Both teams registered lopsided victories as the 2013 campaign kicked off with double-header action at the James Jerome Sports Complex on Thursday.
In the opener, it was clear that Lively already possessed a pretty decent offence, even before the arrival of Sudbury Gladiators' offence MVP, Austin Kirkey, transferring over from Chelmsford.
Now, they are just that much more impressive.
Kirkey juked and weaved his way to a 75-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter to open the scoring, later hauling in a 39-yard TD pass from back-up quarterback Cody Bishop as Lively manhandled the Lasalle Lancers 41-0.
The Hawks also received a pair of touchdowns from veteran Scott Friesen on runs of five and 18 yards, with Jesse Brear (three-yard run) and Andrew Andretta (98-yard fumble recovery) also reaching the end zone.
Friesen added a pair of converts and a single on a 35-yard field goal attempt that drifted wide, with the Hawks closing out the scoring with a safety touch. Playing his first game in a Lively uniform, Kirkey carried the ball four times for 129 yards and hauled in four passes as well, adding another 80 yards to his resume.
Quarterback Hunter Holub completed five of 11 passes for 71 yards before giving way to Bishop late in quarter three with the Hawks holding a 32-0 lead. Gladiators defensive MVP Joe Jelen showcased his versatility for Lasalle, providing the team with their most dangerous offensive threat.
Jelen rushed for 115 yards on the game, the vast majority of which came on the game's opening drive when the Lancers drove from their own 22 all the way to the Lively 16-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.
In the nightcap, Jonathan Landry returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a major and the Alouettes never looked back, bouncing the Lockerby Vikings 43-8.
Collège Notre Dame sprinted to a 30-0 lead at the half as rookie quarterback Dan Lamoureux connected with both Matteo Vigna (35-yard TD) and Jordan Lacelle (three-yard TD), with Lacelle rushing in from four yards out while Vigna added a 35-yard field goal.
The Lamoureux-Vigna tandem would strike again in the third quarter, this time from 25 yards out before Lockerby got on the board.
Quarterback Josh Favaro bounced a broken play outside from the one-yard line, reaching the end zone, and added a two-point conversion when he connected with wideout David Moorhouse, narrowing the gap to 36-8.
The score remained that way until late in the fourth quarter when a field-goal attempt gone awry was salvaged by the CND side as Landry darted home from four yards out, adding the convert to leave the final score reading 43-8.
Week 1 action resumes on today when the St. Charles Cardinals and Confederation Chargers go head to head at 4 p.m., before the Lo-Ellen Park Knights and St. Benedict Bears renew their rivalry at 7 p.m.