High school roundup (NS) [7]: Top division up for grabs as season enters important final week

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Week 7 action in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation High School Football League saw things heat up heading into the final week of the regular season. With a tie for first-place in the Nova Conference between the #CFC50 no. 23 Citadel Phoenix and 7-0 #CFC50 no. 47 Auburn Drive Eagles, and just one win separating the top teams in the Scotia Conference, Week 8 is set to have major playoff implications to say the least.

CPA Cheetahs (3), SJA Flames (8)

Two of the league’s most talented teams went head-to-head last Friday, with the Flames outlasting the Cheetahs in a defensive battle for the ages.

The Flames pulled ahead to take the conference lead with the win over CPA, and remain in the first-place spot in the Scotia Conference heading into the deciding final week.

Avon View Avalanche (20), West Kings Wolverines (8)

The impressive Avalanche improved to 5-2 on the season after Sunday’s win over West Kings, putting them neck-and-neck with the NKEC Titans for second place in Division 2.

Avon View’s defence scored the opening touchdown of this one, with linebacker Noah Fraser scooping and scoring on a fumble forced by defensive tackle Eric Harvey.

The Avalanche extended their lead when quarterback Jack Sheehan kept the ball himself for a 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, giving his team a 14-0 lead at half.

Jayden King put the Wolverines on the board with a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and quarterback Joel Patterson followed it up with the successful two-point convert throw.

Avon View added one more to seal the victory when Sheehan handed it off to Joe MacDonald for another Avalanche rushing touchdown.

JHG Royals (0), NKEC Titans (33)

The Titans put in an all-out dominant performance against the Royals, excelling in all three phases of the game to claim the shutout victory.

NKEC have now won an incredible four straight, having scored 80 points since Week 5.

The team is tied with the Avon View Avalanche for second place in Division 2, with this week’s final matchup holding major playoff implications.

Horton Griffins (56), Sydney Academy Wildcats (6)

Horton remains in second place in the Nova Conference with their big win over the Wildcats on Saturday.

Quarterback Caleb Melanson led his team to another convincing victory, and the Griffins’ formidable offensive attack has helped the team rack up 126 points during their current three-game win streak.

With things clicking on both sides of the ball, the Griffins are set to enter the playoffs with a lot of momentum if they can end the regular season on a 4-0 streak this week.

Prince Andrew Panthers (20), Sackville Kingfishers (57)

The Kingfishers moved one game closer to .500 with their big win over the Prince Andrew Panthers on Monday.

Despite the big final score, this was a close battle that was not decided until the fourth quarter.

Sackville managed to score the majority of their points in the final stages of the game, capitalizing on mistakes and rallying to grab their third win in four weeks.

Dartmouth Spartans (12), Cole Harbour Cavaliers (0)

Dartmouth bounced back from a tough Week 6 loss to the conference-leading SJA Flames by rolling to a shutout victory against the Cavaliers in Week 7.

With the win, the Spartans have positioned themselves just one game behind the two-way tie for second place in the Scotia Conference.

Central Kings Gators (37), Millwood Knights (9)

What else is new? The Gators continued their winning ways with a solid victory over Millwood on Sunday, improving their perfect record to 7-0 at top spot in Division 2.

The high-powered Gators have scored a whopping 170 points since Week 4, and they are poised to give any team a run for their money come playoff time.

Halifax West Warriors (10), Lockview Dragons (18)

Lockview rebounded from their loss to Auburn by taking down the Warriors by a single touchdown in Monday’s televised game.

The Dragons moved into a second place tie in the Scotia Conference with the important win, now holding five wins alongside the CPA Cheetahs in a spot behind the SJA Flames.

Coming up this weekend…

The final week of the season holds multiple important matchups with major playoff implications.

Thursday evening’s action will see what is easily the matchup of the week, as the 7-0 #CFC50 no. 23 Citadel Phoenix will host the 7-0 #CFC50 no. 47 Auburn Drive Eagles in a battle that will decide which team takes the first-place crown once and for all in the Nova Conference.

Friday evening’s game has the undefeated 7-0 Central Kings Gators heading on the road to face the 2-5 JHG Royals.

Saturday has two games lined up, with the 0-7 Sydney Academy Wildcats hosting the 0-7 Prince Andrew Panthers, and the 5-2 Horton Griffins looking to keep their momentum going in their road game against the 2-5 Halifax West Warriors.

Sunday is jam-packed with big games, with four games on the schedule.

The 5-2 NKEC Titans will host the 5-2 Avon View Avalanche to decide who will have home field in the semi-finals, as both teams chase the SJA Flames in the Scotia Conference. Sunday will also see the 3-4 Sackville Kingfishers look to make it a .500 season when they take on the talented 2-5 CEC Cougars on the road.

Sunday’s action also has the 5-2 CPA Cheetahs take on the 4-3 Dartmouth Spartans on the road in a very important Scotia Conference matchup, and the 2-5 J.L. Ilsley Judges will host the 1-6 Cole Harbour Cavaliers.

There are two games set for Monday, with the 2-5 Millwood Knights hosting the 0-7 West Kings Warriors in the weekly televised game, and the 5-2 Lockview Dragons hosting the 6-1 SJA Flames.

The 6-1 Flames will look to hold on and finish the regular season as the first-place team in the Scotia Conference, while the 5-2 Dragons have an opportunity to move ahead of the pack with a win. The Dragons would move into first-place in the conference with a win and a CPA loss.

*CFC50 teams will not be featured here. You will find them in the #CFC50 GOTW Previews and Recap articles. Some information was not available at press time. It will be added as it becomes available. All quotes are obtained firsthand unless otherwise stated. Let us know if there are any inaccuracies in the reports below.

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