After high-scoring semifinal victory over Cornwall
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Waterwise Spartans are off to the championship game of the P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League.
The Spartans booked their ticket in the Hilton Cup by defeating the Cornwall Timberwolves 102-39 in a semifinal game at Eric Johnston Field on a very windy Friday night.
The Spartans will meet the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between the Charlottetown Privateers and Amherst Wolfpack in the championship game, which will be played at UPEI on Nov. 9, at 3 p.m.
"We are happy to get back in the final, but we aren't satisfied with just being there," said Spartans defensive co-ordinator Brian Doucet.
Against Cornwall, Cameron Paynter led the Spartans with six touchdowns while Jayden Reid had two, Seb Roy-Garand chipped in with two, while single scores came from Camren Gavin, Owen Turner and Blake Gallant. Roy-Garand added 10 kicking converts.
The Spartans struggled early in the game as the defence had numerous missed tackles that gave the Timberwolves momentum. The score after the first quarter was 22-20 in favour of the Spartans.
"We had some issues early with our tackling, and the offence bailed us out until we settled down," commented Doucet. "Give them (Timberwolves) credit as they came to play with a very short bench and some played hurt.”
"We are happy to get back in the final, but we aren't satisfied with just being there." Spartans defensive co-ordinator Brian Doucet.
Summerside led 48-33 at halftime, but Cornwall narrowed the score on a busted play early in the third to trail by only two touchdowns. However, the Spartans’ offence took control while the defence stepped it up in the second half.
"We had a good chat at halftime, and the boys responded in the second half ,” added Doucet. “We have something to build on this week in practice to get ready for the championship game."