High school roundup (ON – SIMCOE) [4]: Kodiaks earn 1st win, Thunder win 2nd straight, Tritons continue ascendance up CFC50

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The Simcoe County high school season officially hit the halfway point last week. Several teams looked to get back on track after slow starts to the season, while others aimed to solidify themselves as forces to be reckoned with as the first half of the season concluded.

SCAA 

CFC50 Nantyr Shores Tritons (2-0) @ Collingwood Fighting Owls (0-2) – Wednesday, October 4

The CFC50 Nantyr Shores Tritons headed to Collingwood last week as they attempted to pick up their third win in as many games to open the season against a winless Fighting Owls team.

The Tritons came out and asserted themselves early on both sides of the ball. All told, Nantyr put up over 500 yards of total offence on the afternoon, while the Fighting Owls’ offence was no match for the Tritons’ stout defensive front. The Tritons also came up with three interceptions on the afternoon, including one returned all the way to the house.

Safety Steven Noble was one of the top performers for the Tritons on the day, piling up six tackles, while on the offensive side of the ball, slot Dylan Beattie had a monster performance. The Tritons would cruise to a 41-0 victory, earning their third victory of the season. Collingwood dropped to 0-3 with the loss.

Eastview Wildcats (2-0) @ Orillia Nighthawks (0-2) – Wednesday, October 4

The Eastview Wildcats were one of three undefeated teams heading into a Week 3 matchup with the Orillia Nighthawks (along with Nantyr and Banting). Eastview picked up a 5-3 win over the Barrie North Vikings in Week 1 and a 37-14 win over Collingwood in Week 2. They aimed to make it three consecutive wins in Orillia against the 0-2 Nighthawks.

Eastview quickly showed that they were the team to beat in this one, scoring early and often against the retooling Nighthawks. Will McCulloch lead the charge with a pair of touchdowns; Destin Pearson also added one on the ground. Defensive end Chris Young also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown on defence.

Other standouts on defence included Cam Vanbodegom, Luke Hastings, Lukas Smith and Mack Smith. Head Coach Mark Welch was very impressed with his defensive unit, who only allowed one touchdown in the 31-13 victory. Welch was also happy with his offensive line play, anchored by tackle Wes Binnie. Quarteback Brandon Foster had a strong afternoon through the air.

On the Orillia side, Shaun McMannus hauled in a 60-yard TD reception from quarterback Jacob Johnson, and safety Tornel Riel returned a punt for a touchdown and also brought down an interception.


Barrie North Vikings (1-1) @ Banting Marauders (2-0) – Thursday September 5

The Barrie North Vikings likely deserved a better record than 1-1 through two games. A two-point loss to Eastview in a defensive affair in Week 1 easily could have gone the other way, and a convincing win over the Orillia Nighthawks the following week evened their record heading into a Week 3 grudge match with the undefeated Banting Marauders.

The Marauders won their first two games by scores of 29-6 and 20-17 respectively, and surprised some people in being undefeated through two games. This was an intriguing matchup with two teams that were very evenly matched on paper. Coming into this one, Barrie North had outscored their opponents 31-5, while Banting out-tallied their opposition 49-23 – the exact same point differential

That said, it was the Vikings displayed their veteran experience against what is still a relatively young Banting team. Considering they did not have a senior team last season, most of their roster is still getting its first taste of the meal that is senior football. The Vikings went ahead early and never looked back, coming away with a 30-7 win. That handed the Marauders their first loss of the season.

CFC GAME OF THE WEEK: Bear Creek Kodiaks (0-2) @ Innisdale Invaders (1-1) – Friday, October 6

The Bear Creek Kodiaks travelled across town to face their Barrie rivals, the Innisdale Invaders, in the CFC Simcoe County Game of the Week. Bear Creek was looking for their first win of the new season, and Innisdale looked to avenge a 38-7 loss at the hands of the Nantyr Shores Tritons in Week 2.

After a slow offensive start and a scoreless opening frame, the Invaders got on the Board first early in the 2nd on a two-yard plunge by Matt Young. The Kodiaks scored the next two touchdowns – a 3-yard run by Riley Duxbury, and a pick six by linebacker Owen MacLoed. Innisdale would tie it and take the lead by halftime. First, a flea flicker to wideout Curtis King brought the Invaders even, and then a interception for a major by Safety Connor Devine allowed them to pull ahead 21-13 at the half.

Midway through the third Christain Maciag scored on a long bomb and then pick up a two-point convert that tied the game at 21. He would strike again just two minutes later on a pass over the middle that he was able to take to paydirt and put his team up by seven, 28-21. The Kodiaks defence would then lock it down through the remainder of the 3rd and into the 4th, not allowing the Invaders to get back on even terms. With that, the former CFC 50 squad from Bear Creek picked up its first win of the season, 28-21 over Innisdale, whose record fell to 1-2 halfway through the season.

“We’re a talented team, and we knew we had the talent to be a good team; we just weren’t executing,” McLeod said. “This week we really cut down on the penalties, executing, not making mistakes, and we got the ‘W.'”

