BY JOHN DECOSTE
Kings County Advertiser/Register
All three Valley football teams, which played on the Oct. 1 to 3 weekend, were victorious.
Horton improved to 3-0-1 with a 28-0 win over Sir John A. Macdonald; the Northeast Kings Education Centre Titans picked up their first win of the season with a 38-6 victory over Cole Harbour, and Avon View improved to 2-1 with a 22-15 win over J.L. Ilsley.
Saturday evening in Wolfville, Adam Melanson had two rushing touchdowns and Robert Adams one in Horton's shutout victory.
Lioc Adam, an exchange student from Belgium, was good on two of three field goals for the Griffins, with the missed field goal going for a single point to round out the scoring.
Horton led 20-0 at halftime on an evening when both teams, and particularly Sir John A., had troubles holding on to the ball due to the rainy weather and sloppy field.
"We're pretty excited," Horton head coach Alec Hyndman said Monday. "We had targeted last week (against C.P. Allen) and this week as test games for us."
With a come-from-behind tie against C.P. Allen and the win over Sir John A., "we feel we passed both tests."
Horton made the best of the playing conditions by keeping the ball on the ground and utilizing the skills and strength of Adams and Melanson.
As is often the case in a shutout victory, "our defense was awesome overall," led by "an outstanding performance" from nose tackle Zack Daigle.
"Alex Thomas had an interception, and we recovered a number of fumbles." Game stats were unavailable at press time.
Unofficially, Adams had "easily more than 200 yards" rushing, giving him more than 1,000 on the season (he had 837 yards entering the game). His touchdown Saturday was his 1oth of the season.
Hyndman said the field conditions were difficult for both teams.
"We fumbled on the goal-line, they took over and on the very next play, they fumbled, and Adam was able to run it in for a one-yard touchdown," he said.
Horton had a definite edge in play, including making the best of the weather conditions.
"There's no quit in these guys," Hyndman said of his players. "It's a real pleasure to coach them."
In Canning, NKEC quarterback Dylan deGraaf had a career day, connecting on touchdown passes to Andrew Chase and Ty Pineo and running for two more touchdowns in the Titans' convincing win.
In the wet and rainy conditions, running back Matt Whitford also had a rushing touchdown for NKEC, which won its fifth straight home game during the past two seasons in the Titans' 2011 home opener.
In Windsor, Avon View running back J.P. Primeau rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown to lead Avon View to victory. Fullback A.J. Whitehead added a touchdown.
Leading the way defensively was defensive back Brandon Hirshfeld who had two interceptions, one for a 45-yard touchdown, and recovered three fumbles.
Central Kings had the weekend off.
This coming weekend, all four Valley schools are in action against each other in the annual ‘Turkey Bowl' games.
Central Kings at Horton, 7 p.m. at Acadia
NKEC at Avon View, 1 p.m. in Windsor