Week 8: October 27-28
St. Stephen grabs first
in 10-man division
SJHS drops Hampton in 12-man
Hampton Huskies running back Kevin Morrell
fumbles the ball as Saint John High Greyhound Aaron Gordon attempts to
grab it during first half high school playoff action on Saturday
ST. STEPHEN - The St. Stephen Spartans
clinched first place in the New Brunswick High School Football League's
10-man division with a convincing 35-12 win over the Harbour View
Vikings on Saturday.
The Spartans finished with a 7-1 record and will host the fourth-place
J.M.A. Cougars (4-4) on Saturday. The Vikings (6-2) will host the
third-place Simonds Seabees (5-3).
In Stephen, Mike McSorley started things for the hosts in the first
quarter when he ran the ball into the endzone from one yard out.
Quarterback Matt Sode booted the ball through the uprights for the
single point for a 7-0 lead.
After a scoreless second quarter, Sode notched a one-yard major and
added a single point after the touchdown for a 14-0 lead. Later in the
third, Joel Wilcox scored from five yards out, followed by another
single point from Sode for a commanding 21-0 lead.
The Vikings put a crooked number on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter
when John Philips hauled in a 20-yard pass from Jordan Blizzard to make
But Wilcox answered with an 11-yard TD run, followed by another PAT from
Sode, giving the Spartans a comfortable 22-point cushion.
After Harbour View's Jeremy Monaghan ran into the endzone on a two-yard
run, Wilcox scored his third TD of the day and Sode was money for
another single point to complete the scoring.
In other 10-man action, the J.M.A. Armstrong Cougars defeated the
Rothesay Redhawks 40-26, while the Simonds Seabees were awarded a win
over the St. Malachy's Saints by virtue of a forfeit.
In 12-man division quarter-final action, the Saint John Greyhounds
outlasted the Hampton Huskies 25-20 at Shamrock Park Field.
Kyle Hiltz, Joel Seale and Aaron Gordon scored touchdowns for the
Greyhounds. Chris Chesworth chipped in with six points for the winners
and Seale added a rouge for another point.
Marcel St. Pierre, Jerrit Northrup and Mike O'Brien scored touchdowns
for the Huskies. Mike Dykens added a pair of points in the losing cause.
In other 12-man action, it was MacNaughton 17 Harrison Trimble 6;
Tantramar 21 Riverview 17; Fredericton 26 Oromocto 0.
In semifinal action this weekend, MacNaughton will face SJHS and
Tantramar will tackle Fredericton High.
Titans advance to semis
MacNaughton to clash with Saint John
Riverview High's Steven Collette knocks Matt
Landry of the Tantramar Titans off his feet before he is hit again by
Andrew Wortman during New Brunswick High School Football League
playoff action Saturday in Riverview. Titans won and advanced to the
The last time the Tantramar Titans and Riverview
High Royals met, Tantramar was left embarrassed.
Kats to next round
And when it mattered the most on Saturday, the Titans weren't about to
let it happen again.
Tantramar overcame a 14-0 deficit to defeat Riverview High 21-17 in a
New Brunswick High School Football League 12-man division quarter-final
The win avenged a 37-6 regular season home loss to the Royals three
"It didn't take much for the boys to get fired up for this football
game," Titans head coach Dave Burns said.
"We knew they caught us on a bad day last time, we had some key
guys injured at that point, but good for them. But we felt that if we
came out and played good football, we should do all right this
Tantramar advanced to a provincial semifinal for the first time since
1999. Titans, who visit the defending New Brunswick champion Fredericton
High Black Kats in a semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m., have lost in a
quarter-final in each of the past six seasons.
"We've had some really good teams over the past six years or so,
but just couldn't get over that hump. We'd do good in the regular season
and then have an early exit," Burns said.
"This time it was a little different. We came in as the underdogs,
playing on the road and getting hammered by them in our last game, but
it worked out this time."
