Blue Devils drop regular season finale against Waterford

By Neil Becker Sports Writer Looking ahead to the upcoming Haldimand-Norfolk football playoffs, McKinnon Park Blue Devils Richard Johnson made it known that he would like to once again face the Waterford Wolves. The Blue Devils wrapped up the regular season play with a 16-6 loss against Waterford in what was an intense battle for playoff home field advantage between two undefeated teams. Johnson, who is in his final year of high school football, said, “They (Waterford) came in hungry and it was our first loss in two years. We’re really hungry and we definitely want to play them again.” He said “There is a rivalry now. We beat them at Pumpkin Bowl which was their first loss in like 11 or 12 years.” McKinnon Park and Waterford, who both had 4-0 records, found themselves scoreless until the Wolves broke through when with 46 seconds left in the first quarter scored the all important first touchdown and eventually went into halftime in control with a 7-0 lead. “We played hard,” Johnson said. But he said “They played better and we have to make more plays.” The Blue Devils who have won three of the past four Haldimand-Norfolk bowls came close in the third quarter to getting on the board as Kessler Skye just came up short snagging a pass in the end-zone. Early in the fourth Waterford increased that lead to 16-6 before McKinnon Park’s Liam Birks grabbed the spotlight by taking a kick-off and running an approximate 100 yards for a touchdown. Despite opportunities, that was all the offence mustered by the Blue Devils as they would go on to suffer that lone defeat “It was a good season. I would very much like to play (in playoffs) in Waterford,” McKinnon Park coach Jason Pudwill said.

By Neil Becker Sports Writer Looking ahead to the upcoming Haldimand-Norfolk football playoffs, McKinnon Park Blue Devils Richard Johnson made it known that he would like to once again face the Waterford Wolves. The Blue Devils wrapped up the regular season play with a 16-6 loss against Waterford in what was an intense battle for playoff home field advantage between two undefeated teams. Johnson, who is in his final year of high school football, said, “They (Waterford) came in hungry and it was our first loss in two years. We’re really hungry and we definitely want to play them again.” He said “There is a rivalry now. We beat them at Pumpkin Bowl which was their first loss in like 11 or 12 years.” McKinnon Park and Waterford, who both…

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