SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Cooke Insurance Clippers capped an undefeated regular season in the Papa John’s P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League on Friday night.
The Clippers trimmed the Souris Wildcats 41-1 to finish with a record of 4-0 (won-lost).
The Clippers, by virtue of their first-place finish in the three-team league, have earned a bye to the Potato Bowl championship game in Summerside on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. The Clippers will face the winner of the semifinal matchup between the Wildcats and Cornwall Timberwolves on Oct. 29.
“We had an undefeated regular season, which is nice, but it means nothing now as we head to the championship game,” said Clippers defensive co-ordinator Jeff MacDonald. “Our regular-season record won’t win us a championship, so we need to stay focused, sharp and committed as we prepare for the Potato Bowl in two weeks.”
At Eric Johnston Field, the Clippers scored on their first possession, and played another outstanding game defensively. The Clippers have not allowed a touchdown in three of their four games.
Wide receiver Parker Cameron scored four touchdowns while quarterback Owen Turner threw for four major scores.
Turner hit Cameron on 60- and 25-yard touchdown plays in the first quarter. Cameron scored another major before halftime on a 40-yard end-around, and Caleb Dawson pulled in a 35-yard touchdown score from Turner before halftime.
“Our offence really executed the plays well (Friday), and blocked well up front,” commented Clippers offensive line coach Matt Gunning. “But we need to clean up the dumb penalties before the final.”
In the second half, Turner and Cameron hooked up for their third score of the night on a slant pass that went the distance for 40 yards.
Dawson added a five-yard touchdown run to complete the Clippers’ scoring. Dawson chipped in with five converts as well.