North snaps streak with emphatic win

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Published on May 20, 2014

David Jule from Central, centre, gets a hand on the pass attempt by North quarterback Kobe Kindrachuk from Saskatoon Holy Cross Sunday at the Ed Henick Senior Bowl in Saskatoon.

Published on May 20, 2014

Spencer Barrett, right, from Peacock tackles North quarterback Jordan Walls from Saskatoon Tommy Douglas before he can reach the end zone Sunday at the Ed Henick Senior Bowl in Saskatoon.

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Levi Paul from Peacock tries to fight off the tackle of Ryan Blushke from Saskatoon Aden Bowman after catching a pass Sunday at the Ed Henick Senior Bowl in Saskatoon.

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Levi Paul from Peacock, centre, blocks Tyler Seiffert from Saskatoon Aden Bowman while South running back Atlee Simon from Regina Thom looks to cut upfield with the ball Sunday at the Ed Henick Senior Bowl in Saskatoon.

Published on May 20, 2014

Spencer Nancarrow from Peacock, right, tackles Reid Dressler from Saskatoon Holy Cross Sunday at the Ed Henick Senior Bowl in Saskatoon.

South loses 55-2 at Senior Bowl

SASKATOON — It had been eight years since the North had beaten the South at the Senior Bowl.

The North tried to make up for eight years of frustration in one hour Sunday at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.

The hosts romped to a 55-2 win over the South in the 12-man game at the 30th annual Ed Henick Senior Bowl.

“It's tough for these kids,” said Peacock's Blake Buettner who was the head coach for the South. “A lot of these guys have been mostly on the other end of this. The only positive to come from this is that hopefully these guys got a life lesson out of this. There's some great players and great people there and I felt bad for them. What do you say? It wasn't anybody's day.

“The good thing I guess is that for a lot of these kids it's not their last football game. Hopefully they can use this as a motivator.”

The three Peacock Tornadoes on the roster — receiver Levi Paul, defensive end Spencer Barrett and defensive back Spencer Nancarrow — hand't lost yet this year.

Barrett said that the team expected to fare better after their week of practices, but feels he’s a better person for the experience.

“It's finding it within yourself to dig in and get better in the second half,” said Barrett who played defensive end, but is hoping to play linebacker next year with the Regina Thunder.

Moose Jaw’s other representative on the South roster, Central defensive end David Jule, tried to find a positive from the loss.

“One thing I loved from coming here is that I know exactly what I need to work on,” said Jule who played defensive end and gave away as much as 100 pounds to the North offensive tackles. “I learned a lot. There's really good coaches and really good players too. I learned a lot playing against these guys. I haven't faced an o-line that good before. They really worked well together. I felt like a shrimp against most of them, but I held my own.”

The South couldn’t do much to hold off the North. The North started five of their first half drives in South territory and the South started three of their first half drive inside their own 20 yard line as the North built a 33-0 lead at the break.

The South turned the ball over eight times on a cold and wet day.

"I knew they were going to have an outstanding offensive line and I knew they were pretty big up from on D," said Buettner. "Obviously that was a big factor in what happened today. Our turnovers and penalties certainly didn't help. We shot ourselves in the foot. We had no momentum. When we did get any kind of momentum we turned the ball over or they would made a big play.

"Credit to them. They had a very good squad. They're very well coached.”

The South had a third down gamble fail in the red zone early in the first quarter. In the third quarter they were on the North one yard line facing third-and-inches. They failed to get a touchdown or a first down and turned the ball over again.

The North would concede a safety for the South’s only points after their goal line stand.

“Things just didn't go our way. It happens. It's something you have to go through in life. It makes you a better player and if it comes again, you have to fight through it,” said Paul who caught one pass for eight yards. “Since Grade 9 I always wanted to make it here, so I'm glad I did.”

Saskatoon Tommy Douglas quarterback Jordan Walls was the North’s game MVP after he threw for a pair of touchdowns and proved to be a running threat as well.

"There were great plays by everyone out there," said Jason Price who had three touchdown catches for the North. "The coaches brought (the losing streak) up a few times, but our main focus was to not worry about the past and to worry about this week.

"We played as a team. We all became good friends over the weekend and the teamwork showed."

Colton Klassen from Saskatoon Holy Cross, Damon Muggli from Saskatoon St. Joseph and Bryant Sackney from Prince Albert St. Mary all had rushing touchdowns. James Vause from Saskatoon Aden Bowman kicked three field goals. The North conceded a pair of safeties.

Atlee Simon from Regina Thom was the South MVP.

While it was a disappointing outcome for the South, all of the local players were quick to mention that it was a fun weekend and a good experience, though the game was obviously disappointing.

“I was pretty hard. Everybody was trying their best. It just wasn't our day,” said Nancarrow. “But it was a fun week, I made some new friendships.”

Paul and Barrett are looking to play for the Regina Thunder next season, while Jule is headed to the University of Regina Rams.

The South won the other two games earlier in the day. The South won the six-man game 12-0 and won the nine-man game by a 7-1 score.

Organizations: The North, University of Regina Rams.The South

Geographic location: Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon, South MVP.While

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