Knights clinch first place with tie against St. Matt Tigers
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
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.
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.
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.
Charles scored the first touchdown on a six yard run to
open the quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Knights' fourth quarter collapse, had their head coach
shaking his head wondering when they were finally going
to put four full quarters together.
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
the other sideline, Rozman had no regrets over not going
for the win.
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
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
9:30 a.m., Oct. 20)
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