High school roundup PLAYOFFS (NS) [10]: NKEC Titans claim Division 2 championship, matchups set for Division 1 finals

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The second week of playoff action in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation High School Football League saw the NKEC Titans take home the Division 2 championship, while the Tier 1 and Tier 2 championship finals are set for Division 1 after a hard-fought Semi-Final weekend.

Central Kings Gators (14), NKEC Titans (18)

The Titans rallied to a four-point win against the Gators on the road to claim the Division 2 Provincial Championship in a rematch of last season’s final. The Gators were looking to make it back-to-back undefeated seasons, but the Titans fought their way to win the championship and hand Central Kings their very first loss of the season.

While Central Kings got the better of the Titans in both Week 1 and Week 3, with 22-0 and 24-13 victories, the Titans figured out their opponent at just the right time and played like the hungrier team when it mattered most.

NKEC won an amazing seven straight games after losing in Week 3 to the Gators, and they continued their momentum with a dominant 28-0 win against the Avon View Avalanche in the opening week of the playoffs.

What a way to finish a truly special season for the Titans.

CEC Cougars (42), J.L. Ilsley Judges (25)

CEC proved they were the real deal in their Semi-Final win over the Judges, rolling to a decisive 42-25 victory.

While the team has not enjoyed the same success from last season, they have turned things around and appear poised to finish the season with a bang.

Riley Gabriel led the charge for the Cougars on offence, as the versatile playmaker was a major threat in both the passing and running game.

Gabriel finished the day with four total touchdowns, including two passing and two rushing. The elite talent made the most of every opportunity his offensive line gave him, completing 70 per cent of his passes for 70 yards and rushing for an astounding 232 yards.

Proving he can truly do it all, Gabriel even had an 80-yard kick off return touchdown that helped seal the victory.

The Cougars’ run blocking was the story of this game. Along with Gabriel’s phenomenal rushing performance, running back Torro Gabrielli served as the team’s workhorse by racking up 91 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

Receivers Mike Adams and Charles Toole caught touchdowns from Gabriel, and Adams also kicked all of CEC’s converts.

CPA Cheetahs (45), Lockview Dragons (8)

The Cheetahs came off their bye week with on their most impressive performances of the season, defeating Lockview in the Tier 1 Semi-Final by nearly 40 points.

CPA quarterback Dan Hashem had a big day through the air, throwing for three touchdowns against the Dragons. Hashem found Jonathan Spilman, Nick Driscoll and Ben Smith for the passing scores.

Darius Saberi and Garrett Windsor also both chipped in rushing touchdowns for the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs contained the Dragons’ offence all game long, and leading the way on defence for CPA was Matt West with 8.5 tackles.

Aidan Druhan-McGinn scored a defensive touchdown for the Cheetahs after recovering a fumble and taking it the house.

Kicker Ronan O’Brien added six converts and a field goal for the Cheetahs to help seal the victory.

Lockview’s lone touchdown was scored on the ground by Ethan Phinney.

Dartmouth Spartans (15), Halifax West Warriors (37)

The Warriors won their Semi-Final matchup with the Spartans, battling it out to claim a 37-15 victory.

Halifax West held a 1-4 record earlier this season, and things did not look hopeful. But the team has turned things around in a big way, and they are headed for the Tier 2 championship after their big win over Dartmouth. This was a revenge game, as the Spartans had narrowly defeated the Warriors by four points back in Week 4.

Halifax West managed to get past the Sackville Kingfishers in the opening week of the playoffs by just three points, but the team is now firing on all cylinders and have shown they have what it takes to finish 2017 on a high note.

Coming up in the final week of NSSAFFL playoff action…

The Tier 1 and Tier 2 championship games are set for Division 1 this weekend.

Sunday will see the CPA Cheetahs (7-2) take on the #CFC50 no. 21 Citadel Phoenix (9-0) to decide who will take home the Tier 1 title. The two teams met previously this season when the Phoenix defeated CPA 37-7 in the opening week of the season. The Cheetahs have improved a lot during the time since that game, and it should be competitive battle all the way to the finish.

The Phoenix are looking to win their third consecutive Division 1 championship, and the game is set to kickoff at 1:00 p.m. at Huskies Stadium in Halifax.

The CEC Cougars (4-5) will face off against the Halifax West Warriors (3-6) for the Tier 2 championship on Saturday. The two teams have yet to face each other this season, and the game will kickoff at 1:00 p.m. at the Harbour East All Weather Field in Dartmouth.

*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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