The NKEC Titans blanked Avon View 18-0 in Windsor on Sept. 29. This was the first win for NKEC in more than two years. - Ashley Thompson photo
By John DeCoste
The victories have been few and far between lately for the NKEC Titans, but the football team is celebrating this week following an 18-0 blanking of Avon View Sept. 29 in Windsor.
Titans’ head coach Reg Ogilvie said the win was the first for NKEC football in more than two years.
Ogilvie said his team “played with reckless abandon in all three phases of the game” – offence, defence and special teams. Leading a real team effort were Alan Bond and brothers Eric and Jon Main, each of whom went both ways for the short-staffed Titans and, according to Ogilvie, “never got off the field.”
Eric Main, Alan Bond and Will Keddy each scored a touchdown in the game. Bond rushed for more than 200 yards on offence and contributed both an interception and a quarterback sack on defence.
Though Avon View ended up on the short end of the score on this occasion, Ogilvie congratulated them for their “great effort and sportsmanship,” adding, “they are a young team with a great upside.”
Central Kings loses 48-7 to Prince Andrew
“The kids just didn’t seem to be in the game,” said Gators’ head coach Larry Priestnall, who saw his team’s record drop to 1-3 after the game in Burnside.
Central Kings “committed a lot of turnovers, and made a lot of mistakes,” many of them due to a lack of experience.
“We got beat four times on deep passes and also had a punt blocked,” which added up to five Prince Andrew touchdowns.
The Gators also lost starting fullback Matt Priestnall to a knee injury.
Ben Best had the lone CK touchdown on a sweep.
“We were able to move the ball on offense, but not with any real consistency,” Priestnall said. “It’ll be back to the drawing board at practice this week, working on fundamentals.”
West Kings defeated by Syndey 15-8
West Kings, meanwhile, continues to have many of the trials associated with being a first-year team – though to be fair to the Wolverines, two of their four losses so far have been by margins of two and seven points.
West Kings head coach Aaron Evans termed the contest “a good game.”
Connor Ryan ran back an interception for his team’s lone touchdown. Kyle Gordon also appeared to have scored a touchdown, but the play ended up called back on a penalty.
Josh O’Reilly played another “outstanding” game on defence and Chris Jamieson had a strong outing offensively, despite playing the game with an injured arm.
“It was a hard loss to swallow, but the kids played really well and had a good day,” Evans said.
Back in action
Horton, which had a bye last week, was back in action this week, putting its 2-1 record on the line Oct. 3 in Burnside against Auburn Drive.
Central Kings hosted Dartmouth and NKEC entertained Halifax West, with both games scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 6, in Cambridge and Canning respectively. West Kings had the week off.