2015 ONTARIO PROSPECT CHALLENGE (Ottawa): Iloki guides Team East to blowout win

The final game of the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) at TD place in Ottawa on Saturday was not a close, down to the wire game, but it had its moments and a good finale.

Team East started quick and never really looked back with early touchdowns by MVP Phil Iloki and Terry Dogbey

Later in the first quarter, Team East quarterback Jacob Spinella decided that he wanted in on the action and call his own number to get in a on a quarterback sneak to put the team up 20-0.

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In the second quarter, it would not yield better results for a struggling Team Central squad that was hard up for an offensive answer.Luckily for Team Central, the defense dug in and held Eastern off the board the entire quarter.

Team Central thought they caught a break when a long snap went way over the punter’s head.  However, the punter showed off some superb athleticism to chase it down, evade a rush and get off a decent punt.

Unfortunately, the punter’s valiant effort to keep the shutout bid alive was all for not as Team Central would score soon after on an amazing catch by wide receiver Dondre Weiss.

At halfitme, Team East enjoyed a 20-6 lead over Team Central.

The second half would open much the same as the first half as Spinella connected with Illoki for his second touchdown of the day.

On the ensuing drive, Team Central would concede a safety and  that increased Team East’s lead, 29-6.

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Later in the quarter, Spinella would find Alex Collosante to give Team East a comfortable 35-6 cushion over Team Central.

In the fourth, not much changed for either team as Team East seemingly scoring at will and Central battling hard to stop the bleeding.

The game all but ended when Team East’s Nick Renaud would run it into the end zone to increase Team East’s lead 41-6.  It would be punctuated by yet another long bomb from Spinella to CFC 100 Kurleigh Gittens to solidify a 47-6 victory for Team East.

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In his postgame comments, Team East Head Coach Blaine Scatcherd said the key to the victory was success on all three aspects of the game.

“We looked sharp,” said Scatcherd.   “Offense, defense, special teams, our kids grasped it and we played real well.”

Reflecting on the loss, Team Central Head Coach Heath Weir offered that the squad will learn from this experience.

“Take it as a lesson” added Weir.  “You can’t come into all star games like this and expect to win.”

“They’re a good team and jumped all over us, so you gotta learn from it.”

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