‘A lot of po­ten­tial to im­prove’

Hor­ton drops home opener to Ci­tadel 37-7

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS -

Hor­ton faced peren­nial pow­er­house Ci­tadel for its home opener Sept. 16, drop­ping the game 37-7.

The Griffins sim­ply com­mit­ted too many er­rors to be able to com­pete with the Phoenix.

“Ci­tadel has been the strong­est pro­gram in the NSSAF for the past 10 years - their school is a com­bi­na­tion of the old QEH high school and St. Pat’s high school, they have a large num­ber of stu­dents to choose from,” said Griffins head coach Steve Me­lan­son. “On top of that, they have many qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced as­sis­tant coaches, along with a head coach who is more of a gen­eral man­ager who gets great coaches to run the team. It’s al­ways a chal­lenge to play a well es­tab­lished pro­gram.”

The de­fence, which was on the field a large amount of time, was led by Kyle Chap­pus and Matt Holmes. Re­cently re­turned Jay­den Sim­monds also had a strong de­fen­sive evening.

“We are a young team with a lot of po­ten­tial to im­prove,” said Me­lan­son. “I would say our team played well on de­fense and showed some pos­i­tives on of­fense.”

The only Grif­fin to score was a last minute pass play from Caleb Me­lan­son to Alex Hayes con­verted by Luke John­son.

The Griffins hope to get back on track when they host the Dart­mouth Spar­tan at Ray­mond Field on Sept. 22, added Me­lan­son.

“We will learn from this ex­pe­ri­ence and start to pre­pare for Dart­mouth High this Fri­day at 7 p.m. at Aca­dia,” he said. “Our coach­ing staff saw a lot of pos­i­tive things in our game ver­sus Ci­tadel and we are very ex­cited mov­ing for­ward.”

Jen­nifer vardy lit­tle

The Ci­tadel Phoenix dom­i­nated the game against Hor­ton Sept. 16.

Jen­nifer vardy lit­tle

A Ci­tadel player throws the ball mo­ments be­fore he was tack­led by Hor­ton.

Jen­nifer vardy lit­tle

Hor­ton’s de­fen­sive line takes down a Ci­tadel player.

Jen­nifer vardy lit­tle

The stands were full of Hor­ton fans for the home opener.

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