Knights run out of miracles against veteran Frontenac
Jelani Paul (32) goes up for a pass against
Connor O'Neill (16) during early action in
the OFSAA National Capital Bowl play-in game
on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
St. Peter Knights went into the OFSAA National Capital
Bowl play-in game against the Frontenac Falcons on Saturday
with a hope and prayer. They would run out of both in
the latter stages of the fourth quarter, despite scoring
four touchdowns in less than five minutes.
quick look at the opposing lineups showed just what the
Knights were up against and the enormity of the task they
faced. The Falcons had 10 fifth-year seniors in their
lineup including quarterback Tyler Filson (7) and wide
reciever Mitch O'Connor (3).
Knights had no fifth year players in their lineup and
were missing four starters including wide receiver Rouben
Charles, who suffered a knee injury in the final moments
of last week's city championship game.
is also an important member of the Knights' defensive
secondary and he runs back kicks. Running back Rashari
Henry was also injured, and starting lineman Ben Amoah,
who is a Seventh Day Adventist, had to miss the game for
religious reasons. Linebacker John Shaw is currently in
Toronto at a provincial rugby camp,
it was at wide receiver where the Knights were really
hurting. Wth Charles out of the game and Tyrone Pierre
(10) nursing a hamstring injury, the Knights were down
to their number three and four wide-outs in James Haggerty
(15) and Mark Devlin (88).
Knights started the game much the same way they started
against the St. Francis Xavier Coyotes in the city championship
-- with a plethora of dopped balls and overthrown passes.
difference between Saturday's game and last week's game
is that the Falcons took advantage of the Knights' early
ineptness whereas the Coyotes didn't.
was especially sharp in the first quarter, connecting
on his first three passes including two touchdown throws
of 29 and 27 yards to O'Connor.
Knights managed to work their way down to the Falcons'
20-yard line late in the opening quarter and were threatening
to score when Jake Molinski (3) was picked off and the
opportunity was lost.
poor snap on a punt would force the Knights to give up
a safety early in the second quarter and the Falcons turned
the ensuing kickoff into a 22-yard field goal and a 19-0
58-yard kickoff, and a three yard return led to another
Knights' safety after a procedure call left them facing
a third and long on their five-yard line.
fumbled punt return on the Knights' eight yard line late
in the second quarter, would set up another Filson touchdown
pass, this time to Jon Kelly (70), and just like that,
the Knights were looking at a 28-point deficit.
Falcons increased their lead to 35-0 early in the third
quarter on a drive that saw the Kingston-area team pick
up a five first downs on six plays culminating in a seven
yard toss from Filson to Maxx Sone (79).
Knights finally got their act together late in the third
when they marched the ball 93 yards on 12 plays. Displaying
the type of form he showed in leading his team back against
St. Francis, Molinski connected on six of 10 passes on
the drive, including four in a row that led to the touchdown
strike to King who would haul in the two point conversion
to make the score 35-8.
Falcons responded with their fifth touchdown of the game
which is when the fun started.
St. Peter Knights receover Jaylon King hauls
in a pass during third quarter action against
the Frontenac Falcons on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
less than five minutes to go in the game, Molinski began
to work his magic. He connected with King for a 52-yard
reception and then threw a 32-yard pass to Haggerty in
the end zone. Another successful two-point conversion
attempt, this time by Molinski, made the score 42-16.
picture perfect onside kick attempt, recovered by Eric
Ouellet (18), would set up a 39-yard touchdown throw from
Molinski to Haggerty. Another twp-point conversion by
King then made the score 42-24.
Knights then pulled off another onside kick and drove
the ball 53 yards on five plays to set up their third
touchdown in a little over two minutes. A two-point conversion
by Molinski made the score 42-32 and suddenly the Falcons
started to get a little nervous.
