Week 11: November 14: Championships
|Moncton High School Purple Knights head coach John Allanach and Brett Gray (41) celebrate after winning the 12 man football championship at Rocky Stone Memorial Field against Harrison Trible High School Trojans on Saturday.||Members of the Moncton Purple Knights celebrate after winning the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association 12-man football championship against the Harrison Trimble Trojans Saturday.|
|Moncton High School Purple Knights Leonardo Avendano(16) and Collin Irving(8) celebrate with teammates after winning the 12 man football championship at Rocky Stone Memorial Field against Harrison Trible High School Trojans on Saturday.||Moncton High School Purple Knights Marc McDougall takes the ball into the endzone for a touchdown despite the coverage of Harrison Trimble High School Trojans Chris Cornect (33) and Chris LeBlanc (51) during the first half at the 12 man football championship at Rocky Stone Memorial Field on Saturday.|
|Moncton High School Purple Knights Same Zeid, centre, and Dylan Rogers, left, celebrate with teammates after winning the 12 man football championship at Rocky Stone Memorial Field against Harrison Trible High School Trojans on Saturday.||Moncton High School Purple Knights Matt Toogood, left, shakes hands with his cousin Harrison Trible High School Trojans John Toogood after the 12 man football championship at Rocky Stone Memorial Field against on Saturday.|
Knights win N.B. grid title
Marc McDougall scores pair of TDs in 43-21 victory over Trojans
By Dwayne Tingley
Published In the Times-Transcript on Monday November 16, 2009
Appeared on page B1
Moncton High Purple Knights running back Marc McDougall has been waiting for this moment since he first strapped on his helmet as a peewee player nearly 10 years ago.
McDougall, with the power of a plowhorse and the speed of a thoroughbred, scored two touchdowns and led the Purple Knights to a 43-21 win over the Harrison Trimble Trojans in the New Brunswick High School Football League championship game played before more than 5,000 spectators Saturday at Rocky Stone Memorial Field.
The Grade 12 student racked up 211 yards of rushing on 21 carries and was named the offensive player of the game.
Still trying to catch his breath after celebrating with teammates and the Ed Skiffington Trophy, named in honour of Moncton High's first coach, McDougall said he had trouble believing his childhood dream had come true.
"Words can't describe what I am feeling," the 18-year-old said. "It's hard to explain, but this means everything to me. I think of all the hard work our team put in to win this championship and it makes me proud.
"The offensive line deserves all of the credit," he added. "This was their best game ever. We kept running the same play and the line kept moving Trimble's line back so we had big holes to run through. Those guys were the ones who made it happen."
Moncton High and Trimble have each won 14 New Brunswick championships, more than any other team. Saturday's matchup marked the first time the cross-town rivals had met for the provincial title in 26 years.
Purple Knights stormed out to a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs by McDougall and Luke Dickinson before Jeff McCarty put the Trojans on the scoreboard with a spectacular 80-yard kickoff return for a major.
However, the Moncton High's response was emphatic.
In the closing moments of the second quarter half, the Knights scored 21 points in only 52 seconds to give Moncton High a commanding 35-7 lead at halftime.
"We dug ourselves a big hole and we just could not recover," said Trojans coach Mark Teed. "Hats off to Moncton High. They played a great game and they deserved to win this game."
McDougall scored his second touchdown of the game on a seven-yard run with just 1:09 left in the first half.
Thirty-five seconds later, Moncton High's Matt Toogood returned a punt 65 yards for a major. Less than 30 seconds later, after the Knights recovered an on-side kick, Same Zeid caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Rogers to put the game out of reach.
"We made the most of our chances," McDougall said. "We got those chances because our defence always gave us the ball in great field position. The defence forced a lot of turnovers and they didn't let Trimble's offence do much at all."
Matt Toogood, on a 21-yard reception, had Moncton High's lone touchdown of the second half. Lucas Constantine kicked all six converts and Zeid punted a 33-yard single.
Matt Seely, on a 33-yard pass from John Toogood, and Toogood, on a two-yard quarterback keep, had the other touchdowns for the Trojans. Will Rochlow had three converts.
Rogers completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 206 yards with just one interception while John Toogood was 16-for-27 for 305 yards, but he was intercepted five times.
Brett Gray and Adam Benson each hauled in two interceptions for the Knights and Jordan Bedard had one. Steve Fox, who was also Trimble's primary receiver, had one interception.
"You have to give our coaches a lot of credit because we were very well prepared," said Gray, who was named defensive player of the game.
