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High School Football
Undermanned Knights run out of miracles against veteran Frontenac team
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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


The 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.

A 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).

The 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.

Charles 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,

But 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).

The 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.

The 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.

Filson 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.

The 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.

A 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 lead.

A 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.

A 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.

The 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).

The 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.

The 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

With 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.

A 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.

The 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.

The 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.

With 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.

During 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.

It was another remarkable performance by the Knights quarterback who wanted to end his high school carrer on a high note.

"It 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.

Knights' 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 Falcons are.

"Having Tyrone and Rouben would have made a difference in the passing game alone," said Mick.

With 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 practices.

At this point a sixth city championship in a row is the furthest thing on mick's mind.

"Maybe I should retire," he joked as he boarded the team bus for the long ride back to Orléans with his players and fellow coaches.

Senior Boys OFSAA National Capital Bowl
Play-in Game

St. Peter
Knights
Frontenac
Falcons


5
9/36
3-11
34
2/-14
48
2/-20
28
22
1
1
0
0/0
0
0
2/70
4/28
5/164
2/18
0/0
0


9
3/8
17-26
308
2/-9
307
1/-10
207
31
1
0
4
0/0
0
0
4/84
2/21
1/47
3/8
0/0
4/4
32


14
12/44
20-37
342
4/-23
319
3/-30
289
53
2
1
4
0/0
0
0
6/154
6/49
6/211
5/26
0/0
4/4
32

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
2pt 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
2pt Converts
Points


4
6/67
7-17
119
1/-10
176
4/-35
141
24
0
0
3
1/1
2
0
5/205
2/47
5/187
3/91
3/3
28


9
12/165
2-6
18
1/-9
174
7/-80
94
19
0
0
2
0/0
0
0
2/92
1/22
4/137
1/15
2/2
0/0
14


13
18/232
9-23
137
2/-19
350
11/-115
235
43
1
0
5
1/1
2
0
1/35
4/148
6/287
1/16
5/5
0/0
42

St. Peter Knights

Rushing: # 3 Jake Molinski 4/22yds; # 9 Jaylen King 3/8yds; # 23 John Tshimangu 3/12yds; # 28 David Prem 2/2yds

Passing: # 3 Jake Molinski 20-37 342yds 2INT 4TD

Receiving: # 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

2-Point Converts: # 3 Jacob Molinski (2); # 9 Jaylon King (2)

Sacks: # 44 Jeremy Salgo (1)

Interception: # 99 Matt Cook (1)

Fumble recovery: # 54 Jarryd Rushford (1)

Kick-offs: # 88 Mark Devlin 6//154yds

Kick returns: # 9 Jaylon King 3/18yds; # 21 Jake Jones 3/31yds

Punts: # 3 Jake Molinski 6/211yds

Punt returns: # 9 Jaylon King 1/6yds; # 21 Jake Jones 4/20yds

Tackles: #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

(Note: An assist is awarded when two players make a tackle together. Tackles involving three or more players are not included in the stats.)

Kingston Falcons

Rushing: # 2 Dustin Brogaard 8/116yds TD; # 28 Jacob Riha 8/97yds; # 15 Braeden Stevenhaagen 2/19yds

Passing: # 7 Tyler Filson 9-23 137yds INT 4TD

Receiving: # 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

Interception: # 21 Farhan Imtiaz (1) # 23 Brett Byron (1)

Fumbles recovered: # 42 Sreve Richardson (1)

Sacks: # 64 Ryan Richardson (1); #41 Mitch McMullen (1); # 67 Dillon Wisteard (1)

Field goals: # 22 Declan McCann 22yds

Converts: # 22 Declan McCann 4/4yds

Kick-offs: # 3 Mitch O'Connor 7/297yds

Kick-off returns: # 16 Connor O'Neill 2/47yds; # 4 Kenny Boyce 1/22yds

Punts: # 3 Mitch O'Connor 9/324yds

Punt returns: # 4 Kenny Boyce 2/57yds; # 3 Mitch O'Connor 1/23yds

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

 

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