High school roundup (ON – SIMCOE) [3]: Quartet of 2-0 clubs, another nail-biting GOTW

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It was another action-filled week in Simcoe County, with a total of eight games across the two leagues in Week 2. Two clubs played twice (one featured in the Game of the Week), while four squads were able to improve their records to 2-0 on the young season. And, on the other end of the spectrum, a former CFC 50 team is still looking for its first win of the season through a pair of contests.


Collingwood Fighting Owls (o-1) @ Eastview Wildcats (1-0) – Wednesday, September 27

The Georgian Football Festival – a select schedule of games to be played at Barrie’s Georgian College at schools across the County – got under way last Wednesday as the Eastview Wildcats (who will actually play all of their hame games but for one at Georgian), hosted the Collingwood Fighting Owls.

The Wildcats were the far superior squad in this one, as they defeated CCI 36-14. Destin Pearson (2) Riley Routcliffe, Will McCulloch, and Riley Karkola scored the TD’s for the Wildcats, while kicker Levi Garland went 4-5 on convert attempts. On defence, the leaders were Mackenzie Smith (who registered a pair of picks), Carter Drury, Ben Yeaman and Chris Young.

Coach Mark Welsh says discipline will be a major focus in practice this week for the Wildcats. They had three touchdowns called back on penalties as well as a fourth that was lost after the Eastview returner fumbled on the goal line after a 55-yard return.

Nantyr Shores Tritions (1-0) @ Innisdale Invaders (1-0) – Thursday, September 28

A pair of 1-0 teams squared off in the second instalment of the Georgian Festival as the Innisdale Invaders welcomed in the CFC50 Nantyr Shores Tritons.

Innisdale was coming off a 20-7 win over the Collingwood Fighting Owls, while Nantyr had just knocked off the Bear Creek Kodiaks 24-8, and with it, disbarring them from the CFC50 rankings. The winner of this one was trying to make an early-season statement that they were a force to be reckoned with.

It was the visitors who would make that statement. After falling behind 7-0 in the first, the Tritons fought back, showing that they are one of the teams to beat this season. They scored 38 unanswered points, and went on to take the ‘W’ 38-7. Tritons’ running back Jordan Austin scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground, and amassed 200 all-purpose yards for the game. QB Spencer Crawford threw for 150 yards, while racking up a pair of passing TD’s. On ‘D,’ defensive end Broderick Black was around the ball all day, piling up seven tackles and three quarterback sacks.

Players to watch this week for Nantyr include: Steven Noble (FS), Dylan Bettie (SB/K), and Gavin Coffin (NT)

Banting Marauders (1-0) @ Bear Creek Kodiaks (0-1) – Thursday September 28

This was perhaps the most intriguing matchup on the Public side heading into Week 2. The Marauders – who, remember, didn’t have a senior team at all last season – had beaten an Orillia team that is rebuilding 29-6 in Week 1, and Bear Creek – who is looking to return to OFSAA for a second straight year – lost 24-8 to Nantyr to begin the season. So, the question was this: is Banting for real? Or is Bear Creek a far superior team that had a blip on the radar early in the year?

As it turned out, this one was a close affair that went right down to the wire. In a back and forth affair, it was the Marauders who were able to come in to Bear Creek and make an early-season statement. Banting held off the Kodiaks by a score of 20-17, and improve to 2-0 on the season. With that win, the Marauders have cemented themselves as the cinderella team of the season, at least to this point. On the other side of things, the Kodiaks are struggling to put anything together to start the season, and while both their losses have been close games, relatively speaking, they have put themselves in a difficult spot in what is only a six-game season.

Barrie North Vikings (0-1) @ Orillia Nighthawks (0-1) – Friday September 29

The Barrie North Vikings headed to Orillia last Friday looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Eastview Wildcats, in what some players joked was a “hockey game,” by a score of 5-3. They were facing a young, inexperienced Nighthawks team that fell to the Banting Marauders in Week 1.

The Vikings were hoping not to have history repeat itself and get off to an 0-2 start again as they did in 2016 (after which they reeled off six straight wins, including playoffs, before being disqualified from the SCAA Finals), and they did not let that happen. The Vikings came out and showed their experience early, taking a young Orillia defence to school (no pun intended). It was never really a contest, as Barrie North shut out the Nighthawks 28-0.

