Maureen Desmond photo/SJHS
Hounds Win a Thriller
by Dave Grandy - Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Pictures from an earlier game
The stage was set for Friday night lights at Canada Games Stadium in front of 1000 screaming fans. The 2-1 Fredericton High Black Kats were coming to battle the 3-0 Saint John High Greyhounds.
The Hounds drove the field on their opening possession and would get on the board first with Alex Smith catching a 7 yard Td pass from QB Gordon Brown. The Kats, on their first possession, marched down the field and Quinton Kennet would catch a TD pass of his own from QB Pat Mullins to tie the game at 7-7.
Special teams play saw the Black Kats score on a punt return and a fake field goal to give the Kats an 18-7 lead. McGregor Knox rushed his way up the field and brought the Hounds within a 3 points with 55 seconds to go in the half. With the score 18-15, FHS running back Cameron Caissie rushed 60 yards to the end zone to put the Kats up 24-15 at the half.
The 3rd quarter proved to be a very physical quarter which saw the Hounds control the clock on the ground with Knox and running back Jerrad Fawcett pounding the rock. Knox would eventually score on a 5 yard TD run getting the Hounds to within 2 points at 24-22. Once again the Kats would answer quickly with Charlie Gallagher catching a 40 yard TD reception to give the Kats some breathing room at 31-22.
In the 4th quarter the Hounds ran the ball once again with Fawcett scoring a 5 yard TD with 5 min to play, the extra point was blocked. The Hounds kicked the ball off and pinned the Kats deep. After two great plays on defense, the Kats were forced to punt. FHS conceded the safety instead of punting from their end zone making the score 31-30. The Kats kicked the ball to the Hounds which saw them come back with the ground attack once again. Fawcett would punch in a 5 yard TD run with 55 sec to go in the game. Knox would run the ball in for the 2pt conversion and give the Hounds a 38-31 lead.
FHS had the ball on their 40 yard line with 55 sec to go in the game. There first play from scrimmage saw Ian Carty catch a hitch pass, break 3 tackles, and head to the end zone bringing the Kats within 1 point. FHS, who had already lost 1 game earlier in the season, decided to go for 2 points and the win only to have Elijah Vautour knock the ball down on a pass attempt to Carty and secure the win for the Hounds.
"This will go down as one of the greatest high school games that I have ever coached in" said head Coach Dave Grandy.
The Hounds are now 4-0 heading into their next game against OHS this Friday night in Oromocto.