SCAA Week 4 Schedule

Collingwood Fighting Owls (0-3) @ Barrie North Vikings (2-1) – Thursday, October 12 (1:30 pm – Georgian College)
Orillia Nighthawks (0-3) @ Bear Creek Kodiaks (1-2) – Thursday, October 12 (1:30 pm)
Innisdale Invaders (1-2) @ Eastview Wildcats (3-0) – Thursday, October 12 (1:30 pm)
Banting Marauders (2-1) @CFC50 Nantyr Shores Tritons (3-0) – Friday, October 13 (1:30 pm)

CSASC

St. Theresa’s Thunder (1-1) @ Patrick Fogarty Flames (0-2) – Wednesday, October 4

The St. Theresa’s Thunder are a young team, but have shown early in the season that they’re able to stay competitive in the six-team CSASC league. After losing to St. Joan of Arc in Week 1, they pulled off a 13-7 victory over the St. Peter’s Panthers in Week 2 to knot their record at 1-1 heading into the final game of the season’s former half.

Their Week 3 matchup was against a Patrick Fogarty team that was shut out in their first two showings this season. And the Thunder came in looking like they were the better team. They pounced all over a weak Flames defence, and led from wire to wire, en route to a 42-6 slaughtering of the Flames.

The Thunder scored seven touchdowns in this one, all from different players. Head Coach Mike DeMunnik was impressed with the Thunder’s “balanced attack” on offence. He did say, however, that they need to continue establishing a more consistent flow to their offence and limit defensive lapses. The depth of St. Theresa’s has been a huge asset, as the seven major scorers from this game would suggest. “Our veteran guys are still doing a great job,” DeMunnik said, “and we’ve got some up-and-coming players who have contributed already this year.”

St. Joseph’s Jaguars (1-1) @ St. Joan of Arc Knights (2-0) – Thursday, October 5

The St. Joan of Arc Knights are a perennial favourite to be the GBSSA representative at the OFSAA Bowl Festival, and this year is no exception. In their first two games, they picked up a 37-0 win over the St. Theresa’s Thunder, and a 38-6 victory against the St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers. As those numbers undoubtedly prove, the Knights are – once again – the class of CSASC.

They looked to keep their undefeated season in tact last Thursday when they hosted the St. Joseph’s Jaguars in the third leg of the Georgian Football Festival. Conversely, the Jaguars came in with an even record, but had been outscored 35-25 over their opening two ball games. And while their records may have been similar through a pair of games, it was easy to tell who was the favourite in this one.

The Knights used the combination of a lethal offensive attack and a depleting defensive unit to their advantage, and completely outplayed St. Joe’s through the entire game, not allowing the Jags to sustain any momentum on either side of the ball. This truly was a one-team show, as the Jaguars looked completely overmatched in going down to defeat by a 48-0 count.

Joan of Arc has now put up 123 points, and surrendered all of six through three games.

St. Peter’s Panthers (1-1) @ St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers (1-1) – Thursday October 5

The St. Pete’s Panthers had a pretty easy time in dispatching the Patrick Fogarty Flames by a score of 42-0 in Week 1, which was quite something after not knowing whether they would even have a season the week before. They came back down to Earth, though, the following week, dropping a 13-7 decision to the St. Theresa’s Thunder. Last week, they headed into St. Thomas Aquinas for a battle with the Stingers; both teams owned identical 1-1 records after Week 2.

Thomas Aquinas had was the dictionary definition of up-and-down through two weeks, after steamrolling the St. Joe’s Jaguars in Week 1, and then being steamrolled, 38-6, by the powerhouse Knights. The Stingers, though, asserted themselves early and came out ready to play in this one. Quarterback Talon Hurst rushed for two touchdowns, will running back Justin Dafaria scampered for another and wideout Cole Verlinde hauled in a touchdown reception.

Head Coach Terry Posylek is very impressed with the way his team performed, particularly Horst, saying “[he] put the team on his shoulders today.

“We struggle with a young and inexperienced offensive line, and on passing plays when the line cannot provide enough time for Talon to find his receivers, he often has to improvise with running the ball or getting outside the pocket to find secondary or tertiary receivers.  Talon is an elusive, quick, and effective runner in close quarters and the open field,” Posylek said. He said the team is beginning to “play the right way,” thanks in large part to a core group of veteran players who have taken leadership roles on the team.

Being a varsity program (comprised of junior and senior level players), Posylek marvels at how the team has held its own in a very difficult league to win in: “[We have] punched above [our] weight the last 2-3 years,” he stated. “this year, we are fortunate to have a small leadership group of senior players [who are helping the young players along]. Coaches and players are very positive going into the second half of the season.”

CSASC Week 4 Schedule

St. Joan of Arc Knights (3-0) @ Patrick Fogarty Flames (0-3) – Thursday, October 12 (Time not yet known)
St. Peter’s Panthers (1-2) @ St. Joseph’s Jaguars (1-2) – Thursday, October 12 (Time not yet known)
St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers (2-1) @ St. Theresa’s Thunder (2-1) – Friday, October 13 (Time not yet known)

 

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