Week 7: October 20-21
Spartans stop J.M.A. Cougars
ST. STEPHEN - Daniel Marshall and Joel Wilcox both scored touchdowns
to lead the St. Stephen Spartans to a 15-6 win over the J.M.A. Armstrong
Cougars in New Brunswick High School Football League 10-man action.
Matt Sode's singe point in the second quarter started the scoring for
the Spartans and Brett Hooper added a two-point convert for the winners
in the third quarter.
Redhawks keep hopes
Harbour View High School suffers first setback of
Travis Gorman of Leo Hayes knocks a pass away
from Marcel St. Pierre of Hampton High during action Saturday in
SAINT JOHN - The Rothesay Redhawks kept their
playoff hopes alive with a 33-1 win over the St. Malachy's Saints in New
Brunswick High School Football League 10-man action on Saturday.
St. Mac's opened the scoring with a 35-yard punt for a rouge, but that
was all the Saints could muster for offence.
Mark McLaughlin scored Rothesay's first touchdown with a five-yard
plunge up the middle and then Mike Cote delivered a 70-yard punt return
for a major. Chris Mitchell scored next on a 30-yard pass and run play
from Matt Nicholson near the end of the first half.
Cote tallied two more TDs in the second half on runs of 35 and 15 yard,
respectively. Rob Grant had a catch for a two-point convert and Cote
kicked the single-point to round out the scoring.
In other 10-man action, the Simonds Seabees defeated the Harbour View
Vikings 30-20. Vikings quarterback Jordan Blizzard rushed for 180 yards
and scored three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as the Seabees handed
the Vikes their first loss of the season.
Blizzard opened the game with a dramatic 55 yard run for a touchdown,
then hit Mike Curwin with a two-point convert.
Seabee Stefan Wood responded with a 15 yard scamper for an unconverted
TD to make the score 8-6 after the first quarter. The second quarter
belonged to the Seabees as Josh Davis plunged into the Vikings' end
zone, followed by Wood's second major, both unconverted, to give the
Seabees an 18-8 halftime lead.
Blizzard owned the third quarter, scoring twice - first on a one-yard
keeper and again on a 50 yard sprint, putting the Vikes up 20-18 after
But the Seabees refused to quit. In the fourth quarter, Seabee QB Kyle
Skerry hit Marshall Vail with a 65 yard touchdown pass. Wood later
notched his third major of the afternoon, making the final 30-20 for the
Seabees, who improved to 4-3. The Vikes fell to 6-1.
Meanwhile, in other 10-man action, it was St. Stephen 15 J.M.A.
Armstrong 6. In 12-man play, it was Tantramar 37 Odyssee 10; MacNaughton
51 Moncton 0; Riverview 8 Harrison Trimble 0; Fredericton 28 Oromocto 0;
Saint John 25 Kennebecasis Valley 0; and Hampton 18 Leo Hayes 14.
Lions finish 0-7 in boys football
Leo Hayes High Lions lost 18-14 to the Hampton Huskies in Hampton
Saturday to finish 0-7 in the provincial high school football league
The matchup was the final of the regular season in the 12-team, two
divisional setup. For the Huskies, it was their fifth win in seven
games, giving them third place in the west behind Fredericton High, 7-0,
and Saint John High, 6-1.
Finishing fourth in the west were the Oromocto High Art World Blues at
Kats will host OHS and Hampton will play at Saint John in west
conference semifinal action this weekend.
Football Cougars edged
SALISBURY - J.M.A. Armstrong Cougars fell
15-6 to the St. Stephen High Spartans in New Brunswick High School
Football League 10-man division play here Saturday.
Field conditions kept the game on the ground as the Spartans ran in for
a pair of touchdowns.
Justin Scott scored the Cougars' lone touchdown.
Justin McPherson recorded two sacks for J.M.A. Armstrong while Ryan
Gaynes had an interception.
St. Stephen High improved to 6-1. J.M.A. Armstrong dropped to 3-4.
Cougars wrap up the regular season Friday when they visit the Rothesay
High Redhawks at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, matchups have been decided for the 12-man division playoffs,
which begin this weekend with quarter-finals.
