With two of the top teams in the city going toe to toe, bragging rights remained unclaimed as the Lively Hawks and Lo-Ellen Park Knights played to a 28-28 draw.
In a game where the big name players were expected to step up, the teenage talent did exactly that, making big plays for both the Hawks and the Knights. Sudbury Gladiators' offensive MVP Austin Kirkey returned both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns for Lively. He was joined on the score sheet by Josh Walker (TD pass reception) and Scott Friesen (TD run).
Lo-Ellen running back Matt Glass rushed for four majors to help keep his team in the game, with both coaches pleased with the effort they received from their troops, a solid handful of whom lined up for 75 per cent or more of the total plays.
Lineman Sam Sedore was outstanding, once again, for the Knights, joined by the likes of Connor Mick and Brady Lavigne, said Lo-Ellen coach Kevin Ellsworth.
He also had high praise for defensive halfback Pierce Wallingford, a relative newcomer to the sport who is quickly learning to read the plays in the secondary.
"Our defence played very well," said Hawks coach Rej Bonin. "They had to earn every yard they got."
The tie leaves both Lively and Lo-Ellen deadlocked for third place with identical records of 1-0-1, just back of the St Charles College Cardinals and Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes, both of whom are at 2-0.
The best game of the upcoming week might well be the kickoff encounter on Thursday as a rapidly improving St Benedict Bears team looks to upset the Cards.
While coach Mike Fabiilli has his defence firing on all cylinders, the St Charles offence is still looking to get untracked, no an easy task against a swarming St Benedict.