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Clippers, Privateers’ game goes right down to the wire

CHARLOTTETOWN – If Sunday’s game is any indication, Friday night’s rematch between the Summerside Cooke Insurance Clippers and Charlottetown Privateers should be a dandy.

The two teams will meet in the back end of a home-and-home series in the Papa John’s P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League at Eric Johnston Field in Summerside. The opening kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Both teams went into Sunday’s showdown at the Birchwood Field in Charlottetown with 3-0 (won-lost) records. When all was said and done, the Privateers pulled out a 28-26 win in an entertaining back-and-forth contest.

The Clippers opened the scoring on a 75-yard drive, capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run by Logan O’Brien. Seb Roy-Garand connected on the point after for a 7-0 lead.

Charlottetown answered back with its own long drive, capped off on a passing play. The Clippers stopped the Privateers on a two-point passing play, and the first quarter ended 7-6.

The Clippers then increased their lead to 14-6 on a long end-around run from Paynter in the second quarter. The Privateers answered back with a long drive, capped off with a two-point convert, to tie the score 14-14.

The Clippers came right back and Jayden Reid scored on a quarterback sneak to take a 20-14 lead after the point-after attempt was no good. Charlottetown, though, tied the score 20-20 and a two-point convert was no good sending the teams into halftime tied 20-20.

Second half

The Clippers’ defence forced a turnover early in the second half, but the offence stalled. A bad punt resulted in good field position for the Privateers, who capitalized by scoring a major. A two-point conversion made it 28-20.

A 50-yard passing play from Reid to Paynter with three minutes left in the game got the Clippers right back in the game. A two-point convert attempt failed, resulting in a 28-26 Charlottetown lead.

The Summerside defence came up big, forcing another turnover on downs. As time was winding down the Clippers were driving deep into Charlottetown territory, but the Privateers were able to strip the ball and run out the clock.

Pink game

The Clippers have designated Friday as a “pink game.” There will be no admission for the game, but the Clippers are asking for donations in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I.

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