MacNaughton Highlanders host the Saint John High Greyhounds in the other
semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. at Rocky Stone Memorial Field. MacNaughton
beat the Harrison Trimble Trojans 17-6 in a quarter-final Friday night.
In other quarter-finals on Saturday, Fredericton High blanked the
Oromocto High Blues 26-0 and Saint John High edged the Hampton High
In Riverview Saturday, the Royals roared out to a 14-0 second quarter
lead on a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Greg Diamond.
Titans started the comeback late in the second quarter when Stephen
Bohan's 60-yard punt return set up a 20-yard touchdown pass from
quarterback Joey Burns to Matt Landry to cut the lead to 14-7, but
Riverview High's Andrew Lewis kicked a field goal to go into the half
Tantramar took over with a strong third quarter. Burns rolled out and
scored on a 25-yard run and then Burns hooked up with Bohan on a 47-yard
touchdown pass to take the lead for good.
"There was never really any doubt we could come back. We had just
scored in the second quarter and you could really see the motivation on
the boys' faces," Dave Burns said. "We came out up in the
second half, our defence started wearing down Riverview and getting in
their back field and we took control."
Ben LeBlanc and Cameron Wilson each caught touchdown passes from Diamond
for the Royals.
It's the second straight season Riverview High was eliminated in the
first round of the playoffs.
"We're disappointed to end it this way. We had a great week of
practice, my assistant coaches did a fantastic job like they did all
year, but it was a typical playoff game. If you make mistakes, it will
cost you," Royals head coach Mark Lenehan said.
J.M.A. Armstrong Cougars are headed to the 10-man division playoffs.
Cougars downed the Rothesay High Red Hawks 40-26 in their final regular
season game Friday night.
J.M.A. Armstrong, which finished fourth at 4-4, visit the first-place
St. Stephen High Spartans (7-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. in a semifinal.
Justin Scott ran for three 50-yard plus touchdowns for the Cougars while
quarterback Jesse Elson threw touchdown passes.
Elliot Thompson of the Fredericton High School
Black Kats tries to evade the tackle of Oromcoto High School Art World
Blues' Chris Bruce during Saturday's provincial high school west
division playoff game at FHS Field. Black Kats won 26-0.
Fredericton High School Black Kats wore out their
local rivals Saturday afternoon on their way to advancing along the
provincial high school football playoff trail.
The Black Kats used a punishing ground game to overwhelm a game Oromocto
High School Art World Blues team 26-0 Saturday in front of about 200
chilled fans at FHS Field.
That puts FHS into Saturday's provincial semifinal scheduled for FHS
Field against the Tantramar High Titans of Sackville, who upset
Riverview High Royals 20-17 Saturday in Riverview. The other semifinal
features Bernice MacNaughton of Moncton against Saint John High
Greyhounds in Moncton. MacNaughton defeated Harrison Trimble of Moncton
17-6 while Saint John ousted Hampton High Huskies 25-20 at Shamrock
FHS overwhelmed the Blues with strength in numbers and a steel trap
defence. It was also FHS which made the big plays that can, and in this
case did, turn a game around.
As for that numerical advantage, that had more to do with the Blues than
the Kats, FHS had as many players as they've had all season. The Blues,
on the other hand, looked like the cast of the reality television series
"Survivor." Their chances were greatly hindered by injuries,
pregame injuries and some incurred during the game. In the end they
barely had enough guys in uniform to field an offence and a defence.
"We started the game with 24 guys in uniform," said OHS Rob
Wilson. "We had seven guys going both ways. We rolled the dice and
tried to get by with that. Then the injuries started and we lost the
roll. This loss had nothing to do with a lack of heart. It was more a
lack of bodies."
The most serious injury was to Matt Harmon who was levelled by a block
from Kats' Dan Reid and briefly knocked out. Harmon was taken to
hospital by ambulance holding up the game for 40 minutes. As it turned
out, Harmon, who quickly regained consciousness after the play, suffered
a minor concussion.
