FCC2018: Strong second half defensive catapults Ontario past Nova Scotia
A dominant second half performance from the defence powered Ontario to a 27-11 win over Nova Scotia at the 2018 Football Canada Cup at Shouldice Park in Calgary, Alberta.
Nova Scotia opened the scoring when Ben Hadley was successful on a 21 yard field goal with 3:48 left in the first quarter.
However, Ontario responded back when Jeremiah Nyambiya scores a touchdown with 2:56 left in the 1st quarter to give the team the lead.
After Nova Scotia concedes a safety, Cameron Creechan added a field goal to increase Ontario’s lead in the second quarter.
At halftime, Ontario had a 12-3 lead over Nova Scotia.
With 11:41 remaining in the game, Cameron Guest tallied a major and Ontario was successful on the two-point conversion attempt.
Nova Scotia responded when Allan Young connected with Riley Felix for a touchdown score to pull the team within 9 points of Ontario.
Ontario put the game out of reach when Ryan Licandro connected with Ethan MacKinnon to round out the scoring.
Offensive Players of the Game were Guest (Ontario) and Jayden Simmonds (Nova Scotia). Defensive Players of the Game were Devin Veresuk (Ontario) and Ryaan Dalloul (Nova Scotia).
“Defensively, we played very well, especially in the second half” commented Ontario Head Coach Glen Mills after the game. “We kind of gave up one long touchdown pass, I think our kids played pretty well.”
“We were physical, which we wanted to do. Offensively, we got rolling but still too many turnovers and I think we got the ball moving in the second half.”
As for Nova Scotia, the team will now shift their focus for the remainder of the tournament.
“It’s the game of football; things happen here and there,” assessed Nova Scotia Head Coach Bryce Fisher after the loss. “We prepped for them really hard the last little while and things happen and we just got to rally back from here on out, just focusing on our next opponent and just finishing this tournament strong.”
“Our guys played well. They rallied from a deficit to really pressure these guys in some situations and that’s all I could ask for.”
Ontario moves on to play Saskatchewan on Thursday July 19, 2018 at 4:00pm MST. Nova Scotia will square off against Manitoba at 1:00pm MST.
Post-game Interview with Bryce Fisher – Head Coach, Nova Scotia
Post-game Interview with Glen Mills – Head Coach, Ontario
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