UPDATED: Raiders win bronze

Jason Simmonds
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CHARLOTTETOWN – The Summerside Raiders are returning home with a medal.

The P.E.I. representative in the Under-16 Boys Division of the 2014 flag football national championships defeated Nova Scotia 31-6 in the bronze-medal game at UPEI on Sunday afternoon.

“We are more than happy for sure,” said interim Raiders coach John Turner in a phone interview with the Journal Pioneer. “The boys haven’t played in six weeks, and we knew it was going to be an uphill battle to be sharp in game situations.

“They got better each game throughout the tournament. We are more than pleased to get a medal for sure.”

In semifinal play Sunday morning, the Raiders lost a close 27-19 decision to Saskatchewan. The P.E.I. boys twice had the ball inside Saskatchewan’s five-yard line and could not score.

“Like any football game, it came down to two or three plays,” said Turner. “Twice we got inside the five and didn’t come away with any points. That was the football game there. If we score two (touchdowns) there we have a chance of winning that football game.

“The boys played their hearts out, and that’s all you can ask.”

Members of the Raiders, who all attend Summerside Intermediate School, are Hayden Gauthier, Owen Hall, Mac Buchanan, Parker Cameron, Jonathan Rose, Camren Gavin, Tayler Read and Evan Richard.

Turner and Trevor Bridges filled in for Raiders head coach Cody MacKay, who is currently away on a school exchange trip in Europe.

Overall, the Raiders finished the three-day tournament at 2-5-1 (won-lost-tied), including a 1-4-1 round-robin resumé.

Bronze-medal game

In the bronze-medal game, the Raiders built an 18-6 lead at halftime and combined strong play on both sides of the ball.

“We pretty well spread the ball around all tournament,” said Turner. “As with any football team, it comes down to quarterback play, and our quarterback Camren Gavin made all the right reads in the play and threw the ball really well all tournament.”

Cameron scored two touchdowns while Gauthier and Read also counted majors for the Raiders, who turned in a much different performance compared to just 24 hours earlier, when they tied the same Nova Scotia team 7-7 on Saturday afternoon.

“I think we counted 15 dropped balls and we weren’t focused,” assessed Turner. “I knew when we were warming up (on Sunday) the boys were focused, and carried that over to the game. We dominated that game.”

Girls

In under-16 girls, the P.E.I. representative, Summerside Steelers, completed play on Saturday afternoon.

The Steelers tied Saskatchewan 25-25 and lost 24-0 to undefeated Manitoba (4-0-0) to complete the round robin 0-3-1. That put the Steelers into a quarter-final game between the fourth- and fifth-place teams. Nova Scotia (1-3-0) pulled out a 13-6 victory to advance to Sunday morning’s semifinal against Manitoba.

The Kris Rice-coached Steelers’ roster is made up of Brianna Gunning, Chloe Hunter, Bella Walsh, Brittany Ellands, Abby Malayny, Danika Campbell, Kate Steele and Lauryn Reeves.

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Scores

Scores from 2014 flag

football national championships:

Friday, July 25

Under-16 Girls

Quebec 25 Saskatchewan 0

Manitoba 33 Nova Scotia 6

Quebec 33 P.E.I. (Summerside Steelers) 19

Saskatchewan 13 Nova Scotia 12

Manitoba 31 Quebec 26

Nova Scotia 12 P.E.I. 7

Manitoba 27 Saskatchewan 6

Under-16 Boys

Manitoba 38 P.E.I. (Summerside Raiders) 6

Saskatchewan 29 Nova Scotia 8

Saskatchewan 35 vs. P.E.I. 20

Manitoba 48 Saskatchewan 28

Manitoba 42 Nova Scotia 0

P.E.I. 32 Nova Scotia 4

Under-18 Girls

Saskatchewan 27 Nova Scotia 7

Quebec 0 Manitoba 0

Saskatchewan 13 Quebec 13

Saskatchewan 7 Manitoba 6

Nova Scotia 12 Manitoba 7

Quebec 20 Nova Scotia 6

Saturday, July 26

Under-16 Girls

P.E.I. 25 Saskatchewan 25

Quebec 26 Nova Scotia 6

Manitoba 24 P.E.I. 0

Quarter-final

Nova Scotia 13 P.E.I. 6

Under-16 Boys

Saskatchewan 51 Nova Scotia 26

Manitoba 19 P.E.I. 0

Saskatchewan 31 Manitoba 22

Nova Scotia 7 P.E.I. 7

Saskatchewan 47 P.E.I. 24

Manitoba 26 Nova Scotia 19

Under-18 Girls

Saskatchewan 32 Nova Scotia 6

Quebec 20 Manitoba 0

Saskatchewan 31 Manitoba 6

Quebec 14 Nova Scotia 0

Saskatchewan 21 Quebec 6

Nova Scotia 13 Manitoba 6

Sunday, July 27

Under-16 Girls

Semifinals

Manitoba 26 Nova Scotia 0

Quebec 25 Saskatchewan 13

Bronze-Medal Game

Nova Scotia vs. Saskatchewan (score unavailable)

Gold-Medal Game

Quebec 29 Manitoba 28

Under-16 Boys

Semifinals

Manitoba 54 Nova Scotia 0

Saskatchewan 27 P.E.I. 19

Bronze-Medal Game

P.E.I. 31 Nova Scotia 12

Gold-Medal Game

Manitoba 40 Saskatchewan 27

Under-18 Girls

Saskatchewan 26 Manitoba 7

Quebec 18 Nova Scotia 7

Bronze-Medal Game

Nova Scotia 14 Manitoba 6

Gold-Medal Game

Quebec 12 Saskatchewan 7

Organizations: Boys

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Europe

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