"We were aware of everything Trimble was going to throw at us because our coaches did their homework," the linebacker said. "The defence also stuck together and stuck to the game plan even when things didn't go well.
"We kept our cool. Coach always tells us to 'stay frosty' and that's what we did. Everyone on the team stayed frosty."
Head coach John Allanach said his team had a "well-researched" game plan, but the players still had to execute it.
"Our coaches and players were ready, but it was the players who came through with great fundamentals," Allanach said. "I am extremely proud of the players, the coaches and the families involved. We've been fortunate to have great support from the families and the school."
|Members of the Sussex Sonics celebrate after winning the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association 10-man football championship against the St. Stephen Spartans Saturday.|
Sonics complete their dream season with thrilling
|Moncton High School Purple Knights head coach John Allanach instructs his team during practice at Rocky Stone Memorial Field.|
Expect intensity at Rocky Stone Field
Sonics meet Spartans for 10-man football title
Cousins Matt Toogood, left, of the Moncton High Purple Knights and John Toogood, right, of the Harrision Trimble Trojans are ready to go head-to-head.
Cousins face off on gridiron
Purple Knights, Trojans to clash for N.B. High School Football League championship
By Dwayne Tingley
Published In the Times-Transcript on Thursday November 12, 2009
Appeared on page B1
Bragging rights within the family is important, but it won't be as sweet as clutching the championship trophy.
A pair of cousins will line up on both sides of the ball when the Moncton High Purple Knights and Harrison Trimble Trojans square off for the New Brunswick High School Football League championship Saturday afternoon. Game time is 3:30 p.m. at Rocky Stone Memorial Field.
Trimble quarterback John Toogood, in his fourth year with the Trojans, said the topic of football superiority in the family is fun to joke about, but he's serious about his approach for Saturday's matchup.
"It's always intense when these two schools face each other so the family connection is not on my mind as much as winning the game and bringing the championship to Trimble," said the 17-year-old who has been the Trojans starting quarterback for three years and has a penchant for scrambling under pressure then collecting long gains or finding an open receiver downfield.
His cousin, Matt Toogood, is a receiver/safety for the Purple Knights and he's only been playing football for two years, but he was named an all-star this year. He has breakaway speed and is a threat offensively and defensively.
Matt Toogood said a Moncton High win would give him verbal ammunition at family gatherings, including time at the cottage next summer. However, that's not the reason he wants a victory on Saturday afternoon.
"They won the Homecoming Game last year and we got it back this year, but this is a lot bigger than that," said Matt Toogood, also a 17-year-old Grade 12 student.
"We bragged about the Homecoming Games, but this is for the big prize. This is why we play. This is for the team, the school and everyone else."
Purple Knights beat the Trojans 31-0 and 13-12 during their regular season meetings this year. Matt Toogood is expecting another fierce battle, much like the 13-12 encounter.
"Harrison Trimble's offence is awesome and John is such a great passer. Their defence has improved a lot since the start of the year," Matt Toogood said.
"They come at you hard so everyone knows it's going to be a very physical game. Both teams play that way."
Trojans have won the Ed Skiffington Trophy, named in honour of Moncton High's first ever head coach, 14 times, more than any other team in the province. Purple Knights are second with 13 New Brunswick championships.
The rivals have clashed 10 times for title, but this is their first championship meeting in 26 years. Trimble won that game 22-20.
John Toogood said players on both sides are starting to realize the significance of the Trimble-Moncton High matchup.
"In the school, everyone is fired up, but we're also hearing a lot of comments from former players," said John Toogood, who was named an all-star quarterback.
"Outside our locker room, there are messages on the wall from alumni. Everyone is wishing us good luck and hoping we play well on Saturday. It's amazing to see all of the support we are getting from inside and outside the school."
Meanwhile, the New Brunswick 10-man division championship is also scheduled for Saturday. The unbeaten Sussex Sonics will face the St. Stephen Spartans at noon, also at Rocky Stone Memorial Field.
Sonics won their only meeting this season, 10-0 in Sussex on the opening week of the season two months ago.
|St. Stephen Spartans’ Kurtis Delaney and Scott Bell and Sussex Sonics’ Sean de Winter and Mark Folkins will be facing off in the 10-man division high school football final in Moncton Saturday.|
Leading the way to title game
By Kevin Barrett
Published In the Telegraph-Journal on Thursday November 12, 2009
Appeared on page B8
They are the leaders.
The boys who command respect and in many ways are the coach's best allies on the field.