In the Eastern Conference, the first-place MacNaughton Highlanders
(5-1-1) host the fourth-place Harrison Trimble Trojans (3-4) while the
second-place Riverview High Royals (5-1-1) entertain the third-place
Tantramar Titans (5-2).
In the Western Conference, the first-place Fredericton High Black Kats
(7-0) play the fourth-place Oromocto High Blues (2-5) and the
second-place Saint John High Greyhounds (6-1) take on the Hampton High
Game dates are to be announced.
Highlanders clinch top
Riverview High Royals take second place with 8-0
victory over Harrison Trimble Trojans
Riverview High's Steven Collette intercepts a
pass intended for Harrison Trimble's Matt Steeves, left, during the
first half of yesterday's New Brunswick High School Football League
game in Riverview. Royals beat the Trojans 8-0.
MacNaughton Highlanders sure look like they're ready
for the playoffs.
Highlanders ended the New Brunswick High School Football League 12-man
division regular season on a winning note last night, thumping the
Moncton High Purple Knights 51-0 at Rocky Stone Memorial Field.
With the win, MacNaughton (5-1-1) clinched first place in the Eastern
Conference heading into the playoffs beginning next weekend.
"We've got healthy in the last three weeks and we're starting to
roll in the right direction. Our athletes are showing the integrity it
takes to win football games," Highlanders head coach Ed Wasson
Also yesterday, the Riverview High Royals blanked the Harrison Trimble
Trojans 8-0 and the Tantramar Titans defeated the L'Odyssée Olympiens
MacNaughton and Riverview High (5-1-1) actually tied for first place in
the Eastern Conference, but the Highlanders were awarded top spot for
beating the Royals in the regular season. Tantramar (5-2) came in third
and Harrison Trimble (3-4) finished fourth in the final playoff spot.
Moncton High (2-5) and L'Odyssée (0-7) both missed the playoffs.
In provincial quarter-finals next weekend, MacNaughton meets Harrison
Trimble while Riverview High takes on Tantramar.
Quarterback Eric Daigle threw three TD passes and Nathan Cormier ran for
a pair of majors for the Highlanders last night.
Daigle tossed six and 15-yard touchdown passes to Scott Kelly and also
hooked up with Dylan Hollohan 30 yards for another major.
Cormier scampered to the end zone on five and 30-yard runs.
Hollohan, on a 20-yard run, and Jordan McQuinn, on an eight-yard run,
had the other MacNaughton touchdowns.
Daigle also scored a two-point conversion and Cormier converted six
touchdowns for the Highlanders.
Titans 37 Olympiens 10
At Rocky Stone, Tyler Nadolny and Stephen Bohan each scored a pair of
touchdowns as Tantramar snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over
Nadolny scored on five and 10-yard runs while Bohan found the end zone
on a 20-yard run and 10-yard pass from quarterback Joey Burns.
Joey Burns threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Matt Landry and also hooked
up with Jacob Strang for a pair of two-point conversions.
Scott LeBlanc scored a touchdown, kicked a convert and also added a
Meanwhile, the J.M.A. Armstrong Cougars (3-3) host the St. Stephen High
Spartans (5-1) today at 12:30 p.m. in Salisbury. The game was originally
scheduled for St. Stephen but has been moved to Salisbury.
Kats: Finish 7-0
Greyhounds end with victory
SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Greyhounds finished the New Brunswick
Interscholastic Athletic Association's 12-man football regular season on
a winning note Friday with a 25-0 victory over the Kennebecasis Valley
Crusaders at Shamrock Field.
With the win, the Greyhounds move to 6-1 and will host Hampton in next
week's opening playoff game. KV fell to 1-6 with the loss. Geoff Greene
scored a pair of touchdowns for the Greyhounds while singles went to
Eric Saulnier and Joel Seale.
Chris Chesworth added a conversion while Chris Ogden and Aaron Gordon
picked up one interception each. Dave Gainsforth had an interception for
In other action, Fredericton blanked Oromocto 28-0 , Riverview blanked
Harrison Trimble 8-0, MacNaughton hammered Moncton 51-0 and Tantramar
got past L'Odyssee 37-10.