The Kats' defence, a group that has given up 40 points in eight games,
again proved to be too much for the Blues.
"For all the seniors, this is it. if you lose, you're done,"
said FHS defensive back Dave Kingston. "Some of us might go on to
the next level but for most of us. this is it for us. With that in mind
we're playing with a lot of pride. Shutting out another team, especially
a good team is something we take personal pride in as a unit."
Kingston made three plays that dictated how the game would end.
Early on, after FHS had missed a couple of field goals to lead only 2-0,
Kingston returned a punt 45 yards to put the offence at the Oromocto
25-yard line. From that range, a field goal by Zac Cann didn't miss and
the home side went up 5-0. What made the punt return memorable, besides
the yardage, was that Kingston dropped the ball twice before finally
picking it up in a crowd of Blue uniforms and somehow escaped to go a
"The coaches told us to return all the punts up the sideline,"
Kingston said. "So when I had control of the ball, I just took off
up the line. I think they were expecting me to cut inside. I got a
couple of good blocks and to be honest a couple of their guys just fell
The 5-0 lead stood at the half, but again only because of Kingston.
With two minutes remaining, Blues quarterback Jordan Heather dropped the
perfect pass into the hands of tight-end Ryan Metcalfe who took off for
the long run to the distant FHS goal line. He went all of 84 yards
before Kingston lunged full length to trip him up on the five yard line.
The Blues took three cracks at the end zone but the FHS defence held
solid and got the ball back to end the threat with no damage done.
"I kind of had to make that play," Kingston said. "The
whole thing was because I had blown the coverage, so when you mess up
you have to get on your horse and make it good."
Kingston's fingertip save may have changed the game.
"If we score seven, we would go to the half with the lead,"
Wilson said. "I really thought at that point the game was very much
in the balance. I thought FHS was playing not to lose instead of playing
to win. If we had scored, maybe it would have sparked something for the
start of the second half."
Instead, it was FHS which took the game away in the third quarter. And
again, it was Kingston making the big play. On the Blues first offensive
series of the second half, Heather was picked off by Kingston who
returned the pick 32 yards to put his team on the OHS 13-yard line. Two
plays later, quarterback Craig Prime, filling in for Andrew Hickey for
one series, scored on a one-yard keeper. Cann's convert made the score
The game was broken open at that point. Late in the third quarter,
another interception by the FHS defence - this time Ryan Soles - set up
a second touchdown. Hickey was back under centre this time but scored on
a similiar play as Prime, running off tackle for the major.
Hickey and Prime hooked up on a 12-yard scoring play to round out the
scoring. Cann made the convert for the final margin of victory.
MacNaughton's Nathan Cormier runs with the
ball as Harrison Trimble's Nicholas Kukkonen plants himself in front
for a tackle during last night's New Brunswick High School Football
League playoff game at Rocky Stone Memorial Field.
A high-powered offence. A stingy defence. And one
big play after another.
MacNaughton Highlanders have found the recipe for success in high school
Highlanders scored all of their points in the opening half en route to a
17-6 victory over the Harrison Trimble Trojans in a New Brunswick High
School Football League 12-man division quarter-final at Rocky Stone
Memorial Field last night.
MacNaughton, which finished first in the Eastern Conference regular
season, advances to a provincial semifinal next weekend against the
lowest seed remaining from the Western Conference.
"The first step in the playoffs is sometimes the hardest and
Trimble definitely played a tough second half, but it was a nice
win," Highlanders head coach Ed Wasson said.
"It's a long way to a championship and we're just going to take
this one step at a time, but we look forward to playing the other
conference next week."
In another provincial quarter-final today, the Riverview High Royals
host the Tantramar Titans at 1 p.m. in Riverview.
