By Darren Lum
There was more than enough bluster for everybody at the senior Red Hawksfootball game on Friday Oct. 2 as gale-like winds with bone-chillingeffects left everyone a little wanting of a long game at the Gary G.Brohman Athletic Field in Haliburton.
More than an hour after thescheduled start time of 2 p.m. the Lindsay Collegiate VocationalInstitute Spartans showed up. Many fans and players had waited for close to an hour before they left the field to warm in the school or returnto work.
The game was officially truncated to three 10-minutequarters because of the Spartans’ tardiness who are suspected ofconfusing the 2 p.m. start time for 4 p.m. To add to the day’scomplication the junior Red Hawks football team’s game against thevisiting Holy Cross Hurricanes was scheduled for 4 p.m.
Despite the delay and the short game the Hawks dominated and shutout theSpartans 22-0 with touchdowns coming from Mac Rider and a pair fromfirst-year senior Shane O’Reilly including one safety and successfulconverts from Jaydon Wood.
Hawks coach Bruce Griffith smiling asalways focused on the positive instead of being disappointed like manyfans on the school’s Spirit Day complete with pep rally and time to see the game.
“I’m glad we had a chance to get a little bit of agame in because [my team] needs that” he said referring to being gameready.
Everyone getting some action will prove to be invaluable forthis coming week when the Hawks go to Peterborough and will be testedhe added.
“We got a game on Tuesday which is going to be a hard onedown there at TASS [Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School] – that’s acombined school Lakefield [District Secondary School] and Kenner[Collegiate Vocational Institute] – so they’re a dominant team. Sowe’ll have our hands full and we’re going to stick with what we didtoday” he said.
He adds the offense personnel was changed calling it “beefier” and better for a run attack.
Tailback Mac Rider is now on the outside to utilize his speed and the team willstick with playing both quarterbacks second-year player Wood andfirst-year Rylan Gwyn each taking a quarter.
Starting linebacker Devon Bangay who runs Griffith’s defence injured hiswrist. Griffith said he hopes its a bruise until X-rays say otherwise.
Being the stronger team the home side used the opportunity to first-year players and use the bench.
“It’s fun to do” he said.
The seniors’ next scheduled home game is Oct. 16 against CrestwoodSecondary School. Kickoff is 2 p.m. All games are subject to change.