After a convincing victory over Moncton Panthers
SUMMERSIDE – It might have been the first day of fall, but the Summerside Cox and Palmer Spartans continued their hot streak in the Moncton Football Association’s Atom Division.
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Summerside Cox and Palmer Spartans running back Connor Keough, 20, looks to get away from the Moncton Panthers’ Nathan Trites, 9, during Sunday afternoon’s Moncton Football Association atom game at Eric Johnston Field in Summerside. The Spartans won the game 36-6.
The Spartans won their fourth straight game to open the season, with a convincing 36-6 win over the Moncton Panthers (2-1) at Eric Johnston Field on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first home game of the season for the Spartans, and they didn't disappoint the hometown fans by combining a very efficient offence and a dominating defence.
Summerside scored on its opening drive for the fourth straight game as Sahib Singh scored on a 40-yard end-around run, and Parker Gallant converted the two-point kick for a quick 8-0 lead.
The Spartans’ defence forced the Panthers to a three-and-out on their first possession and Summerside’s offence capitalized, driving 55 yards and capped by a 12-yard touchdown run by Connor Keough (Gallant kick) to give the Spartans a quick 16-0 lead.
"It all starts with the blocking and our guys had their best game of the season, and it showed in the first half," commented offensive line coach Todd Williams.
After a fumble recovery by Finn Turner, the offence continued to mix up the pass and run with a five-yard touchdown pass from Charlie DesRoches to Charlie Turner to give the hosts a 22-0 lead.
The Spartans’ defensive line of John Quinlan, Cole Carr, and Paul Wamboldt caused havoc all afternoon in the Panthers’ backfield, shutting down their running game and pressuring the quarterback.
Summerside scored one more touchdown before the half on another 25-yard end run by Singh (Gallant kick) for a 30-0 halftime lead.
"The kids played great, but we need to get better every week as all these other teams will as well. We are very pleased with what they have accomplished to date." Spartans offensive line coach Todd Williams
In the second half, the Spartans opened up the passing attack as DesRoches hit Turner for a 70-yard touchdown pass, which ended Summerside’s scoring on the afternoon.
"We have been working on our passing game all week in practice, and we hit a nice one there from Charlie to Charlie,” commented Spartans offensive co-ordinator Dave Chisholm. “The O-line blocked it up well, and our running backs helped out and gave our quarterback time to throw that deep fly."
The second-half Spartans’ defensive highlight was an interception by linebacker Gallant, who had a 50-yard return and was a yard from a pick six.
Moncton added a late touchdown with under a minute left in the game on a four-yard run.
"The kids played great, but we need to get better every week as all these other teams will as well,” added Williams. “We are very pleased with what they have accomplished to date."
Host defending champions
Summerside will host the defending league champions, Riverview Royals, on Sunday, Sept. 29. The opening kickoff at Eric Johnston Field is set for 1 p.m.
"Hopefully we can continue executing on offence, and if the D continues its great play we will give Riverview a good game on Sunday," added Chisholm.