And while Saturday's provincial 10-man division high school football final is a battle between two eager teams from Sussex and St. Stephen consisting of 25-30 players, it could come down which teams follow their leaders the best.
The seniors of influence are usually not one-sport athletes - they excel in basketball, baseball, track and field, rugby.
They have experience under pressure and Saturday, as the high school football season wraps up, they will be counted on heavily - by their coaches, teammates and supporters.
In St. Stephen, the 2007 10-man division champions, two players leading the way are Scott Bell and Curtis Delaney. There are others on this squad as head coach Neil Grant explains. But Bell and Delaney sit atop the class.
Bell was named the player of the year for his work on both sides of the ball. He is a running back on offence and a linebacker who registered eight tackles and nabbed an interception in the semifinal win over Harbour View.
In May, he was a leader while participating in clinics outlining the basics of the sport and often takes the reins of the team prior to practice. On Halloween, he travelled to Saint John to scout their playoff opponents and provided an accurate report of Harbour View to the coaching staff.
"He's not a rah-rah type captain. "¦"‰He is a leader by example. He plays hard and he is a student of the game," Grant said. "In my 11 years of coaching, he is one of the strongest football players I have ever had the pleasure of coaching."
Delaney played for the Canada Games rugby team and transferred from Fundy High.
He's fast, driven and dedicated, says Grant.
Against Sussex back in September (a 10-0 Sussex win), he played offence for the first time. Since then, he has averaged a touchdown every three times he touches the ball.
He racked up 16 touchdowns and 1,100 yards playing basically half games most of the season.
It doesn't end there.
Prior to the semifinal, when their manager was ill, he spent most of the pre-game filling the water bottles.
"He's grown every game," Grant said. "He's got a great character. He's improved in leaps and bounds this year."
In Sussex, head coach George Pariselle pointed to three standouts, but like Grant, was reluctant to single out specific players when the team boasts many leaders.
But given Aaron Tabor's all-star efforts on offence and his role as quarterback, Pariselle expressed complete faith in his offensive leader, who has not thrown an interception in 2009.
"He's been big for us this year. He leads our offence and he makes great decisions," Pariselle said. "He is a quiet leader, leading by example but he knows what we want done and what we want to accomplish on offence. He does a heck of job doing it."
Defensively, Sean deWinter, the conference's defensive player of the year, carries Canada Games experience from the basketball court as well as excellence on the gridiron.
"He is an athlete in the school and strong academically as well," says Pariselle of his star, nicknamed 'Fridge'. "He has a lot of experience and he plays basketball as well with the provincial team. He has a lot of experience with pressure."
He is another, the coach says, who commands respect and leads, not in an outward manner but by example, a common trait displayed by many seniors.
Then comes Jeremy Walker, the team's safety, a contender for individual awards as well.
He oversees the vaunted defence from the back line and Pariselle says he excels in communicating the messages and systems, part of his personality that makes it easy to accomplish that task.
"He is very smart," the coach explains. "He picks up things quick and easily passes it along to the other guys. That helps us a lot."
There are others, many others. Mark Folkins for example, with Sussex, is a great example, says the team coach.
Both teams dominated the all-star and major awards banquet during the annual dinner earlier this week. Sussex had two major award winners, five defensive all-stars and three offensive all-stars while St. Stephen also has two major award winners, five defensive all-stars and two offensive all-stars.
Game time for the championship tilt is Saturday at noon at Rocky Stone Field in Moncton. At 3:30 p.m., the Harrison Trimble Trojans will take on the Moncton High Purple Knights in the 12-man final.
Kevin Barrett is a sports reporter with the Telegraph-Journal. His Varsity View column appears each Thursday during the school athletic calendar. He can be reached at email@example.com.
|HTHS lineman Tyson Gillcash works on a line drill during a recent team workout.|
Upstart Trojans ready to tackle Purple Knights
Sussex, St. Stephen dominate awards
Published In the Telegraph-Journal on Tuesday November 10, 2009
Appeared on page B7
SAINT JOHN - It's no surprise the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association's 10-man division football banquet was dominated by players from Sussex and St. Stephen.
The two teams will meet Saturday in the provincial final and Tuesday at the Thistle-At. Andrews Curling Club, they walked away with the bulk of all-star and major awards.
Scott Bell, a towering senior who plays on both sides of the ball for St. Stephen, was named the player of the year at the annual event highlighting the individual performances for players in the eight-team loop.
Other major award winners on the night were Curtis Delaney of St. Stephen and Brett Saunders of Harbour View, who shared the offensive player of the year award, Sean deWinter of Sussex, the defensive player of the year, Stephen Carr of Sussex, the defensive lineman of the year and Nathaniel Robichaud of Mathieu-Martin, who was the offensive lineman of the year.