At Rocky Stone last night, Justin Vaughan scored on a seven-yard run in
the first quarter to give the Highlanders a 6-0 lead and they never
"I like the way we started and that was our game plan to score
early and control the clock in the second half and I think we executed
that very well," Wasson said.
Nathan Cormier added to the damage in the second quarter with a
three-yard touchdown run of his own. Quarterback Eric Daigle and Dylan
Hollohan then hooked up on a two-point conversion.
Cormier later kicked a 25-yard field goal to give MacNaughton a 17-0
lead at halftime.
Quarterback Daigle has a lot of weapons to work with on the Highlanders
offence. He can hand off to tailbacks Cormier, Vaughan, K.J. MacNeil and
Jordan McQuinn for the ground attack or go to the air to a receiving
corps, which includes Hollohan and Nick Kaminsky.
"We don't have that one superstar, but we have a well-balanced
offence and we use all of them," Wasson said.
Wasson likes his defence, too.
"They've been so solid all year and that's a compliment to our
defensive coaches," the coach said of his defence, which gave up
just 34 points in seven regular season games.
Harrison Trimble woke up in the second half and was able to drive down
field. Quarterback Nicholas Kukkonen, the heart and soul of the Trojans
playing in the last game of his four-year high school career, tossed a
touchdown pass to Tyler Purcey with 3:38 remaining, but that's as close
as it got.
"Our team had a different personality in the second half and shut
them out 6-0, but it was too little, too late," Harrison Trimble
head coach Perry Kukkonen said. "Our kids worked hard and I'm very
proud of them, but MacNaughton was the better team tonight."
In quarter-finals out of the Western Conference today at 1 p.m., the
first-place Fredericton High Black Kats host the fourth-place Oromocto
High Blues and the second-place Saint John High Greyhounds entertain the
third-place Hampton High Huskies.
Cross-over semifinals go next weekend.
Spartans armed with
High School: While the 10-man division season winds
down, the 12-man division enters the post-season
The offensive line for the Saint John High
Greyhounds has been a key to the team's success this season. From left
are Sean McGovern, Jordi Crowther, Jim Henderson, Jordan Dickens and
Chris Zeuchner. On Saturday they'll be put to the test hen they face
the Hampton High Huskies at 1 p.m. at Shamrock Park in 12-man division
ST. STEPHEN - With a win on Saturday, the St.
Stephen Spartans (6-1) can clinch first place in the New Brunswick High
School Football League's 10-man division.
But the grid iron grudge match against the Harbour View Vikings (6-1) at
1 p.m. in St. Stephen means more than just taking over the top spot
before next weekend's playoffs. It's also the Nick Desilets Game.
Desilets, who passed away three years ago, was a St. Stephen football
coach who worked with many of the Spartans' current players.
"It's a big game for us," Spartans head coach Tom Hart said.
"We'd like to honour him, there's some emotion involved."
The contest is also about redemption. The Vikings defeated the Spartans
34-27 on Sept. 30.
"We have to play a bit better on defence," Hart said.
"We've had just one bad game defensively and that was the one. They
have a couple of explosive guys who made plays on us.
"We were up on them early and then they ended up getting a few
bounces," the coach continued.
"But we have to make our own luck. I expect it to be a really good
St. Stephen's offence is fueled by quarterback Matt Sode, along with
tailbacks Joel Wilcox (also a linebacker and fullback), Daniel Marshall
(also a free safety) and Mike McSorley (also a fullback). Whether
rushing the quarterback or shutting down a passing game, defensive end
Brad Copping (also a tight end) figures to play a key role in Saturday's
tilt as well for St. Stephen.
Spartans ball carrier Daniel Marshall and his
St. Stephen teammates can clinch first place with a win over Harbour
View on Saturday.
"We have a lot of guys who play both
ways," Hart said about his squad's strengths. "We also have a
group of kids we've had since they were in the ninth and 10th grade.
"We don't have to do much motivation. We had to pick seven
captains. There's a core of eight or 10 guys that just makes things
happen and get the whole team going."
