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Stampeders win season openers

 Stampeders burst out of the gate


  Parskide scores four TDs in a 38-1 routing of the East Elgin Eagles

    in the season opener to the 2018 TVRA senior football schedule

Thursday September 20, 2018


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By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS -  Their attack came from the air, the ground and the foot of Zach Copeland.

When the dust cleared from the offensive assault, the Parkside Stampeders had routed the East Elgin Eagles, 38-1, to open the Thames Valley Regional Athletics senior football season, under the lights, at Parkside CI.

Camerin Zimmer led the Stampeders' offence, with TD runs of 28 and 66 yards.

"First quarter went good for us. We planned to go out fast because we're hard hitting on the ground. We love to run. We got out how we wanted and controlled the game," said the Grade 11 running back.

Parkside led 14-0 after one quarter and 17-1, at half-time.

Evan Spangenberg and Mac Watson also had TDs, while Copeland booted three field goals and four point after touchdown (PAT) converts.

Craig Coleman tackled the Eagles' ball carrier in their own end zone for a single point. East Elgin's single point came from a missed field goal attempt.

Parkside coach Jason Congdon credited his quarterback, George Dennis, for managing the game and being elusive on the field, turning near lost yards into gains.

"He's the reason we had the big night tonight. George Dennis makes plays," said Congdon. "The game is slow for him mentally. He's clever. When things break down, he's able to figure out where the ball is supposed to go. He comes up with vital plays for us to keep the chains moving. He can find those windows."

Watson, Zimmer, Spangenberg , Brayden Gagnier, Rowan Jones and Brad Grignard, were leaders on Parkside's ground game.

"We have three great running backs and three great fullbacks, who are talented and tough," Congdon said. "Our receivers block down field and that really sets the tone for the physical play. It's a demeanour that they have, where they don't mind catching balls in traffic and putting a foot on the ground to get five hard yards.

"Noah Grant caught several balls in traffic."

On the other side of the ball, the Stampeder defence didn't allow the Eagles' offence to create much. Parkside created a fumble and Copeland made an interception that led to the Watson major.

"Our defensive kids are really athletic," Congdon said. "We play a straight forward style of football on defence where we don't have to do a lot of crazy things. They're in position and can digest what's going on around them and stay calm among the chaos."

Last year, Parkside lost in the senior semifinals, while their junior team won the TVRA and WOSSAA titles.

Those juniors moving up to the senior level bring a championship vibe. This year Parkside has 43 players on the roster, a record high during Congdon's time as coach.

"Our Grade 12s and 13s are really good, physical and intelligent. Our grade 11 kids are exceptional," said Congdon. "We have a really nice mix of kids who should be starting but can't get the opportunity at this point. The starters know they have to play."

Max McCaffery and Cole Moore are examples of first year seniors pushing veterans.

Next games for both schools are Thursday, September 27, at 8 p.m., with Parkside welcoming the Medway Cowboys (0-1) and the Eagles hosting London Laurier (0-1).


Parkside Colts open victorious

Logan Taylor had two touchdowns and Brady Lidster had one major, four PATs and a single, as Parkside dumped East Elgin, 35-16, in their TVRA junior football season opener, at Parkside CI.

The Stampeders led 21-6 at half, on TDs by Lidster, Taylor and Paul Doyle. Riley Therrien and Taylor had second half majors.

Matt Peters and William Braun scored TD for the Eagles, while Jaden Vansevenant kicked a field goal and a PAT convert.