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The #CFC50 A. N. Myer Marauders were looking to send a message, and it was received loud and clear as they rolled over the #CFC50 Jacob Hespeler Hawks to the tune of a 50-7 victory in the Central Bowl.
Making a claim for top spot in the nation and searching for their third straight OFSAA title, the Marauders made sure to take the first swing after #CFC100 Tre Ford connected with Tyler Scholz for a 13 yard touchdown to put them ahead 7-0.
Not content to just rely on his arm talent, on the next series Tre decided to showcase his running abilities as well, zigzagging through the defence for a mesmerizing 93 yard touchdown run to put Myer up 14-0 before Hespeler knew what hit them.
The action settled down to an expected pace after the two quick scores as Hespeler showed why they are considered a top ten team in the nation, but dropped passes and offensive miscues would plague them all day.
Not able to answer with any points of their own, it was only a matter of time before Scholz found the end zone once again midway through the second quarter to increase the Marauders’ lead to 21-0.
This time the Hawks did have an answer as Jackson White hit Devante Hudson for a 17 yard touchdown pass, but the celebrations would be short lived. It took Myer just a minute and half to reply with a touchdown of their own as Tre connected with Scholz for their second scoring play of the day, which once again gave the Marauders a three score cushion.
Myer delivered the final blow before halftime as the #CFC100 duo of Tre and Tyrell Ford used their twin intuition on a play that saw Tre pull off a Houdini type to escape the pocket, and then find his brother in the back of the end zone,
“I usually play receiver in high school and house league, and whenever Tre scrambles, I just know where to go and I am in the spot. It’s like twin telepathy.” Tyrell says with a laugh.
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The second half saw much of the same from Myer, who added two more scores on touchdown passes to Brendan Karagias and Jake Andrews, which brought Tre’s final total to five passing majors on the day.
While that is impressive enough on it’s own, it takes a broader perspective to truly appreciate the performance Tre put together. When you add his rushing and passing totals together, he finished with a combined 481 yards from scrimmage, six touchdowns, and ended up completing 86% of his pass attempts. The love was spread around as well with four different receivers hauling in touchdowns, and the trio of Karagias, Tyler Hildebrand and Rico Charbonneau all contributing at least 50 yards to his totals.
It was a sour way to end a great season from Hespeler, who as mentioned before just couldn’t seem to get on track in this one. White finished with 71 yards rushing from his pivot position, but their vaunted passing game was in need of recalibration with Hudson leading all receivers with just two catches for 43 yards.
“We worked hard on film, and we knew the competition they blew out might not have been that good, but we definitely prepped.” Tyrell explains. “Whatever offence they came out in, we had a certain defensive package we were playing, so we just knew what they were doing.”
The convincing win leads to a lot of questions in the football community about who truly is the top the team in Canada, with chants of “We want Herman” reigning down after the final whistle blew. With three straight OFSAA titles now to their name, and a dominant victory over Hespeler to say the least, Tyrell had just one question he wanted ask before leaving Myer behind,
“One more thing…Where’s Herman?”
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