NSSAFFL: Top two seeds advance to Tier 2 Championship Game

JL Ilsley Judges and Halifax West Warriors will vie for the Scotia Division Tier 2 Championship title after being victorious in their semi-final match-ups this past weekend.

The top seeded Judges sailed by the fourth ranked Horton Griffins 23-7 while the Warriors slammed the Auburn Drive Eagles 50-6.

Both the Judges and Warriors will battle for the Championship Title on Sunday November 18th, 2012 at Saint Mary’s Huskies Stadium.  Kickoff is 1:00pm.


Under chilly Friday Night Lights at Burnside Turf, the Judges won their rematch against the Horton Griffins 23-7.

Judges rookie quarterback Ben LeBlance continued a strong 2012 campaign as he led the offense by scoring two touchdowns and threw another one in the victory.

Head coach Steve Saunders described the key turning point of the game.

“Our game was very close with Horton but I think the TSN moment was when Skylar LeBlanc returned the missed field goal in the second quarter from the back of our endzone to their 40,” explained Saunders.  “If they hit it, they are up 10-1.”

“They miss and Skylar goes 65 yards the other direction; it was one of the best returns I have ever seen and the bench went wild.”

LeBlanc connected with receiver Andray Brady for a 14 yard touchdown reception.  Another key contributor to the Judges semi-final victory was Joe Stuckless.

“He ran for 160 tough yards and enjoyed his seventh 125 yard plus game while not even getting an allstar consideration,” commented the Judges head coach.  “Those are the individual efforts that win games.

“We have no big individuals, we play big as a team.”



Last year’s Tier 2 finalists have once again punched their ticket to the Championship Game.  The Halifax West Warriors coasted by the Auburn Drive Eagles 50-6.

Offensively, the Warriors once again got production from their top players.  Quarterback Scott Borden had nine completions in 14 attempts, 77 passing yards, one touchdown and amassed 103 passing yards in seven carries.  Offensive dynamo Quintynn Parsons scored two majors, had 50 yards on five catches and 75 yards on two carries.  Javon Parris racked up 177 rushing yards on 16 carries for the victors.

Mahmoud Altawil led the Warriors defensive unit as he caught and scored on an interception while registering three tackles.  Luke Byrne accumulated six tackles and a recovered a fumble.  Brian Guye chipped in defensively with three tackles, a sack and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.

“It was a very good team win as all the players stepped up their game,” said Warriors coach Dave Kelly in his postgame comments.  “I thought from a defensive point, we didn’t give up any big play and were able to keep them in-check for most of the game.”

“I think our offensive line did a great job in opening up hole for our running game and giving our quarterback time to pass.”

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