Score nine touchdowns in victory vs. Cornwall
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Waterwise Spartans clinched first place in the P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League on Friday night.
The Spartans scored nine touchdowns in a 68-15 victory over the Cornwall Timberwolves at Eric Johnston Field. The win improved the Spartans’ record to 5-0 (won-lost), and clinched home-field advantage in the semifinals.
“It’s big-time important for us (to be at home in the semifinals),” said Spartans defensive co-ordinator Brian Doucet. “This is the field we practice on, and the last three years or so we have always been a better team on turf we think. Having to play that playoff game on our home field, on the turf, in front of Summerside fans is a big plus for us.”
Against Cornwall, Seb Roy-Garand scored three touchdowns for the Spartans while Cameron Gillis, Cameron Paynter and Jayden Reid each entered the end zone twice. Roy-Garand converted seven of the nine two-point kicking converts.
“Our offence has been just dominant all year,” said Doucet. “We have been able to move the ball consistently, scoring on probably 80 per cent or more of our snaps.
“It’s a big plus to get up early, and our defence can come in and shut the door, we can get some other players in the game so everybody gets a chance to play.”
Keegan McCarvill and Lucas Gallant scored touchdowns for the Timberwolves, who trailed 38-8 at halftime.
“We weren’t sure coming in what to expect from Cornwall,” said Doucet. “We knew they were going to play hard, they always have a good program there and are well-coached.
“We were treating it almost like a playoff game. The guys really came out and were flying on all cylinders and managed to come out of here with a win.”
The Spartans have a bye next week, and will conclude the regular season by paying a return visit to Cornwall the following week. The league’s semifinals will be played either Nov. 1 or 2.