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Kelton Harris (#34) had three touchdowns for West Kings in the Wolverines’ 35-0 win over Avon View Oct. 19 in Auburn. A third win in their last four games improved West Kings to 3-3 on the season. 
Kelton Harris (#34) had three touchdowns for West Kings in the Wolverines’ 35-0 win over Avon View Oct. 19 in Auburn. A third win in their last four games improved West Kings to 3-3 on the season. 

AUBURN - The West Kings Wolverines got back on the winning track in a big way Oct. 19, turning in a strong all-round performance in a 35-0 win over Avon View in Auburn.

West Kings improved to 3-3 on the season, winning for the third time in four weeks, while the Avalanche fell to 2-4.

Playing their first game since losing starting quarterback Dylan Struble to a season-ending injury, the Wolverines started Kyle Gordon at quarterback.

The move reaped immediate results when Gordon connected with Kelton Harris on a 30-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in the game.

As it turned out, the combination of Gordon and Harris was just getting started, as Harris would end up scoring three touchdowns. Zack Antle and Chris Jamieson chipped in a touchdown apiece, and Jamieson added four converts.

Avon View conceded a safety on a third down play from its own three-yard line to round out the scoring.

Defensively, West Kings, in the words of head coach Aaron Evans, “continues to play huge this season.” On this occasion, they limited Avon View to only a handful of first downs. Connor Ryan picked off an interception and ran it back 15 yards.

As has been the case in each of the Wolverines’ three wins, the defensive line was “unmatched, and gave up very few yards up the middle” in the game.

Overall, Evans said, “it was an excellent game by every player.” He added, “we are so much more developed than we were at this point last season,” even playing without Struble.

NKEC, meanwhile, travelled to Antigonish Oct. 17 to take on the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals ‘under the Friday night lights’, and came home with a 35-6 win to improve to 4-2 on the season.

The Titans, according to head coach Reg Ogilvie, “played well in all three aspects of the game” – offence, defence and special teams.

Due to the relative lopsidedness of the score, Ogilvie was able to get every NKEC player into the game, “and everybody played well.”

He gave a shout out to Mackenzie Schofield, playing his first game at quarterback. The offence included touchdowns by Jon Main, Morgan Isnor, Allan Bond, Mike McBurnie and Ian Doucet, who scored the first touchdown of his high school career.

Ryan Mamay kicked five converts, and Hugo Couvert had a great game both punting and punt returning.

Despite the margin of victory, coach Ogilvie stated, “the J.H. Gillis team has improved significantly since our first meeting. They played hard and played well. They were also great hosts, and have a wonderful venue on which to play football.”

Ogilvie confirmed that NKEC, at 4-2, had clinched a berth in the Division 3 playoffs with the win, joining 5-0 Central Kings, which had the week of Oct. 16-20 off.

The news wasn’t as good for the Horton Griffins, who lost 46-7 to C.P. Allen in Division 1 play Oct. 18 in Canning to fall to 2-4 on the season.

Despite the score, head coach Alec Hyndman was pleased with the play of his team, which “didn’t quit, which was good to see.” Horton, he pointed out, trailed by just 8-7 early in the third quarter.

The worst part of the loss, Hyndman said, “is that it means we are out of the playoffs, which hurts.” Even with a win in their final regular season game against Auburn Drive Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Wolfville, the Griffins “will likely finish fifth.”

In the other games this coming weekend involving local teams, NKEC hosts Central Kings Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. in Canning. Avon View hosts Dr. J.H. Gillis Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. in Windsor. West Kings has a bye this week.

West Kings improved to 3-3 on the season, winning for the third time in four weeks, while the Avalanche fell to 2-4.

Playing their first game since losing starting quarterback Dylan Struble to a season-ending injury, the Wolverines started Kyle Gordon at quarterback.

The move reaped immediate results when Gordon connected with Kelton Harris on a 30-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in the game.

As it turned out, the combination of Gordon and Harris was just getting started, as Harris would end up scoring three touchdowns. Zack Antle and Chris Jamieson chipped in a touchdown apiece, and Jamieson added four converts.

Avon View conceded a safety on a third down play from its own three-yard line to round out the scoring.

Defensively, West Kings, in the words of head coach Aaron Evans, “continues to play huge this season.” On this occasion, they limited Avon View to only a handful of first downs. Connor Ryan picked off an interception and ran it back 15 yards.

As has been the case in each of the Wolverines’ three wins, the defensive line was “unmatched, and gave up very few yards up the middle” in the game.

Overall, Evans said, “it was an excellent game by every player.” He added, “we are so much more developed than we were at this point last season,” even playing without Struble.

NKEC, meanwhile, travelled to Antigonish Oct. 17 to take on the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals ‘under the Friday night lights’, and came home with a 35-6 win to improve to 4-2 on the season.

The Titans, according to head coach Reg Ogilvie, “played well in all three aspects of the game” – offence, defence and special teams.

Due to the relative lopsidedness of the score, Ogilvie was able to get every NKEC player into the game, “and everybody played well.”

He gave a shout out to Mackenzie Schofield, playing his first game at quarterback. The offence included touchdowns by Jon Main, Morgan Isnor, Allan Bond, Mike McBurnie and Ian Doucet, who scored the first touchdown of his high school career.

Ryan Mamay kicked five converts, and Hugo Couvert had a great game both punting and punt returning.

Despite the margin of victory, coach Ogilvie stated, “the J.H. Gillis team has improved significantly since our first meeting. They played hard and played well. They were also great hosts, and have a wonderful venue on which to play football.”

Ogilvie confirmed that NKEC, at 4-2, had clinched a berth in the Division 3 playoffs with the win, joining 5-0 Central Kings, which had the week of Oct. 16-20 off.

The news wasn’t as good for the Horton Griffins, who lost 46-7 to C.P. Allen in Division 1 play Oct. 18 in Canning to fall to 2-4 on the season.

Despite the score, head coach Alec Hyndman was pleased with the play of his team, which “didn’t quit, which was good to see.” Horton, he pointed out, trailed by just 8-7 early in the third quarter.

The worst part of the loss, Hyndman said, “is that it means we are out of the playoffs, which hurts.” Even with a win in their final regular season game against Auburn Drive Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Wolfville, the Griffins “will likely finish fifth.”

In the other games this coming weekend involving local teams, NKEC hosts Central Kings Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. in Canning. Avon View hosts Dr. J.H. Gillis Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. in Windsor. West Kings has a bye this week.

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