Knights came within a whisker of recovering a third straight
onside kick but they couldn't get their hands on the ball
as a trio of Falcons frantically gathered it in as it
lay on the ground for about two seconds.
about 52 seconds left in the game, Frontenac managed to
pick the first down they need to wind the clock and make
impossible for any last second miracle to occur.
he Knights' 24-point outburst, Molinski was 7-for-8 for
163 yards and three touchdowns and he threw for one of
the two-point conversions.
was another remarkable performance by the Knights quarterback
who wanted to end his high school carrer on a high note.
would have been a bad way to go out, getting our butts
whipped. So we just wanted to go down wirh a fight even
if we didn't win," said Molinski.
head coach Jim Mick said the loss of four starters and
the injury to Tyrone Pierre put the team at a distinct
disadvantage against a team with as experienced as the
Tyrone and Rouben would have made a difference in the
passing game alone," said Mick.
Molinski, Pierre, Charles and King all graduating this
year along with several key players on defence like Jeremy
Salgo, Matt Cook, Jarryd Rushford and Olivier de Repentigny,
the Knights will go through a major retooling during spring
this point a sixth city championship in a row is the furthest
thing on mick's mind.
I should retire," he joked as he boarded the team
bus for the long ride back to Orléans with his
players and fellow coaches.
Boys OFSAA National Capital Bowl
Plays from scrimmage
Plays from scrimmage
Plays from scrimmage
# 3 Jake Molinski 4/22yds; # 9 Jaylen King 3/8yds; # 23
John Tshimangu 3/12yds; # 28 David Prem 2/2yds
# 3 Jake Molinski 20-37 342yds 2INT 4TD
# 9 Jaylen King 6/106yds 2TD; # 15 James Haggerty 6/87yds
TD; # 28 David Prem 3/39yds; # 88 Mark Devlin 2/45yds
TD; # 10 Tyrone Pierre 2/37yds; # 19 Nathan Barrow 1/38yds
Converts: # 3 Jacob Molinski (2); # 9 Jaylon King
# 44 Jeremy Salgo (1)
# 99 Matt Cook (1)
recovery: # 54 Jarryd Rushford (1)
# 88 Mark Devlin 6//154yds
returns: # 9 Jaylon King 3/18yds; # 21 Jake Jones
# 3 Jake Molinski 6/211yds
returns: # 9 Jaylon King 1/6yds; # 21 Jake Jones 4/20yds
#44 Jeremy Salgo 5 solo; # 27 Marley Allen 3 solo; # 55
Matt Normand 2 solo; # 18 Eric Ouellet 2 solo; # 19 Nathan
Barrow 2 solo; # 54 Jarryd Rushford 1 solo 1 assist; #
58 Francois Schnael 1 solo 1 assist; # 21 Jake Jones 1
solo; # 9 Jaylen King 1 solo; # 49 Greg Kortekass 1 solo;
# 15 James Haggerty 1 solo; # 5 Brandon Sheppard 1 solo
An assist is awarded when two players make a tackle together.
Tackles involving three or more players are not included
in the stats.)
# 2 Dustin Brogaard 8/116yds TD; # 28 Jacob Riha 8/97yds;
# 15 Braeden Stevenhaagen 2/19yds
# 7 Tyler Filson 9-23 137yds INT 4TD
# 4 Kenny Boyce 1/38yds; # 3 Mitch O'Connor 2/56yds 2TD;
# 11 Jordan Gravesande 1/7yds; # 80 Aidan Stride 1/7yds;
# 70 Jon Kelly 2/11yds TD; # 79 Maxx Sone 1/7yds TD
# 21 Farhan Imtiaz (1) # 23 Brett Byron (1)
recovered: # 42 Sreve Richardson (1)
# 64 Ryan Richardson (1); #41 Mitch McMullen (1); # 67
Dillon Wisteard (1)
goals: # 22 Declan McCann 22yds
# 22 Declan McCann 4/4yds
# 3 Mitch O'Connor 7/297yds
returns: # 16 Connor O'Neill 2/47yds; # 4 Kenny Boyce
# 3 Mitch O'Connor 9/324yds
returns: # 4 Kenny Boyce 2/57yds; # 3 Mitch O'Connor
9:30 p.m., Nov. 11)
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