The coaches at Mathieu-Martin won the coaching staff of the year award.
Sussex led the way with eight all-stars followed by St. Stephen with seven, Harbour View with six, Mathieu-Martin with five and Kennebecasis Valley with three. Simonds, Rothesay and L'Odyssee each had two all-stars.
Following are the all-stars award winners:
Linemen - Nathaniel Robichaud, L'Odyssee; Dave Gauvin, Mathieu-Martin; Matt Yeomans, Harbour View; Kirk Arsenault, St. Stephen; Sam Murray, Sussex.
Running backs - Alex Blaine, KVHS; Jordan Anderson, Harbour View; Brett Saunders, Harbour View; Curtis Delaney, St. Stephen; John Rickard, Simonds.
Receivers - Adam Spurrell, KVHS; Marc Boucher, Mathieu-Martin; Jean-Francois Allard, Mathieu-Martin; Mike Brown, Sussex; Ben Hayward, Rothesay.
Quarterbacks - Aaron Tabor, Sussex; Xavier Couture, Mathieu-Martin.
Special teams - Nat Edwards, KVHS.
Linemen - Stephen Carr, Sussex; Nathan Nearing, Harbour View; Zach Davidson, St. Stephen; Josh Herrington, Rothesay; Jake Rose, Simonds.
Linebackers - Scott Bell, St Stephen; Brad Saunders, Harbour View; Justin Cormier, Mathieu-Martin; Gage Ross, St. Stephen; Sean deWinter, Sussex; Corey McMillan, Sussex.
Defensive backs - Cody Richard, St. Stephen; Phillipe Bolduc, L'Odyssee; John Jean, Harbour View; David Porter, St. Stephen; Mark Folkins, Sussex.
Special teams - Trevor Seymour, Sussex.
'Hounds back wins award for offence
Published In the Telegraph-Journal on Tuesday November 10, 2009
Appeared on page B7
MONCTON - Running back Mat Doucet, who led the Saint John Greyhounds to the semifinal round in New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association's 12-man football play, was named the South-West Conference offensive player of the year Monday.
Meanwhile, Keith Messer of the St. Malachy's Saints was named the defensive lineman of the year, sharing the award with Matt Fagan of Oromocto. Other major award winners in the South-West Conference were Nathan Heather of Oromocto (player of the year), Mike Benson of Leo Hayes (defensive player of the year) and Julien Vautour of Fredericton (offensive lineman of the year).
J.P. Bowie of Riverview was named the player of the year in the Eastern Conference. Other major awards went to Blake Stewart of MacNaughton (defensive player of the year), Dylan Rogers of Moncton (offensive player of the year), Tyler Gillcash of Harrison Trimble (offensive lineman of the year), Collin Miller of Riverview (defensive lineman of the year)
The 10-man division will hold its banquet in Saint John tonight.
St. Stephen and Sussex will contend for the 10-man division provincial title Saturday in Moncton, beginning at noon at Rocky Stone Field.
That will be followed by Moncton against Harrison Trimble in the 12-man final at 3:30 p.m.
Following are the all-stars for the South-West and Eastern conferences:
Julien Vautour, FHS; Jake MacKenzie, OHS; Justin Nason, SJHS; Reuben Turner, HHS; Paul Sibley, LHHS.
Mitchell Player, OHS; Mat Doucet, SJHS; Trevor Seeley, HHS; Rob Gayle, St. Macs.
Ryan Murphy, OHS; Nathan Heather, OHS; Josh Blanchard, OHS; Jason Daniels, LHHS.Quarterbacks
Derek Broad, LHHS; Jeff Madsen, FHS.
Alex Quinn, SJHS.
Matt Fagan, OHS; Brandon Courtney, OHS; Keith Messer, St. Macs; Desmond Young-Mather, St. Macs; Brandon Brooks, LHHS.
Jaden Clark, FHS; Jesse Gauvreau, OHS; Warren Hickey, OHS; Mike Benson, LHHS; Sean Craig, SJHS; Curtis MacMillan, SJHS.
Tyler GIllis, OHS; Nick Basque, HHS; Joey Ley, FHS; Jordan Lawrence, SJHS.
Peter Reimer, LHHS.
Tyson Gillcash, Harrison Trimble; Jamie Ward, Tantramar Titans; Shawn Clements, Moncton; Corey Lirette, Moncton; Evan Melanson, Bernice MacNaughton.
