Girls Touch Football
Tigers solidify first place with big win over defending
The St. Matt Tigers Noella Kazadi tries to
elude to Samuel Genest defenders during varsity
girls touch football action on Wednesday.
St. Matthew Tigers varsity girls touch football team has
locked up first place in the East Conference following
an impressive win over Samuel Genest on Wednesday.
boasting an undefeated record heading into their showdown
with the Lazors, the Tigers knew that if they wanted homefield
advantage in the playoffs, and avoid a potential semi-final
matchup with the defending champs, they needed to win,
something they didn't do last year which saw them get
eliminated on the last play of the semifinals by the very
due to the sheer magnitude of the task at hand and the
potential ramifications, the Tigers appeared tentative
and nervous in the early stages of the game. In fact,
the first half ended up being played entirely in their
end of the field.
the Tigers' defence made up for the lack of offence and
kept the Lazors at bay, allowing just a single point on
a punt through the endzone
Genest had an excellent chance to score near the end of
the half, but their receiver had the ball slip through
her hands on the three yard line.
Tigers came out a different team for the second half.
After getting a pep talk from their coach Chris Wakefield,
the offence started to assert led by quarterback Maddy
biggest play of the game came early in the second half
when Wakefield hooked up with Emma Scullion for a 30-yard
gain. Two plays later Wakefield found Scullion in the
end zone for the Tigers first major of the game.
defence raised their level of play as well, intercepting
the Lazors on three straight possessions. Skotnicki had
her second interception on the first possession, followed
by Brooklyn McClear and then Brianna Thompson whose spectacular
pick-off at mid-field set up the Tigers' second touchdown
from Wakefield to Melissa Lepage.
one point convert pass from Wakefield to McClear would
make the final score 13-1 in favour of St. Matt's.
Tigers put the finishing touch on their regular season
schedule with a
34-0 win over the St. Peter Knights on Friday.
the number one seed in the east, the Tigers should have
a clear path to the championship game where they will
likely play either Samuel Genest again in rematch, or
the St. Joseph Jaguars who are the number one seed in
Tigers record is truly impressive given the fact that
they only have one player in Grade 12. Six players on
their roster are in Grade 10 and one is in Grade 9. The
rest are all in Grade 11, which means they should be even
better next year. That's bad news for the rest of the
teams in the city.
Tigers biggest assets are their athleticism, their teamwork
and their competiveness which has been honed in the gym
as members of the Tigers junior and senior basketball
teams. In fact, the entire starting offence is on the
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