Week 7: October 16-17
|Crunch time: Tyler Bailey Gillis, right, of the Oromocto Beaver Brokerage Blues stops Josh Campbell of the Leo Hayes Lions during provincial high school football league action Saturday at OHS. Closing in on the play, at left, is Matt Fagan of the Blues. OHS won 50-0.|
Blues beat up on Lions
By Robert Touchie
Published In the Daily Gleaner on Monday October 19, 2009
Appeared on page B1
Everyone said it would be a high-scoring, aerial shootout, but no one expected that just one of the shooters would show up.
The Oromocto Beaver Brokerage Blues throttled the Leo Hayes High Lions 50-0 in their showdown for first place in the south west conference Saturday.
The game, in front of 350 fans at MacKenzie Field, really amounted to nothing more than 48 minutes of slow torture for the Lions.
After predicting that their offence was going to 'shock everybody', Blues head coach Robbie Wilson played prophet, as his team reeled off 426 offensive yards against a beleaguered Lions squad. Although Wilson was happy with his offence, it was the defence that he thought carried the day.
"Our defence was spectacular, they took the Lions offence out of the game and scored 14 points," said Wilson, who singled out linebacker Jessie Gauvreau as his defensive player of the game. "I mean, they pitched us a shutout."
The Blues forced seven turnovers, but none as important as Cody Boulanger's blocked punt at the Lions 30 with 2:30 left in the first half, which he recovered in the end zone sending the Blues to a 26-0 halftime lead.
"That blocked punt was a turning point in the game, for sure, but I really felt Josh Blanchard's 66-yard kickoff return to open the second half was key," said Blues offensive coordinator Ronnie Squires, the wizard pulling the strings behind the Blues' offensive curtain this season. "It set us up to start the half with another score and gave us a 33-0 lead . . . and it put a dagger through the Lions' heart."
It didn't hurt either that the Blues were hitting everything that moved on the field - hard.
The result: Peter Reimer and Eric McGarry, the two cornerstones of the Lions' success this season, were helped off the field after collisions with OHS players.
Reimer's day ended following a collision he initiated with Blues running back Mitchell Player. McGarry was hit by a locomotive train that steamrolled a few of the Lions on this day: the Nathan Heather Express.
Heather finished his day with four interceptions, a TD run from the quarterback position, four catches for over 100 yards and what seemed like an endless array of bone-jarring hits at the expense of the Lions from his perch at the safety position.
"I was on my game today, but more importantly, the team was doing what we're supposed to be doing," said Heather. "James Mitchell . . . wow, what a day, Blanchard threw a huge block to set me free for that TD run . . . and what did I say? Mitch McCoy broke out today."
Heather predicted McCoy would be a key in the Blues' game plan and he was. McCoy ended the day with three catches for 58 yards and a TD - a perfectly run post pattern that he caught in stride and galloped 43 yards for paydirt.
Wilson was happy with the output of his receiving group of McCoy, Blanchard and Pat Hailey, all of whom caught a pass, but reserved special praise for the fourth member of the group, Heather.
"Does that performance today answer any question now about whether Nathan Heather is for real?"
Thrilled with his team, Wilson also singled out a Lion defender for praise.
"I felt for Mike Benson out there, but he still played excellent - he always does," Wilson said. "I'd love to have him on my team, he's a great player."
Patrick Price managed three sacks for Leo Hayes, the last one with five minutes left in the game.
"We overcame some adversity this week with a lot of illness on our team and some key injuries and this loss adds to that, but this is motivation," Price said. "Great teams respond well to adversity and we are going to come back from this."
With LHHS head coach Rick Kelly unavailable for comment, Lions offensive coordinator Gary Norcott was gracious in defeat.
"That's the way it goes sometimes," Norcott said. "We had a rough week of practices and it showed. They made the plays and we didn't. Full marks to them for that. In football you have days like this and maybe we needed a game like this to find out what this team is made of."
For the Blues, quarterback James Mitchell went 9-for-16 for 201 yards and three majors, one on a rush.
Player ran for 70 yards on eight carries, while Peter Wilde added a TD on the ground. Josh Blanchard added a touchdown on 37 yards receiving, with a 33-yard yard field goal and five PATs. Brandon Courtney returned an interception 60 yards for the final OHS score.
The 5-1 Blues will host the 3-3 Hampton Huskies at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Lions, now 4-2, head to Saint John for a key Friday night tilt with the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds are also 4-2 after beating the FHS Black Kats (2-4) 8-0 Friday. Matt Doucet scored the lone TD on a one-yard run. It was converted by Alex Quinn, who also scored a point on a missed field goal.
|Mathieu Martin Matadors’ quarterback Xavier Couture throws the ball to teammate Gilbert Deguire during a game against KVHS at Mathieu Martin on Saturday during high school football.|
Royals victory sets up showdown
Sussex remains perfect in 10-man
Published in the Telegraph-Journal on Monday, October 19, 2009
SUSSEX - The Sussex Sonics dropped Harbour View High 49-0 to secure a hold on first place in the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association South East 10-man football league.
The win brings the Sonics to 6-0 and marked the fourth game of the season in which their defensive end didn't allow a point.
Sussex scored on its first possession with a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Tabor to Mike Brown, which Tabor also converted. The club gained an 8-0 lead when Tabor's kickoff was not returned out of the Viking's end zone.