Mark MacDougall, Moncton; Jordan Haley, Bernice MacNaughton.
Steve Fox, Harrison Trimble; Niko Sokolowski, Riverview; Matt Toogood, Moncton; J.C. LeBlond, Bernice MacNaughton.
John Toogood, Harrison Trimble; Dylan Rogers, Moncton.
Kevin Leger, Bernice MacNaughton.
Zack Garcia, Harrison Trimble; Cameron Bessey, Riverview; Collin Miller, Riverview; Kyle Joudry, Bernice MacNaughton.
Chris Cornect, Harrison Trimble; J.P. Bowie, Riverview; Nick McEachern; Brett Gray, Moncton; Jack Dallaire, Bernice MacNaughton; Jordan Sellen, Riverview.
Kyle Hanson, Harrison Trimble; Matt Jay, Riverview; Chris Roy, Bernice MacNaughton; Blake Stewart, Bernice MacNaughton.
Michael Bohan, Tantramar Titans.
Heather named player of year in west conference
Published In the Daily Gleaner on Tuesday November 10, 2009
Appeared on page B3
Despite losing in the provincial quarterfinal, the Oromocto High School Blues had a big year in 12-man high school football, winning six of seven regular season games.
Their success was reflected in the respective south-west conference awards announced yesterday with wide receiver Nathan Heather of OHS named player of the year in the conference.
His teammate, Matt Fagan, was also named co-defensive lineman of the year, sharing the award with Keith Messer of the St. Malachy's High Saints.
Other major award winners included Mike Benson of Leo Hayes High Lions as defensive player of the year and Julien Vautour of the Fredericton High School Black Kats as offensive lineman of the year.
Mat Doucet of the Saint John Greyhounds was named offensive player of the year in the conference.
J.P. Bowie of Riverview was named the player of the year in the Eastern Conference. Other major awards went to Blake Stewart of MacNaughton as defensive player of the year, Dylan Rogers of Moncton High as offensive player of the year, Tyler Gillcash of Harrison Trimble as offensive lineman of the year and Collin Miller of Riverview as defensive lineman of the year.
The respective all-star teams were also announced yesterday. Earning south-west conference all-star status were linemen Vautour of FHS, Jake MacKenzie of OHS; Justin Nason of Saint John High, Reuben Turner of Hampton High and Paul Sibley of Leo Hayes.
Running backs honoured included Mitchell Player of OHS, Doucet of Saint John, Trevor Seeley of Hampton and Rob Gayle of St. Malachy's.
Named all-star receivers were Heather, Ryan Murphy and Josh Blanchard, all of OHS, and Jason Daniels of Leo Hayes.
All-star quarterbacks were Derek Broad of Leo Hayes and Jeff Madsen of FHS. Named special teams all-star was Alex Quinn of Saint John.
All-stars defensively from the south-west included linemen Fagan and Brandon Courtney of OHS, Messer and Desmond Young-Mather of St. Macs and Brandon Brooks of Leo Hayes.
All-star linebackers were Jaden Clark of FHS, Jesse Gauvreau and Warren Hickey of OHS, Mike Benson of Leo Hayes, Sean Craig and Curtis MacMillan of Saint John High.
Defensive backs named all-stars were Tyler GIllis of OHS, Nick Basque of Hampton, Joey Ley of FHS and Jordan Lawrence of Saint John High. Peter Reimer of Leo Hayes was named special teams all-star.
The league championship game is scheduled for Saturday with Moncton High Purple Knights and Harrison High Trimble Trojans, both of Moncton, meeting at Rocky Stone Field beginning at 3:30.
It'll mark the first time the two schools have played for provincial high school football supremacy since 1983 when Trimble emerged a 22-20 winner.
The Purple Knights eliminated Fredericton High 17-6 in semifinal play last Friday in Moncton while Trimble knocked off favourite Saint John High Greyhounds 20-14 in the other semifinal game played in Milledgeville.
The Kats had eliminated OHS 11-10 in quarter-final play while Saint John got past Leo Hayes High 42-15 in the other south west matchup.
Saturday's tilt is part of championship weekend at Rocky Stone with the provincial high school 10-man championship between St. Stephen High Spartans and Sussex High Regional Sonics slated to begin at noon on Saturday.
On Sunday, the provincial pee wee and bantam championships games are scheduled with Bliss Carman Eagles and Fredericton Junior Black Kats, both from the Capital Area Minor Football Association, both taking part. The Eagles will vie for pee wee bragging rights while the Kats are in bantam.