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Junior Boys Football
Jr. Knights finally win the big one

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights pose for a team picture after winning the NCSSAA junior boys football championship on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


 

It hasn't been easy being a member of the St. Peter Knights junior boys football team the last three years. While the senior team was racking up three straight city championships, the junior leaguers were left empty-handed despite never losing a regular season game.

After winning the championship in 2006 and 2007, the junior Knights had to forfiet all six of their wins in 2008 when it was discovered they had an ineligible player on their roster.

They went undefeated again in 2009 before they were upset in the championship game by the St. Matrhew Tigers. The same thing happened to them last year, only it was the upstart
St. Francis Xavier Coyotes who ruined their bid for a perfect season.

Unbelievably, the Knights were 20-2 over the past three season with their only losses coming in the 2009 and 2010 championship games. They won their first three regular season games this year before dropping a 28-21 decision to Sir Wilfird Laurier. It was their first regular season loss in four years.

While in the past two seasons the Knights were the undefeated favourite heading into the title game, this year they were the underdog and the Lancers were the undefeated team in search of a perfect ending.

The first half of Saturday's championship showdown was far from perfect, however, as the two teams combined for just 82 yards in total offence and six first downs

The only scoring came by way of a wayward field goal attempt by Lancers' kicker Tristan Tessier that resulted in a single.

Both teams' offences sputtered in the early stages of the third quarter as well. The Knights finally got themsleves untracked during their second series of the half thanks to two long runs by Eric Ouellet and Jarryd Rushford.

Ouellet carried the ball 37 yards on second and four, and Rushford scampered 28 yards for the score aided by a crushing block delivered by defensive end Tyler McEnroe.

The Knights added a single at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Kevin Willows tracked down Tessier in the end zone off a 55-yard punt by Mark Devlin.

Things were going pretty much in the Knights favour when Lancers running back Jackson Bennett took advantage of a brilliant block by Tessier, who took out two defenders at the same time, to bolt 46 yards for the touchdown.

On the ensuing extra point attempt, McEnroe dove for the ball and managed to deflect it with his right hand to prevent the Lancers from tying the game.

After St. Peter failed to pick up a first down on their next series, the Lancers decided to get fancy and had Tessier try to throw the ball off a halfback option. The pass was picked off by Knights' quarterback Mathieu Huot who was one of a handful of players on both teams who were playing both ways.

Huot returned the ball to the Lancers' 11-yard line and then directed the Knights' offence to a quick score on a three-yard quarterback keeper to give St. Peter the 15-7 lead late in the game.

The Lancers had one last shot to try and tie the score, but a bobbled snap on second and three and a key stop on the following play would give the Knights the championship that had eluded them for the past four years.

For head coach Bruce Blomley, winning the junior crown ends a long drought

Rushford had a great game on both sides of the ball. He ran 14 times for 122 yards on offence and made two solo tackles and an assist on defence. He also handled a couple of kick returns.

Huot also had a big game, completing five of nine passes for 50 yards. He also ran the ball five times for 16 yards and a touchdown, made a solo tackle and hauled in the game changing interception.

The Lancers most valuable player was Tessier. He ran the ball 14 times for 72 yards, completed one of two passes, ran back kick returns and took care of his team's kicking duties. Other notable performances were turned in by Abed Hamidi, who had six solo tackles and a sack, and Jackson Bennett who had nine carries for 70 yards and two catches for 17 yards.

NCSSAA Senior Boys
Tier 1 Championship

St. Peter
Knights
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Lancers


4
17/50
2-5
23
2/-31
42
6/-35
7
24
0
1
0
0/0
0
0
0/0
1/11
4/152
2/3
0/0
0


4
16/128
3-5
27
0/0
155
3/-25
130
21
0
0
2
0/0
0
1
3/93
1/16
3/113
1/8
2/2
15


8
33/175
5-10
50
2/-31
197
9/-60
137
45
0
1
2
0/0
0
1
3/93
2/27
7/265
3/11
2/2
15

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


2
14/40
0-0
0
0/0
40
3/-30
10
14
0
0
0
0/1
1
0
1/43
0/0
4/141
2/6
0/0
1


4
18/126
2-3
17
1/-15
128
3/-20
108
22
1
0
1
0/0
0
0
1/42
1/15
3/114
1/21
0/1
6


6
32/166
2-3
17
1/-15
168
6/-50
118
36
1
0
1
0/0
0
1
2/85
1/15
7/255
3/27
0/1
7

St. Peter Knights

Rushing: # 33 Jarryd Rushford 14/120yds TD; # 15 Eric Ouellet 10/50yds;
# 10 Mathieu Huot 5/16yds TD; # 55 Chris Walsh 1/1yds; # 44 Tyler McEnroe 2/-1yds; # 85 Mark Devlin 1/-8yds;

Passing: # 10 Mathieu Huot 5-9 50yds

Receiving: # 55 Chris Walsh 3/34yds; # 15 Eric Ouellet 1/7yds; # 85 Mark Devlin 1/9yds

Converts: # 85 Mark Devlin 2/2

Interception: # 10 Mathieu Huot (1)

Blocked PAT: # 44 Tyler McEnroe (1)

Fumble recovery: # 49 Kevin Willows (1)

Kick-offs: # 85 Mark Devlin 2/53yds

Kick-off returns: # 15 Eric Ouellet 1/11yds; # 33 Jarryd Rushford 1/16yds

Punts: # 85 Mark Devlin 7/265yds

Punt returns: # 15 Eric Ouellet 3/11yds

Tackles: # 76 Greg Kortekaas 4 solo 1 assist; # 99 Derian Valcourt 2 solo 1 assist; # 33 Jarryd Rushford 2 solo 1 assist; # 49 Kevin Willows 1 solo 1 assist; # 5 Josh O'Connell 1 solo 1 assist; # 10 Mathieu Huot 1 solo; # 29 Alex Grenier 1 solo; # 97 Ryan McRae 2 assists; # 92 Derrick Mbuluyo 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.)

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Rushing: # 24 Tristan Tessier 14/72yds; # 8 Jackson Bennett 9/70yds;
# 4 Brandon Smith 7/19yds; # 37 Kurleigh Givens 3/6yds; # 21 Jason Evans 1/-1yds

Passing: # 4 Brandon Smith 1-2 7yds; #24 Tristan Tessier 1-2 10yds INT

Receiving: # 8 Jackson Bennett 2/17yds

Field goals: # 24 Tristan Tessier 0/1 24yds

Singles: # 24 Tristan Tessier (1)

Sacks: # 52 Abed Hamidi (1)

Blocked punt : # 37 Kurleigh Givens (1)

Fumble recovery: # 50 Jake Bonnell (1)

Kick-offs: # 21 Jason Evans 2/85yds

Kick-off returns: # 24 Tristan Tessier 1/15yds

Punts: # 21 Jason Evans 9/255yds

Punt returns: # 50 Jake Bonnell 1/6yds; # 21 Jason Evans 1/0yds; # 37 Kurleigh Givens 1/21yds

Tackles: # 52 Abed Hamidi 6 solo; # 43 Mitchell Newman 4 solo; # 68 Sary Ahmed 2 solo; # 50 Jake Bonnell 2 solo; # 34 Nicholas Cheta 1 solo 2 assists; # 45 John Lobban 1 solo 1 assist; # 55 Noah Halfkenny 1 solo; # 56 Andrew Hill 1 solo; # 32 Scott Mayers 1 solo; # 42 Brayden Jensen 1 assist; # 4 Brandon Smith 1 assist; # 57 Tylus Rochon 1 assist.

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

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