Volume 10 Week 23

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Junor Boys Football
Junior Lancers end seven year drought against St. Peter Knights
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Peter Knights running back Nohat Yacinthe gets hauled down from behind by Sir Wilfrid Laurier defender Andrew Hill during Thursday's match-up between the two east end teams. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers junior football team ended a seven year against the St. Peter Knights on Thursday, and in doing so, kept their perfect record intact while the Knights fell to 3-1.

The Lancers capitalized on a pair of strong performances by the backfield tandem of Jackson Bennett and Tristan Tessier to score 28 points, while the error-prone Knights continually shot themselves in the foot with ill-timed penalties and brutal tackling.

The Lancers drew first blood scoring a touchdown in the first quarter on long run from close to midfield by Bennett.

St. Peter had a chance to tie the game with six minutes left to go in the second quarter, but they had two long gains called back on a pair of offside calls after they had initially returned a punt 65-yards to the Lancers' 44-yard line. A sack by John Lobban on second down and 20 and a short punt would give the Lancers excellent field position on the Knights' 50.

On the very first play from scrimmage, Tessier broke free for a 47-yard run beforwe being brought down at the three-yard line. Two plays later, Lancers quarterback Javontae Nelson ran it in from the one to give Sir Wil a 14-0 lead at the half.

St. Peter managed to get its act together with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter by Eric Ouellet and Tyler McEnroe, but Sir Wil scored a touchdown in between on an 11-yard run by Tessier to keep the Lancers in front by a converted touchdown heading into the final quarter.

The Lancers advantage was eventually erased by the Knights midway through the fourth quarter when they capped a 55-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Mark Devlin.

The Knights' poor tackling would ultimately prove to be their undoing, however, as the Lancers were able to answer back with the go ahead touchdown late in the game. The key damage was done by Bennett who broke through four or five would-be tacklers during a 49-yard run to the Knights' 12-yard line. Two plays later, Tessier ran the ball in untouched from 11 yards out for his second major of the game. It would also prove to be the eventual game winner.

The last time Sir Wil beat St. Peter in junior football was in the 2004 season when they won the city championship with Aaron Colbun and Brendan Gilanders in the backfield. The former Lancers are both in their final year at the University of Ottawa where they are hoping to lead the Gee-Gees to the OUA championship.

The 2011 version of the Lancers are hoping to enjoy the same success the team had in 2004, by winning the city title. To do so they must first beat the loser of Friday's game between Sacred Heart and Longfields in next week's semi-finals. Should they win they have a date with destiny and a possible rematch with St. Peter in the championship game, if the Knights win their semi-final match-up against the winner of Friday's game..

(Posted 11:30 a.m., Oct. 28)

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