Volume 12 Week 5

Thursday, Dec. 13


Updated March 18

Posted March 16


Orléans Ward
Matt Luloff

Beacon Hill,
Cyrville Ward
Tim Tierney




Junior Boys Football
Junior Knights overwhelmed by superior speed, defence

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Peter Knights running back Jaylen King tries to find an opening during he NCAFA junior boys football championship on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


"Speed kills" and "defence wins championships" are two popular sayings in sports. When combined together they are impossible to overcome, even for the best of teams.

The previously undefeated
St. Peter Knights found that out the hard way on Saturday playing in the junior city championship against a St. Francis Xavier team that was determined to avenge their only loss of the season -- a 30-22 defeat at the hands of the Knights on Oct. 26.

With the loss providing them with extra motivation, the Coyotes who played more like roadrunners on Saturday, downing the Knights 14-0 in only their second year of existence.

The game was a titanic defensive battle through the first three quarters as neither team was able to mount much offense except for the odd long run by the Coyotes backfield tandem of Dimitri Vaillancourt and Tunde Adeleke who carried the ball 14 times for 172 yards..

The closest either team came to scoring in the first half was late in the second quarter when the Knights' Nick Arcuri missed a 33 yard field goal attempt. The tale of the tape, however, showed that St. Francis Xavier had a 2-to-1 advantage in yardage gained in the first half, a differential they would build upon in the second half of the game.

A poor punt by the Knights deep in their own end early in the third quarter gave the Coyotes excellent field position which they immediately seized upon thanks to a 22-yard touchdown run by Vaillancourt.

Two series later the Coyotes successfully made a pair of third down conversions to move the ball down to the Knights' 34 yard line where they scored a single after the Knights failed to return a punt out of their end zone.

St. Pete's looked to finally get things untracked early in the fourth quarter when pivot Jake Molinski connected with Tyrone Pierre for a 25-yard pass down the left sideline.

Pierre looked to have possession of the ball and was heading out of bounds when he was hit by a Coyotes defender and the ball was knocked loose. The referee immediately waved it off, signalling that the pass was incomplete which left the Knights with no choice but to punt the ball back to the Coyotes.

On the Knights' next possession, Molinski and Pierre hooked up again for a 26 yard gain down the middle to the Coyotes' 39-yard line, but a failed third down conversion attempt two plays later meant that would be as far as they would get.

The icing on the cake was provided by Vaillancourt, who intercepted Molinskli with just over a minute to go in the game and returned the ball 25 yards for the major to make the final score 14-0 in favour of the Coyotes.

It was a tough loss for the Knights, who haven't hoisted the city championship trophy in four years.

"Their speed killed us," was how Knights head coach Bruce Blomeley summed up the game. "They really didn't surprise us with anything. They made the big plays and we didn't."

Many of the players including Jaylen King and Brandon Shepherd were also on the losing end of the score in the Ontario Varsity Peewee Championship game in August and the NCAFA bantam semifinal game between the Cumberland Panthers and the Myers Riders last month.

The Grade 10s are all looking forward to moving up to the senior level next year, while the Grade 9s will try to end the school's dry streak by winning the first junior championship since 2007.

(Posted 12:30 p.m., Nov. 14)

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