At Eric Johnston Field on Friday night
SUMMERSIDE – The defending P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League champions, the Charlottetown Privateers, visit Summerside on Friday.
The Privateers will take on the Summerside Waterwise Spartans at Eric Johnston Field. The opening kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
This will be Charlottetown’s first game of the season, and the Privateers have not lost a game in almost two years (22 months). The team is well-coached by Chris (Tex) Mutch, and looks to continue its winning ways against the Spartans.
Summerside is coming off a 52-24 win over the Amherst Wolfpack in its opening game last Friday, and hopes again to have the offence moving the chains against the physical Charlottetown defence.
“We really executed quite well offensively against Amherst, but still have lots of room to improve,” said Spartans offensive co-ordinator Paul Power. “We have been working on our passing game all week in practice, and hope to have more balance on offence.
“We have some receivers with great speed and hands and our quarterback has a strong arm, so it’s time to open things up a bit against Charlottetown.”
The Spartans played well defensively against Amherst. However, there were a number of missed tackles and mental breakdowns that need to be corrected, noted a team media release.
“We still have some players tackling too high and not wrapping up with their arms,” commented Spartans assistant defensive co-ordinator Jeff MacDonald. “We have an athletic bunch on defence, but still, at times, we are lacking the fundamentals of tackling out there in the game, which you can expect as we have no returning players on D.
“We will get better every week, and by the end of the season you will see a big improvement.”
Friday will also be the first doubleheader of the season at Eric Johnston Field as the Summerside Clippers of the P.E.I. Tackle Football League will play the Charlottetown Privateers immediately after the Spartans’ game at 8 p.m.
It will be a full weekend of football at Eric Johnston Field as the Summerside Cox and Palmer Atom Spartans have their home opener versus the Moncton Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m.