Almost everything has gone right so far this season for the Horton Griffins football team.
In their second game of the season Sunday on the Burnside turf, the Griffins ran over the Cole Harbour Cavaliers, scoring pretty much at will in a game called with nine minutes to play and Horton leading 92-0.
“It may not look like it, but we really didn’t try to run up the score,” Griffins’ head coach Alec Hyndman insisted Monday. “We’ve been on the other side of scores like this; it’s not fun and it’s not pretty.”
Horton led 58-0 at halftime, and Hyndman admitted, “I kept asking their coach if he wanted to run the clock, but he said no.” As it was, the Griffins didn’t play any of their top players past the third quarter.
With Greg Brown serving a suspension, Ethan Lycan-Lang started at quarterback and mostly relied on the Horton running game. The Griffins scored 11 offensive touchdowns and a pair of defensive majors.
“We had no ideal going in we would score that much,” Hyndman admitted.
Robert Adams had four rushing touchdowns before being given a seat on the bench for the remainder of the game.
Cam Davidson also had four touchdowns while Zack Gouthro had two and Lycan-Lang one.
The defensive touchdowns came on a 10-yard run by Curtis Bawn on a fumble recovery (his second touchdown of the season) and a 30-yard interception return by Will Stewart.
“It’s hard to say in a game like this, but everybody really played well. The defense, in particular, was flawless. It was definitely an all-round performance,” the coach said.
The other two Valley teams weren’t as fortunate during weekend action.
Central Kings absorbed a 66-2 drubbing Saturday at the hands of Dartmouth, and Northeast Kings lost 54-9 to Lockview Sunday in Fall River.
“This is definitely a rebuilding year for us,” head coach Larry Priestnall said of his young Gators, who in two weeks have already lost four players to in-game concussions and another to a concussion suffered in an auto crash.
“I can make excuses and say we’re getting better, but we’re really not, and the injuries aren’t helping,” Priestnall said. “A lot of our players aren’t that experienced in football, and I’m afraid somebody’s going to get badly hurt.”
At the same time, the Gators have “several players who are showing some promise,” including Nick Gerard, Levi Cooke, Matt Peill and Jacob Shepherd. Returning linemen Connor Hewitt, Justin Murphy and Mac Morton are all playing well.
However, “with 16 Grade 10s on the roster, I’m afraid we’re in for a long year. All we can do – and this is what I keep telling the kids – is take small steps and try to celebrate what positives we can get.”
NKEC, meanwhile, fell victim to an outstanding performance from Lockview running back Daniel Mader, who rushed for 223 yards and four touchdowns.The Titans, seeing their first action of the young season, scored their only touchdown on an impressive 45-yard touchdown pass from Dylan deGraaf to Josh Fogarty.