Saskatchewan blanks Nova Scotia 16-0 to open 2013 Football Canada Cup
Photo credit: Tanya Everitt
Saskatchewan jumped out to an early 6-0 halftime lead en route to a 16-0 final against Nova Scotia in game one of the 2013 Football Canada Cup at Moncton’s Rocky Stone Field.
After Saskatchewan opened their second possession at mid-field, a 9-yard completion from quarterback Jordan Walls to receiver Yol Piok forced a 3rd and short. After converting on third down, Walls found receiver Jacob Leboccetta on a 25-yard reception to give Saskatchewan a 1st down at the Nova Scotia 10-yard line. Unable to find the end zone, Saskatchewan settled for the field goal to open the scoring at 1:50 of the 1st quarter.
Saskatchewan’s defense held strong on the following series, forcing a Nova Scotia 2-and-out.
Taking over at their own 32-yard line, Saskatchewan utilized their passing attack to march down the field. A first down, 11-yard play action pass to receiver Brady Borsa gave Saskatchewan a new set of downs at their own 45. Walls next found receiver Kohl Aide for a 17-yard gain to give Saskatchewan a 1st down at the Nova Scotia 46-yard line. On the following play Nova Scotia recovered a fumble at the end of a Colten Klassen 3-yard run at the Nova Scotia 48-yard line.
Nova Scotia looked to seize the momentum swing however Saskatchewan forced a turnover on a 2nd down sack which resulted in a Saskatchewan fumble recovery.
Saskatchewan quickly capitalized on the turnover. A 15-yard pass to Borsa brought the green and white inside the 10. With their backs up against the goal line Nova Scotia’s defense held strong. Saskatchewan settled for a second Scraper field goal to extend their lead to 6 with 5:32 to play in the second quarter.
After forcing a Saskatchewan punt to open the third quarter, the Nova Scotia offense was forced to punt after 3 penalties stopped the opening 3rd quarter drive in its tracks.
On the first play following the punt, a 42-yard Kayden Johnson run extended the Saskatchewan lead to 13 following the extra-point.
Nova Scotia came out throwing on their following offensive series attempting to narrow the deficit. Throwing into tight coverage, defensive back Payton Hall jumped a route to pick off a Nova Scotia Muir pass.
Taking over at the Nova Scotia 25, Nova Scotia quickly replied with a Jacob Melanson sack. Following a second down incompletion Saskatchewan was forced to punt. A too many men penalty against Nova Scotia gave Saskatchewan a fresh set of downs inside the Nova Scotia red zone. Kicker Daniel Scraper added his 3rd field goal on the day to notch Saskatchewan’s final score.
With the win, Saskatchewan moves on to face defending gold medalist Quebec on Thursday July 18 at 7:30 PM (AT) while Nova Scotia will play in the mini-round robin beginning at 11 AM on Thursday.
|Players of the game:|
Offensive: #7 Jordan Walls
Defensive: #44 Daniel Nesbit
Offensive: #84 Greg Hutchins
Defensive: #23 Shaun Robinson
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