CFCFPC Ottawa (RECAP): Team Central hand Team Halton-Peel heavy loss in Grade 7 game

On a blistering and dreary Sunday morning at Millennium Park, the first game kicked off with a Team Central Grade 7 win over Team Halton-Peel with a final score of 64-0 in a hard-fought battle.

Team Central took control of the game early. On their first possession, running back Omarion Martin Pendley ran 70-yards for the touchdown. He also got the team’s point after attempt to bring the score to 7-0 Central. (At this age level, teams do not kick for the point after).

With 5:53 left in the first quarter, Central continued their running assault. This time, running back Julius Joseph-Brown added the major and the point after to make it 14-0. Before the first concluded, Pendley added another touchdown on a 35-yard run. By the end of the half, the score was 47-0 Central. Pendley had a total of four touchdowns in the half.

A view from the stands as Team Central lines up over the ball on Sunday, May 7 at Millennium Park.

By the end of the game, Central amassed 64 points. Joseph-Brown scored two more touchdowns, one coming off a one-yard run while his third was 45-yards. Running backs Onochi Amuta and Eric Lofthouse also scored majors while defensive back Rhys Ruttan had a pick six on his second interception of the game. Both linebacker Ryan Foley and quarterback Peter Terzis scored on a point after attempt.

On Team Halton-Peel, Ryan Smith had an interception. Quarterback Nicholas Rasile also threw a long bomb from centre to Central’s 35-yard line, however the pass fell incomplete.

Team Central huddles up deep in Team Halton-Peel’s territory in a Grade 7 match-up on Sunday, May 7 at Millennium Park.

Lawrence Hooper, the head coach of Team Central, had a lot to smile about at the end of the game. “I thought we played excellent. I thought our guys came out, good focus on the execution today and I thought…it was good intensity and we played well,” he said. “It was tonnes of fun doing this this year. I am glad the kids had a good time.”

For Team Halton-Peel, head coach Marcus Obal was proud of his team’s effort. “I think the kids played really well. We’re a younger team. We had some smaller kids than they did, but they stuck in as much as they could and they played well,” he said. “Overall, it was a good weekend. Everybody had fun; that’s all that counts.”

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