Wil vs St. Pat's: Wild ending to crazy game results in
Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Scott Vaughan throws
St. Patrick running back Lasceles Lawrence
for a loss on third and 10 from the 10-yard
line late in the fourth quarter. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers were a kick-off away from
winning their second game of the season on Wednesday.
They had a six point lead and were kicking from their
50-yard line after the St. Patrick Irish had taken an
unnecessary roughness penalty for taking liberties with
Stephane Kukkonen who was in the process of giving up
a 15-yrd advantage on the kickoff and with the wind at
their back, the Lancers decided to try and kick the ball
into the end zone in the hope of scoring a single.
we would have kicked it to the left side of the field
and forced them into containment," Lancers head coach
Eric Kukkonen explained after the game, "but we decided
to try and kick it through the end zone."
kick ended up falling into the hands of Mike Miller who
was positioned on the goal line. After fielding the ball,
Miller ran to his left, evaded a couple of tackles and
then bolted 110 yards down the sideline to tie the score
didn't help that Jackson Bennett, who normally would have
been the safety man on the kick and is arguably the Lancers
quickest player, was forced to watch the play from the
sideline with an injury.
improbable as the play was, coming out of the blue as
it did, what happened next was even more improbable as
the Irish managed to botch the extra point attempt that
would have given them the game.
reality the missed extra point provided the perfect ending
to a wild and crazy game that included three missed extra
points in all. One for the Lancers and two for the Irish.
If any one of them had been made, the tie would have been
made the last minute touchdown and the tie even more painful
for the Lancers is the fact that their defence made a
goal line stand from the one-yard line not once, but twice
in a row, on consecutive series late in the fourth quarter..
Irish got the initial lead early in the second quarter
on a touchdown from running back Julien Moore. Their first
missed extra point made the score 6-0.
Lancers responded with a 55-yard touchdown on a pass from
Stephane Kukkonen to wide receiver Jim Sandaire who broke
free of the initial tackler and ran untouched the rest
of the way into the end zone. After Jason Deslauriers
made the extra point, Sir Wil enjoyed a brief 7-6 lead.
botched snap on a punt deep in Lancers territory would
lead to a St. Pat's safety and an 8-7 Irish lead at the
Will regained the advantage early in the third quarter
on a Deslauriers field goal and then Deepak Sharma scored
on a play action pass from Kukkonen on third and goal
from inside the five to make the score 16-8. Unfortunately,
Delsauriers wasn't able to convert the point after attempt
which would have given them the game.
it was, the Lancers were forced to give up a safety with
under a minute left that ultimately led to Miller's game
tying kickoff return.
the last minute turn of events, Coach Kukkonen was able
to put a positive spin on the disappointing result.
a good learning experience, not only for the players,
but for us coaches as well. You have to have these types
of experiences to grow stronger," said Kukkonen,
who readily admitted they won't make the same mistake
again. "I guess in hindsight we probably should have
squibbed the kick."
tie leaves the Lancers and the Irish deadlocked in second
place in the Tier 2 East Division, one point behind Colonel
By who crushed the Garneau Gaulois 56-7 on Thursday.
of the late start to the season and the fact that all
12 teams Tier 2 make the playoffs, each team has one game
left before the post season begins. The Lancers next game
is against Franco Cité, while Colonel By will take
on St. Patrick.
top two teams in each division will get a first round
bye making next weeks games very important.
11:30 p.m., Oct. 3)
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