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High School Football
Fourth quarter comeback lifts Knights to fifth straight city championship
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights celebrate after winning the senior boys Tier 1 football championship on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The 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.

The 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.

After 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 his magic.

The 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.

After 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.

Disaster 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 lead.

Unfazed 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.

Still trailing 20-13, the Knights needed a defensive stand to put the ball back in Molinski's hands for one last miracle drive.

The 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.

An 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 illegal block.

After 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 12.

Molinski 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.

With 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.

The 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.

After the game Knights head coach Jim Mick couldn't say enough about his quarterback.

"He's a competitor and he doesn't like losing," said Mick. "He was our MVP today by far."

After 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..

"I 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.

Part of the reason for the Coyotes demise was their inability to put more points on the scoreboard in the first half.

They 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

Asked what the Knights coaching staff told the players at halftime, Mick said they kept it short and not so sweet.

"We 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 run.

Just 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.

All 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 46-20.

During 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.

NCSSAA Senior Boys
Tier 1 Championship

St. Peter
Knights
St. Francis Xavier
Coyotes


2
10/28
3-12
24
0/0
52
3/-15
37
22
0
1
0
0/0
0
0
1/45
0/0
5/153
2/14
0/0
0


11
12/99
11-21
159
0/0
258
2/-20
238
33
1
0
3
0/0
0
0
3/64
0/0
1/37
2/18
3/3
21


13
22/127
14-33
183
0/0
310
5/-35
275
55
1
1
3
0/0
0
0
4/109
0/0
6/190
4/32
3/3
21

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


7
16/76
5-7
76
1/-7
145
4/-35
110
24
0
2
1
0/1
1
1
1/35
2/41
3/158
0/0
1/1
10


2
14/67
3-3
49
0/0
116
2/-25
91
17
0
0
1
1/1
0
0
0/0
1/70
3/129
1/16
1/1
7


9
30/143
8-10
125
1/-7
261
6/-60
201
41
0
2
2
1/2
1
1
1/35
4/148
6/287
1/16
2/2
20

St. Peter Knights

Rushing: # 3 Jake Molinski 18/109yds 2TD; # 9 Jaylen King 3/12yds; # 23 John Tshimangu 2/9yds; # 2 Rouben Charles 1/-3yds

Passing: # 3 Jake Molinski 14-33 183yds TD, INT; # 99 Matt Cook 0-1

Receiving: # 2 Rouben Charles 6/92yds TD; # 9 Jaylen King 7/82yds; # 88 Mark Devlin 1/7yds

Converts: # 88 Mark Devlin 2/2

Sacks: # 44 Jeremy Salgo (1)

Fumble recovery: # 44 Jeremy Salgo (1); # 58 Francois Schnael (1)

Kick-offs: # 88 Mark Devlin 1/20yds

Punts: # 88 Mark Devlin 6/190yds

Punt returns: # 2 Rouben Charles 2/14; # 9 Jaylon King 2/18yds

Tackles: #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

(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. Francis Xavier Coyotes

Rushing: # 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 1/3yds

Passing: # 15 Michael Bolzanello 8-10 125yds

Receiving: # 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

Interception: # 2 Terry Olson Lormil (1)

Fumbles recovered: # 7 Vincent Hoang Le (1)

Safety: # 52 Lucas Cochcrane (1)

Field goals: # 15 Michael Bolzanello 1/2

Kick-offs: # 15 Michael Bolzanello 1/35yds

Kick-off returns: # 23 Nathaniel Hamlin 2/107yds TD; # 4 Ryan Kublek 1/21yds

Punts: # 15 Michael Bolzanello 6/287yds

Punt returns: # 10 Dimitri Vaillancourt 2/28yds

(Posted 9:30 p.m., Nov. 11)

 

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