EnviroClean Chatham-Kent Cougar of the Week: Ben Bartlett
Barlett had a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first half of Chatham-Kent’s 24-7 loss to the Burlington Stampeders, the Cougars’ lone points in the game.
In total, Bartlett returned the ball seven times on the day, totalling 153-yards, and also picked up four catches for 67-yards.
Varsity head coach Jeff Green said Bartlett was his clear choice for the weekly honour, which is made possible by Chatham’s Car & Dog Wash, “Ben Bartlett will be my choice for Player of the Week honours,” wrote Green.
Bartlett, a Chatham-Kent Secondary School graduate from Charing Cross, who attends the University of Ottawa, has been an integral member of the Cougars organization, with Saturday’s loss being his final game in a Chatham-Kent uniform.
According to Cougars president Selwyn Jordan, Bartlett should be proud of his accomplishments with the organization, and he feels he has the skills to play at a higher level.
“Ben Bartlett is definitely a University caliber wide receiver,” says Jordan. “Ben runs tight routes, has great hands, has excellent speed, and seems to run faster when he has the ball in his hands. Ben has played QB, RB, WRer, DB this season for the Cougars, very versatile. The best part of Ben’s game is his quiet leadership qualities, high football IQ, and his cool demeanour on and off the field,” continued Jordan who also thanked Ben’s parents for their tireless efforts volunteering with the Cougars organization..
“Ben was definitely at the top of Cougar Football Class of 2014,” says Jordan. “I wish Ben all the best in his future endeavours.”
According to Bartlett, as much as the Cougars organization valued his contributions, he felt equally appreciative for everything the organization has done for him in return.
“During my time with the Cougars I learned many great things both on and off the field,” says Bartlett. “I have had great coaches who consistently go one step further to help me achieve my goals, and always push me beyond my limits which I am very grateful for. The traits that I can take away from my experiences with football will stay with me throughout life as my goals and aspirations grow beyond sports.”