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Senior Boys Football
Knights clinch first place with tie against St. Matt Tigers
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St, Matthew Tiger running back Jim Sandaire gets temporarily dispossessed of the ball during third quarter action against the St. Peter Knights on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Peter Knights blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead against the St. Matthew Tigers on Wednesday, but still managed to clinch first place thanks to a tie.

The draw also helps the Tigers who can finish second with a win over Franco Cité next Friday if St. Pete's beats St. Mark in their last game of the regular season on Thursday.

The Knights appeared to have Wednesday's game well in hand after scoring a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to go up 14-0.

Reuben Charles scored the first touchdown on a six yard run to open the quarter.

After stopping the Tigers on the next possession, the Knights marched the ball 55 yards on seven plays, including a pair of long runs by their quarterback Jacob Molinsk which set up a one yard plunge by Jaylen King on the final play of the half.

St. Matt's opened the second with a pair of first downs to set up a 35 yard field goal attempt, but Alex Gauthier's kick fell well short of the uprights.

After exchanging turnovers, the Tigers defence managed to prevent the Knights from picking up a first down, and after a short kick they found themselves starting from the Knights' 40 yard line.

A 20 yard run by Ben Rozman would set up another field goal attempt from the 17-yard line, but rather than kick the ball they went for the fake as quarterback Justin Ryan took the snap and threw it to Mack Wakefield who made the catch as he was falling backwards.

The Panthers answered right back, marching the ball 80 yards on five plays including a 34-yard pass from Molinski to Tyrone Pierre that set up a six yard run by Molinski up the middle for the major.

Down but not out, the Tigers put together a 72-yard drive of their own on their next possession, capped by a five yard run by Jim Sandaire who ran into the end zone untouched.

With just over two minutes left on the clock, the Tigers managed to recovery the onside kick thanks to a the sure-handed Mike Black who scooped up the loose ball.

Black then hauled in a 35 yard pass from Ryan to set up a six yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Wakefield to make it a one point game. At that point the Tigers bench had to choose between going for the two point conversion and a possible win, or the much safer point after and the tie.

It's been at least seven years since the Tigers last beat the Knights in senior football and the entire Tiger team wanted to go for it. But rather than go with his heart, head coach Al Rozman went with his head and sent Gauthier on to the field to kick the convert

With a little over a minute left to in the game, the Knights had a chance to move the ball into position to kick it into the end zone and try and score a single. But rather than risk a turnover, the Knights kept the ball on the ground and ran out the clock.

The Knights' fourth quarter collapse, had their head coach shaking his head wondering when they were finally going to put four full quarters together.

"We still have a lot of work to do. The guys didn't play a full game and we took way too many penalties. If this was a must win game their not even in it. The fact that they were is our fault," said Mick who will looking for a lot more from his players when they host St. Mark next week.

On the other sideline, Rozman had no regrets over not going for the win.

"I'm a math teacher and it was more important that we get the tie and have a shot at second than risking a loss and possibly finishing third," explained the Tigers head coach.

In their first encounter earlier this season, the Tigers easily beat Franco Cité 33-6. A second win over Cité, would put the pressure on St. Mark who would have to beat St. Peter to finish second or tie them to force a coin toss.

(Posted 9:30 a.m., Oct. 20)

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