The playoffs begin next week.
Black Kats blank Blues
The Fredericton High School Black Kats and Oromocto
High School football teams tuned up for the first round of the
provincial playoffs with a full dress rehearsal yesterday afternoon.
It was however the Black Kats who played the better melody. The Art
World Blues, on the other, hand were happy they didn't get tuned.
In a preview of a first round western conference playoff game next
Saturday, the Kats looked solid as a rock in beating their hosts 28-0 in
a steady rain at OHS Field. With the win, FHS finishes with a 7-0 record
atop the west while Oromocto ends up 2-5 and fourth. That means they
will meet again next week at FHS.
"It was tough to go into this game knowing it didn't mean much
really," said FHS linebacker Ben Thompson. "Especially when we
have to do it again next week. You don't want to be thinking about not
getting guys hurt. We had to play the game at full speed."
Yesterday Fredericton scored two touchdowns before the Blues had
successfully got off a play from scrimmage and looked to be on their way
to another blowout win before things settled down. Early in the third
quarter they added another and the fourth major of the day came close to
the end of the game.
"Their first drive, with them scoring, really hurt," OHS coach
Rob Wilson said. "It was more to do with our mistakes than anything
else. FHS is a very good team, a great team, but we made some dumb
mental mistakes at the start and they got that good start they really
The Black Kats took the opening kickoff and marched down the field from
their own 33 to score on a nine-play drive. Quarterback Andrew Hickey
did the honours with a keeper over centre.
Along the way though some things went very right for Fredericton and
very wrong for OHS.
On a third and long the Kats punted but the Blues bobbled the catch. FHS
recovered on the Oromocto 35-yard line. Again the OHS defence appeared
to hold, forcing third and two inside the 30. But this time the Kats ran
a fake, Dave Kingston ran 30 yards for the first down and one play later
"That's a great feeling," Thompson said. "You like to go
out on the field with points already on the board. Not that you want the
offence to look better than the defence, but you like to see them get
the early score."
Thompson needn't have worried about the defence not looking good. On the
first play from scrimmage OHS fumbled on the exchange and FHS recovered
at the Oromocto 13-yard line.
Two plays later Hickey tossed a 23-yard scoring strike to Craig Prime
and Zac Cann hit his second convert of the afternoon to put the 14 on
From that point on the Black Kats started to grind it out on defence.
The Blues were held short of a first down for their next four series
before finally getting one with four minutes left in the half.
"I think we set a tone," Thompson said. "We gave up 20
points last week (to Kennebecasis Valley High School) and we were
disappointed about that. We came out here today looking to really play a
good game from beginning to end. We wanted to dictate the game more than
we did a week ago. It was a point of pride."
The third Fredericton score came midway through the third quarter on a
40-yard punt return by Kingston as he cut against the grain to beat the
OHS coverage down the sideline. Cann again capped the play with the
convert. That would be all the scoring until well into the fourth
quarter when FHS struck again. This time Ben Collins ran seven yards for
The Blues went more to their passing game midway through the third
quarter but were unable to break the FHS goal line. Most notable was a
pass from Jordan Heather to Jordan Richards who was behind all
defenders. The ball was in Richards hands but he couldn't hang on to the
"We had a couple of chances," Wilson said. "If we could
have caught that ball, and there were one or two others like that, maybe
we could have put seven or 14 points up which would have been nice
because the kids worked hard. It was mistakes that beat us, that and a
very good team. It wasn't any lack of effort by our guys."
Going head to head
High School Ogden brothers will square off against
each other tonight at 7 p.m. at Shamrock
SAINT JOHN - Mealtime has been a bit tense
this week at the Ogden residence.
Cougars eye high school
football playoff berth
While one brother cuts his meat and scowls, the other gulps his water
and slams down his glass.
The two exchange glares and growls, eagerly awaiting their chance to
settle things. With any luck, this family feud will be over by
Chris Ogden is a strong safety with the 5-1 Saint John High Greyhounds,
while younger brother Josh is a defensive end with the 1-5 Kennebecasis
Valley Crusaders. The parents, Barry and Debbie, will be relieved when
the two finally tangle on the gridiron tonight at 7 p.m. at Shamrock
"This game will show him who the real boss is," Chris said
when asked what will be gained from the grudge match. "There's a
bunch of guys who want to go after my brother because he's the little
That doesn't bother Josh, who's savouring the sibling rivalry.