Hart said the Week 4 loss to Harbour View may have helped his charges.
"It's not a bad thing to lose sometimes," he said. "I
think that was a character-builder.
"We haven't seen another team that's as explosive as they are. Our
offence is built more on moving the ball up the field as opposed to
making a big play. We're trying to limit the amount of big plays they
Meanwhile, this weekend's 10-man docket also includes the Rothesay
Redhawks (2-5-0) hosting the J.M.A. Armstrong Cougars (3-4-0) tonight a
7 p.m. at Shamrock Field.
Saturday's other clash has the St. Malachy's Saints (0-7-0) visiting the
Simonds Seabees (4-3-0) at 1 p.m.
The 12-man division begins its quarter-finals when the Harrison Trimble
Trojans (3-4-0) visit the MacNaughton Highlanders (5-1-1) Friday at 7
p.m. On Saturday, the Riverview Royals (5-1-1) host the Tantramar Titans
(5-2-0), the Oromocto Blues (2-5-0) travel to Fredericton to face the
Black Kats (7-0-0) and the Saint John Greyhounds (6-1-0) host the
Hampton Huskies (5-2-0). All three games begin at 1 p.m.
MacNaughton vet expects
tough battle in football quarter-final
Two years ago, Dan Barristo was a backup defensive
back, getting his first taste of the New Brunswick High School Football
League 12-man division with the MacNaughton Highlanders.
The Grade 10 rookie saw limited action on the field, but helped
MacNaughton win its first ever provincial football championship,
defeating the Fredericton High Black Kats 13-9 in the New Brunswick
Two years later, he's a starting linebacker and wants to end his high
school football career in style, bringing another provincial title back
"That would probably be one of the top highlights for the rest of
my life. After winning one already, I know it's one of the best feelings
I've ever had," Barristo, the lone remaining member of the 2004
Highlanders championship team, said this week.
"You work hard all year and you come out as champions. The feeling
is pretty much indescribable."
Barristo and the Highlanders begin the 2006 playoffs tonight when they
host the Harrison Trimble Trojans in a provincial quarter-final at 7
p.m. at Rocky Stone Memorial Field.
MacNaughton (5-1-1) finished first in the Eastern Conference. Harrison
Trimble (3-4) was fourth.
Another quarter-final features the second-place Riverview High Royals
(5-1-1) taking on the third-place Tantramar Titans (5-2) tomorrow at 1
p.m. in Riverview.
Quarter-finals out of the Western Conference have first-place
Fredericton High (7-0) home to the fourth-place Oromocto High Blues
(2-5) and the second-place Saint John High Greyhounds (6-1) hosting the
third-place Hampton High Huskies (5-2). Both games are slated for
tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Cross-over semifinals follow next weekend and the New Brunswick final -
the Ed Skiffington Trophy Game - is scheduled for Nov. 11 at Rocky
Barristo had a minor role in MacNaughton's 2004 championship, but said
he learned big, big lessons from that Highlanders team.
"I learned a lot about leadership and what it takes to bring a team
together and win like that. I've taken that role of the older guys now
and feel like I'm a bigger part of the team and I try to help the
younger guys out," the Grade 12 student said.
"We worked hard all year that year, gave it everything we had and
it paid off and it feels a lot like this year. I see a lot of the same
things with this team this year and we're going to give it all we have
to try to do it again."
MacNaughton and Harrison Trimble met just once this season with the
Highlanders coming away with a 21-7 win in Week 3. Trojans started the
season slow losing their first three games, but then turned it around
and won three of their last four regular season games.
"We know it won't be easy because they'll be coming to play.
They've picked up their game a lot lately and played a tough game
against Riverview (8-0 Trimble loss) last weekend," Barristo, 17,
said of the Trojans.
"We're feeling good about our team, too. We're coming together as a
team and our defence has been really strong and our offence has really
picked up their game from the beginning of the year.
