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Horton Griffins tackle division one powerhouse on home turf

<p>The D1 Horton Griffins hosted Timberlea’s impressive Sir John A. MacDonald Flames at Acadia’s Raymond Field Oct. 1.</p>
<p>The D1 Horton Griffins hosted Timberlea’s impressive Sir John A. MacDonald Flames at Acadia’s Raymond Field Oct. 1.</p>

WOLFVILLE - The Horton Griffins recently hosted the perennial Division 1 powerhouse Sir John A. Macdonald Flames from Timberlea.

The game was initially very close, with both teams scoring early touchdowns: Sir John A. on the back of NSSAF and provincial team standout Adam Bennett and Horton with a long pass play from Caleb Melanson to Mac Muirhead. Capitalizing on a couple of unfortunate Griffin errors, the Flames scored 10 points in the second quarter: a field goal off the foot of Jarrett Saumure and a passing touchdown to Robert Hemming. The score at the half was 17-7.

In the second half, with a starting running back out, Horton relied heavily on Melanson’s passing ability and his main three targets: Parker King, Jack Hayes and Mac Muirhead.

Fast stats 

  1. Mac Muirhead recorded two touchdowns and two conversion points for 14 points.
  2. Caleb Melanson ran in one touchdown for six points.
  3. The Griffins offense gained 402 yards on the visiting Flames, with Jaydon Simmonds claiming 43 yards over 13 carries.

The Flames opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown by Bennett. He added a second major in the fourth quarter.

Horton responded with another Melanson to Muirhead pass play, and a 12-yard scramble by Melanson.

Kyle Chappus was a warrior in the trenches on both sides of the ball all game. Horton’s starting middle linebacker Ethan Clahane returned to the field after overcoming an injury.

The game was initially very close, with both teams scoring early touchdowns: Sir John A. on the back of NSSAF and provincial team standout Adam Bennett and Horton with a long pass play from Caleb Melanson to Mac Muirhead. Capitalizing on a couple of unfortunate Griffin errors, the Flames scored 10 points in the second quarter: a field goal off the foot of Jarrett Saumure and a passing touchdown to Robert Hemming. The score at the half was 17-7.

In the second half, with a starting running back out, Horton relied heavily on Melanson’s passing ability and his main three targets: Parker King, Jack Hayes and Mac Muirhead.

Fast stats 

  1. Mac Muirhead recorded two touchdowns and two conversion points for 14 points.
  2. Caleb Melanson ran in one touchdown for six points.
  3. The Griffins offense gained 402 yards on the visiting Flames, with Jaydon Simmonds claiming 43 yards over 13 carries.

The Flames opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown by Bennett. He added a second major in the fourth quarter.

Horton responded with another Melanson to Muirhead pass play, and a 12-yard scramble by Melanson.

Kyle Chappus was a warrior in the trenches on both sides of the ball all game. Horton’s starting middle linebacker Ethan Clahane returned to the field after overcoming an injury.

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