Oct. 7 Football Report: High school; Niagara Generals; OUA roundup
Following are high school football results from last week:
Gryphons 23 Spartans 14
The Greater Fort Erie Gryphons improved to 2-1 in Niagara Region High School Athletic Association Tier 1 football action last week with a 23-14 victory over the Westlane Spartans.
Mason Arbic had 12-yard and 10-yard rushing majors for the Gryphons and Kiegan Mitchell ran another major in from eight yards out. The Gryphons also added a defensive safety.
“We played well with mistakes killing some of our drives. We need to clean up the mistakes,” GFESS head coach Dave Sauer said. “Defensively, we intercepted Westlane three times but gave up some big plays.”
The Gryphons moved players around in their lineup and Sauer was pleased with the results.
“Overall I was proud of our efforts on the day,” he said.
For Westlane: Ayden Maxim threw a pair of 45-yard TD passes to Jake Marshall; Jeff Vujovic recorded a pair of interceptions; Quentin Palinko booted a pair of converts and, Josh Bigelow and Ty Bennett had strong games on both sides of the ball.
Marauders 27 Bulldogs 6
The A.N. Myer Marauders pushed their NRHSAA Tier 1 senior football record to 3-0 with a 27-6 triumph over the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs (1-2).
Myer led 10-6 at the half.
Leading the way for the Marauders were: Drake Somerville with TD passes to Ethan Carmichael (60 yards) and Winfield Organ (25 yards); Lathan Berry with an 80-yard interception return for a TD; Jordan Gilbert with a strong game running the ball; Chris Bechkos with a pair of 20-yard field goals and three converts; Jorge Rodriguez with a pick; Cedric Robinson with a fumble recovery; an excellent performance by Quinton Douglas returning the ball on special teams; and, a solid game by the defence, especially Zach Ayotte.
No information was available from Churchill.
Phoenix 28 Gators 6
Favour Iranoula scored a pair of rushing majors to power the St. Francis Phoenix (3-1) to a 28-6 victory over the Lakeshore Catholic Gators (0-3) in Niagara Catholic Athletic Association senior football action.
Quentin Duemo and Jordan Wylie also scored majors for the Phoenix. Playing excellent games for St. Francis were John Kunege, Ethan Reid, Duemo, Che Jaywardena, Benji Zuniga and Andrew Mella.
Redcoats 17 Golden Eagles 10
With a 17-10 victory over the Thorold Golden Eagles (1-2), the Governor Simcoe Redcoats improved to 2-1 in NRHSAA Tier 2 football action.
Scoring for Governor Simcoe were: Alex Reynen on a three-yard pass from Gabriel Disanto; Keontae Hart on a 15-yard TD run; and, Danny Lewis with a 42-yard field goal.
For Thorold: Callum McNamara rushed for 78 yards, including a 28-yard TD run, and kicked a convert and a rouge; Yvan Canlas was 8-for-14 passing for 126 yards; Brodie Gibson had a forced fumble and a recovery; Caleb Turner recorded an interception; Daniel Swayze had a sack; and, Andrew Dailey made several tackles.
“For the first time this season, we looked like a Thorold football team and we were able to run the ball,” Thorold head coach Duane Kemp said.
The Golden Eagles were hurt by penalties, piling up more than 100 yards in penalties and having a turnover called back because of one.
“We will have to get back to basics of tackling, staying low and using good form,” Kemp said.
Peewees 32 Predators 0
Hudson Grant scored two majors to lead the Niagara Generals peewee football team to a 32-0 victory over the Waterloo Predators in Ontario Football League action last weekend.
Ezekiel Langendoen added a touchdown and two single-point conversions and the defence stood up and shut down a big Waterloo team. Carter Smith caused two turnovers and Brett Wall pulled the ball away from the Waterloo quarterback.
“Our O-line And D-line played an amazing game,” peewee head coach Bruce Macrae said. “Every one of my boys came out to prove a point and that was that we are a team to be reckoned with.”
The win was a total team effort.
“To say that we had an outstanding player of the game would be a false statement as every one of my boys had a great game, did their jobs, and played like a team,” Macrae said. “I’m proud of every one of them. Our saying is ‘Command the field’ and that is what these boys did.”
Gryphons 34 Generals 20
The Niagara Generals bantam football team fell to 3-3 in OFL action following a 34-20 loss to the Guelph Gryphons.
Niagara was missing five starters but fought hard to stay in the game until the bitter end.
“This was one of those gutcheck kind of games for our Generals and they came through,” Niagara head coach Jim Storin said.”It was a back and forth game until halfway through the fourth quarter and Niagara just ran out of steam.”
Clayton Crawford scored two majors for the Generals and Francesco Dalla-Valentina scored one. Outstanding efforts were contributed by all, especially Dalla Valentina, Cole Haan, McRory Grant and Liam Liddiard.
“These kinds of games build character,” Storin said. “Our boys stepped up to the challenge but just came a little short in the end.”
Niagara is at home to York on Thanksgiving weekend and the team will be accepting donations for Ronald McDonald House in the form of non-perishable food items and cash donations. Admission is $5.
Western 45 Waterloo
Waterloo’s Tre Ford (A.N. Myer) was 17-for-19 passing for 252 yards and had13 carries for 101 yards, including eight-yard and one-yard TD runs, but it wasn’t enough as Waterloo was edged 45-42 by Western.
Also for Waterloo, Tyrell Ford (A.N. Myer) had two punt returns for 28 yards, three solo tackles and two assisted tackles; and, Rushon Dagelman (A.N.Myer) recorded two catches for nine yards
For Western: Cole Majoros (Lakeshore Catholic) had four catches for 36 yards and a five-yard run; and, Antonio Valvano (St. Francis) recorded two catches for 19 yards, a nine-yard kick return and an 18-yard punt return.
Ottawa 32 Carleton 10
Josh Ferguson (Sir Winston Churchill) had seven rushes for 31 yards and two receptions for 18 yards in a losing cause as Carleton fell 32-10 to Ottawa.
Also for Carleton: Sandor Mod (Notre Dame) had three solo tackles, an assisted tackle and a sack; and, Keaton Bruggeling (Eden) had a 12-yard catch.