It’s open­ing night for the Sum­mer­side Spar­tans and Clip­pers.

Kings County Steel­ers visit Sum­mer­side for open­ing game

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS - JOUR­NAL PIONEER STAFF

The Sum­mer­side Water­wise Spar­tans are tak­ing a play-by­play, game-by-game men­tal­ity this sea­son. With the P.E.I. Ban­tam Tackle Foot­ball League mov­ing from eight-man to six-man foot­ball, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the Spar­tans match up with the other teams. Some of those an­swers will be known tonight, when the Spar­tans host the Kings County Steel­ers in the reg­u­lar-sea­son opener for both teams. Start time at Eric John­ston Field is 6 p.m. On the of­fen­sive side of the ball, the Spar­tans will have great speed in the back­field with Kieran Arse­nault and Zackary Blood. The Spar­tans are also look­ing for big things of­fen­sively from first-year quar­ter­back Lu­cas Doucette, and the coach­ing staff likes his speed po­si­tion and arm. The of­fen­sive line is raw but tal­ented, with Sean Mathe­son as the only sea­soned vet­eran, while Evan Mac­Dougall and Car­son Big­gar are first-year Spar­tans.

De­fence

On the de­fen­sive side of the ball, the Spar­tans have more ex­pe­ri­ence and are look­ing for big things from leader Ai­den Lit­tle at mid­dle line­backer, Nathan En­man and Daniel Tam­tom on the de­fen­sive line and Luke Quin­lan at strong safety. The de­fence will be look­ing at for two sopho­more play­ers, Bradley McCourt and Bray­den Pike, to make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions at the de­fen­sive-back po­si­tions. Al­most half of the team is firstyear ban­tam play­ers, and the coaches will be mix­ing these play­ers in to give them ex­pe­ri­ence and hop­ing for some big con­tri­bu­tions from them as well. The Spar­tans’ coach­ing staff is re­ally ex­cited with the makeup of this team, and is hop­ing for a good crowd tonight.

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PIONEER

Sum­mer­side Spar­tans quar­ter­back Lu­cas Doucette hands the ball off to Ryan McCourt dur­ing a drill in a re­cent prac­tice at Eric John­ston Field. The Spar­tans open the P.E.I. Ban­tam Tackle Foot­ball League sea­son against the Kings County Steel­ers at Eric John­ston Field tonight at 6 p.m.

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