To Sackville Titans on Sunday
MONCTON, N.B. – The Sackville Titans defeated the Summerside Cox and Palmer Spartans 30-8 in the championship game of the Moncton Football Association’s Atom Division on Sunday afternoon.
“The game was much closer than the score indicates as Sackville had two pick 6s that turned the momentum in their favour,” said Spartans head coach John Turner.
Summerside opened the scoring after the opening kick, highlighted by a 45-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Sahib Singh. Parker Gallant's kick gave the Spartans and early lead 8-0.
"That was the kind of start we were looking for to claim the early momentum,” added Turner. “It was a well-executed opening drive."
On the ensuing kickoff, Sackville’s kick returner fumbled, which was quickly recovered by Finn Turner on the 50-yard line. This gave the Spartans huge momentum early in the game.
The Spartans’ offence drove down the field, with a key play a 25-yard pass from quarterback Charlie DesRoches to wide receiver Charlie Turner that set up a first-and-goal from the Sackville one-yard line.
However, DesRoches was intercepted on the first-down play that Sackville ran back for a touchdown to cut the Summerside lead to 8-6.
"That was a huge momentum-changer in the game," said Turner. After the Spartans were stopped on the next possession, on Sackville's first offensive play of the game, with just over three minutes left in the half, they scored on a 70-yard touchdown run for a 14-8 lead at the half.
"I told the boys at halftime we were only down six points, and if we could get an early stop in the second half we would have a good chance to win this game," added Turner. Sackville drove down the field and scored on a one-yard run for a 22-8 lead early in the second half.
"Sackville has a tremendous team and is well coached,” said Turner. “They swarm to the ball, and rarely miss a tackle and really forced these turnovers. Congrats to their organization.”
Sackville finished the game scoring off a Spartans’ turnover for a commanding lead that the Spartans just couldn't overcome.
"Our coaching staff is very proud of all our players,” said Turner. “They battled right to the finish, but today just wasn't our day.
“It's been a tremendous season to see the growth in these kids from the opening day of training camp to today (Sunday). They are a special team that beat some of the best football programs in New Brunswick.
“And to the parents, I would just like to personally thank them for their dedication and commitment to our football program as they have made seven trips off-Island in six weeks.”