ONT (WCSSAA – Semifinal): CFC #8 Phoenix & CFC #11 Hawks to meet in final

Resurrection Phoenix 51, Sir John A. MacDonald Highlanders 21

CFC#9 Resurrection Phoenix entered the game undefeated, and left in the same fashion, advancing to this week’s championship tilt.

It was a monumental win for the Phoenix, who toppled the two-time defending champion Sir John Highlanders.

Head coach Kyle Armour said it was a big win for his school.

“It was a huge accomplishment for our team,” said Armour. “They have an extremely well coached team with lots of experience.”

The Phoenix jumped out of the gate quickly. On just the second play of the came, Marcus Joseph scampered 65 yards into the end-zone.

They moved the ball with ease in the first quarter setting up a 21-6 through one.

The Highlanders battled back to put themselves in striking distance by halftime, down 24-13.

But Armour didn’t let his side let up. He says he didn’t want to lose for a second straight year to the Highlanders in the semi-finals.

“All week leading up, I kept reminding them about how this was the team that beat us out in the semi finals and that we have a chance to avenge that loss,” said Armour. “Our guys were very motivated coming into the game.”

The Phoenix piled it on in the second half, building a 51-13 advantage before a late Highlanders touchdown.  The final score was 51-21.

Marcus Joseph and Nick Snider each scored a pair of touchdowns in the win.

“This was no easy task for us, but we had a great week of practice and this led to our finest effort of the season,” said Armour.

Jacob Hespeler Hawks 17, Elmira Lancers 7

The Elmira Lancers came the closest anyone has come to the unbeatable CFC#11 Jacob Hespeler Hawks, but ultimately fell in a low-scoring semi-final heartbreaker.

The Hawks have outscored their opponents 318-13 heading into the game.

However, the Lancers kept them at bay. The Hawks only led 14-0 at the half.

In the end, the Lancers had trouble getting the ball into the end-zone, leaving an otherwise tough performance to waste.

Hawks Head Coach Greg White said not to trust just the box score when looking at the end result of this game.

“I think the score was closer than the game actually was,” said White.  “We didn’t perform our best.”

“But give Elmira credit.”

White added that if the team fixed up tiny mistakes, the offense would be up and running in no time.

“We had several key drops today,” he said.  “I think we easily left 21 points on the board.”

Kieran Burnham scored all 17 points for the Hawks.

The Hawks will now have a chance to win the title in a championship bout with Resurrection Phoenix on Thursday.

DIVISION “C” PLAYOFFS

The finals are set for division C.

The Galt Ghosts rallied to stun the St. David Greenbacks, who looked so good all year.

Galt won 13-10.

Meanwhile, the Huron Heights Huskies put forth a solid defensive effort and scored when they had to beat the Waterloo-Oxford Crusaders.

Branded McCracken scored twice in the win.

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  1. Brendan MCCracken scored twice, both runs from line of scrimmage and both over 50 yards.

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