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Spartans’ road win earns split with Lakeshore

By Andrew Soong, October 23rd, 2013

Payback was the order of the day for the St. Laurent Spartans who downed the Lakeshore Cougars 29-16 in Midget football Action Saturday at Benevoles Park in Kirkland.

“It was our biggest game of the season for playoffs and some unfinished business,” said Spartans head coach Jimmy Skoulos whose team was defeated by the Cougars earlier in the season. “I asked the team to play for two-halfs and that’s exactly what they gave me.”

Both teams seemed evenly matched in a scoreless first quarter of the evening match-up struggling for dominance of the gridiron. The Spartans only broke the impasse in the second quarter with a touchdown and point-after scored by Peter Skoulos giving his team the lead. The Spartans lead was short-lived as the Cougars roared back in the closing three minutes with a touchdown by Sean McGraff followed with a successful field goal by Gabriel Achard delivering a paltry 9-7 lead for the home team by halftime.

The Spartans charged into the third quarter of the game opening with a touchdown and point-after run into the end zone by Sheldon Coppin who returned a punt more than 70 yards. Just minutes later teammate Gerorge Karkaselos runs a second touchdown that was followed by a two-point convert by Kebante Holmes sealing the Spartans’ dominance of the Cougars’ den. According to Skoulos “we stopped most of their drives after halftime.”

The Cougars remained undaunted despite the growing void in score and visibly short-bench often with players playing on both offensive and defensive squads. In the closing minutes of the game the Cougars gave one last gasp on their home turf delivering a second touchdown and successful point after scored by Alex Vincent-Ouici that ended the game 29-16. Cougars head coach Iain Sims conceded, “it was a good game and their #14 [Coppin] really turned their game around.”
“The kids were getting tired,” said Sims about his short-benched team. “We still had drives at the end [of the game], but it has been a tough year that started with 30 on the roster now down to 22 because of injuries.”