Week 5: October 3-4
|Nose for the end zone: Mitchell Player of the Oromocto High School Blues is knocked off his feet by Sussex Sonics’ defender Mike Brown just short of the end zone on this play. But it was familiar territory for the Blues’ back, who rushed for four touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lift the Blues to a 49-0 victory in New Brunswick High School Football League action Saturday at OHS Field. Oromocto Blues Mitchell Player, 49, gets his feet knocked out by Sussex Sonics Mike Brown, at the goal line during Saturdays action at Mackenzie Field in Oromocto.|
What a Player! Blues back steamrollers over SonicsBy Mike Power
Published in the Daily Gleaner on Oct. 6
Appeared on page B2
The final score couldn't have been more fitting when the whistle blew to end Saturday's New Brunswick High School Football League game at Oromocto High School Field.
The host Beaver Brokerage Blues scored a resounding 49-0 win over the Sussex High Sonics before some 200 fans. The victory boosted the Blues' record to 3-1 on the season and into a four-way tie atop the standings in the league's Southwest Conference.
They share that lofty mark with the Fredericton High School Black Kats, who defeated the Kennebecasis Valley Crusaders 40-7 on the road Saturday, and the St. Mary's Leo Hayes Lions, who edged the previously unbeaten Hampton Huskies 21-19, leaving all four teams tied for top spot at 3-1 with a single week left in the regular season.
In Oromocto, the scoreboard showing the big number 49 on the home slot displayed, not only the final score, but the number of the player of the game.
Running back Mitchell Player ran for four touchdowns and caught another, running for a total of 210 yards to lead the Blues. The Sonics really couldn't figure out what to do with him.
Player had a simple explanation for his success.
"The blocking by the line was awesome," Player said. "That screen left play, they (Sussex) couldn't touch me. They didn't have a chance, the blocks were that good. All day they did the job and made it look a lot easier than it was."
Besides Player's quartet of majors, Cody Doak plowed for a pair of touchdowns on the ground and quarterback Jesse Rae also ran for one. Josh Blanchard converted all seven.
It was obvious from the start that this game wasn't going to be close. On the Blues' first possession, they marched from their own 35-yard line to the Sonics' end zone on seven plays, culminating with a four yard run by Player and a Blanchard convert.
Sussex replied with a two-and-out drive that started the Blues' return march on their own 40. Seven plays later, Player finished things off with a 29-yard scoring run and after a Blanchard convert it was 14-0.
The quarter ended that way but it didn't take long for the Blues to strike again in the second. An 11-yard run by Player set up a one yard plunge by Doak two plays in.
Just past the eight minute mark, the Blues struck a fourth time: a 32-yard pass from Rae to Rob Goodwin put the ball deep in the Sussex end, setting up a six yard score by Doak.
It was 28-0 at the half, a half of football that had passed without the Sonics' achieving a first down on offence.
The OHS defence dominated the second half even more. Linebacker Mitch Dingley haunted Sussex quarterback Aaron Tabor with three interceptions. Justin Brown and Gary Girvan each added another. Add in a fumble recovery by Tyler Gillis and it wasn't a good half for the Sonics' offence.
Meanwhile, the Blues' offence kept rolling: Rae rolled out to run 17 yards for a touchdown to make it 35-0 through three quarters and hit Player with a 28-yard scoring toss early in the fourth to make it 42-0. Player, saving the best for last, ran 47 yards on the screen for the final touchdown of the game to close out the scoring.
It could have been worse: the Blues had the ball inside the Sussex one with seconds left, but Rae took a knee to keep the final score, appropriately enough, at 49-0.
"We were trying not to think too much about the score," Player said. "We just kept each other up and focused on going forward.
"We're a team that has had a hard time in the past putting teams away. Wwe've had teams come back on us and take the game away. It's a part of our game we wanted to stop and we obviously got it done today. As well (Sussex) never quit, they never gave up, so we kept playing hard too."
In Millidgeville, the Kats dominated as A.J. rurling scored three touchdowns to lead the way. Quarterback Jeff Madsen hit the veteran receiver with TD passes of 30 and 15 yards, and Durling returned the opening kickoff in the third quarter 80 yards on a reverse to lift the Kats. John Morse, on a 40-yard run out of the backfield in the first quarter, Jeff Khoury on an 18-yard sprint and Joon Lee on a 22-yard run in the fourth, had the other majors for the Kats. Defensively, Joey Ley and Pat Downe picked off passes.
The lone KV major came on the final play of the third quarter as Adam Spurrell grabbed a 20-yard touchdown pass.
In Hampton, the Lions came from behind to defeat the Huskies and move into their share of first place. Damien Dustric ran for a pair of touchdowns to lift the Lions, while Jesse Everett recovered a fumble and ran it in for a first quarter touchdown.
Hampton led 13-7 whgen Dusturic tied it on a 10-yard TD run to tie it up. He added another 10-yard run to paydirt with less than three minutes left and Cody Stewart grabbed a two-point convert that proved to be the margin of victory. Hampton scored late, on a long run with 1:15 left, but a two-point convert attempt that would have tied the game was unsuccessful.
The Kats and Lions square off next Saturday for their final regular season game in the eighth edition of the North-South Bowl. It's a 1 p.m. kickoff at FHS Field. Oromocto and Hampton, the other two 3-1 teams, also go head-to-head in Hampton next Saturday.
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|Moncton High’s Brett Gray dives to tackle Riverview’s Matt Archibald during the first half at Riverview High School yesterday.|
Riverview Royals get by Purple Knights
Doucet paces 'Hounds attack
Published in the Telegraph-Journal on Oct. 4
Appeared on page C11
SAINT JOHN - Matt Doucet scored three touchdowns and Evan MacAulay added two others as the Saint John Greyhounds downed the Simonds Seabees 72-0 in New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association High School Football action Friday.
Chris Tilley, Caleb Jones, Peter Paulin, Ryan Ferris and Shawn Craig had the other majors while the Greyhounds defence recorded a safety in the South Western Conference contest.
With the victory, Saint John remains undefeated at 4-0 while Simonds fell to 2-2.
In the Eastern Conference, Riverview shaded Moncton 11-7.
Today, Hampton (3-0) hosts Leo Hayes (2-1) in a key afternoon matchup.
In other action, Kennebecasis Valley (0-3) entertains Fredericton (2-1) in Millidgeville, Sussex (0-3) travels to Oromocto (2-1), Rothesay (0-3) hosts St. Stephen (1-2) and Mathieu Martin (0-3) makes the trek to Tantramar (2-2).
All games today kick off at 1 p.m.
|Riverview High School running back Brett McNeil works on a team drill during a recent practice at the school.|
Royals rookie turning heads
By Sean Hatchard