After quarter-final win against Amherst on Tuesday night
MONCTON, N.B. – The Summerside Cox and Palmer Spartans are off to the semifinals in the Moncton Football Association’s Atom Division for the first time in their short history.
The Spartans defeated the Amherst Wolfpack 39-6 in a quarter-final game at Rocky Stone Field in Moncton, N.B., on Tuesday night.
Summerside opened the scoring on the first drive of the game on a four-yard pass from quarterback Charlie DesRoches to wide receiver Charlie Turner. Parker Gallant kicked the convert for a quick 9-0 lead.
Connor Keough added to the Summerside lead, scoring on a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Spartans a 15-0 halftime lead.
"It wasn't our best half of football this season as we were a bit sloppy with our run blocking tonight (Tuesday),” said Spartans offensive line coach Todd Williams.
In the second half, the Spartans’ offence added three touchdowns – one-yard quarterback run by DesRoches, a 50-yard pass from DesRoches to Turner and a nine-yard passing touchdown to Turner.
Amherst finished the scoring with a long 50-yard touchdown run.
Defensively, the Spartans struggled with their tackling in the first half. However, there was a big improvement in the second half, led by defensive tackle Cole Carr, who had a sack and a fumble recovery.
The Spartans will now make history by playing in the semifinal game at Rocky Stone Field on Sunday at 2 p.m.
"We will need to play a full 50 minutes of football if we want to advance to the finals," added Williams.