Post shutout victory over Amherst in season-opening game
AMHERST, N.S. – The Summerside Cox and Palmer Atom Spartans opened up the 2013 Moncton Minor Football Association season with a 30-0 road win over the Amherst Wolfpack.
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Parker Williams carries the ball for the Summerside Cox and Palmer Spartans during Sunday afternoon’s road game against the Amherst Wolfpack. Williams’ teammate Aidan Casford, 81, is ready to block.
In wet and windy conditions, the Spartans opened the game with a 35-yard kick return by Charlie Turner that set up a 20-yard touchdown run by Connor Keough.
Summerside’s defence played a strong and aggressive game, which resulted in an interception on Amherst’s next possession by linebacker Landon Gallant.
“The defence played outstanding today (Sunday) considering it’s only Week 1,” said Spartans assistant coach and defensive co-ordinator Paul Walsh. “The boys were swarming to the ball, pressuring the quarterback, our D-Line was forcing their running backs to run east and west, allowing our linebackers and defensive backs to come up and make the tackles.”
The interception led to quarterback Charlie DesRoches’ running touchdown on an eight-yard keeper to give the Spartans a 12-0 lead.
After the ensuing kickoff, Summerside’s defence once again made another big play as linebacker Finn Turner intercepted an Amherst pass for a 40-yard pick six to give the Spartans a big 18-0 lead.
Before the end of the first half, the Spartans got the ball back with under two minutes left, and a 50-yard drive was capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Keough for a 24-0 lead at halftime.
“Our offensive line, fullback (Parker Williams) and our wide receivers Sahib Singh, Connor Gallant, Aiden Casford and Charlie Turner did a great job of blocking on those sweeps that led to touchdowns,” added Spartans offensive co-ordinator Dave Chisholm.
In the second half, the Spartans added another touchdown by Keough on a four-yard run to end the Spartans’ scoring. The defence shut the door on the Wolfpack’s offence the rest of the way.
Summerside’s next game is at the Rocky Stone Field in Moncton against Moncton Blue Bombers on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
“If we continue to execute on offence like we did today, we will be in a lot of games this season,” concluded Chisholm.