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Celtics headed to the U Sports gridiron

Xavier Masotti, Leo Hernandez, Jacob Patten honoured

By Mike Pearson
Stoney Creek News (May 7, 2018)

The Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School community has formally recognized three football standouts advancing to the U Sports gridiron this fall.

Xavier Masotti, Leo (Big Smooth) Hernandez and Jacob Patten were honoured during a brief ceremony May 4 for their outstanding contributions to the school’s varsity football program.

Masotti, a six-foot-five wide receiver, and Hernandez, a five-foot-10 fullback who can also suit up as a linebacker, will attend Wilfrid Laurier University. Patten, a five-foot-11 receiver who can also play quarterback, will fly out west to join the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds later this summer.

Patten chose UBC for its welcoming environment.

“I felt the team they weren’t all about themselves, they were about each other,” he said. “Everyone wants to win and I want to be part of an atmosphere like that.”

Since signing with Laurier earlier this year, Masotti has been stepping up his workouts in an effort to take his game to the next level. Masotti is the nephew of former Toronto Argonauts great Paul Masotti and the son of former Edmonton Eskimos receiver Christian Masotti.

“I’m just preparing myself mentally and physically just so I’m (ready) for what I have to do.”
Masotti plans to study business. His dream internship would be an opportunity working with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Hernandez is also training daily, lifting weights and doing running drills. He’s determined to do everything in his power to show Laurier coaches he deserves a starting job.

“I’m working everyday, trying to get bigger, trying to get faster, whatever I can for next year,” said Hernandez. “Obviously it’s a whole new level, basically playing with men.”





From left, Xavier Masotti, (Laurier), Jacob Patten (University of British Columbia) and Leo Hernandez, (Laurier) showed off the new team colours they will be wearing as U Sports football players this fall. Photo by Mike Pearson/Metroland.
From left, Xavier Masotti, (Laurier), Jacob Patten (University of British Columbia) and Leo Hernandez, (Laurier) showed off the new team colours they will be wearing as U Sports football players this fall. Photo by Mike Pearson/Metroland.