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Sturgeon Junior Varsity Ruffle Thunderbird's Feathers

July 16, 2012 

The Sarnia Sturgeon Junior Varsity traveled to London on Saturday to take on the Forest City Thunderbirds. At stake was second place in the tough Southern Division of the O.F.C. as both teams were sporting identical 5-1 records, with the winner gaining home field advantage in the first round playoff game.

The Sarnia defence forced a three and out on the Thunderbird opening possession. The fourth down punt was blocked by Greg Roberts. Marco Parete scooped it up and scampered 45 yards for a touchdown. A convert by Blake Maxfield had the Sturgeon up 7-0 before the game was 5 minutes old. On the Sturgeon next possession quarterback Josh Elsley hit Erich Maxfield for a 43 yard touchdown. Elsley's 2 point conversion put the Sturgeon up 15-0 at the end of the first quarter. The next time the Sturgeon had the ball they started from their own 1 yard line. In their most impressive drive of the year, the offense drove 109 yards in 9 minutes that culminated in a 2 yard touchdown run by Mitchell Smiley. In Forest City's ensuing possession, Mason Kett recovered a fumble and advanced it to the Thunderbird 15 yard line. Four plays later Blake Maxfield's 21 yard field goal had the Sturgeon up 25-0 and in apparent control with time running down in the half.. The Thunderbird's talented runner Colton Robbins broke a 75 yard touchdown run on their first play from scrimmage following the field goal. The Sturgeon were expecting a short lick on the resultant Thunderbird kickoff, but Forest City booted the ball into the Sarnia end zone. The Sarnia return man ran the ball out to the 1 yard line where he fumbled and the Thunderbirds recovered. One play later the home side had it's second touchdown. On the last play of the half the Thunderbirds kicked a field goal to make the score 25-16.

Any momentum the home side had evaporated as Smiley took the opening kickoff of the second half and scampered 90 yards for a touchdown. A big sack by Jeremy Jones halted the initial Forest City drive of the second half. Before the game was over the Sturgeon scored 3 more majors on 40 and 92 yard runs by Smiley and a 1 yard plunge by Elsley. Maxfield converted 2 of these touchdowns. The Sturgeon left the field with a convincing 51-19 victory. Mitchell Smiley led the offence with 154 yards on 9 carries, Yenel Olivero had 52 tough yards on 14 carries and Josh Elsley 35 yards on 9 carries.

The Sturgeon host Huronia on Sunday July 22 at 3 pm to close out their regular season. Prior to this game, the Bantam Sturgeon tackle Forest City at 1 pm. Both games are at Norm Perry Park









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