Knights tie Royals in opener
Moncton High, Riverview High begin season with 21-21 draw
Published In the Times-Transcript on Saturday September 5, 2009
Appeared on page C1
The first game of the New Brunswick High School Football League season
ended in a draw.
The Moncton High Purple Knights and Riverview High Royals played to a
21-21 tie in the 12-man division opener at Rocky Stone Memorial Field last
The Purple Knights had a chance to win the game when they punted for a
single in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter, but Brett McNeil of the
Royals kicked the ball out of the end zone and Riverview High recovered
The Royals held a 13-0 lead early on, but the Purple Knights stormed
back and were up 21-13 in the second half. Riverview High used a 26-yard
touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Grass to Tyler Rigby and a two-point
conversion to tie the game in the third quarter. Grass hooked up with Matt
Sears on the two-point conversion play.
"I would have loved to have won, but I'm happy with the single
point for the tie. Moncton High has 35 players back and they're a good
team, so we'll take the point at this point," said Royals head coach
"It was our first game and it showed. We made some mistakes, but
we also showed character in coming back in the game."
Grass, a Grade 11 rookie pivot in his league debut, threw another
touchdown pass, 28 yards to Nico Sokolowski. Grass also scored on a
four-yard QB sneak. B.J. Burdock kicked a convert for Riverview High.
Moncton High quarterback Dylan Rogers hooked up with receiver Matt
Toogood for a pair of touchdown passes of 20 and 25 yards. Purple Knights
newcomer Mark MacDougall intercepted Grass and returned it 45 yards for
another score. Lucas Constantine booted three converts for Moncton High.
"We had our bright spots, we created a number of turnovers and had
some positives, but they're overshadowed by big mistakes," said
Purple Knights head coach John Allanach, whose team trailed 13-7 at
"We made three key mistakes on defence that cost us touchdowns. We
go back to practice on Monday knowing we have to be better than
The rest of the teams in the division's Eastern Conference open the
regular season next weekend. The three-time defending New Brunswick
champion Bernice MacNaughton Highlanders play the Harrison Trimble Trojans
Friday at 4 p.m. at Rocky Stone. Also on Friday, Moncton High hosts the
Tantramar Titans at 7 p.m. at Rocky Stone.
The Mathieu-Martin Matadors and l'Odyssée Olympiens begin the regular
season in the league's new 10-man division next weekend. Mathieu-Martin
visits the Harbour View Vikings Friday at 7 p.m. in Saint John while
l'Odyssée travels to Saint John next Saturday for a 1 p.m. meeting with
the Simonds Seabees.