Spartans out after loss in CWOSSA football semifinals
WATERLOO – The Centennial Spartans saw their high school football season come to an end Wednesday night when they suffered a 35-14 loss to the Resurrection Phoenix of Kitchener in the CWOSSA semifinals at the University of Waterloo’s snow-covered Warrior Field.
The District 8 champion Phoenix scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.
The teams had been tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter and Resurrection led 21-14 at halftime before a scoreless third quarter.
Centennial scored the opening TD of the game when quarterback Amrit Atwal and receiver Yinka Ogunnote hooked up on a 15-yard scoring play. A 30-yard passing play from Atwal to Matthew Stam set up the score.
Resurrection answered quickly when QB Cole Henry and receiver Damian Plauszta connected on a 35-yard scoring play.
The Phoenix shot ahead for good in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns.
The first one saw Henry and Plauszta combine on a 75-yard scoring play while running back Raygan Schwindt scored the other TD on a three-year run.
Ogunnote collected his second touchdown of the game for the Spartans as he and Atwal combined on a 95-yard play.
Resurrection gained a little breathing room in the fourth quarter when Schwindt scored on a 12-yard run shortly after a pass interference call on the Spartans kept a Phoenix drive alive.
Henry completed the scoring later in the quarter on a 27-yard keeper run to the right.
The Phoenix advance to play the Jacob Hespeler Hawks in the CWOSSA final at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium Tuesday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
The Hawks blanked the St. Mary’s Mustangs of Owen Sound in the other semifinal Thursday at Hespeler.
Both will play in the OFSAA Bowl Series festival at Alumni Stadium at the end of the month.
The CWOSSA champion is to battle the Northern Ontario champion Korah CVS Colts of Sault Ste. Marie in the Northern Bowl Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. while the CWOSSA silver medalist is to take on the Toronto District College champion in the Metro Bowl Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. The TDCAA final is also slated for Tuesday.
There’ll be three games a day Nov. 28 to 30 to wrap up the provincial high school football season.
- Guelph Sports Journal