High school roundup (NS) [3]: Tight races shaping up for division lead

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Week 3 action in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation High School Football League saw things begin to heat up in all three divisions. Five teams remain undefeated, and multiple teams are tied for top spot in their division after three games.

Horton Griffins (36), Dartmouth Spartans (14)

The Horton Griffins improved to a 2-1 record after defeating the Dartmouth Spartans at home in Wolfville this past Friday.

Standout quarterback Caleb Melanson led his team to victory with four total touchdowns, including two through the air and two on the ground.

Melanson connected with Alex Hayes and Spencer Richard for the passing scores. The Griffins quarterback finished the game with 164 passing yards and 65 rushing yards.

Running back Jayden Simmonds was also key in Horton’s victory. The Griffins runner racked up 189 yards and a touchdown, along with over 100 yards as a punt returner.

CPA Cheetahs (26), Halifax West Warriors (0)

After suffering a disappointing defeat in Week 1 to the #CFC50 no. 21 Citadel Phoenix, the CPA Cheetahs have turned things around and are now 2-1 after shutting out the Halifax West Warriors in their Week 3 home opener.

The Cheetahs’ offence was held to seven points in the team’s season opener, but CPA has outscored their opponents 73-0 over the past two weeks of play.

CEC Cougars (21), Auburn Drive Eagles (56)

The Auburn Drive Eagles remained undefeated after winning a tough matchup on the road against the CEC Cougars this past Sunday.

While things remained close going into the half with the Eagles leading by a touchdown 28-21, the Cougars were held scoreless by the talented Eagles’ defence in the second half.

Cougars running back Kamryn Matheson had another big game for CEC with three touchdowns, and standout defensive back Riley Gabriel added an interception.

But it was ultimately not enough to overcome the Eagles’ powerful offensive attack, a unit which has scored a phenomenal 160 points through the first three games.

The Eagles are now tied with the #CFC50 no. 21 Citadel Phoenix for first place in their division.

Lockview Dragons (47), J.L. Ilsley Judges (0)

The Lockview Dragons moved to a 3-0 record after rolling past the J.L. Judges in an impressive shutout victory at home this past Saturday.

The Dragons won the battle at the line of scrimmage, amassing 261 rushing yards against the Judges.

Zak Rockwell, Connor Clark, Pieter Blok, Ethan Phinney, Matteo Diquinzio and Jett Crowell all scored touchdowns for the Dragons in this blowout performance.

Lockview is now tied with the #CFC50 no. 41 SJA Flames for first place in their division.

JHG Royals (58), West Kings Wolverines (6)

The JHG Royals notched their second win of the season in a home victory against the West Kings Wolverines this past Friday.

The Royals bounced back from their Week 2 loss to Millwood in style, scoring the second highest point total this week.

Avon View Avalanche (28), Millwood Knights (27)

In what was perhaps the game of the week, the Avon View Avalanche handed the Millwood Knights their first loss of the season in a back and forth 28-27 battle.

Jack Sheehan led the way for the Avalanche with a rushing and receiving touchdown, while also adding a crucial two-point convert reception in this home opener victory.

Josh Paddock and Nathan Doyle-Stile each scored two touchdowns for Millwood, with both athletes consistently churning out big runs for the Knights in the defeat.

NKEC Titans (13), Central Kings Gators (24)

The Central Kings Gators continued their perfect season after coming through with a hard earned victory on the road against the NKEC Titans.

The Gators are all alone at first place in their division with a 3-0 record through three weeks.

Sydney Academy Wildcats (11), Cole Harbour Cavaliers (20)

The Cole Habour Cavaliers claimed their first win of the season this past Saturday, fighting their way past the Sydney Academy Wildcats  for a 20-11 victory on the road.

The Cavaliers’ offence stepped up in a big way, putting up 20 points against the Wildcats after only scoring six points through the first two weeks of play.

Coming up this weekend…

Thursday’s NSSAF football action will see the NKEC Titans (1-2) head on the road to take on the Millwood Knights (2-1), while the red-hot Lockview Dragons (3-0) will face the Prince Andrew Panthers (0-3) in a road matchup.

Friday’s action has two games lined up, with the talented CEC Cougars (1-2) facing a tough test on the road against the formidable CPA Cheetahs (2-1). The Auburn Drive Eagles (3-0) will look to keep things going when they host the Horton Griffins (2-1) on Friday.

There are five games set for an action-packed Sunday this week. The Avon View Avalanche (1-2) will try to avenge their Week 1 loss when they host the JHG Royals (2-1), and the Sydney Academy Wildcats (0-3) will be battling against the odds when they take on the #CFC50 no. 21 Citadel Phoenix (3-0) on the road.

The undefeated Central Kings Gators (3-0) will look to make it four wins in four games when they go up against the West Kings Wolverines (0-3) on the road.

The #CFC50 no. 41 SJA Flames (3-0) are set to square off with the J.L. Ilsley Judges (1-2) in a home battle, while the Cole Harbour Cavaliers (1-2) will try to win their second in a row when they head on the road to face the Sackville Kingfishers (0-3)

Monday’s game is between the Dartmouth Spartans (1-2) and the Halifax West Warriors (1-2)


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