"It doesn't really bother me," the younger Ogden said.
"It makes it sweeter if I get a sack or something. We have little
jokes back and forth that I'm going after him and he's going after
Aside from playing football, the brothers have participated in other
sports as well. Chris has also been active in rugby and basketball,
while Josh has played hockey. Friday night, however, will be a milestone
"I've never played against him in any sports," Josh said.
"It's like playing against a friend."
Chris doesn't sound so sure.
"They have nothing to lose and we just have bodies to lose,"
the elder brother said. "He's a rookie, so he doesn't know too
much. He'll get better."
Josh Ogden, who went to Saint John High in the ninth grade before
switching to KVHS the following year, is part of the Crusaders'
"We've had our ups and downs," he said. "We're a mixture
of young and old players, but we should be better next year."
Meanwhile, this weekend includes a host of other games throughout the
New Brunswick High School Football League. In Friday's 12-man action,
Tantramar (4-2) visits Odyssee (0-6) at 4 p.m., Moncton (2-4) hosts
MacNaughton (4-1-1) at 7 p.m., Riverview (4-1-1) welcomes Harrison
Trimble (3-3) at 2:30 p.m., and Fredericton (6-0) invades Oromocto (2-4)
at 3 p.m.
Saturday's lone 12-man contest has Leo Hayes (0-6) visiting Hampton
(4-2) at 1 p.m., while the rest of the docket features three 10-man
tilts, including St. Malachy's (0-6) at Rothesay (1-5) at 1 p.m., J.M.A.
Armstrong (3-3) at St. Stephen (5-1) at 1 p.m. and Harbour View (6-0) at
Simonds (3-3) at 1 p.m.
Three key games scheduled for today in 12-man
Returning to the New Brunswick High School Football
League this season after a two-year absence, the J.M.A. Armstrong
Cougars wanted to establish a strong, consistent program that would be
around for awhile.
Cougars, who visit the St. Stephen High Spartans tomorrow at 1 p.m., are
tied for third place in the league's 10-man division with a 3-3 record
and are in line for a playoff berth.
"My expectation was to be .500 for the year and that's where we are
right now," J.M.A. Armstrong first-year head coach Jason Chapman
said this week.
"We definitely want to make the playoffs and then see what happens
The Salisbury school has struggled over the years because of a lack of
players. The team has folded twice in the last five years due to a lack
Chapman is happy with the Cougars' record with two weeks remaining in
the regular season, but is even happier about the future of the team.
"We won't be losing too many guys next year and when we started
this program we didn't want it to be a one-year deal. We want kids to
come up through the minor football programs and our bantam program has
really improved this year and we'll be getting some up and coming
players who will make an impact in the next couple years," the
"We've had great support from the community and it's been a big
boost to our school morale. The first pep rally was just amazing."
Harbour View Vikings (6-0) are in first place in the division, followed
by St. Stephen High (5-1), J.M.A. Armstrong (3-3), Simonds Seabees
(3-3), Rothesay High Redhawks (1-5) and St. Malachy's Saints (0-6). The
top four teams make the playoffs.
Cougars lost two of their first three games this season, but have since
won two of their last three heading into St. Stephen tomorrow.
"The boys have been executing a lot better recently than in the
first couple weeks, so I think we've improved quite a bit," Chapman
"I would still like to see a lot more intensity from our players.
We're lacking a little bit there and we have to learn how to put teams
J.M.A. Armstrong and St. Stephen High have met once this season with the
Spartans coming away with a 56-7 win.
"They're just an all-around good team. They only have about 22
guys, but they have an excellent quarterback, so we'll have to watch
him," Chapman said of the Spartans.
The New Brunswick High School Football League 12-man division regular
season concludes this weekend.
