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Senior Boys Football
Knights extend consecutive championship streak to four in a row

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights senior boys football team celebrates after winning the Tier 1 city championship for the fourth year in a row on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


 

The dynasty continues at St. Peter High School. For the fourth straight year and seventh time in the last nine, the St. Peter Knights are the top senior boys football team in the city.

The Knights downed the
St. Mark Lions 17-2 in the NCSSAA Tier 1 championship at Minto Field on Sunday, capping a day in which the east end high school won both the junior and senior title games for the first time in it's 18-year history.

The Knights went into the game riding a seven game undefeated streak that included a pair of regular season wins over the Lions.

Beating the same team three times in a row is never an easy task, but the Knights were more than up to the challenge, especially in the first half in which they held St. Mark to just 39 yards in total offence thanks mainly to their ability to shutdown Lions quarterback Nick Gorgichuk who was 0-6 through the first two quarters.

The Lions didn't make a first down until their final series of the half when they moved the ball to the Knights' six-yard line only to cough it up on a bobbled snap without scoring a point.

By contrast, the Knights' offence could do no wrong. After an unproductive first series, Grade 11 pivot Jake Molinski lead his team into field goal position on their second possession and Nick Arcuri split the uprights from 23 yards out to give the Knights the early 3-0.

The three time defending champions would take advantage of a Lions' miscue late in the first quarter to extend their lead to 10-0. Facing second and long on their own 37, the Lions misplayed the snap resulting in an 18-yard loss back. A poor punt would give the Knights a first down on the Lions' 47.

On first and one, Tyrone Pierre ran the ball 21 yards on the reverse. He then hauled in a 20-yard pass from Molinski on the second play from scrimmage to set up a first down inside the 10. Two plays later, Alex Johnny bowled over the goal line for the major.

The Knights scored their second touchdown midway through the second quarter. Starting on the Lions' 42-yard line, it took the St. Pete's eight plays to get into the end zone. The biggest play of the drive was a 14-yard pass from Molinski to Pierre on third and nine. A 13-yard pass from Molinski to Juan Nava two plays later would set up a two-yard run by Molinski for the score and a 17-0 lead.

The Lions tried to respond on their final series of the half, but another bad snap left them with nothing to show for a 10 play, 73 yard drive that was kept alive by a roughing the kicker call against the Knights.

After dominating in the first half, the Knights were positively ordinary in the second half, generating just 43 yards in total offence and 13 yards in net offence. By comparison, the Lions accumulated 246 yards in total offence in the second half but had nothing to show for it thanks a pair of ill-timed turnovers.

The first turnover came on the Lions' first series of the half. After Christian Fournier ripped off a 55-yard run to the Knights' 25-yard line, Kyle Wilson had the ball ripped out of his hands by big Matt Normand who rumbled 65 yards in the other direction for what appeared to be a touchdown. Unfortunately, the ball was brought back to the Lions' 50-yard line thanks to an illegal block 30 yards behind the play.

After a dismal first half in which he failed to complete a single pass, Gorgichuk managed to get his act together in the second half, completing seven of 16 passes for 90 yards. Unfortunately, six of those completions were made late in the fourth quarter with the game already out of reach.

The Lions' only score was the result of a safety given up by the Knights with 1:20 left in the game to avoid having to punt from their end zone.

Molinski earned the game's MVP thanks to his on-field generalship, his coolness under pressure and his 50 per cent completion rate. Pierre had an excellent game as well, hauling in three passes for 59 yards, and one carry for 21 yards

The Knights will play the winner of Tuesday's game between the Sydenham Golden Eagles and the Thousand Island Secondary School Pirates, in the OFSAA National Capital Bowl play-in game next Saturday.

The Knights lost to the Eagles in the play-in game last year. St. Peter has been to the National Capital Bopwl twice, winning it in 2009.

Knights head coach Jim Mick is hoping his team of mostly Grade 11s will be more disciplined in the play-in game and take fewer penalties.

"We can't take that many penalties and expect to win. We have to do a much better job if we want to go to Toronto," said Mick.

Win or lose, the Knights have to be heavy favourites to get another shot at a bowl game berth next year when they will have several of their top players back in their lineup, including Molinski, Pierre, Arcuri and Jaylen King.