The quarterback connected with Robert Dunfield for a 48-yard pass and run major and Sussex closed the first quarter on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Colin Urquhart. Both touchdowns were converted by Tabor.
Trevor Seymour notched two majors on a two-yard sweep and 10-yard pass from Urquhart, one of which was converted. Brown impressed the hometown crowd with a touchdown on a 52-yard reverse and Mark Folkins finished the slew of scoring with a 42-yard run.
In addition to their fourth shutout, the Sonics' defense recovered four Viking fumbles as Harbour View dropped to 4-2-0.
The St. Stephen Spartans inched closer to the top squad with a 55-8 win over Simonds High for a record of 5-1-0.
Kurtis Delaney continued his stellar season with nine carries for 262 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half.
Scott Bell added two rushing majors while Scott Bell and Ryan Callaghan contributed with one touchdown each. Luke Hayre was good on seven of eight conversions. Safety Cody Richard led the defensive line with two interceptions and five tackles.
In other 10-man action, the Kennebecasis Valley Crusaders lost 41-9 to Ecole Mathieu-Martin. The loss drops the Crusaders to 2-3 and improved the Matadors to 2-3-1. Quarterback Devon Toole notched the lone Crusaders major while Nathan Edwards had a field goal.
Head coach Eugene Belliveau said his squad was its own worst enemy in the loss, losing four fumbles and allowing three interceptions.
"Every time we touched the ball on offense we sustained our march and got within scoring range but then we'd lose possession," Belliveau said.
Blues, Lions to settle gridiron gridlock
|Moncton High Purple Knights; Matt Toogood (81) blocks MacNaughton Highlanders Jordan Haley during the first quarter at Rocky Stone Memorial field yesterday.|
Highlanders overcome Knights
Greyhounds edge past Fredericton
Published in the Telegraph-Journal on Saturday, October 17, 2009
Appeared on page C8
FREDERICTON - Matt Doucet landed the lone major as the Saint John Greyhounds downed Fredericton High 8-0 in South-West 12-man football action Friday night. Doucet scored the touchdown on a one-yard run. It was converted by Alex Quinn, who also scored one point on a missed field goal as Saint John improved to 4-2. Fredericton dropped to 2-4. In other 12-man action, the Hampton Huskies blanked St. Malachy's High 17-0 Friday. Quarterback Ben Shepherd had a 50-yard touchdown run while Corey O'Toole added a major off a 20-yard run. Adam Kane kicked both conversions and also notched a 20-yard field goal as the Huskies improved to 3-3. The Saints dropped to 0-6. Meanwhile, Andrew Brooks scored two running touchdowns and a conversion for Rothesay High as the Red Hawks downed Ecole L'Odyssee 29-14 in South East 10-man action. Ben Hayward scored a major on a pass from Stuart Buckley, who added a two-point conversion for Rothesay. Devon Kelly also scored a touchdown for the victors while Josh Herrington notched a two-point safety as Rothesay improved to 2-3-1. L'Odyssee dropped to 0-6.
MHS, BMHS football meet tomorrow
Purple Knights are undefeated heading into their final regular season game
By Dwayne Tingley
Published In the Times-Transcript on Thursday October 15, 2009
Appeared on page B5
Moncton High Purple Knights quarterback Dylan Rogers is his harshest critic.
"I don't think I know how to throw a football properly," the Grade 12 student and 17-year-old quarterback said bluntly before practice yesterday afternoon.
"It's a shame, really, because we've got a lot of good receivers on this team. The truth is, I can help our team a lot more with my arm more than my legs."
He must be doing something right.
Purple Knights are undefeated heading into their final regular season game tomorrow night against the three-time defending New Brunswick High School Football League champion Bernice MacNaughton Highlanders. Game time is 7 p.m. at Rocky Stone Memorial Field.
Purple Knights have a 3-0-2 record for eight points. Highlanders (3-1) and Riverview High Royals (2-0-2) share second place with six points each. Royals visit the last-place Tantramar Titans (0-4) Saturday at 1 p.m. in Sackville. The fourth-place Harrison Trimble Trojans (1-4) have a bye this week.
"We'd love to finish in first place," Rogers said. "If we can finish first, we'll get home-field for the playoffs and we'd get to play the lower seeded teams.
"We've been working hard and we've set a goal of finishing first. If we lose (tomorrow), we could finish as low as third and we don't want to be in that position. It would mean a lot to our team to finish first."
If the Highlanders win, they still have a shot at first. However, even if the Knights win they could still slip into second place because the Royals could overtake them.
If the Royals win Saturday then defeat the Highlanders in their final game next weekend, they could end up tied with the Purple Knights with 10 points each.
The first tie-breaker is head-to-head games and the Knights and Royals have tied in both of their meetings this season. The next tie-breaker is points-against and the Knights have allowed 47 through five games and the Royals have given up 35 through four.
"We just want to keep the momentum going," Rogers said. "We've got a good thing going this year and we're going to stay positive... The defence has been doing a great job every week and the offence has been pretty good, for the most part."
In the provincial 10-man league, l'Odyssee Olympiens (0-4) host the Rothesay Red Hawks (1-3-1) tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Rocky Stone Memorial Field. Mathieu-Martin Matadors (1-3-1) entertain the Kennebecasis Valley Crusaders (2-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Dieppe.
Sussex High Sonics (5-0) host the Harbour View Vikings (4-1) in a battle for first-place Saturday at 1 p.m.