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Volume 12 Week 5

Monday, Nov. 20


 

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Senior Boys Football
Offence propels Knights to third straight Tier 1 championship

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights senior boys football team celebrates after winning the Tier 1 city championship on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


 

Heading into this season,
the only thing that supposedly stood between the St. Peter Knights and a third
straight city championship was their offence.

Suspect was the most common adjective used by the preseason prognosticators. They lacked depth in the backfield and in the receiving corps and they didn't have a bona fide number one at quarterback. But what they lacked in experience, they more than made up for in character and heart.

Prior to the season, very few people outside of the Knights' locker room knew who Juan Nava and Dennis Gagné were, let alone be able to recognize them in the hallway.

They know who they are now. The pair connected for two touchdown passes in the Knights 37-14 win over the Ashbury Colts on Saturday as the Knights won their third straight city championship and eighth in school history.

Total domination would be the best way to describe the Knights' performance against the Colts, and total domination would be the only way to describe the performance of Knights tailback Isaiah Harris who rushed for over 150 yards and scored two touchdowns in picking up offensive player of the game honours.

The 5'10", 225 lb. human battering ram was at his punishing best on Saturday especially on his second touchdown run when he crashed through a wall of would-be tacklers on his way to the end zone.

After forcing the Colts to concede a safety on the first series of the game, the Knights went deep on a 60-yard pass from Nava to a wide open Gagné that caught Ashbury completely off guard.

The Knights stuck to their ground game to score their second touchdown as Ryan Donoghue, Steven Dalekos and Harris all got touches as St. Pete's moved the ball 29 yards on four carries late in the first quarter.

Ashbury appeared to turn the tide on the Knights in the second quarter when they blocked a punt deep in St. Pete's territory only to have the play nullified thanks to an illegal subsitution penalty which gave the Knights a new set of downs.

The two time defending champions made the most of the opportunity, scoring two plays later on a 38-yard run by Harris.

Down 23-0 midway through the second quarter, the Colts took advantage of a pass interference call inside the Knights' 10-yard line to finally get on the board.

The Knights' fourth touchdown of the game was set up by a 60-yard punt off the foot of kicker Sean Decloux which forced Ashbury to start from their own 12-yard line. On the Colts first play from scrimmage, Knights' defensive end Kristian Lawwrence caused havoc in the backfield and came within an eyelash of recovering a fumble on the one yard line.

Faced with a second and 21 situation, Colts quarterback Duncan Lurie tried to pass his way out of trouble and end up getting picked off by Jesse Holder who returned the interception to the 20-yard line.

After back to back runs of eight and two yards by Harris, Nava kept the ball on a quarterback draw and went in untouched from eight yards out.

By halftime the score on the clock reflected the play on the field. The Knights had racked up 186 yards on offence compared to just 62 yards for the Colts who gained all their yardage on their one and only scoring drive.

In an effort to try and change things up, the Colts took to the air to start the second half, making good use of the screen pass to move the ball down to the two yard line on their opening drive before Knights defensive back Brian Hughes made a incredible play to bat the ball away from the intended receiver and prevent the touchdown.

When the Knights failed to pick up a first down, they conceded a safety rather than try to punt the ball out of their end zone and risk giving the Colts excellent field position.

After taking over possession of the ball on their own 35-yard line, the Colts put together their best drive of the game, moving the ball 75 yards on eight plays to narrow the deficit to 30-14.

When St. Pete's fumbled the ball away on the very next series it gave the Colts a false sense of hope that was just as quickly snuffed out when they turned the ball over on the Knights' five-yard line.

St. Pete's then put the game out of reach, marching the ball 105 yards in seven plays culminating in a perfectly executed play action pass from Nava to Gagné for 37 yards and the major.

After the big win, Harris deflected the attention away from his own stellar performance and heaped praise on the team's passing game.

"Coming into this, a lot of people said we were a one dimensional team and that we could only run, but we showed them we have a passing game too," said Harris.

Head coach Jim Mick said the team is just now coming into its own, which doesn't bode well for their opponent next week, whoever it is.

"Everybody said we wouldn't be able to put points on the board, but it takes time to bring a new quarterback along. We put him in situations where he could make big plays and he came through," said Mick.

The Knights won't have much time to celebrate their win. They have a practice on Monday to get ready for the National Capital Bowl semifinal game which will take place at Minto Field next Saturday.