"I don't really see too many weaknesses. We just need to work hard
in practices and get ready for the team we'll be facing and we'll see
Riverview High and Tantramar also met just once this season and the
Royals won big, a 37-6 road victory in Sackville three weeks ago.
Riverview High is hoping to avoid a first-round playoff exit like it had
last year against Saint John High. Tantramar has lost in a provincial
quarter-final in each of the past six seasons.
Meanwhile, the J.M.A. Armstrong Cougars (3-4) wrap up the 10-man
division regular season tonight when they visit the Rothesay High
Redhawks (2-5) at 7 p.m. at Shamrock Field.
One more time for gridiron
Kats and Blues
Two local high school football rivals will meet for
the third and final time this season Saturday and this time it will be
the end of the line for one of them.
The Fredericton High School Black Kats will host the Oromocto High
School Art World Blues in a 1 p.m. game at FHS Field in a provincial
quarter-final game. The winner goes on to meet a team crossing over from
the East Division in the semifinal. The loser puts the pads away for
The oddsmakers, if there were such things in New Brunswick high school
football, would be calling for a one-sided FHS win in tomorrow's Western
After all the Black Kats are the top team in the provincial 12-man
league with a 7-0 record the only perfect team in the province. The
Blues on the other hand, fit the underdog role to a tee having gone 2-5
on the season, the ninth best record in the province.
It is a rematch of last season's provincial final game, won by FHS 26-9,
but that means little. The Black Kats won both meetings this season,
winning 36-13 in week one and 28-0 last week in the regular season
finale for both clubs.
So without doubt the Black Kats will win tomorrow and move on right?
"You can't say that," said FHS nose guard Brad LeBritton.
"This is a whole new season; anything can happen at playoff time.
Teams react differently in playoffs than they do in league games
sometimes. If we think for a minute we can win with anything but our
best effort we would be wrong."
But all the signs say it will be a Fredericton win, how could anything
"We think we can beat them," said OHS lineman Will Martin.
"There's not much question they have a great team, but we're pretty
good as well. We've been improving, so hopefully we're at a point where
we can pull of an upset.
"We know we have to play mistake free. We know we have to execute
our plays and not take stupid penalties. A lot of things have to go
right for us, but many of those things are within our power to make
happen. It can be done."
While the teams have been on relatively equal footing over the past
decade or so, this game resembles a contest from the early 1990's when
OHS happily donned the underdog suit and lull FHS into a sense of false
"There's a lot of pressure on (FHS) to win," Martin said.
"They are supposed to win. If they don't people will wonder why.
Still that's not how we're going at this, maybe they do have that
pressure, but we put pressure on ourselves. We want to win, we have
worked hard, as hard as any team, and we feel that we should at least go
on the field with our own expectations of winning."
Of course, when the game starts expectations are out the window. All
that will matter is how the game is played.
"We have a simple plan," LeBritton said. "We want to shut
the other team down and give the ball to our offence because we know
they can score. OHS likes to pass the ball, That's their strength, we
need to collapse the pocket and force him to get out and run, if we have
good coverage downfield who knows what happens then."
And how do you go about upsetting a team that scored a league high 255
points in seven games?
"We have to take away their passing game," Miller said.
"If we let them have the pass to set up their run then they will
pretty much dictate the game. We are better equipped to take away the
pass and try to take on their running backs.
"Even if we are successful it won't be easy. They have a lot of
different ways to score so we have to be aware of that. We have to try
to win the game on the line and pressure their quarterback."
And in some of that the two teams reach a rare point of agreement.
"It's going to come down to who wins it in the trenches,"
LeBritton said. "This is the kind of game where the play on the
line will pretty much decide who wins."
Today's other western semifinal will feature the Hampton High School
Huskies traveling to play the second place Saint John High Greyhounds.