NCSSAA Senior Boys
Tier 1 Championship

St. Peter
Knights
St. Mark
Lions


5
11/43
6-11
97
0/0
140
4/-40
100
22
0
0
2
1/1
0
0
3/152
1/20
2/87
2/-8
2/2
17


0
8/17
2-5
26
0/0
43
4/-30
13
13
0
0
0
0/0
0
0
1/50
0/0
4/179
1/2
0/0
0


0
19/60
8-16
123
0/0
183
8/-70
113
35
0
0
2
1/1
0
0
4/202
1/20
6/266
3/-6
2/2
17

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


4
13/36
1-6
29
2/-26
39
4/-30
9
21
0
2
0
0/0
0
0
1/47
3/50
3/130
2/25
0/0
0


0
12/132
8-18
114
0/-0
246
2/-30
216
30
0
2
0
0/1
1
0
0/0
1/15
1/53
1/31
0/0
2


0
25/168
9-24
143
2/-26
285
6/-60
225
51
0
4
0
0/0
1
0
1/47
4/65
8/183
3/56
0/0
2

St. Peter Knights

Rushing: # 20 Alex Johnny 12/27yds TD; # 3 Jake Molinski 4/13yds TD; # 10 Tyrone Pierre 1/21yds; # 9 Jaylen King 2/6yds

Passing: # 3 Jake Molinski 8-16 123yds

Receiving: # 10 Tyrone Pierre 3/69yds; # 88 Juan Nava 2/22yds; # 1 Brandon Farquharson 1/17yds; # 53 Daniel Tshiamala 1/9yds; # 5 Rouben Charles 1/6yds

Converts: # 4 Nick Arcuri 2/2

Field goals: # 4 Nick Arcuri 1/1 23yds

Sacks: # 53 Daniel Tshiamala (1)

Fumble recovery: # 44 Jeremy Salgo (1); # 40 Brandon Vieau (1); # 55 Matt Normand (1); # 24 Corey Constantini (1); # 66 Dominic McGarry (1)

Kick-offs: # 4 Nick Arcuri 1/20yds

Kick-off returns: # 5 Charles Rouben 1/20yds

Punts: # 4 Nick Arcuri 6/266yds

Punt returns: # 5 Charles Rouben 1/-8; # 19 Jess Holder 1/2yds

Tackles: # 21 Chris Legault 4 solo; # 53 Daniel Tshiamala 3 solo 2 assists;
# 31 Sam Davis 3 solo; # 52 Greg Chabursky 2 solo 3 assists; # 99 Matt Cook 2 solo 1 assist; # 55 Matt Normand 2 solo; # 93 Pat Keuni 1 solo 1 assist; # 24 Corey Constantini 1 solo 1 assist; # 19 Jesse Holder 1 solo 1 assist; # 34 Cameron Veck 1 solo; # 44 Jeremy Salgo 2 assists; # 40 Brandon Vieau 1 assist

(Note: An assist is awarded when two players make a tackle together. Tackles involving three or more players are not included in the stats.)

St. Mark Lions

Rushing: # 23 Christian Fournier 9/97yds; # 32 Taylor Moran 8/42yds; # 1 Nick Gorgichuk 2/14yds; # 73 Chris Fanning 3/13yds; # 40 Kyle Wilson 1/2yds

Passing: # 1 Nick Gorgichuk 8-22 119yds; # 12 Sebastien Poitras 1-2 24yds

Receiving: # 10 Andrew Ellis 4/71yds; # 3 Curtis Brown 2/26yds; # 1 Nick Gorgichuk 1/24yds; # 32 Taylor Moran 1/16yds; # 2 Hayden Walker 1/6yds

Field goals: # 31 Jake NMcCloskey 0/1 26yds

Kick-offs: # 11 Alex Agaby 1/47yds

Kick-off returns: # 10 Andrew Ellis 2/26yds; # 3 Curtis Brown 1/21yds; # 23 Christian Fournier 1/18yds

Punts: # 1 Nick Gorgichuk 4/183yds

Punt returns: # 23 Christian Fournier 3/56yds

(Posted 2:30 p.m., Nov. 13)

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