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Varsity Girls Touch Football
Tigers solidify first place with big win over defending champs
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Matt Tigers Noella Kazadi tries to elude to Samuel Genest defenders during varsity girls touch football action on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The 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.

Despite 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 same Lazors.

Perhaps 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.

Fortunately 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

Samuel 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.

The 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 Wakefield.

The 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.

The 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.

A one point convert pass from Wakefield to McClear would make the final score 13-1 in favour of St. Matt's.

The Tigers put the finishing touch on their regular season schedule with a
34-0 win over the St. Peter Knights on Friday.

As 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 the west.

The 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.

The 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 senior team.

(Posted 2:30 p.m., May 16)

 

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