Quebec, Saskatchewan South in U16 Eastern Challenge final

GUELPH – Quebec and Saskatchewan South will meet Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium to decide the champion of the U16 Eastern Challenge football tournament.

Saskatchewan South gained its berth in the gold-medal match with its 12-10 victory over Team Ontario Sunday.

Quebec nailed down its berth Wednesday night with a 36-3 victory over Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia scored first with a field goal less than three minutes into the match, but they’d be held scoreless the rest of the way. Quebec grabbed the lead four and a half minutes after Nova Scotia’s field goal with their first touchdown of the match.

Quebec took control with three TDs in the second quarter to hold a 28-3 advantage at halftime. They added a field goal and a safety in the third quarter to extend the lead to 33-3 at the end of the quarter.

In Wednesday’s other game, New Brunswick slipped by Ontario 25-22.

New Brunswick never trailed in the match as they opened the scoring with 1:13 to go in the first quarter on a TD by running back Caulin O’Donnell.

Alex Murdock, a defensive lineman who gets to serve as a fullback on shot yardage situations, barged in on a two-yard play for New Brunswick’s second TD in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Ontario got that one back on a crossing route by receiver Cedric Smith, who avoided a couple of would-be tacklers to just get over the line for an Ontario TD midway through the quarter. Kyle Barrow’s convert cut New Brunswick’s lead to 12-7, but a keeper play by quarterback Samuel Tremblay resulted in a 62-yard TD scamper to give New Brunswick an 18-8 lead with a minute and a half to go in the opening half.

Ontario cut the gap to three points when Smith dove into the end zone for his second TD of the game and Barrow added the convert.

The game had a delay of more than half an hour due to an injury to Ontario QB Matthew Guennette who was hurt as he got hit after waiting until the final fraction of a second to throw a pass from just inside his own end zone. Mack Baker went the rest of the way at QB.

NB’s Murdock scored his second TD of the game with 6:35 to go and Owen Dunfield’s convert extended NB’s lead to 25-15.

Elijah Hartley caught a TD pass for Ontario and Barrow’s convert completed the scoring with 1:14 to play.

Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will play two mini-games apiece Saturday to conclude their participation in the tournament.

  • Guelph Sports Journal