Kings County high school football roundup
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Horton running back and kick returner Cameron Davidson (with ball) had a huge game, particularly on special teams, as the Griffins defeated CEC 17-6 Sept. 21 in Wolfville.
By John DeCoste
An outstanding job by Cameron Davidson, particularly on special teams, lifted the Horton Griffins to a 17-6 win over the CEC Cougars in NSSAF high school football Sept. 21 in Wolfville.
Davidson went 55 yards for a touchdown on a screen pass from Jacob Melanson to open the scoring for his team, then ran a kickoff back 70-plus yards for a second score as Horton built a 14-6 first half lead.
Davidson also had a second special teams touchdown, this time on a punt return, called back on a penalty.
“Cam did a great job, but it wasn’t nearly all him,” said Coach Alec Hyndman.
The game was delayed late in the first half when the lights went off on Raymond Field, but the problem was fixed after a relatively short delay.
In the second half, Horton’s defence took over, holding the Cougars scoreless.
According to Hyndman, Jacob Melanson had three sacks and an interception on defence. Isaac Melanson had one-and-a-half sacks, and linebackers Duncan Hill and Luke Oulton “were both all over the field,” making numerous tackles.
Gabe Morgan, continuing a solid season, “recovered a fumble, had an interception and blocked a field goal” from his defensive back position.
To Hyndman, “our defence played awesome – I can’t say a thing against them – but the real key to victory was the play of our special teams, both our running and our preventing them from getting anything going on their special teams.”
Horton, which closed out the scoring with a late field goal, improved to 2-1 with the victory.
“I feel we’ve already played the two toughest games on our schedule. The rest of our games shouldn’t be as hard,” Hyndman said.
The news wasn’t as good for Central Kings, which dropped a 39-28 decision Sept. 22 at Halifax West.
Gators’ head coach Larry Priestnall “wasn’t all that unhappy” with the game, in which CK trailed by just three points after three quarters before giving up a late touchdown and safety.
“The kids played well, but they’re still very young – a lot of them are brand new to football. They made a lot of mistakes, a lot of them due to their inexperience.”
Jacob Shepherd completed a touchdown pass to Adam McCluskey – “the first ever touchdown catch” for the first-year receiver.
Ben Best had one rushing touchdown and “just missed another,” while Sam Jennings ran both a punt and a kickoff back for touchdowns.
Defensively, the Gators “gave up some big runs and some sustained offence,” but overall “bent, but didn’t break. They did well overall – the most frustrating thing was that it was a winnable game.”
The news was worse for Northeast Kings, blanked by Cole Harbour in a game that went into the books as a 44-0 Cavaliers’ victory.
“We are getting better, but we still have a long way to go,” said Titans’ head coach Reg Ogilvie.
He commended Cole Harbour for showing “sportsmanship and respect” by not running up the score any more than it already was.
Meanwhile, J.L. Ilsley blanked West Kings 51-0 Sept. 23 in Halifax.
According to head coach Aaron Evans, West Kings “played well, but just couldn’t seem to find our ‘game face’” against Ilsley, the number-one team in their division.
The Wolverines “couldn’t gain any ground,” and also lost three players to injury in the first half. London Keddy, playing both sides of the ball, and Josh O’Reilly turned in noteworthy performances.
Through the first three weeks of the NSSAFFL schedule, Horton had a 2-1 record. Central Kings was at 1-2, NKEC at 0-2 and West Kings at 0-3.