SCAA Week 3 Schedule

CFC50 Nantyr Shores Tritons (2-0) @ Collingwood Fighting Owls (0-2) – Wednesday, October 4 (1:30 pm)
Eastview Wildcats (2-0) at Orillia Nighthawks (0-2) – Wednesday, October 4 (6:00 pm – Orillia Rotary Feild)
Barrie North Vikings (1-1) at Banting Marauders (2-0) – Thursday October 5 (3:30 pm)
Bear Creek Kodiaks (0-2) at Innisdale Invaders (1-1) – Friday, October 5 (2:30 pm)


Patrick Fogarty Flames (0-1) @ St. Peter’s Panthers (0-0) – Monday, September 25

After finalizing their team late, the St. Pete’s Panthers had a bye week in Week 1. This meant a pair of games on the schedule in Week 2 for the Panthers. In the first, they hosted the Patrick Fogarty Flames from Orillia.

Commitment from players was not the reason for the uncertainty about the Panthers’ season, and they showed that in this one. They came out firing on all cylinders and dispatched the Flames on home field, rather easily, by a score of 42-0, showing teams across the league that they meant business.

St. Joan of Arc Knights (1-0) @ St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers (1-0) – Wednesday, September 27

The St. Joan of Arc Knights travelled to Tottenham last Wednesday to face the St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers in a battle of Week 1 victors. The Knights throttled St. Theresa’s 37-0, while the Stingers earned a road victory over the St. Joseph’s Jaguars.

Despite identical records heading in, this one was a one-sided affair. The Knights showed their veteran experience against a young Stingers’ squad, and came away with a dominating, wire-to-wire, 38-6 win. Through two games, the Knights have now outscored their opponents 75-6, and look poised to once again be the dominating force in CSASC.

St. Joseph’s Jaguars (0-1) @ Patrick Fogarty Flames (0-1) – Thursday, September 28

The St. Joseph’s Jaguars and Patrick Fogarty Flames duked it out on Thursday in Orillia, in what was the Flames’ second game of the week.

The Jaguars, coming off a thorough beatdown at the hands of the St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers, looked to atone for their Week 1 defeat on home turf vs. the Flames. And they did just that. The Jags took the lead early the Flames and never looked back. Their defence stood tall and didn’t allow Patrick Fogarty to sustain anything offensively. The Jaguars would go on to win this one in a clean sheet, 28-0, evening their record at 1-1.

CFC GAME OF THE WEEK: St. Peter’s Panthers (1-0) @ St. Theresa’s Thunder (0-1) – Thursday, September 28

As we said in the preview, this game didn’t exactly jump off the charts on paper, but as it turned out, our Game of the Week happened to be the game of the week, for a second consecutive week.

This game was the lowest scoring and most tightly-contested game of the week, with St. Peter’s and St. Theresa’s both not doing a whole lot in terms of offence. In both our Games of the Week so far this season, defence has been the story. Both clubs put in strong performances on this day, but in the end, it was the home squad coming away with a big win to bounce back from a season-opening loss. The Thunder were able to hold on for the 13-7 victory, with Matt Edwards providing both TD’s for his team on the afternoon. Punter Brody Moreau also registered a rouge point.

Thunder Head Coach Mike DeMunnik says he was impressed with the improvements his club made on both sides of the pigskin in this one, but says his team needs to work on staying disciplined and not allowing costly penalties to decide games going forward. He also says his defence needs to do a better job of minimizing big plays from the opponent, and that the team needs to focus on continual, gradual improvement as the season wears on.

“As we’ve improved, I’ve noticed a lot of players on both sides of the ball have stepped up,”he said. …”I hope this continues because that’s what will make us competitive going into the playoffs.”

CSASC Week 3 Schedule

St. Theresa’s Thunder (1-1) @ Patrick Fogarty Flames (0-2) – Wednesday, October 4 (1:00 pm – Orillia Rotary Field)
St. Joseph’s Jaguars (1-1) @ St. Joan of Arc Knights (2-0) – Thursday, October 5 (12:00 pm)
St. Peter’s Panthers (1-1) @ St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers (1-1) – Thursday, October 5 (Time not yet known)

*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. If there are inaccuracies in the reports below, let us know.

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