SUMMERSIDE – There will be a pair of hometown teams in two upcoming provincial title football games.
The Summerside Waterwise Spartans have advanced to the Ed Hilton Bowl, and the Summerside Cooke Insurance Clippers will play in the Potato Bowl. Both games will take place at the home of the two Summerside teams – Eric Johnston Field – on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The championship game of the P.E.I. Bantam Tackle Football League, which will start at noon, will feature the Spartans taking on the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between the Kings County Steelers and Charlottetown Privateers.
The Clippers and arch-rival Cornwall Timberwolves will decide the P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League championship game. That contest will take place immediately following the Ed Hilton Bowl, with opening kickoff expected to take place at 2:30 p.m.
The Clippers, who have won the last three championships, are making their fifth straight appearance in the league’s winner-take-all final.
The Spartans, who are looking to regain the Ed Hilton Bowl after losing last year’s final to Cornwall in Summerside, punched their ticket to the winner-take-all final with an 84-6 win over the young Timberwolves in a semifinal at Eric Johnston Field on Friday night.
Zackary Blood, Lucas Doucette and Kieran Arsenault all scored two touchdowns to lead the Spartans. Sean Matheson, Nathan Enman, Evan MacDougall and Cole Holland added single scores while rookie linebacker Wesley Long returned a fumble for a touchdown.
In a varsity semifinal, also played on a chilly Friday night at Eric Johnston Field, the Clippers beat the Souris Wildcats 62-0 to advance to the Potato Bowl.
Caleb Dawson, who had two touchdowns, two field goals and a rouge, led the Clippers’ offence against the Wildcats. Ethan Haakman added two scores, and Charlie Turner scored one major.
Dexter Stewart contributed two touchdowns on a punt return and a rushing score while defensive lineman Luke Trainor had an interception return major.