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Clippers off to winning start


SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Cooke Insurance Clippers’ title defence is off to a winning start.

Summerside Cooke Insurance Clippers wide receiver Cameron Paynter, 22, looks to break the tackle attempt by the Cornwall Timberwolves’ Joey Murphy during Friday night’s Papa John’s P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League game at Eric Johnston Field. The host Clippers won the regular-season opener for both teams by a 46-6 score.

After winning the franchise’s first-ever Potato Bowl as Papa John’s P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League champions last season, the Clippers opened the 2016 campaign in impressive fashion – a 46-6 win over the Cornwall Timberwolves on Friday night.

"It was a nice start to the season, and our execution on offence was good for this early in the year,” assessed Clippers head coach John Turner, whose team built a 26-6 advantage at the half.

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Big game for Gavin

Before a big crowd at Eric Johnston Field, senior quarterback Camren Gavin led the way offensively for the Clippers, throwing five touchdown passes and for over 300 yards in the win.

“Our O-line gave Gavin time to throw, and with our group of talented receivers we will be tough to defend,” said Turner.

 

Touchdowns

Clippers wide receiver Parker Cameron caught three touchdowns while Cameron Paynter hauled in two long passes for major scores. Rookie running back Caleb Dawson scored on a 10-yard run, and back-up quarterback Owen Turner ran in for a touchdown from five yards out late in the fourth quarter. 

"We had great balance on offence with our run-pass ratio, didn't turn the ball over, made plays on second and long, and our defence was great giving us good field position all night,” said a pleased Turner. “This is the blue print of what we need to do every game to have a good season in this league."

 

Next action

The Clippers will now hit the road to face the tough Souris Wildcats in Rollo Bay on Sunday. The opening kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

"Our D will need to have another strong game like they did Friday down in Souris, and our offence will need to execute if we want to beat the Wildcats," concluded Turner.

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