Over the Cornwall Timberwolves
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Clippers picked up their first win of the 2013 P.E.I. Tackle Football League regular season on Friday night.
The Clippers outlasted the Cornwall Timberwolves 25-14 to improve to 1-3 (won-lost). Cornwall dropped to 0-4.
“It’s definitely a boost for us (to get the first win),” said Clippers head coach Marc Reid. “We have been going through a tough stretch losing some tight ball games, and hopefully this will bring the team together a little tighter.”
At Eric Johnston Field in Summerside, quarterback Ryan Johnson, Alex Rose and Logan Plant scored first-half touchdowns for the Clippers. Rose kicked a convert on one of those scores to give Summerside a 19-6 advantage at halftime.
However, the Timberwolves refused to go quietly. Brandon Bond broke loose on a long run for his second touchdown of the game to bring the Timberwolves to within 19-14 late in the fourth quarter.
The Clippers then received two key plays from Tyler Snyder and Justin McInnis. Snyder raced down the right side of the field for an approximate 40-yard rushing touchdown to give the Clippers a 25-14 lead and make it a two-score game. McInnis then turned in an interception near midfield to snuff out any hopes of a Cornwall rally.
“We knew Cornwall was coming in with whatever they could put on the field, and they did a really great job,” said Reid. “Obviously, we have to improve in a couple of areas, and hopefully over the next couple of weeks we can improve in those areas.”
"It’s definitely a boost for us (to get the first win). We have been going through a tough stretch losing some tight ball games, and hopefully this will bring the team together a little tighter.” Clippers head coach Marc Reid
A big story of the second half was the play of both defences as there was no scoring until late in the fourth quarter.
“Our defence has been pretty solid all season,” assessed Reid. “We may rely on them too much, and our offence has to pick it up a little bit.”
The Clippers now turn their attention to Friday night, when the defending-champion Souris Wildcats visit Eric Johnston Field. The opening kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.