The only thing they know for sure is that they won't be playing Holy Cross High School which lost to Sydenham Secondary School in the Kingston Area Secondary School Atheltic Association championship on Saturday.

The Sydenham Golden Eagles will play the St. Joseph Panthers from Cornwall this Tuesday to determine who gets to advance to next Saturday`s semi-final.

NCSSAA Senior Boys
Tier 1 Championship

St. Peter
Knights
Ashbury
Colts


4
16/127
1-3
46
0/0
173
2/-20
153
19
0
1
4
0/0
1
0
5/260
1/15
2/102
4/59
4/4
30


3
14/74
2-2
56
0/0
130
3/-45
85
16
0
1
1
0/0
0
0
2/92
2/42
1/44
0/0
1/1
7


7
30/201
3-5
102
0/0
303
5/-65
238
35
0
2
5
0/0
1
0
7/352
3/57
3/146
4/59
5/5
37

First Half
First downs
Rushes-Yards
Passing
Passing yards
Sacks
Total Yards
Penalties
Net Yards
Plays from scrimmage
Interceptions
Fumbles lost
Touchdowns
Field goals
Safeties
Singles
Kick-offs
Kick-off returns
Punts
Punt returns
Converts
Points

Second Half
First downs
Rushes-Yards
Passing
Passing yards
Sacks
Total Yards
Penalties
Net Yards
Plays from scrimmage
Interceptions
Fumbles lost
Touchdowns
Field goals
Safeties
Singles
Kick-offs
Kick-off returns
Punts
Punt returns
Converts
Points

Final game
First downs
Rushes-Yards
Passing
Passing yards
Sacks
Total Yards
Penalties
Net Yards
Plays from scrimmage
Interceptions
Fumbles lost
Touchdowns
Field goals
Safeties
Singles
Kick-offs
Kick-off returns
Punts
Punt returns
Converts
Points


3
4/54
5-12
21
1/-11
67
4/-35
32
17
1
0
1
0/0
0
0
2/100
5/36
4/153
2/12
0/1
6


11
6/15
16-24
200
0/-0
215
2/-20
195
30
0
1
1
0/0
1
0
2/95
2/13
0/0
1/10
0/1
8


14
10/69
21-36
221
1/-11
282
6/-55
227
47
1
1
2
0/0
1
0
4/195
7/49
4/153
3/22
0/2
14

St. Peter Knights

Rushing: # 33 Isaiah Harris 21/157yds, 2 TDs; # 25 Steven Dalekos 5/31yds; # 49 Ryan Donoghue 2/7yds; # 88 Juan Nava 2/6yds TD

Passing: # 88 Juan Nava 3-5 102yds 2 TDs

Receiving: # 46 Dennis Gagne 1/102yds 2 TDs

Converts: # 90 Sean Decloux 5/5

Sacks: # 75 Kristian Lawrence (1)

Interception: # 19 Jesse Holder (1)

Kick-offs: # 90 Sean Decloux 7/352yds

Kick-off returns: # 46 Dennis Gagne 3/57yds

Punts: # 90 Sean Decloux 3/146yds

Punt returns: # 46 Dennis Gagne 3/51yds; # 89 Brian Hughes 1/8yds

Tackles: # 53 Daniel Tshiamata 4 solo, 1 assist; # 55 Jamaar King 3 solo;
# 52 Greg Chabursky 1 solo 1 assist; # 24 Corey Constantini 2 solo; # 30 Eli Ankou 1 solo; # 11 Patrick Fitzgerald 1 solo; #19 Jesse Holder 2 solo; # 89 Brian Hughes 1 solo.

Ashbury Colts

Rushing: # 9 John Funston 9/60yds TD; # 7 Duncan Lurie 1/9yds

Passing: # 7 Duncan Lurie 21-36 221yds TD

Receiving: # 80 Tim Lo 7/68yds; # 9 John Funston 4/32yds; # 36 Robbie Ashe 3/39yds TD; # 85 Harry Brus 3/39yds;# 88 Andres Diaz 2/22yds; # 20 Benji Oppenheimer 2/21yds

Fumble recovery: # 47 Matt Regimbald

Kick-offs: # 10 Daniel Weinstein 4/195yds

Punts: # 10 Daniel Weinstein 4/153yds

(Posted 2:30 a.m., Nov. 14)

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