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La Salle, Sydenham post lopsided wins

October 22, 2014

Tuesday’s wet, cold and windy weather wasn’t conducive to playing good football, as two Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior teams discovered.

Two other teams, however, took to the miserable conditions like ducks.

At Napanee, the La Salle Black Knights combined with the weatherman to spoil a spirit day contest, as they defeated the Golden Hawks 38-7. Later, at Odessa, the Sydenham Golden Eagles scored 16 points in the second quarter en route to a 42-6 victory over the Ernestown Eagles.

Sydenham and La Salle, a pair of AA schools, lead the overall senior standings with 10 points apiece. At 5-0, Sydenham has clinched first place, for having defeated La Salle in the regular-season meeting.

La Salle, 5-1, has concluded its regular schedule. The Golden Eagles will conclude their season at home Friday against Bayridge.

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers, 4-1 and the top AAA team in the league, will complete their schedule Friday at Frontenac. The Panthers cannot finish first, because they lost to La Salle and did not play Sydenham.

Though the rain might have dampened the spirit day program at Napanee, the Hawks weren’t initially deterred. Colsen Bertrand took the first play from scrimmage about 60 yards to set the home team up inside the La Salle 15-yard line. Four plays later Bertrand was in the end zone after a short run and Napanee, 0-5 going into the game, had the lead in a game for the first time this year.

The Golden Hawks encroached on the Knights’ side of midfield only once after that, however, and La Salle rallied with three touchdowns before the first half ended to take command of the game.

Elias Pickell scored two touchdowns for La Salle, which got its other majors from Tim Wight, Denver Stephens and Jordan Price. Isaac Hetherington converted all five and added a 15-yard field goal.

It was a close game through the first quarter at Odessa, with the Golden Eagles leading the regular Eagles 13-6. Ernestown’s Mr. Everything, running back, linebacker and kick return man Konner Burtenshaw, scored his team’s touchdown but not long after that he left the game with a suspected concussion.

Sydenham scored 29 straight points in the final three quarters, and allowed the clock to expire after they reached the three-yard line in the game’s final minute.

Sam Moyse scored two touchdowns for Sydenham and Mike Bashall another on passes from quarterback Dylan Fisher. Fisher scored one TD himself and Brodie Latimer got the other two on second-half runs. Bashall converted all six and kicked a pair of singles.

In the other game Friday on the final day of the regular season, Ernestown will visit Holy Cross at 3:45 p.m.

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