Nova Scotia White, PEI and New Brunswick grab victories in Atlantic Bowl Day 1 action

(Wolfville, N.S, July 17, 2017) – Yesterday was the kickoff of the first annual Atlantic Bowl.  We got to witness a lot of entertaining football, the Atlantic Bowl Six-a-Side tournament adds a nice flair to what we have seen over the past week and a half coming off of the Football Canada Cup. Four teams battled it out in three games on the first day of the tournament.

Team Nova Scotia White vs Team Nova Scotia Blue ended up being a one sided affair.  Team White earned a 52-0 shutout victory over Team Blue.  We saw a dominating performance for Team White pivot Luke Greener who threw for two touchdowns and ran for three in dominating fashion from 13 yards out, 56 yards out and the play of the game a 78 yard keeper.

Other highlights for Team White include Jordan Patey’s 40+ yard touchdown reception and Noah Faith’s catch of the tournament one handed interception.

Team Blue showed that they have big play ability and a strong running game in their tailback Bryand Sanchez Matellus who ended up carrying the load of the offence. Metellus was able to provide Team Blue one offensive highlight of the game where he busted a 30 yard run up running over defenders in his way. Defensively Scotia Blue was not able to contain the run game but they made plays when the ball was in the air with a handful of knock downs and big time interception by Mathieu Cote.

A strong performance provided by Team White and a key game for Team Blue as it shows where improvement is needed.

Our second game of the day showcased Team Nova Scotia Blue vs Team Prince Edward Island in an entertaining defensive matchup.  Playing back to back games for any team would be tough but Team Blue came out strong and competitive as if it were their first game of the day. Bryand Metellus carried the load again with a couple solid runs however the highlight of Team Blue’s offence was  a 16 yard one handed grab across the middle by Luke Bezanson.  With a stronger and more consistent showing in their second game of the day Team Blue proved that they could improve as a team and compete in this tournament however their efforts were countered by stellar defensive play by Team PEI.

Prince Edward Island came out hard and ready to go with both consistent offensive momentum and rock solid defence.  Their offence was lead by strong quarterback play by Hunter Prus however the key behind their offensive success was their dominating run game with tailback number 21 Austin Carter. Carter lead the team in points with two touchdown runs and a consistently picked up 5+ yards a run.  Number 29 Tyler Newson also showed his big play ability with a 9 yard touchdown run and a punt recovery on one of his own punts.

In the end Team PEI was to much to handle for Scotia Blue and the final was 20-0 for PEI.

Our final game of the day and what could be considered the most balanced of the day was Prince Edward Island versus New Brunswick. This was a run dominated game with strong defensive presence by both teams.  PEI got on the board first with Brandon Proude’s punt through the back of the endzone for the single.  After the single New Brunswick responded strong with a 66 yard touchdown from their dominating tailback number 38 Justin Jamieson. Jamieson was approaching 200 yards total rushing on the day as it seemed every time he touched the ball New Brunswick was getting first down yardage. This touchdown was then capped off by the 2 point conversation by Aidan Keefe. The half was capped off by a 75 yard interception return from New Brunswick’s endzone by number 12 Lorenzo Iapaolo to keep PEI from scoring.

The second half brought us a couple big time runs from both team’s tailbacks however it was special teams that put PEI back into the game. Number 29 Tyler Newson had the highlight of PEI’s day with the 90 yard punt return for the touchdown to catapult PEI back into competition. PEI attempted the 2 point conversion but failed so our score then sat at 8-7 for Team New Brunswick. The play of the game then fallowed after the kickoff on the first play of the drive Team New Brunswick’s pivot Niklas Platis took it house from 66 yards out on the QB keeper to seal the game capped off by the 2 point conversion by Jamieson. Team PEI made a few more big pushes to close the gap but they were no match for the overpowering New Brunswick defence and the game was kneed out by QB Nicholas Platis of New Brunswick.

 

Source: Football Nova Scotia

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