High survivors play on home field in the semifinal next week, with
winners advancing to the championship game at Moncton's Rocky Stone
Field Nov. 11.
The Kats are the reigining leaguc champions after beating the Blues on
home field last year in the title game.
Kudos to grid Lions for
making a game of it in season finale
With high school football playoffs less than a week
away, here's one final piece of business for the guys who didn't make it
to the post season.
A tip of the hat to the Leo Hayes High School St. Mary's Lions who
fought to the end of a tough season. In case you never noticed, they
lost their final game of the season 18-14 on the road in Hampton.
The Lions ended up 0-7 and going down to play Hampton nobody would have
noticed if they had rolled over and played dead. Instead they almost won
the game. A late penalty hurt them and by all accounts let the game get
Instead of stalling a drive by the Huskies, a late hit on a receiver
reinvigorated the march and Hampton scored the winning points. That's a
heartbreaker for sure but good for LHHS for showing up to play hard.
Last week I stirred up a hornet's nest with my column questioning the
necessity for high school football to award the championship game to a
site instead of allowing one of the teams in the final to host the game
as they have in past seasons.
I won't go around with that again except to say thanks to all the folks
in Moncton for reading.
One argument that did surface from some of my new friends in the Hub
City was that it wasn't right that FHS gets to host the championship
game so often because they have such a large student body.
In other words, with so many students to pick from, they should win
their way to the championship game every year. Even with a system
rotating the game between east and west, FHS would still host half the
That's an old chestnut. Every time FHS wins a provincial title in any
sport it is brought up as a salve to the losers.
It's also an argument of some merit. Yes, that kind of talent depth is
invaluable. It allows FHS to absorb injuries, it allows them to platoon
players in sports like football and to specialize in a specific
position. Other teams have kids playing two positions. Playing on both
the offence and defence rarely allows them to be off the field for
coaches to make adjustments with them.
No doubt about it. With a large student population, Fredericton High
School does have a great resource to build from.
The hole in the theory is: so why doesn't FHS win every year in every
sport? Their hockey team has just recently emerged from a couple of bad
seasons. It only has one provincial title in hockey in almost 30 years.
And that football team that some of you from the east sent me letters
defaming as a product of just a big school has won four titles in 12
years. That's hardly outrageous domination in my books. Sometimes you
just have to give credit where it is due.
The situation in Atlantic Conference football has become quite a
developing story. With illness on two of the four campuses that play
football taking two games out of the schedule things became quite jammed
Now we are told that all four of the teams in the league will make the
playoffs instead of just three with the top team getting a first round
I had to chuckle when this story first broke and Saint Mary's game with
Mount Allison was postponed. The reaction of Huskies head coach Steve
Sumarah was a little off the wall. "I've never heard of anything
like this," Sumarah was quoted as saying. "I just can't get my
head around it."
Apparently Coach Steve is easily confused.
That wasn't a typo on your Monday university scoreboard. The University
of New Brunswick men's soccer team beat Memorial University 7-0 on
Saturday and then were held to a 0-0 tie at home Sunday. Those two lost
points would have lifted them into a tie for fourth and just a point out
of second with a week to play. Now they are a fifth place team looking
for a break.
It's kind of late in the season to be pulling that stuff. Few things
will steal sleep from a coach then going into the playoffs not knowing
which version of his team will be showing up.
St. Thomas hockey having its own radio broadcast outlet is a good thing
for STU fans. For years they have been the other team on CHSR-FM, the
student run station funded by both local schools.
It's shame they left CHSR, but really, there was no way they could have
cleared off enough air time to broadcast all the STU games and still
serve UNB sports, not to mention the many other areas of culture the
station has to fit in weekly. UNB sports should lend some of its
marketing savvy to CHSR now that it is the Varsity Reds exclusive
broadcast partner. A nice sponsorship package for the student station
would no doubt be welcome.
Mike Power can be contacted at email@example.com. His weekly
column on school-related activities appears Tuesdays.