Ontario stopped by Saskatchewan South in U16 Eastern Challenge

GUELPH – Team Ontario came away from their opening game in the U16 Eastern Challenge at Alumni Stadium knowing exactly how the Seattle Seahawks felt in their loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.

Ontario suffered a 12-10 loss to Saskatchewan South Sunday night and had a pass attempt on a two-point convert batted away near the goal line with 17.9 seconds to go in the game.

That play had followed Ontario’s longest offensive drive of the match as they went 90 yards in about a minute culminating with a one-yard plunge into the end zone by Darwin Milloy. The drive also included Ontario’s first pass completions of the game as Marcus Gould caught three passes from quarterback Matthew Guenette.

Saskatchewan’s offence didn’t fare much better as their lone TD of the game came on a first-quarter interception return by defensive back John Stoll.

Saskatchewan held quarter leads of 7-2, 7-4 and 12-4.

In Sunday’s other game, Quebec defeated New Brunswick 20-7.

Saskatchewan gains a berth in Saturday’s gold-medal match against the winner of a semifinal between Quebec and defending champion Nova Scotia Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Ontario and New Brunswick are to meet Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Both of those teams and the loser of the Nova Scotia-Quebec match will play two mini-games apiece Saturday for the final order of finish. Saturday’s mini-games are set for 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal