By Melissa Heald
Nov. 12, 2014
The cold weather didn’t stop the defending champion Summerside Spartans from retaking the trophy in the Hilton Bowl bantam championships as they defeated the Kings County Steelers 50-18 at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall on Nov. 8.
Playing on a snow-covered field and battling an icy wind, the undefeated Spartans jumped into an early lead when wide receiver Parker Cameron found the end zone at the beginning of the first quarter.
Cameron would win the most offensive player of the game by scoring six touchdowns for his team.
His team struggled with the weather, but the other team struggled a little bit more, producing more turnovers, said Cameron.
“What our coach usually says, the team with the less turnovers wins the game,” said the Grade 9 student.
It was a good game and he’s happy and excited his team won the championship, said Cameron.
“It feels good to be champions.”
Cameron has been the most consistent player all year, said the Spartan’s offensive coordinator Paul Power.
“He’s one of the fastest 14-year-olds on P.E.I. It came down to just getting Parker the ball and making a block or two in front of him and he was gone.”
The whole team played well despite the cold weather, said Power.
“Given the circumstances, the kids executed the way we would hoped and everything went well.”
Power is proud of his players.
They knew from the very first day of training camp they had a good team, but realized halfway through the season they had a special group of kids, said Power.
“There are some really talented kids on our team.”
The Spartans were leading 16-0 by the end of the first quarter.
The first touchdown for Steelers came in the second quarter when Noah Manning reached the end zone.
It was Cameron again who found the end zone for the Spartans for their first touchdown of the quarter making the score 22-6.
It was 28-6 for the Spartans at half time.
The Steelers started the third quarter with another touchdown from Manning.
The Steelers were able to get a first down when the Spartans received a 15-yard penalty, but fumbled the ball, allowing the Spartans to recover it. The fumble would result in Cameron taking the ball across the field from near his team’s end zone to the other side for a touchdown.
Spartans were up 34-12.
Again Manning had a chance for a touchdown for the Steelers, but was called back after a flag was called on the play.
At the end of the third quarter the score was 44-12 for the Spartans.
Dakota Fear started the fourth quarter for the Steelers with a touchdown when the Spartans fumbled the ball.
The Steelers fought to end, getting another touchdown in the closing seconds of the quarter, but the Spartans would go on to win the game and become repeat champions with a final score of 50-18.