As Elmira District Secondary School students celebrated spirit day with a pep rally and barbeque, the senior boys’ football squad put on quite a show.The Lancers blew out the St. David Catholic School Celtics 44-16 October 10 in front of a large home crowd.
“We established a good running game, which takes a lot of time off the clock,” said head coach Steve Karn. “Our backs really wear down the opposing defences, and that has been the key to our success.”
Featured running backs Alex Weber and Alex White were dominant from the first snap, consistently breaking through for first downs with the help of the team’s strong offensive line.
White opened the scoring in the first quarter with a rushing touchdown. In the second, quarterback Jordan Frey showed off his versatility by rushing and throwing for touchdowns; wide receiver Grant Kernick was the recipient of the touchdown pass. Weber added another score while Joey Dynerowicz forced a safety, giving the group a commanding 30-10 lead at halftime.
The 20-point advantage allowed coach Karn to spread the playing time around to more of the team “to get everybody some experience.”
And the points kept piling on. Kernick grabbed another TD reception and White ran into the end zone for yet another six points during the second half.
Kicker Josh Costa was a perfect six for six on extra point attempts.
The junior boys’ football team, on the other hand, struggled to contain the Celtics in their matchup.
The Lancers fell behind early, allowing a number of long passing plays by the visiting squad in a 21-13 loss.
Despite digging themselves a 14-point hole in the first half, the group didn’t give up, said head coach John Swatridge.
“The good thing is the team won the second half. We just came up a bit short in the final score.”
The defeat drops the team’s record to 1-3 on the season.
But assistant coach Alex Derma has faith the group can still make a deep playoff run.
“Be very proud of what you just did, because we did not do that last year,” Derma told the players after the game. “We outscored them in the second half. Last year, we would have just rolled over. So be prepared for a long football season into November, because the teams that are in our way are our caliber, and we’re starting to hit our stride. Be ready for a long season that’s going into the winter, because that’s where we’re going.”
To get there, the group will need to show more discipline, said Swatridge.
“We’ve got to play smart. We can’t afford to take any dumb penalties. And we’ve got to play the whole game. We have to be ready right from the first play. And there have been too many turnovers, so we’ve got to cut down on fumbles and interceptions.”
In their next action, the junior and senior teams faced off against Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute October 16 in Elmira. They follow that up with games against Saint Benedict Catholic Secondary School October 22 on the road.