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Grenadiers not happy after dropping three games in Ottawa

July 15, 2013

Kingston Grenadiers dropped all three games of their Ontario Varsity Football League tripleheader in Ottawa Sunday but it wasn’t the outcomes that have members of the Grens organization seething today. It’s the way those defeats were administered by the Ottawa Myers Riders.

Grenadiers coach Ken Dearborn is fuming at what he believes was the Riders’ pursuit of running up the score on a couple of already defeated opponents — the cardinal sin of sportsmanship.

“I think if Myers could have sored 100, they would have tried,” Dearborn said, after the varsity Grenadiers were beaten 76-28.

Earlier, the bantam Grenadiers were handed a 79-0 whipping. In between came a 48-38 win over the Grenadier juniors.

“They are very good, very talented,” Dearborn said of the varsity Riders, who are undefeated in seven games this year. “Add to that errors by our defence and you get the picture. We were overmatched and did not play well, particularly defensively. That’s disappointing, since that was our strength until now.”

Matt Pendergast led the Grenadiers with nine solo tackles.

“Matt is the safety,” Dearborn said, “so it is not great news when he’s the leading tackler.”

The flashpoint for Dearborn came in the fourth quarter, “with the game well in hand.” Ottawa had the ball inside the Kingston 35-yard line and, facing fourth down and five, ran a counter play for first down that kept alive a drive that resulted in another touchdown.

“You just do not feed the boots to an opponent like that,” Dearborn said. “There are other things to do than continuing to go for it. I’ve been on the other end of that, and you simply take the foot off the gas, put in the kids, only run the ball inside the tackles and punt whenever you can.

“That’s good coaching ethics, as far as I’m concerned. Keeping your entire playbook open is ridiculous.”

The Riders, who have scored 430 points this year — 171 more than any other team in the conference; an average of more than 61 points per game — got touchdowns from 10 different players. They didn’t punt once.

Kingston, 5-2, had bright spots on offence, gaining more than 300 yards and scoring the most points allowed by the conference’s top defence at home this year.

Konner Burtenshaw, after being held for a loss or no gain on his first three rushes, finished with 98 yards from 12 carries, including a 39-yard touchdown run.

Dylan Fisher completed 13 of 24 passes for 232 yards, with touchdown throws of 82 and 10 yards to Nate Kellar and another of 22 yards to Dylan Bell, who returned to the the Grenadiers lineup for the first time since he broke his collarbone on opening day. Fisher threw two interceptions.

Mike Bashall kicked four converts.

Kellar finished the day with five catches for 142 yards.

Both Riders teams improved to 6-1 with their bantam and junior wins. The Kingston juniors ended their season at 2-6, despite their most prolific offensive performance of the season. The bantam Grenadiers are 1-6.

Kingston faces a crucial varsity game Saturday when they will host the Cornwall Wildcats, 6-1, in the finale of their regular schedule at 3:30 p.m. at Loyalist Collegiate. That game will be preceded by the final game of the bantam season, when the Grenadiers host the Brampton Bulldogs, 2-5, at 1 o’clock.

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