High school roundup (NB) [4]: Knights ‘dethrone Royals’, Leo Hayes snaps losing streak

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Purple Knights and RHS Royal’s fans filled Rocky Stone for the thrilling MHS 27-24 victory

Moncton 17-14 Riverview

For the second week in a row,, the MHS Purple Knights have given perfect teams their first losses of the season. Last week in a crazy shoot out with the FHS Black Kats, and this week in a late in the game come from behind victory against the now 3-1 Riverview Royals.

The game was strategic and ruthlessly physical by both squads. The Royals were led by Defensive Captain Aidan Steves, in all phases of the game playing DL, OL, and serving as the teams punt team long snapper. Defensively, Steve’s mainly terrorized the Knights from the DE position, but at times played on the interior,  giving the OL and MHS’ QB Chris Cameron-Kogler something else to account for.

RHS DL Aidan Steves #55 rushing MHS QB Chris Cameron-Kogler

As solid as the Royal’s defence was, it wasn’t enough to stop the Knights and their final push late in the game, where a 25 yard field goal by Ben George, and then a rogue off a missile of a punt sealed the deal for the Knights.  George, one of the teams defensive leaders, made multiple tackles thru out and also picked off one of Royal’s QB, Logan Grossman’s passes. Offensively, George plays WR, who when he’s not blocking was making crazy catches all over the field, one a crucial 35-yarder on one of the teams scoring drives.

#9 MHS Knights WR, S and K Ben George receiving a pass from #6 Kogler

RHS QB Logan Grossman performed poised all night, despite a relentless pressing Knight defence. Behind at half, Grossman led his team on a surgically orchestrated drive. RHS struggled late in the game to consistently move the ball, and when they did have MHS on their heels, they were stuffed on the MHS goal line on a third and short, late in the fourth.

#7 RHS QB Logan Grossman

Leo Hayes 38-28 L’Odysee

The Lions snapped their 3 game losing streak in a physical game against at home against the visiting Olympiens. The Lions are hoping to take this winning momentum when they face the FHS Black Kats in the annual North-South Bowl this Friday.

Bernice MacNaughton 36-16 Harrison Trimble

In a show down of two win less programs, the Highlanders came out on top of the Trojans.

Fredericton 31-24 Saint John

For the second week in a row the Black Kats waited until late in the game to play their best football. On the road in St. John, the Kats battled back in the fourth from a 24-7 deficit, beating the Hounds by an Ethan Stairs FG, 27-24.

This Kat and dog fight could be a preview of a possible play off match up.

Tantramar 49-0 Mathieu Martin

Tantramar continues it’s winning ways, shaking down the Matador’s a week after their first win. The Titan’s have outscored their last two opponents 113-0.

Not a program to dwell on their success, the Titan’s are already looking ahead to this weeks rival match up with the RHS Royals as their toughest challenge since their week 2 beating of MHS.


10 Man Results…

(2-1) Kennebecasis 27-6 vs Rothesay (1-2)

(4-0) St. Malachys 51-14 vs Harbour View (0-4)

(3-0) St. Stephen 30-19 vs Oromocto (2-1)

(2-1) Sussex 36-0 vs Miramichi Valley (0-3)

(1-3) Simonds 20-6 vs James M. Hill (1-3)


Week 5: Bowl Games

Thursday October 5

Bol de L’Acadie IX, (2-2) L’Odysee vs. (1-2) Mathieu Martin, 7 pm at Rocky Stone

This annual bowl game see’s Dieppe’s all French High School, Mathieu Marin against Moncton’s all French program, L’Odysee Olympiens.

Losing their last two games, last week against an 0-3 Leo Hayes Lions has got the Olympiens focused on getting back on track. The Matador’s are coming off a pounding from the TRHS Titans, but are already preparing for this, their biggest game yet.

Last year 4000 fans attended, come early for good seats and dress warm!

Friday October 6

Annual Home Coming Game

(3-1) Moncton High vs.  (0-4) Harrison Trimble, 7 pm at Woody Hayes

Moncton enters this game on the heels of two tough victories over FHS and RHS, both undefeated programs until falling to the Knights.

Although the Trojans enter the game win less, this match up is more than a win or a loss. These two teams are among the oldest programs in the province, and this rivalry is steeped in tradition and pride.

Expect to see the Trojans best foot forward, and look for MHS to perfect their game planning with the playoffs around the corner.

(4-0) Tantramar vs. (3-1) Riverview, Mount Allison at 7 pm

Coming off a loss to MHS, the Royals look to re establish themselves as the legitimate contender to finally take on the Titan’s in the final. This game will provide a glimpse as to how RHS QB Logan Grossman and his arsenault of receivers match up against a Titans defence that has only allowed 22 points in four games.

RHS will also need to shut down the Titan’s offence, which has scored 113 unanswered points in their last two outings. Every team in the province wants to be the one to shut down the TRHS streak, but none of the programs take this task as personally as RHS.

North-South Bowl XVII

(1-3) Leo Hayes vs. (3-1) Fredericton HS, Scotia South at 7 pm

This game determines which program in the capital city reigns supreme this year. Both teams are pushing for a playoff run, and each hopes to knock THRS off their throne, but this Friday night it’s a battle to see which side of the St. John River has this years best team.

The FHS Kats are coming off a thrilling 31-24 victory over the St. John Greyhounds, scoring 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Coming off their first win of the season, the Lions are hoping this cat fight will re establish them as a play off threat.

(1-3) Bernice McNaughton vs. (2-2) St. John High, Canada Games at 7 pm

The Hounds are coming off of a disappointing loss, in a game they were winning 24-7 in the fourth. Expect to see their most disciplined and efficient outing yet against the Highlanders.


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