St. Peter Knights win 'God-awful' opening game
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Dalekos carried the ball on the first play from scrimmage to give the Knights
a 17-6 lead, which is how the game ended
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.
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."
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.
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.
8:30 a.m., Sept. 25)
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