Green Gaels lone unbeaten D10 football squad
Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal
GUELPH – And then there was one.
The Guelph CVI Green Gaels stand as the lone undefeated team in District 10 high schools football following a 30-9 victory over the previously unbeaten Ross Royals Thursday night at Alumni Stadium.
“The big difference was the physicality,” GCVI running back/kicker Ben Boddy said. “We came out in the first quarter and second quarter and we were the more physical team. We kind of let up at the half which brought them back in the game, but we didn’t stop fighting. We got the first downs and kept fighting.”
The Gaels jumped into a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and they were up 21-6 at halftime before Ross kicked a field goal for the only scoring of the third quarter.
Ben Boddy had a touchdown and four converts for GCVI while Silas Simmons, Kevin Hu and Trevor Keough each scored a touchdown. The Gaels also recorded a safety.
Quarterback Adam Shoemaker scored a touchdown and a field goal for Ross.
GCVI leads the league at 3-0-0 while Ross, Centennial Spartans and St. James Lions are tied at 2-1-0. Lourdes Crusaders and Bishop Macdonell Celtics are tied at 0-3-0.
“Physicality has definitely been a key and just to be prepared for every game and play it game by game,” Boddy said of GCVI’s success.
Boddy, who kicked the winning rouge in last year’s championship game, has seen more action running the ball this season.
“Being a running back is great for me,” he said. “Being a presence on the team is also great. Putting up points is great and overall it was a great team win.”
Each team has two games left in its regular season and all will be starting to get ready for the playoffs. Every team qualifies for the playoffs with the first- and second-placed teams getting byes in the quarter-finals.
“I think we have to work on staying foot-on-the-gas for the whole four quarters,” Boddy said.
Centennial 29 Bishop Macdonell 20
Holding Bishop Mac scoreless in the first quarter started Centennial to the win at Alumni Stadium.
“I didn’t think we played to our full potential today, but we got the job done and at the end of the day that’s all that matters,” Centennial running back Jackson Taylor said. “We got the W.”
The Spartans led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, 15-7 at halftime and 22-14 after the third quarter.
“We’ve got to tighten up our defence and play a little bit more sound offence,” Taylor, who scored two touchdowns, said. “All around, we’ve just got to keep on improving and come out and keep getting Ws.”
Also scoring for the Spartans were Hadi El-Miari with a touchdown and a rouge, Drake Davis with a touchdown and Ben Lane with four converts.
Luke Walton had two touchdowns for Bishop Mac while Zach Murch scored one and Nick Guardiero had two converts.
While each team in the league is looking to improve in the final two weeks of the regular season, so is each player.
“I need to hit my holes a little harder and get moving a little quicker with the ball in my hands and use my space a little bit more effectively,” Taylor said.
St. James 24 Lourdes 17
St. James recovered from a 10-point deficit to claim the win.
The host Crusaders led 7-0 after the first quarter and they added a field goal early in the second quarter before the Lions roared back for an 18-10 lead at halftime that they extended to 24-10 by the end of the third quarter.
Tanner Nelmes scored all four touchdowns for St. James and none of them were converted. He figured he was just fortunate to have his plays go for the scores.
“We have a lot of talented players who are capable of scoring touchdowns,” Nelmes said. “We were able to get a few passes to Devon Proctor and Piotr Czachor and just moving forward we’ll just have to spread the ball around more and that will help us be more successful.
“A lot of (the touchdowns), they set me up.”
Quarterback Jack St. Hilaire had a touchdown and a convert for Lourdes while Carlos Amaral also had a touchdown and Ethan Bizjack kicked a field goal and a convert.
The Lions got back on the winning path after their Week 2 loss to GCVI.
“When I was thinking it through my head, I wanted to be a dominant force in this game, especially after the loss last week,” Nelmes said. “We’ve just got to keep moving forward and forget about the last game because the next game is what matters.”