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Nova Scotia tops New Brunswick 41-27 in U-17 football in Wolfville

Adre Simmonds (#1) had 246 yards rushing and four touchdowns for Team Nova Scotia in a 41-27 win over New Brunswick in U-17 action June 20 in Wolfville as part of the inaugural Maritime Football Series. Alex Hayes (#81, right) of Kentville was one of six Kings County players on the Team Nova Scotia roster.
Adre Simmonds (#1) had 246 yards rushing and four touchdowns for Team Nova Scotia in a 41-27 win over New Brunswick in U-17 action June 20 in Wolfville as part of the inaugural Maritime Football Series. Alex Hayes (#81, right) of Kentville was one of six Kings County players on the Team Nova Scotia roster.

WOLFVILLE- The inaugural Maritime Football Series made its only stop in the Valley June 20 with Team Nova Scotia taking on New Brunswick in U-17 boys’ action.

It was the only dress rehearsal for those fighting for a berth on their respective provinces’ representatives at the Spalding Cup, a national tournament later this month in Montreal.

Team Nova Scotia, with six Valley players and one Valley coach on the roster, scored a 41-27 victory over its interprovincial rivals.

Nova Scotia’s game plan was to run the ball, and they did so with some success. Adre Simmonds, a younger brother of Acadia basketball player A.J. Simmonds, led the way with 246 of Nova Scotia’s 377 net yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Pieter Block had Nova Scotia’s other rushing touchdown.

In terms of passing offence, Dustin Pettigrew passed for 64 yards and one touchdown pass to Riley Gabriel, his CEC teammate, who finished with 35 yards on two receptions.

Connor Ross of Coldbrook, who attends Central Kings, was an all-purpose player, seeing action at quarterback, receiver, long snapper and fullback. Ross is described as a multi-dimensional player who plays an important role for the Nova Scotia team.

Alex Hayes of Kentville, who also plays for Horton, started at wide receiver. Given Nova Scotia’s reliance on the running game, he spent most of his time blocking on running plays.

Jack Hayes, Alex’s twin brother, was a receiver as well and also played on special teams, where he recorded a tackle. Unfortunately, he had a hand injury during the game, which will keep him out of the tournament in Montreal. Pieter Block was also sidelined due to injury.

Ethan Clahane of Kentville and Horton was a standout on special teams, recovering an onside kick and contributing several key tackles.

Kyle Chappus of White Rock and Horton played good minutes on the defensive line and on special teams, as did Mitch Miller of Port Williams and Horton on the offensive line.

Dave Ross, a Central Kings assistant coach during the NSSAFFL season, is an assistant coach for the Nova Scotia U-17 squad.

It was the only dress rehearsal for those fighting for a berth on their respective provinces’ representatives at the Spalding Cup, a national tournament later this month in Montreal.

Team Nova Scotia, with six Valley players and one Valley coach on the roster, scored a 41-27 victory over its interprovincial rivals.

Nova Scotia’s game plan was to run the ball, and they did so with some success. Adre Simmonds, a younger brother of Acadia basketball player A.J. Simmonds, led the way with 246 of Nova Scotia’s 377 net yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Pieter Block had Nova Scotia’s other rushing touchdown.

In terms of passing offence, Dustin Pettigrew passed for 64 yards and one touchdown pass to Riley Gabriel, his CEC teammate, who finished with 35 yards on two receptions.

Connor Ross of Coldbrook, who attends Central Kings, was an all-purpose player, seeing action at quarterback, receiver, long snapper and fullback. Ross is described as a multi-dimensional player who plays an important role for the Nova Scotia team.

Alex Hayes of Kentville, who also plays for Horton, started at wide receiver. Given Nova Scotia’s reliance on the running game, he spent most of his time blocking on running plays.

Jack Hayes, Alex’s twin brother, was a receiver as well and also played on special teams, where he recorded a tackle. Unfortunately, he had a hand injury during the game, which will keep him out of the tournament in Montreal. Pieter Block was also sidelined due to injury.

Ethan Clahane of Kentville and Horton was a standout on special teams, recovering an onside kick and contributing several key tackles.

Kyle Chappus of White Rock and Horton played good minutes on the defensive line and on special teams, as did Mitch Miller of Port Williams and Horton on the offensive line.

Dave Ross, a Central Kings assistant coach during the NSSAFFL season, is an assistant coach for the Nova Scotia U-17 squad.

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