fall to Coyotes in high school football showdown
St. Peter Knight quarterback Jake Molinski
gets taken down by a pair of St. Francis Xavier
defenders during second half action on Thursday.
to Thursday's showdown against the St. Francis Xavier
Coyotes, the St. Pete Knights senior boys football team
had not lost a regular season or playoff game in five
winning streak, which includes four straight city championships,
dates back to November 2007 when they lost in the playoffs
to the St. Mark Lions.
every streak in sports must come to an end sooner or later,
and for the Knights their streak came to an end against
a highly-skilled St. Francis Xavier team in a likely preview
of this year's city championship game.
Knights started out strong enough, scoring on a one yard
run by Jacob Molinski after the Knights' QB connected
with Tyrone Pierre on long pass inside the red zone.
Coyotes tied the score early in the second quarter when
quarterback John Bolzanello hit Dimitri Vaillancourt over
the middle and the elusive back scampered through the
Knights' secondary for the major.
St. Peter answered back with their second touchdown of
the game on a 25-yard pass from Molinski to Jaylen King.
momentum would swing back in the Coyotes favour on the
very next series when Bolzanello completed a long pass
inside the five yard line that set up a two-yard touchdown
plunge by Nathaniel Hamlin. A missed extra point attempt,
however, left them trailing the Knights 14-13.
Francis would wipe out the deficit on a highlight reel
punt return by Vaillancourt late in the quarter to give
the Coyotes a 20-14 halftime lead.
Coyotes would add to their lead with a pair of touchdowns
in the third quarter. Hamlin scored his second touchdown
of the game on a one-yard plunge up the middle to put
the Coyotes up 27-14 and then Vaillancourt hauled in an
85-yard long bomb from Bolzanello to put the game out
string of turnovers by both teams and a terrible decision
by Bolzanello would set up the Knights third touchdown
of the game. The Coyotes' pivot was about to give up a
safety on third and 10 on the five-yard line when he inexplicably
threw the ball away.
the change of possession, Molinski ran the ball in from
the three yard line and then added a two point conversion
to cut the deficit to 34-22.
poorly executed onside kick would eliminate any hope of
a miracle comeback and the game ended with St. Francis
handing the Knights their first regular season loss in
head coah Jim Mick chalked the loss up to poor tackling
and the two big plays in the second quarter.
didn't run the ball exceptionally well and we didn't tackle,
especially at the line of scrimmage. They don't have one
skilled played, they have three very skilled players and
we didn't contain them. Once they got into space it was
tough," said Mick.
everything goes according to form, the Knights should
get a chance to redeem themselves in the city championship.
If they do get a second shot at the Coyotes they have
to contain Vaillancourt and limit their turnovers, especially
in their end of the field.
10:30 p.m., Oct. 11)
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