Will face Souris in rematch of last year's title game
CORNWALL – The Summerside Clippers are heading back to the Potato Bowl.
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Alex Rose, 11, of the Summerside Clippers fires up his teammates at halftime of Saturday night’s semifinal game against the Charlottetown Privateers in the P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League. The Clippers prevailed 42-33.
The Clippers punched their ticket to the P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League’s championship game with an exciting 42-33 semifinal win over the Charlottetown Privateers on Saturday night.
“It was probably the most exciting game all year,” said Clippers defensive co-ordinator TJ Foley on Sunday morning. “It was back and forth all night, a lot of big plays.”
The Clippers will take on the undefeated and defending-champion Souris Wildcats in a rematch of last year’s Potato Bowl. The Wildcats needed overtime to defeat the stubborn Cornwall Timberwolves 21-14 in the other semifinal on Sunday afternoon.
At the Terry Fox Complex, the offences were the story of the night. The Clippers scored seven touchdowns while the Privateers counted five majors. The game’s scoring statistics are currently unavailable.
“It was definitely an offensive game,” said Foley. “Summerside’s defence bent, but they didn’t break.
“We held them when we needed to. That’s exactly what we asked of the kids last night (Saturday). I asked the kids for one more week, and they gave it to me.”
Foley pointed out an example of the defence bending but not breaking came just before halftime. That’s when Justin McInnis recorded a key interception to end a Charlottetown drive that allowed the Clippers to take a 29-21 lead into the half.
“It was definitely an offensive game. Summerside’s defence bent, but they didn’t break. “We held them when we needed to. That’s exactly what we asked of the kids last night (Saturday). I asked the kids for one more week, and they gave it to me.” Clippers defensive co-ordinator TJ Foley
“That was a huge momentum shift because they were driving again,” noted Foley.
The Clippers also had to overcome some adversity as two players – starting defensive end Adam Moore and Logan Plant, who plays both sides of the ball – were lost to injuries. Moore was unable to play due to a hand injury, and Plant was knocked out of the game with a badly bruised tailbone and hip just before halftime.
“Adam’s injury left a big obstacle on defence because Adam is an absolute wrecking ball on the interior of the defensive line,” said Foley. “All season, just like pro sports, we have the next-man-up mentality, and the guys we had to fill in absolutely did their jobs to the best of their ability.”