High school roundup (NB) [6]: Teams heading into final week of regular season play

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(5-1) Moncton 54 -6 Mathieu Martin (1-5)
The Purple Knights crusade of reclaiming it’s position among the provinces top programs continues  to bare the fruit of the teams labours.

Knights QB/DB Chris Cameron-Kogler connected with WR/DB Ben George for 3 TD’s, while Kyle Lewis carried two more into the end zone and back up QB Brady Newcomb added another.  Defensively, the Knights also continue to improve, only allowing 14 points in the last two games. First year starter Keegan St. Amand gave the team six more with a pick six.

MHS WR/DB Ben George

Although the Matador’s have struggled on the season the team continues to develop and improve.

(3-3) Leo Hayes 71-0 Harrison Trimble (0-6)
After losing their first 3 games of the season the Lions have won their last three, putting them in a tie for fourth in the division with St. John.  The Lions thrashed the Trojans in this shut out no doubt with hopes of acquiring more points scored should they still be in a tie with the Hounds after next week.

Lions QB Jonah Rawlines threw 3 touchdowns, hitting WR/DB Matt LeFleur for two and the other with FB/LB Alec Ferris, who also carried two more in on the ground, giving him 3 majors on the day. RB Garrett Doucette ran in another, Dom Hall scored twice while Rawlines carried in another.

Lions QB Jonah Rawlines threw 3 TD’s

The Lions defence got their first shut out of the season against the struggling Trojans. Matt LeFleur intercepted a Trojans pass that he returned for his 3rd TD of the game.

(4-2) Fredericton 28-14 Bernice MacNaughton (1-5)
The Kats traveled to Moncton and continued their winning ways with a solid win over the Highlanders, who despite their record have continued to improve each week.

Defensively the Kats Simon Pearson and Isaiah Baldwin had exceptional games, while Ethan Stairs and Gayo Isaya were the offensive stand outs. The scoring for the team came at the hands and feet of Brandon Cooke, Stairs and Isaya.

Both teams will have must win games next week to secure their playoff positions.

(5-1) Tantramar 35-0 L’Odysee (3-3)
The Titans returned to their dominant ways, securing the teams third shut out on the season. The game was stopped early in the third quarter by the Olympiens over issues of player safety.

L’Odysee head coach Marcel Metti took two technical time out’s to address his concerns with officials and TRHS head coach Scott O’Neal, where he plead his case and concerns over head injuries. Down 35-0 at half, a week after they trounced the Matador’s 35-0, the Olympiens forfeit the game, for reasons of player safety.

“It was the toughest thing I’ve had to do as a coach, after talking to the officials and pleading our case a few times about the ongoing issue of head contact, I felt it was unsafe for our kids after a certain point. Safety is our number one concern. The score means nothing, losing never hurt nobody, head injuries do.”

Marcel Metti, L’Odysee Olympien Head Coach

10-Man Results
(6-0) St. Malachy 32-17 St. Stephen (5-1)
(4-1) Oromocto 21-19 Hampton (1-4)

(3-2) Rothesay 49-6 Mirimachi Valley (0-5)
other scores were not available at this time

Week 7 Preview
With NB fall in full bloom from the Marsh, to the capital city and all the way to the rough rocky shores of St. John comes the final week of the regular season, where as though by design the schedule has produced games where both teams have share must win scenarios.

Pool A                                                                                                  Pool B

1- TRHS Titans 5-1 (194 pts)                                                           1-MHS Purple Knights 5-1 (96 pts)
2-L’Odysee Olympiens 3-3                                                              2-RHS Royals 5-1 (81 pts)
3-BMN Highlanders 1-5                                                                   3-FHS Black Kats 4-2 (99 pts)
4-MM Matadors 1-5                                                                          4-LH Lions 3-3 (53 pts)
5-Harrison Trimble Trojans 0-6                                                    5-SJHS Greyhounds 3-3 (38 pts)

The quarter finals will feature each pools 1st place team plays 4th, while the winner of 2nd vs 3rd place final will play against the other pools 1 vs 4 victor in the Semi finals.

#1 Moncton High vs #4 Leo Hayes, Friday October 20, Scotia North 7pm
The Knights leave Moncton for Fredericton this Friday night to face a Leo Hayes Lions, a program that has won their last 3 games. A Lions lose, combined with a Hounds win against L’Odysee would be an end to the Lions season, and so they are treating this game like the provincial final.

#2 Riverview vs #3 Fredericton, Saturday October 21, Riverview, 1pm
This game could very likely be a preview for Pool B’s quarter final round. Both teams will be looking to score often to boost their points for home field advantage in a game which will most likely determine who will face the Titans in the semi final.

#5 St. John Greyhounds vs L’Odysee, Friday October 20, Rocky Stone, 7pm
A week after the Olympiens forfeit a game against the TRHS Titans for concerns of player safety they will face a rabid pack of Hounds who also define their style of play as smash mouthed. The Hounds are desperate for a win, which combined with a LH Lions loss will secure them a spot in the play offs.

#3 Bernice MacNaughton vs. #4 Mathieu Martin, Friday October 20, McKenna, 7pm
The winner of this game will face #2 L’Odysee, while the winner’s play off route starts on the Marsh against the raging, and reigning champion Tantramar Titans. Both teams are prepared to battle the Titans, but are more built to give the Olympiens a run for their money in the quarters.

Matador Head Coach Nick Murray is approaching this game as though it is the final.

“We’re down to the last game, we don’t feel confident heading into Tantramar for the quarter, we want the number two seed”, which means his team needs to beat the divisions only other 1-5 program.  “We’re going in with a win or go home mentality, we’re going to pretend like the play offs don’t exist, they start now”

Edison Wasson the Highlanders head coach is on the same page as Murray.

“Any chance you can have to not play number one seed in playoffs is an important game” stated Wasson, who feels that should his team has a good chance of winning so long as his team doesn’t implode. “To win, it’s going to take not beating ourselves, and by doing all the things we do properly and shutting down the two or three things they’re good at”

Although they are making it in with a losing record Wasson is pleased with the improved output of his teams offence the past few weeks, led by QB Will McNally, who has the potential to burn teams with his arm.

#1 Tantramar vs #6 Harrison Trimble, Saturday October 21, Tantramar at 1pm
The Titans have first place locked and home field advantage already secured for the quarter finals, and short of a RHS win coupled with a MHS loss, they have also secured home field advantage into the semi’s with their 194 points for and against ratio.

The Trojans enter the game win less but looking to at least stand toe to toe with the Titans.

 

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