Both the Neelin Spartans and Crocus Plainsmen varsity football teams had their seasons come to an end on Thursday in Winnipeg.
The Plainsmen fell 41-28 to the Sturgeon Heights Huskies, while the Spartans lost 20-0 to the St. Paul’s Crusaders in the Winnipeg High School Football League Kas Vidruk (AA) Division quarter-finals.
Neelin was able to move the ball well in its game, but just couldn’t find a way to score. Brock Hiltner led the way with 117 rushing yards, while Dustyn Lamont added 41 yards on the ground. Joe Waters passed for 76 yards.
Quinton Hunter had six tackles, one assist and a sack on defence, while Hiltner added seven tackles.
Despite the loss, Spartan head coach Robert Cullen was proud of his team.
“They played very well,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better group of kids. They played as hard as they could. They were giving every effort. We moved the ball well. We just couldn’t put it across the goal-line, made a couple of mistakes on defence by giving up two long balls and that’s the ball game.”
Meanwhile, league-leading rusher Victor St. Pierre was held to 34 yards on 12 carries but returned a kickoff 80 yards for a Crocus touchdown. Receiver Shea Godfrey lit up the Crusaders secondary for 205 yards and two TDs, but it wasn’t enough.
“We had a real flat second quarter that kind of killed us,” Crocus head coach Kevin Boyd said. “They scored 14 and we scored nothing. It was just a matter of not everything working together. You’d have half the guys blocking well on one play and the other half blocking well on the next play sort of thing it seemed. It wasn’t meant to be, I guess.”
Calvin Van Santen finished with 59 rushing yards, while Matthew Mott was 7-for-14 passing for 213 yards, two majors and an interception.
Jordan Knott led the defence with 12 tackles, while Lucas Neil-Woods had six tackles and four knockdowns.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 25, 2013