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Senior Boys Football
St. Peter Knights win 'God-awful' opening game

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Peter Knights running back Isaiah Harris gets wrapped up after picking up a first down against the St. Patrick Irish on Friday. Shena Hyde/Photo


The St. Peter Knights senior boys football team began their defence of the Tier 1 NCSSAA championship with a 17-6 win over the St. Patrick's Irish on Friday.

The Knights managed to win the game despite a less than impressive showing by their offence which could only muster one touchdown against a team that is one year removed from Tier 2.

As the offence sputtered, the Knights defence played well enough to ensure the final result. They forced the Irish to concede a pair of safeties in the first half and they created several turnovers, two off which resulted in St. Pete's putting points on the board.

The score could have been much higher to if not for an offside penalty in the second quarter which negated a touchdown pass from Joey Flosse who struggled at times playing in his first game as the Knights new quarterback.

Sean Decloux got the Knights on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 31-yard field goal. The Irish than conceded safeties on consecutive series to give the Knights a 7-0 haltime lead.

The Irish closed the deficit with a touchdown in the third quarter, but they were unable to score the point after which meant the Knights still had a one point lead.

Decloux would make it a four point game on a 27-yard field goal late in the third quarter attar Jamaar King recovered a fumble that was created by Jesse Holder who had an interception earlier in the game.

A Brian Hughes interception late in the game would set up the Knights' one and only touchdown. Hughes picked the ball off at midfield and then rumbled down the right sideline before getting knocked out of bounds at the two.

Stephanie Dalekos carried the ball on the first play from scrimmage to give the Knights a 17-6 lead, which is how the game ended

The Knights had all of two minutes to celebrate the win before head coach Jim Mick brought them crashing down to earth in the post game huddle.

"We were God-awful," Mick said bluntly. "It showed that we didn't have any pre-season games and it showed that we didn't have a good camp. If we walk away from here proud of ourselves for winning today then we have some real issues. We have a lot of work to do, starting with getting in better shape."

The Knights have a week to prepare for the South Carleton Storm, who they face next Friday. Besides conditioning, the main focus at practice will be on offence and building up Flosse's confidence. Defensively, the Knights had way too many spectators on the field. More guys are going to have to stick their helmets into the action and they have to be quicker on the outside.

The team's goal is to obviously repeat as city champs, but if they want to earn a berth in the National Capital Bowl they are going to have to improve with game.

(Posted 8:30 a.m., Sept. 25)

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