Fitzpatrick rushes for two majors in win
Rollo Bay – The defending Potato Bowl champion Souris Wildcats picked up right where they left off last season by defeating the Charlottetown Privateers 18-6 on Sunday afternoon in the season opener for the varsity division of the P.E.I. Tackle Football league.
Wildcats quarterback Sean Fitzpatrick put Souris on the board by rushing for the game’s first touchdown and they never relinquished their lead. Fitzpatrick rushed for another touchdown a few plays into the third quarter and running back Corey Jenkins also ran for a score in the fourth quarter.
Souris head coach Stephen McPhee was satisfied with his team’s performance.
“We had a good game today. The boys played hard and hit hard,” he said. “There are things that weren’t executed properly on offence and some things that we need to work on, but overall we played well.”
Daniel MacIsaac and Thomas MacKenzie both intercepted passes from Privateers quarterback Colin Trewin, who rushed for Charlottetown’s only touchdown with three minutes left in the game.
Tropical storm Gabrielle did nothing to slow down the Summerside Spartans Friday night as they defeated the Amherst Vikings 52-24 in the season opener for the bantam division.
Spartans running back Cameron Paynter scored a rushing touchdown on the first play of the game and they never looked back. Paynter went on to rush for three more touchdowns and caught one touchdown pass from quarterback Jayden Reid. Wide receiver Sebastian Roi-Garand also had two touchdowns.
Spartans head coach John Turner was pleased with his team’s performance.
“The boys played well for the first game of the year. They executed well on offence and on defence,” he said.
The Vikings had a strong showing in their debut in the P.E.I. Tackle Football League, but were unable to catch up to Summerside’s considerable lead.
Amherst receiver Joel McCrossin caught a long pass from quarterback Blake Thompson in the second quarter, while running back Michael O’Brien scored on a kickoff return in the third quarter and a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Compiled by Football P.E.I.’s Sarah Seeley