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Gators survive a scare, improve to 5-0 with 41-29 win at West Kings

Colton Balsor rushed for 203 yards on 20 carries for the Central Kings Gators in a 41-29 win at West Kings Oct. 12. Balsor had rushed for 200-plus yards the previous week as well, but is still looking for his first rushing touchdown of the season.
Colton Balsor rushed for 203 yards on 20 carries for the Central Kings Gators in a 41-29 win at West Kings Oct. 12. Balsor had rushed for 200-plus yards the previous week as well, but is still looking for his first rushing touchdown of the season.

AUBURN - It’s been an up-and-down season so far for the West Kings football team, and a mostly positive one for the Central Kings Gators. That the Gators were 4-0 going in (compared to 1-3 for the Wolverines) might not have been apparent early in their Oct. 12 meeting in Auburn.

West Kings jumped out to a 21-7 first-quarter lead before Central Kings righted the ship and took a 27-21 halftime advantage en route to a 41-29 victory. The Gators improved to 5-0, while the Wolverines fell to 1-4.

Even so, West Kings was within five points at 34-29 in the fourth quarter before the Gators responded with a late touchdown.

"Offensively, it’s one of the best games we’ve played all season,” said Gators' head coach Larry Priestnall.

Connor Ross completed 16 of 21 passes for 306 yards, and two touchdown passes each to Eric Holliefield (9-155) and Geoff Mullen (4-88). Nick Clarke chipped in three catches for 63 yards, and Colton Balsor rushed 20 times for 203 yards.

”For the second week in a row, he rushed for over 200 yards, and he still hasn’t been able to score a touchdown,” head coach Larry Priestnall said of Balsor, who played his first game of the season in week three.

On defence, it was almost another story. “For the first quarter, they were asleep,” Priestnall said of his defence, which allowed West Kings a pair of touchdowns, and special teams, as Colton Messom returned a kickoff 75 yards for another score.

Priestnall admitted, “it’s more my fault than the players’. As defensive coordinator, I have to do a better job of teaching them.”

Jaden Abriel, in his first action of the season, caught two touchdown passes, kicked three converts and ran in a two-point conversion for the Wolverines, good for 17 of his team’s points.

Quarterback Jacob MacLean had the other West Kings touchdown on a one-yard run.

“Jacob had a great game and made quite a few great decisions,” West Kings head coach Aaron Evans said. As for Abriel, he had “a great outing” for his first time out.

MacLean passed for more than 100 yards, engineering a couple of decent drives, one of which ended in a touchdown and the other on an interception in the end zone.

The Gators, in fact, picked off four passes in the game, by Ross (who ran his in for a touchdown), Holliefield (in the end zone), Trace Jarvis and Brennan Ells.

“Our offence has been playing very well, Priestnall said. “Defensively, we need some work, and a better effort at times.”

In Canning, the NKEC Titans improved to 4-1 on the season with a 25-3 win over a Dr. J.H. Gillis team that NKEC coach Reg Ogilvie described as “tough and very big.”

Michael Ogilvie and Liam Curry caught touchdown passes from quarterback Jordan Simon. Royce Glomeau ran an interception back for the other NKEC touchdown, and Mike Ogilvie added two converts and a field goal.

Coach Ogilvie noted that great play from Simon “was a difference in the game.” He added, “another great all-round game by the Titans against a larger opponent.” The Titans’ defence has now allowed just 29 points in its five games this season.

The weekend results set up a great matchup between 5-0 CK and 4-1 NKEC Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ‘under the lights’ at Acadia.

When the teams met earlier this season in Cambridge, the Gators squeaked out a 10-9 victory. The game, with first place in the division on the line, will also be telecast on Eastlink TV as its NSSAFFL Game of the Week.

The Horton Griffins, meanwhile, fell to 0-5 on the season in Division 1 with a 33-0 loss to C.P. Allen Oct. 9 on the road in Bedford. No other information was available on the game.

View a slideshow from the Central Kings-West Kings game here.

West Kings jumped out to a 21-7 first-quarter lead before Central Kings righted the ship and took a 27-21 halftime advantage en route to a 41-29 victory. The Gators improved to 5-0, while the Wolverines fell to 1-4.

Even so, West Kings was within five points at 34-29 in the fourth quarter before the Gators responded with a late touchdown.

"Offensively, it’s one of the best games we’ve played all season,” said Gators' head coach Larry Priestnall.

Connor Ross completed 16 of 21 passes for 306 yards, and two touchdown passes each to Eric Holliefield (9-155) and Geoff Mullen (4-88). Nick Clarke chipped in three catches for 63 yards, and Colton Balsor rushed 20 times for 203 yards.

”For the second week in a row, he rushed for over 200 yards, and he still hasn’t been able to score a touchdown,” head coach Larry Priestnall said of Balsor, who played his first game of the season in week three.

On defence, it was almost another story. “For the first quarter, they were asleep,” Priestnall said of his defence, which allowed West Kings a pair of touchdowns, and special teams, as Colton Messom returned a kickoff 75 yards for another score.

Priestnall admitted, “it’s more my fault than the players’. As defensive coordinator, I have to do a better job of teaching them.”

Jaden Abriel, in his first action of the season, caught two touchdown passes, kicked three converts and ran in a two-point conversion for the Wolverines, good for 17 of his team’s points.

Quarterback Jacob MacLean had the other West Kings touchdown on a one-yard run.

“Jacob had a great game and made quite a few great decisions,” West Kings head coach Aaron Evans said. As for Abriel, he had “a great outing” for his first time out.

MacLean passed for more than 100 yards, engineering a couple of decent drives, one of which ended in a touchdown and the other on an interception in the end zone.

The Gators, in fact, picked off four passes in the game, by Ross (who ran his in for a touchdown), Holliefield (in the end zone), Trace Jarvis and Brennan Ells.

“Our offence has been playing very well, Priestnall said. “Defensively, we need some work, and a better effort at times.”

In Canning, the NKEC Titans improved to 4-1 on the season with a 25-3 win over a Dr. J.H. Gillis team that NKEC coach Reg Ogilvie described as “tough and very big.”

Michael Ogilvie and Liam Curry caught touchdown passes from quarterback Jordan Simon. Royce Glomeau ran an interception back for the other NKEC touchdown, and Mike Ogilvie added two converts and a field goal.

Coach Ogilvie noted that great play from Simon “was a difference in the game.” He added, “another great all-round game by the Titans against a larger opponent.” The Titans’ defence has now allowed just 29 points in its five games this season.

The weekend results set up a great matchup between 5-0 CK and 4-1 NKEC Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ‘under the lights’ at Acadia.

When the teams met earlier this season in Cambridge, the Gators squeaked out a 10-9 victory. The game, with first place in the division on the line, will also be telecast on Eastlink TV as its NSSAFFL Game of the Week.

The Horton Griffins, meanwhile, fell to 0-5 on the season in Division 1 with a 33-0 loss to C.P. Allen Oct. 9 on the road in Bedford. No other information was available on the game.

View a slideshow from the Central Kings-West Kings game here.

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