MacNaughton Highlanders (4-1-1) and Riverview High Royals (4-1-1) are
tied for first place in the Eastern Conference, followed by the
Tantramar Titans (4-2), Harrison Trimble Trojans (3-3), Moncton High
Purple Knights (2-4) and L'Odyssée Olympiens (0-6). The top four teams
make the playoffs.
Three games are scheduled for today. Harrison Trimble visits Riverview
High at 2:30 p.m., L'Odyssée hosts Tantramar at 4 p.m. at Rocky Stone
Memorial Field and MacNaughton and Moncton High meet at 7 p.m. at Rocky
Fredericton High Black Kats (6-0) sit atop the Western Conference ahead
of the Saint John High Greyhounds (5-1), Hampton High Huskies (4-2),
Oromocto High Blues (2-4), Kennebecasis Valley Crusaders (1-5) and Leo
Hayes Lions (0-6).
Quarter-finals are scheduled for Oct. 27-28.
Pride at stake between
grid Kats, Blues
Oromocto High School Blues'
quarterback Jordan Heather prepares to throw a pass during recent
action in the provincial high school football league. Heather had
three touchdown passes last week as OHS earned a playoff spot with a
34-21 victory over the Leo Hayes St. Mary's Lions. Heather and the
Blues, 2-4, host unbeaten Fredericton High School Black Kats, 6-0,
tomorrow afternoon in what will be a playoff preview.
It's not often that a game between Oromocto High
School and Fredericton High School, in any sport, is without meaning.
However, tomorrow's provincial high school football league game between
the two local rivals comes about as close as it'll get.
The Art World Blues will host the Black Kats in a 3 p.m. start at OHS
Field but other than pride, there is little on the line.
Besides, they just have to do it all over again next week no matter what
Tomorrow's game will be the regular season finale for both teams. OHS,
2-4, wrapped up fourth place and the final playoff spot after beating
Leo Hayes last week and while the Black Kats are undefeated at 6-0 and
have clinched top spot in the west division.
Sandwiched between them are the Saint John Greyhounds at 5-1 and the
Hampton High Huskies who are third with a 4-2 record.
That means the Kats will host the Blues and the Huskies will visit the
'Hounds in next week's west division semifinals.
Regardless what happens tomorrow, the Kats will finish with the best
record in the province since nobody in the east is better than 4-1-1
with one game to play. The Kats have clinched home field advantage
through the first two rounds of playoffs with the final scheduled for
Moncton by pre-determination of the NBIAA.
The other area team, Leo Hayes St. Mary's Lions, are on the road
tomorrow to finish off their season with a game in Hampton. LHHS is 0-6
In one other game tomorrow, Saint John High meets Kennebecasis Valley,
1-5. Even if KVHS should win and the Blues lose, OHS will retain the
final playoff spot in the west via tiebreaker.
With all that in mind, tomorrow's matchup is simply a matter of fine
tuning and playing to stay healthy for both the Kats and Blues.
Considering that the Black Kats have outscored six opponents 227-40,
including 176-20 over their last four games, there doesn't seem to be
much of a message to be sent by FHS for next week other than the
obvious: they're a tough team to beat.
"I think we're really hitting the place we need to be for the
playoffs," said FHS running back Ben Collins.
"We started running the ball a lot better in our (last game). We're
starting to execute all over the board now rather than doing some things
better than others."
It's the second meeting of the season between the Blues and the Kats.
Six weeks ago, they opened the season against each other at FHS Field
with Fredericton High coming out on top 36-13.
The Blues beat KVHS the next week before losing three in a row, a
stretch that saw them score a combined total of 20 points. However, last
week, perhaps just in time for the playoffs, the Blues exploded for 34
points against the Lions in a 34-21 win to clinch fourth place.
Tight-end Ryan Metcalfe was the key to the win as he caught three
touchdown passes from Jordan Heather that day.
"That was out biggest game," Metcalfe said. "We really
needed that win if we wanted to say we had a good season. There weren't
any excuses. We knew it was time for us to win and stop talking (about
our potential). We carried a lot of confidence away from that win and
hopefully we will play like it (tomorrow)."
Metcalfe's play made up for the loss of wide-receiver Chris Hillier in a
pinch; Hillier was lost for the season two weeks ago with a knee injury.
