quarter comeback lifts Knights to fifth straight city
The St. Peter Knights celebrate after winning
the senior boys Tier 1 football championship
on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
St. Peter Knights have had better teams lose city championships
and they had worse teams that won city championships,
but they never had a team that came back from a bigger
deficit against steeper odds than this year's team.
2012 edition of the St. Peter Knights were down 13-0 to
the St. Francis Xavier Coyotes early in the fourth quarter
when quarterback Jake Molinski put the team on his back
and carried them to a fifth straight championship with
not one, not two, but three long drives, the last one
culminating with a go ahead extra point by kicker Mark
Devlin with 6.8 seconds left on the clock.
a less than impressive first half in which the Knights
receivers dropped more balls than they caught and the
offence gained just 52 yards compared to 145 yards for
the Coyotes, the defence kept them in the game through
the third quarter and into the fourth until Molinski worked
Grade 12 senior connected on three straight passes to
Jaylen King and Rouben Charles for 16, 19 and 13 yards
to take them to the 22-yard line. He then ran the ball
for a nine yard gain and picked up a crucial first down
on third and one at the 13.
an incomplete pass and a five yard gain by King, Molinski
was facing another third down situation with the goal
line just eight yards away. Once again he called his own
number and bulled his way into the end zone to give the
Knights' their first touchdown of the game.
then struck when Devlin's short kick-off attempt traveled
five yards too deep and Nathaniel Hamlin returned it all
the way to the end zone to re-establish the Coyotes' 13-point
by the long run back, Molinski came back on the field
and marched the offence 81 yards in nine plays to once
again make it a six point game, this time completing five
of eight passes including a 10-yard third down toss to
Charles in the end zone.
trailing 20-13, the Knights needed a defensive stand to
put the ball back in Molinski's hands for one last miracle
defence came through with two big plays, the first by
Jeremy Salgo who lead the Knights with 6 solo tackles,
a sack, a fumble recovery and a stripped ball causing
a fumble. The second play by Olivier de Repentigny forced
the Coyotes to punt the ball away.
11-yard return by King, gave the Knights possession on
the Coyotes' 35 yard line where Molinski went back to
work. He conected with Charles for a 39-yard gain on the
first down, but it was brought back to midfield for an
an incomplete pass, Molinski ran 13 yards for a another
first down. He then hit King for a three-yarder. On second
and seven the Coyotes were flagged for roughing the passer
after Molinski was nailed in the backfield while releasing
the ball. So instead of third and seven on the 37-yard
line, the Knights were given a new set of downs on the
carried the ball again for an 11-yard pick up on the first
play and then ran the ball off tackle for the touchdown
after the Coyotes stuffed the first attempt up the middle.
the game tied 20-20, Devlin split the uprights on the
convert attempt to give the Knights their first lead of
the game with 6.8 seconds left on the clock.
Coyotes tried to write their own wild ending to the game
when Hamlin returned the ensuing kickoff 37 yards before
Jarryd Rushford chased him down from behind and made a
game-saving tackle 33 yards from the end zone.
the game Knights head coach Jim Mick couldn't say enough
about his quarterback.
a competitor and he doesn't like losing," said Mick.
"He was our MVP today by far."
completing just three of 11 passes in the first half,
Molinski connected on 10 of 18 passes in the all important
fourth quarter. He also ran the ball 18 times for 109
yards in one of the most spectacular late game performances
in school history..
didn't want to lose my last football game. I've been playing
since I was six I wanted to pull through for the guys,"
Molinski said after the game.
of the reason for the Coyotes demise was their inability
to put more points on the scoreboard in the first half.
had 45-yard touchdown run called back for a holding penalty
at the end of the first quarter and then had to settle
for a single on a missed 21-yard field goal attempt near
the end of half after the Knights had turned the ball
over on their 16-yard line. They also had a second touchdown
called back for a holding penalty in the third quarter
and had to settle for a field goal
what the Knights coaching staff told the players at halftime,
Mick said they kept it short and not so sweet.
praised our defence and lambasted our offence and then
we pointed out that despite how badly we played, we were
only down by 10," said Mick. "And then we decided
to spread our offence out and out the ball in Molinski's
hands. It's nice to have a 230 lb. quarterback who can
as impressive as Molinski's performance was is the fact
that the Knights somehow managed to win the game without
four key starters, two on offence and two on defence.
Wide receiver Tyrone Pierre injured his hamstring in pratice.
Running back Rashari Henry had a foot injury. Linebacker
John Shaw was at a provincial rugby camp and lineman Ben
Amoah had a previous engagement.
four men are expected to be in the lineup next weekend
when they play Frontenac Falcons in a rematch of last
year's National Capital Bowl play-in game which they lost
their current championship run the Knights are 1-3 in
the OFSAA semi-final. The lone win came in 2009 when they
not only made it to the big game, they won it all.
Tier 1 Championship
Plays from scrimmage
Plays from scrimmage
Plays from scrimmage
# 3 Jake Molinski 18/109yds 2TD; # 9 Jaylen King 3/12yds;
# 23 John Tshimangu 2/9yds; # 2 Rouben Charles 1/-3yds
# 3 Jake Molinski 14-33 183yds TD, INT; # 99 Matt Cook
# 2 Rouben Charles 6/92yds TD; # 9 Jaylen King 7/82yds;
# 88 Mark Devlin 1/7yds
# 88 Mark Devlin 2/2
# 44 Jeremy Salgo (1)
recovery: # 44 Jeremy Salgo (1); # 58 Francois Schnael
# 88 Mark Devlin 1/20yds
# 88 Mark Devlin 6/190yds
returns: # 2 Rouben Charles 2/14; # 9 Jaylon King
#44 Jeremy Salgo 6 solo; # 58 Francois Schnael 5 solo;
# 25 Keynes Luminga 4 solo 1 assist; # 63 Olivier de Repentigny
3 solo; # 54 Jarryd Rushford 2 solo; # 99 Matt Cook 1
solo, 1 assist; # 21 Jake Jones 1 solo 1 assist; # 49
Greg Kortekass 1 assist; # 61 Tim McGeein 1 assist; #
55 Matt Normand 1 assist
An assist is awarded when two players make a tackle together.
Tackles involving three or more players are not included
in the stats.)
Francis Xavier Coyotes
# 1 Tunde Adeleke 12/39yds; #10 Dimitri Vaillancourt 5/47yds
TD; # 4 Ryan Kublek 7/32yds; # 23 Nathaniel Hamlin 4/35yds;
# 15 Michael Bolzanello 2/-13yds; # 11 Capri Vaillancourt
# 15 Michael Bolzanello 8-10 125yds
# 23 Nathaniel Hamlin 2/50yds; #4 Ryab Kublek 2/51yds;
# 8 Terrick Valcin 1/9yds; # 10 Dimitri Vaillancourt 1/20yds;
# 11 Capri Vaillancourt 1/7yds; # 1 Tunde Adeleke 1/-12yds
# 2 Terry Olson Lormil (1)
recovered: # 7 Vincent Hoang Le (1)
# 52 Lucas Cochcrane (1)
goals: # 15 Michael Bolzanello 1/2
# 15 Michael Bolzanello 1/35yds
returns: # 23 Nathaniel Hamlin 2/107yds TD; # 4 Ryan
# 15 Michael Bolzanello 6/287yds
returns: # 10 Dimitri Vaillancourt 2/28yds
9:30 p.m., Nov. 11)
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