By Matt Conrad, Sports Columnist
Each game saw a lopsided score on Saturday. Saint John Wanderers beat The Valley Razors 28-7. While the Moncton Mustangs beat PEI’s Island Mariners 52-6. The battle of Nova Scotia took place in week one as well. It was a long, cold night to kick off the season opener. The first quarter especially felt long as these rivals came out hard but that resulted in a lot of flags.
However, the result was The Halifax Harbour Hawks beating The Nova Scotia Buccaneers 44-0. These provincial rivals always produce a great game of football. Do not let the score fool you, The Buccaneers had their moments to shine. Don’t sleep on this team. Although the score may have been very one sided, The Bucs fought a good fight. They produced their share of turnovers. Interceptions, tackles for losses and turnover on downs.
The Harbour Hawks’ defense was near perfection. Clearly producing a shutout victory but creating turnovers on every drive. In the first quarter they backed the Bucs offence up to their own end zone resulting in a safety. The Hawks offence had a night too. Putting forty-four points up is no easy feat but they did so with style. Some amazingly athletic catches could be seen throughout the game.
On top of that, the rotation of running backs offered something different on each running play. From power to elusive backs, it kept the Bucs defense guessing.
This Hawks team has lots of talent and promise but their biggest challenge comes in their next game.
Although The Hawks sit out with a byeweek in week two there will be some good match ups. PEI Islanders visits Saint John Wanderers, Fredericton Fleet visit Moncton Mustangs and The Valley Razors visit Nova Scotia Buccaneers.
After a week two bye, the Hawks play The Moncton Mustangs. Moncton are the defending, repeat, MFL champions. This is a cannot miss game! If you are looking to see some quality football, kickoff is 5:30pm May 14th at the Cole Harbour turf field. Week 4 The Hawks welcome PEI Islanders on May 21st, Kickoff is the same time, 5:30pm at Cole Harbour Turf field. Entry fee is a donation at the door.
The final game in May is the 28th, where the Hawks travel to Fredericton to play The Fleet in week five.
Stay tuned to next month to see how May went and for June’s upcoming games!
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