeljLB10St. David C.S.S.
LandonReuterDB10St. David C.S.S.
BradyRiderLB10St.Mary’s H.S.
SeamusRiley McKayLB10Resurrection C.S.S.
DreewTargoszRB10Resurrection C.S.S.
MatthewTotzkeS10St.Mary’s H.S.
AidenWeberHB10St. Benedict C.S.S.
KhemanyWilliamsRB10St. Benedict C.S.S.
NickWranichOL/DL10St.Mary’s H.S.
ChristianZequeiraWR9St.Mary’s H.S.