Going for gold: Horton wins semifinal to secure spot in D1 provincial football final

Published on November 15, 2016

Horton quarterback Caleb Melanson gets ready to throw the ball. Horton defeated the Cole Harbour Cavaliers 26-16 to win the provincial D1 semifinal.

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WOLFVILLE, NS - The Horton High School Griffins are soaring and will compete for a provincial title Nov. 19.

The football Griffins defeated the Cole Harbour Cavalliers 26-16 Nov. 14 at Acadia's Raymond Field to advance to the NSSAF Division One Tier Two provincial football championship. 

Horton defeated the Cole Harbour Cavaliers 26-16 to win the provincial D1 semifinal.

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Quarterback Caleb Melanson threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Griffins in the second quarter, while running back Jayden Simmonds also found the end zone early in the third quarter.  

Horton opened the scoring with a safety just under five minutes into the game, and added their final two points on a second safety in the fourth quarter. 

A Cole Harbour player looks to hand off the ball.

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Horton players take a breather as they huddle to talk strategy
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Head coach Steve Melanson was impressed by his team's defensive effort against a potent Cole Harbour offence.  

"That team put up 46 points against J.L. Ilsly. That team put up 49 points against other teams. They only put up 16 against us, and we got two safetys, so our defence did really well, and I'm happy all the way around." 

Melanson had praise for several players after the game including his quarterback, running back and the entire offensive line. In particular, the coach lauded Callum Shaw, who played defensive tackle and fullback, for his willingness to step up and take on new responsabilities. 

The Horton defensive line tackles Cole Harbour.

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"This was the first time he ever played fullback," says Melanson. "We practised this week, and he did it without hesitation."  

Simmonds says hard work from all of his teammates got Horton the win.

"Blocks were perfect," says Simmonds. "Everything came together." 

Horton advances to the provincial final on Nov. 19 at Huskies Stadium at Saint Mary's University in Halifax against Halifax West. Kick off is at 1 p.m.