Host defending champions on Friday night
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Clippers have an opportunity to make a huge statement.
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Summerside Clippers wide receiver Logan Plant runs a pattern against the Cornwall Timberwolves in a P.E.I. Tackle Football League game on Oct. 11.
The Clippers, who came into the 2013 P.E.I. Tackle Football League regular season with high expectations after advancing to the Potato Bowl provincial championship game last year, started the season with three straight losses, but a 25-14 home-field victory over the Cornwall Timberwolves on Oct. 11 got the Clippers into the win column.
“It really boosted up our confidence and we really needed that (win),” said second-year Clipper Logan Plant, who is one of a few team members who plays both sides of the ball – wide receiver on offence and corner back and safety on defence. “We started 0-3 and got beaten bad by Charlottetown (27-13 the previous week).”
Now the Clippers have an opportunity to prove they have a team capable of making some noise in the upcoming playoffs as the defending-champion Souris Wildcats come to town on Friday. The opening kickoff for the Clippers’ final regular-season home game at Eric Johnston Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Wildcats are once again the class of the league. Souris, which is coming off a 41-0 victory over the Privateers (3-2) on Saturday, brings a 5-0 (won-lost) record into Summerside.
“They are a well-rounded team. We are really going to have to flow the ball on offence. We need to have a lot of communication, especially on defence. Also, we really have to make our tackles and play with a chip on our shoulder, really angry.” Clippers wide receiver Logan Plant
“They are a well-rounded team,” said Plant. “We are really going to have to flow the ball on offence.
“We need to have a lot of communication, especially on defence. Also, we really have to make our tackles and play with a chip on our shoulder, really angry.”
In Rollo Bay on Sept. 29, the Clippers played the Wildcats tough as touchdowns by Plant and Alex Rose staked Summerside to 6-0 and 13-6 leads, but Souris answered with 17 unanswered points to prevail 23-13.
Plant and his teammates are looking forward to the challenge of going up against P.E.I.’s perennial powerhouse.
“They (Wildcats) haven’t lost a game in how many years now, and last year we did come close in the Potato Bowl against them,” noted Plant, a graduate of the Summerside Waterwise Spartans’ bantam program.