Post shutout victory over defending champions
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Cox and Palmer Spartans proved on Sunday afternoon they will be a contender in the Moncton Minor Football Association’s Atom Division.
The Spartans defeated the defending champions, Riverview Royals, 36-0. With the win, the Spartans moved into first place with a 5-0 (won-lost) record.
Summerside scored on the first play of the game on a 50-yard run by Charlie Turner for a quick 6-0 lead after a missed convert.
Riverview then went on an 80-yard, 21-minute drive after a Spartans’ fumble.
"That was the longest drive I've ever seen in any type of football and a credit to Riverview, but that was the turning point for our team as our D held tough and stopped them on the two-yard line," commented Spartans head coach John Turner.
The Spartans’ offence got the ball back with under two minutes left in the half, but they quickly responded on another long touchdown run by Turner of 80 yards for a 12-0 lead.
"We only had five offensive plays in the first half with that long drive, but we scored two TDs, which was key going into half time," added Turner.
Summerside's tired defence responded with a interception by Max Chisholm at the Spartans’ own 25-yard line, and on the next offensive possession Sahib Singh scored a touchdown on 75-yard reverse to give the team a commanding 20-0 lead after Parker Gallant kicked the convert.
Penalties hurt the Royals on their next possession, with three holding and one false start calls giving the ball back to the Spartans at midfield.
After a Connor Keough run of 20 yards, quarterback Charlie DesRoches hit Turner in stride for a 25-yard touchdown reception. Gallant’s convert made the score 28-0.
"Our offensive execution and blocking all season has been superb and getting better,” added Coach Turner. “And what can you say about the D?
“They are playing great as that's their third shutout."
The final touchdown on the afternoon was a 25-yard reverse by receiver Connor Gallant to end the scoring.
Summerside’s next game will be their final home game of the season next versus the Sackville Titans on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1pm. "Next Sunday should be a great game as you have two unbeaten teams" concluded Turner