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Senior Boys Football
St. Matt's finishes out regular season with big win over Ashbury

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matthew running back Anthony Yapi scored the Tigers first touchdown in a 19-14 win over the Ashbury Colts on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Matthew Tigers are on a roll and they hope it ends with a berth in the NCSSAA Tier 1 senior boys football championship.

The Tigers are on a three game winning streak heading into the playoffs after starting the season 0-2-1., Their latest win came over the Ashbury Colts on Wednesday.

St. Matt's broke a 7-7 tie with a 30-yard field goal by quarterback/defensive back/kicker Jamie Ryan late in the second quarter. The Colts responded with an impressive drive to start the second half that was capped by a go ahead touchdown.

The Tigers had a golden opportunity to regain the lead twice in the third quarter but they failed to take advantage of the situation on both occasions.

They shot themselves in the foot on the first opportunity. With a first and 10 on the Colts 12-yard line, they took a 15-yard objectionable conduct penalty. Ryan was sacked on the next play and turned the ball over.

St. Matt's got the ball back on the very next play when Ben Rozman blindsided the Ashbury quarterback, causing him to cough the ball up.

The Tigers managed to drive the ball down to the one-yard line before the Colts defensive stopped them on third and one.

When Ashbury was unable to do anything with the ball, the Colts conceeded a safety rather than risk punting from their own end zone.

After the Tigers took over the ball on their own 45-yard line, Ryan hooked up with Michael Black for a 25-yard reception across midfield. On the very next play, Ryan threw a perfect pass to Mack Wakefield who had gotten behind the defender and was streaking down the sideline when he caught the ball and strided into the end zone for the game winning touchdown.

"That's was my biggest catch of the season, for sure," Wakefield said after the game. "It felt like it was in slow motion."

The Tigers are hoping the streak they are on will translate into a playoff win and a berth in the semi-finals. They will face the South Carleton Storm in next week's quarterfinals in a rematch of an earlier game which they won 20-0.

Tigers coach Al Rozman said Thursday's win over the Colts should send a message to the rest of the league.

"We let the league know and most importantly ourselves know that we are competing for a championship," said Rozman.

(Posted 6:30 a.m., Oct. 29)

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