"It's a tough blow for us," said OHS coach Rob Wilson.
"I'm biased, but in my opinion Chris was the best receiver in the
province, or very close to being the best. We had to scramble to fill in
for him. We won't have him (tomorrow) but you play with the cards you
Daily Gleaner | Sports - As published on page B3
on October 17, 2006
Regardless of teams, provincial high school football
showcase in Moncton
On Saturday, Saint John High School beat Hampton High School in a
football game played at Hampton. The result left the Greyhounds with
the second best record in the province at 5-1, second only to the 6-0
Fredericton High School Black Kats.Let there be absolutely no doubt that I support the high school
basketball Final 12 at the Aitken Centre. I firmly believe it should
be at the AUC until somebody proves they can do a better job.
Wouldn't it be ironic and a bit unfortunate if those two teams
advanced to the provincial football final and played head to head for
the Ed Skiffington Trophy? Fredericton High playing Saint John High in
Moncton? Yes. folks Moncton. And that's why it would be a bit
The NBIAA decided before the season started to hold the championship
game at Moncton's Rocky Stone Field, no matter who was playing.
It would have been even more ironic if Leo Hayes Lions had a team
strong enough to make the final and FHS and Leo Hayes had to travel to
Moncton to play each other.
The fans would have to travel, the home media would be absent or at
least poorly represented.
Rocky Stone is an all-weather field and given the weather in this part
of the world, the theory is the weather wouldn't play as big a role.
And, of course, knowing the game is there right from the start, that
gives the hosts all season to promote the game.
And blah, blah, blah.
If you were at FHS Field for the last two championship games, you
would know the weather didn't detract from either game.
In fact, in the case of the 2004 game, it probably added to it. And
Rocky Stone Field is no warmer than FHS field or Saint John's Shamrock
It is however, in Moncton. And that's somewhere the championship game
hasn't been played since 2002. Well, if you can't win your way to the
game on the field, best to capture its venue in the board room, I
This is the same kind of decision that ended the regular season
crossover games in high school 12-man football between the Moncton-based
east division and the Fredericton-Saint John regional west division
before this season.
Did you know that last year in crossover play, the west won 13 of 15
times against the east? They were 9-1 in season play and 4-1 in the
playoffs with Moncton teams eliminated before the final.
Well, that was enough of that. The east isn't dealing with any teams
out of the west until the semifinal round this season. That gives them
a two out of four chance one of them will make it to the final.
If one of them can squeak past FHS, Saint John or Hampton, maybe even
OHS, then they will have home field advantage for the final even
though chances are FHS will go to the playoffs at 7-0.
And if that plan doesn't work, maybe next year they can change it so
that there is no crossover until the final itself. Surely, a Moncton
team can get in that way.
OK, that was a cheap shot, I'm sure most of the east players and
coaches blush at the perception that they are leery of playing against
the west. But perception is often the key to how you are regarded.
Perhaps the people who decided to approach the season this way need to
stop trying to manage results and let the teams decide things on the
Nobody should be allowed to rip the event from the people who made
it what it is just because they want it. They should have to make it
clear they can do at least as good a job.
That said, sometimes I wish just a little the tournament had gone to
another area of the province when last awarded.
In that case, those other areas could stop whining 'well,
Fredericton gets the basketball championships every year,' when
manoeuvring for an advantage in getting something they want in
another sport, like football.
In last week's column, I mentioned that UNB won't grab the average
fan in the fall until they return football to campus. I worded it to
say that soccer games won't get it done. I shouldn't have mentioned
soccer, or any other sport.
It's not about football versus soccer or any sport.
My point was if UNB announced a football team tomorrow, it would be
all over the media. It would be the talk of many offices, maybe even
the talk of student residences.
Football receives huge coverage from the media, especially
television, and with it the high profile among the fans that spend
It would be a massive marketing tool for UNB. No other sport except
maybe ice hockey can match it.
That doesn't make it a better sport than soccer, or a worst one. It
is just the way it is at this time, at this place. Football has a
built-in psychological advantage over anything else in the fall with
fans and media alike.
Books could be written about the reasons why. But it's the way it
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