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Spartans take big step towards hosting playoff game

Breton Brown of the Summerside Waterwise Spartans tackles the Charlottetown Privateers’ Matthew Hunter during Friday night’s Papa John’s P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League game at Eric Johnston Field in Summerside. The Spartans won the contest 24-6. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer
Breton Brown of the Summerside Waterwise Spartans tackles the Charlottetown Privateers’ Matthew Hunter during Friday night’s Papa John’s P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League game at Eric Johnston Field in Summerside. The Spartans won the contest 24-6. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

Summerside downs Charlottetown in bantam tackle football action

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Waterwise Spartans have taken a big step towards hosting a playoff game.

The Spartans defeated the Charlottetown Privateers 24-6 on Friday night. The win improved Summerside’s record to 3-2 (won-lost), and Charlottetown fell to 2-3. 

Going into weekend action, the Cornwall Timberwolves were in first place at 4-0, and the Kings County Steelers were in fourth at 0-4. The Spartans and Privateers are destined to meet in the Papa John’s P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League semifinal. The second-place team will have home-field advantage.

At Eric Johnston Field, two rushing touchdowns – a 30-yard effort by Ethan Haakman and a 40-yard scamper by Kieran Arsenault – staked the Spartans to a 12-0 lead at halftime.

Privateers quarterback Coady Gallant scored a touchdown on a 25-yard play to make it 12-6 after three quarters.

A four-yard run by Ben Murphy increased the Spartans’ lead to 18-6. Haakman, who replaced an injured Riley Molyneaux at quarterback, connected with Zachary Blood for a 15-yard major to close out the scoring.

 

Home Friday

The Spartans remain home, and will entertain the Steelers at Eric Johnston Field on Friday at 6 p.m. That game will be followed by the Papa John’s P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League contest between the Summerside Cooke Insurance Clippers (3-0) and the Souris Wildcats, who entered weekend play 0-2. 

The Clippers had a bye last week.

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