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West Kings football clinches home field for playoff semifinal


AUBURN - The West Kings Wolverines football team secured home field advantage for their Nova Scotia Schools Athletics football semifinal against NKEC by edging the Titans 9-7 Nov. 8 in Auburn.

The Wolverines finished the regular season in second place in Division 3 with a record of five wins and three losses. NKEC, which finished at 4-4, settled for third.

On a sunny but cool and blustery day, neither team had much luck moving the ball by any of the traditional football means. The cold conditions resulted in numerous fumbles and dropped passes by both sides.

West Kings opened the scoring in the first quarter, scoring a rouge on a missed field goal.

Then in the second quarter, NKEC's Allan Bond scooped up a West Kings fumble and ran it in for the game's first touchdown. The convert gave the Titans a 7-1 lead, which they took to the sidelines at halftime.

In the third quarter, West Kings quarterback Kyle Gordon broke a couple of tackles en route to an approximately 35-yard touchdown run.

The touchdown tied the score at seven, and the convert gave the Wolverines back the lead at 8-7. West Kings later added another rouge on a missed field goal to extend their lead to two. 

NKEC had the wind advantage in the fourth quarter, but although they advanced the ball fairly deep into West Kings territory, the Wolverines' defence held fast and prevented any further scoring.

Speaking after the game, West Kings head coach Aaron Evans said "defence and turnovers" were the keys to the victory.

"Give NKEC credit," Evans said. "They came prepared for our offence, and held us to just nine points. Our defence was outstanding, and won the game for us."

Asked about next week's semifinal, Evans said, "next week, we'll have to do all the same things we did this week, except do more of them and better."

NKEC head coach Reg Ogilvie said his team "didn't execute on offence. We had six fumbles and nine dropped balls. You're not going to win with stats like that."

Next week, he said, the Titans "need to execute better - and hold on to the ball." At the same time, he said, "you have to give West Kings credit. They played well."

Meanwhile, the Central Kings Gators wrapped up an unbeaten regular season, improving to 8-0 with a 44-1 win over Dr. J.H. Gillis Nov. 7 in Antigonish.

As has been the case all season, the Gators got timely offence and outstanding defence. Head coach Larry Priestnall acknowledged, "our defence gave up something like 39 points in eight regular season games."

In terms of scoring, Ben Best had more than 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns, one on a run from scrimmage and the other on a punt return.

Matt Priestnall (who rushed for 140 yards), Isaiah Crossland-Belle and Geoff Mullen had rushing touchdowns, and Tommy Daniels added three field goals and five converts to round out the scoring.

Next weekend, West Kings hosts NKEC at 1 p.m. Saturday in Auburn and CK hosts Avon View at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cambridge. The winners meet the following weekend for the Tier 3 league championship.

The Wolverines finished the regular season in second place in Division 3 with a record of five wins and three losses. NKEC, which finished at 4-4, settled for third.

On a sunny but cool and blustery day, neither team had much luck moving the ball by any of the traditional football means. The cold conditions resulted in numerous fumbles and dropped passes by both sides.

West Kings opened the scoring in the first quarter, scoring a rouge on a missed field goal.

Then in the second quarter, NKEC's Allan Bond scooped up a West Kings fumble and ran it in for the game's first touchdown. The convert gave the Titans a 7-1 lead, which they took to the sidelines at halftime.

In the third quarter, West Kings quarterback Kyle Gordon broke a couple of tackles en route to an approximately 35-yard touchdown run.

The touchdown tied the score at seven, and the convert gave the Wolverines back the lead at 8-7. West Kings later added another rouge on a missed field goal to extend their lead to two. 

NKEC had the wind advantage in the fourth quarter, but although they advanced the ball fairly deep into West Kings territory, the Wolverines' defence held fast and prevented any further scoring.

Speaking after the game, West Kings head coach Aaron Evans said "defence and turnovers" were the keys to the victory.

"Give NKEC credit," Evans said. "They came prepared for our offence, and held us to just nine points. Our defence was outstanding, and won the game for us."

Asked about next week's semifinal, Evans said, "next week, we'll have to do all the same things we did this week, except do more of them and better."

NKEC head coach Reg Ogilvie said his team "didn't execute on offence. We had six fumbles and nine dropped balls. You're not going to win with stats like that."

Next week, he said, the Titans "need to execute better - and hold on to the ball." At the same time, he said, "you have to give West Kings credit. They played well."

Meanwhile, the Central Kings Gators wrapped up an unbeaten regular season, improving to 8-0 with a 44-1 win over Dr. J.H. Gillis Nov. 7 in Antigonish.

As has been the case all season, the Gators got timely offence and outstanding defence. Head coach Larry Priestnall acknowledged, "our defence gave up something like 39 points in eight regular season games."

In terms of scoring, Ben Best had more than 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns, one on a run from scrimmage and the other on a punt return.

Matt Priestnall (who rushed for 140 yards), Isaiah Crossland-Belle and Geoff Mullen had rushing touchdowns, and Tommy Daniels added three field goals and five converts to round out the scoring.

Next weekend, West Kings hosts NKEC at 1 p.m. Saturday in Auburn and CK hosts Avon View at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cambridge. The winners meet the following weekend for the Tier 3 league championship.

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