Charlottetown erupts offensively
SUMMERSIDE – The Charlottetown Privateers scored 26 unanswered points in defeating the Summerside Clippers 33-13 on Friday night.
The P.E.I. Tackle Football League game was played under the lights on the Eric Johnston Field.
“The guys played really hard,” assessed Privateers head coach Vernon MacIntyre. “They played well in all three phases – offence, defence and special teams.
“We had a tough game last week (against Souris), came close and didn’t get it. Now this week the guys practised hard all week and came out and got the win.”
The win evened Charlottetown’s record at 1-1 while the game marked the Clippers’ season debut.
A big story of the game was the play of the Privateers’ Noah Lane, who rushed for three touchdowns.
“Noah is an amazing talent,” said MacIntyre. “He’s a very shifty back, he’s hard to find coming out of the backfield, and when he finds a hole he takes it.”
Colin Trewin and Stephen MacMillan also scored touchdowns for the Privateers, and Kyle Johnson kicked three extra points.
A Tyler Snyder touchdown and a convert by Alex Rose staked the Clippers to a 7-0 lead. After Charlottetown tied the game, Aidan Smith found the end zone to restore the Clippers’ lead. The extra point, though, was blocked.
A late second-quarter touchdown sent the Privateers into halftime ahead 14-13. The second half was all Privateers, who went on to score 19 points.
“The guys played really hard. They played well in all three phases – offence, defence and special teams. We had a tough game last week (against Souris), came close and didn’t get it. Now this week the guys practised hard all week and came out and got the win.” Privateers head coach Vernon MacIntyre
“We have a lot of work to do,” said Clippers defensive co-ordinator Teejay Foley. “But it’s early and we will get there.”
Foley also said the Clippers cannot afford to take as many penalties as they did against Charlottetown.
When asked to comment on his team’s very effective running game, MacIntyre offered: “It’s a run league and you have to practise your run, but our guys played liked they practised all week.”