TNT Express blank Clarington to win JV Championship

August 8, 2017   ·   0 Comments

After a stellar regular season the TNT Express Junior Varsity team claimed the Ontario Provincial Football League JV championship title with a 21–0 win over the Clarington Knights in the final game.
The final was held at the Kiwanis Field in St. Catharines on Monday, August 7.
The Express finished first in the regular season with a 7-1 record before dispatching the Niagara Spears 35–0 in their semi-final game.
The championship got underway under rainy skies for the first half.
The first quarter saw a lot of midfield action with the Express driving hard late in the quarter and making it to the Claringtong 16 yard line.
TNT’s Justin Fawcett scored the first TD of the game after taking the ball to the 13 yard line early in the second quarter then following up with a run to the right to score.
The second half ended with a huge run from Alex Dolles to put the Express in good field position but the time ran out before they could capitalize.
The Express were up by 12 early in the third quarter after taking possession of the ball at the 43 yard line when a Knights punt attempt went bad on the snap and the Express recovered the ball.
Nicholas Coleman scored a TD with James Basket getting two points on the convert.
The fourth quarter saw the Express battling down-field getting to the five yard line.
A long pass from quarterback Kyle Boudreau hit receiver Liam Hunter in the end zone to give the TNT squad a 21–0 lead late in the game.
Clarington went to the throwing game late in the quarter in an attempt to get on the scoreboard.
A pass interception by Owen Cliff gave the Express the ball late in the game.
TNT’s Nathan Monserrate ended the game when he intercepted a Clarington pass with 26 seconds left on the clock to give the Express the ball and time to run out the clock for the win.
“That’s our sixth shut-out of the season. Defence just makes the offences job easier – they know all they have to do is score a point and they know we’re okay,” said head coach Bob Hinde after the win.
The Express JV’s had an outstanding regular season with defensive posturing that shut down their opponents ability to score.
“When they (Clarington) were driving hard in the third and fourth quarter, I said, ‘they haven’t scored yet.’ We really have a superior defence. We took a while to get one in the end zone. The boys were a little ramped up. They had to get into the flow of the game then the offence kind of took over. I think the second score was the one the really dis-heartened Clarington because they knew they weren’t going to be able to score much on us. Toward the end of the game they were playing as well as they could play. Their quarterback did make some completions but twice we picked him off.”
Over the regular season the Express scored 246 points while allowing on 70 against.
Clarington finished the season in second place with an equally impressive defensive game but TNT’s strategy worked in the final and they are the 2017 OPFL champions.

By Brian Lockhart

TNT Express running back James Baskett takes the ball through some Clarington Knights defenders during the Ontario Provincial Football League championship game on Monday, August 7, in St. Catharines. The Express came out on top with a 21–0 win to claim the 2017 championship title.

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