High school roundup (NB) [5]: Bowl week doesn’t disappoint with some surprising endings

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L’Odysee 35-0 Mathieu Martin – Bol d’Acadie IX
This annual bowl game between Moncton’s two all French High Schools saw the Olympiens dominate the struggling Matador’s.

Olympien junior QB Devin Niles had an impressive game connecting  with Benoit Cormier and Ben Willemsen for touchdowns, while Jeremie Maillet ran the other offensive major in. The other TD came at the hands of the Olympiens special teams unit, who blocked a punt that Brandon McKenna scooped up and carried into the end zone.

Olympien head coach Marcel Metis named Shanel Hebimana, Dominique LeBlanc, Andre Hyslop and Brandon McKenna as defensive stand outs, among a unit that got the team their second shut out of the season.

Matador’s head coach  Nick Murray was disappointed with the loss and had expected to do much better.

“They were more prepared and executed their plan better, no excuses, we have to be better on both sides of the ball”, reflected Murray.

Matadors LB Michel Saindon, who recently transitioned from DL recently was a standout according to Murray: “Kid played lights out, he was physical and didn’t quit all day, and our strong corner Tristan Richard was one of our best again”.

Moncton 63-8 Harrison Trimble – Homecoming
This annual homecoming game represents a long standing rivalry steeped in a history of tradition between these two clubs. Moncton entered the game in first place of their division facing a struggling Trojan program in the process of rebuilding.

The game was all Purple Knights. QB Chris Cameron-Kogler ran in a TD from behind centre, and on defence after returning an interception for his other on the night. Kogler also connected with dual threat WR/S Ben George for another.  The other touchdowns came on carries from Junior Nik Platis and freshman Connor Allen, while Kyle Lewis scored the other 3 majors for the Knights.

Leo Hayes 37-16 Fredericton – North-South Bowl XVII
Despite starting the season 1-3 the Lions entered this game against the Black Kats determined to win their annual meeting with the Black Kats, in a game that determines bragging rights for Fredericton’s only programs.

The Lions sophomore QB Jonah Rawlines, a transfer from FHS, performed well under the intense pressure of a tough Kats defence, connecting with  Matt LeFleur for a major while RB Garrett Doucette carried another in.  Team leader and dual threat 265 lb LB/RB Alec Ferris got one on offence and had a pick 6 as well.

The Lions kicker Matt Mills made all convert attempts, and added 6 more points, nailing both FG attempts. Alec Ferris who also serves as the teams punter also got the team a rouge.

St. John 32-13 Bernice MacNaughton
The Hounds advanced to 3-2 with a win over the 1-4 Highlanders.

Ten Man Results
(3-1) Oromocto 45-0 Miramachi Valley (0-4)
(3-1) Kennebecasis 41-9 Hampton (1-3)
(2-2) Simonds 22-0  Sussex (2-2)
(4-0) St. Malachy’s 40-0 Rothesay (2-2)
(4-0) St. Stephen 49-0 James M. Hill (1-3)

Week 6 12-Man Preview

Friday October 13

(4-1) Moncton vs Matthieu Martin (1-4) Rocky Stone at 5
The MHS Purple Knights are in a tie for first in their division with the RHS Royals. NB settles ties with the points for and against formula which means MHS will be looking to score often, something they did last week beating the win less HT Trojans 63-8. All that told the young Matadors will be fighting with ‘fierte’ (pride) behind their head coach Nick Murray.

“The focus this week and for the rest of the season is to regroup and play sound football. MHS is one of the best programs in the province, they have no major weaknesses. We’re very excited to have the chance to take them on this week, should be a fun game,” reflected Coach Murray,

(4-1) Tantramar vs L’Odysee (3-2)  Rocky Stone at 8
Coming off their first loss of the year the Titans will be using this game to re establish their rhythm. The winning streak was something I never heard any TRHS coach or player speak of, their strategy is to ensure home field advantage for the play offs and the only way to do that is to win.

The Olympians are coming off a big win at the L’Acadie bowl, so look for them to be playing with some confidence.

(2-3) Leo Hayes vs Harrison Trimble (0-5) Woody Hayes at 7
The Lions have won their last two, beating city rival Fredericton Black Kats last week despite being the underdog headed in.  The Lions are looking to improve their record in hopes of making the play offs in a tight division.

(3-2) Fredericton vs Bernice MacNaughton (1-4) McKenna (Moncton) at 7 pm
The Kats are travelling to Moncton with hopes of getting back on the winning track after losing in their annual bowl game to Leo Hayes. Presently the Kats are tied for 2nd in their division with the St. John Greyhounds and so need to ignite something Friday night to assure home field advantage.

Saturday October 14

(4-1) Riverview Royals vs St. John  (3-2) Riverview at 1 pm
Coming off a crazy win over the Titans the Royals are already preparing for the always physical Grayhounds. This game could have play off implications for both teams so expect nothing but old school football between these two programs.


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