Joe Waters of the Neelin Spartans punts the ball to the Kildonan East Reivers during a Winnipeg High School Football League game Thursday afternoon in Shilo. The Spartans turned a close game at half-time into a 24-5 victory. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
The Neelin Spartans’ special team units came out to play on Thursday as they secured a Winnipeg High School Football League Kas Vidruk (AA) Division playoff spot with a 24-5 victory over the Kildonan East Reivers at CFB Shilo.
Quinton Hunter took the first Reivers (2-4) punt of the game 89 yards for a touchdown, and Riley Peyachew added a 58-yard punt return for a major later in the game as Neelin improved to 4-2. Dustyn Lamont, who led Neelin with 104 rushing yards on 20 carries, scored on a 10-yard jaunt, while Sam Waters kicked an 18-yard field goal and three converts.
Peyachew and Hunter both picked off a pair of passes, with Peyachew adding four tackles. Brock Hiltner led the Spartans, who close out the regular season when they visit the 2-3 Sturgeon Heights Huskies next week, with 7 1/2 tackles. He also rushed for 40 yards. Connor Chelkowski added five tackles for Neelin, while Nate Unger had four tackles and a pair of sacks.
Tyrell Medwid was the top Spartans receiver with 42 yards.
"Offensively, we kind of sputtered in the first half but we picked it up the second half," Neelin head coach Robert Cullen said. "The kids really grinded it out and they played a really good game."
Meanwhile in Winnipeg, the Vincent Massey Vikings’ hopes of reaching the John Potter (AAA) Division playoffs took a huge hit with a 28-14 loss to the host Sisler Spartans (2-4).
Massey (1-5) got off to a good start as Cassidy Obijiaku ran 62 yards to paydirt on the Vikings’ first offensive play, but they couldn’t hang on. Obijiaku finished with five carries for 86 yards and added 106 yards on three receptions. He scored Massey’s other touchdown on a 76-yard pass from Thomas Moroz. Moroz was 5-for-15 for 137 yards with two interceptions.
Wyatt Garden had 11 tackles, while Steven Gresl added seven and one sack. Ty Kuz had five tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.
The Vikings needed Oak Park to lose its late game last night and will have to beat them in Brandon on Oct. 18 to have any hope of reaching the post-season.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 11, 2013