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High School Football
Lancers end Knights' championship streak with come from behind win
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers pose for a team picture after downing the St. Peter Knights 24-14 in the NCSSAA senior boys football championship on Saturday. Carol Williamson/Photo

In football there is often a fine line between being a goat and a hero. Just ask Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School running back Jackson Bennett.

The two-way player was very nearly the goat in Saturday's city championship game between the Lancers and the five-time defending champion St. Peter Knights.

With just over three minutes left to go in the game and the Lancers holding on to a three-point lead, Bennett fumbled the ball away on his team's 45-yard line. In his defence, the pigskin was pretty slick thanks to the snowy conditions.

"I was a little shook, but my teammates had my back," said Bennett afte the game. "I wanted to show them that we can't break down. We still have the lead and the game isn't over."

Thankfully for Bennett, the St. Peter Knights failed to take advantage of the turn in fortune. After Jarryd Rushford (#33) picked up five yards on first down, the Knights attempted to pass the ball in the less than perfect conditions with predictable results. The pass fell to the ground and Sir Wil took over on downs after the Knights were only able to gain three yards on third and five.

Prior to giving the ball away, Bennett was on pace for an MVP performance. He had run for 150 yards on 14 carries, scored both of the Lancers' touchdowns, and made several key stops on defence including an interception that ended a potential first quarter scoring drive for the Knights.

After Sir Wil got the ball back in the later stages of the fourth quarter, Bennett made sure the Knights never got a second chance to regain the lead. He protected the ball and picked up several key first downs as the clock continued to tick down to under a minute.

The Lancers would cap the 73-yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Stephan Kukkonen (#5) to Kurleigh Gittens (#28) that would put the game out of reach for the defending champs.

Bennett added an exclamation point to his performance with a fumble recovery and a 30 yard run back on the Knights final drive of the game. The only thing that would have made his day even more perfect would have been to score on the play, but he was pushed out at the one and the game ended with Kukkonen taking a knee.

It's been a heck of a season for the 17-year-old Bennett. Earlier this month he ran for over 500 yards and scored seven touchdowns for the Orleans Bengals who upset the Nepean Redskins in the National Capital Amateur Football Association midget championship.

When you combine his two performances, Bennett has rushed for over 700 yards and scored nine touchdowns. For most running backs that represents a decent season. Bennett did it in two title games against decent defences.

"It's been amazing, Winning two championships and now we're going to OFSAA," Bennett said referring to the National Capital Bowl which takes place in Etobocoke in two weeks

Bennett's performance in Saturday's high school championship overshadowed an equally impessive game turned in by Jarryd Rushford who carried the ball 45 times for 166 yards and scored the Knights' opening touchdown in the first quarter. The Lancers responded with an impressive 87-yard drive of their own, capped by Jackson's first touchdown.

With the game tied at seven, the Knights didn't take long to regain the lead on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Pascal Roy-Lapensée (#9) to Patrice Rene (#10). Quinton Soares' (#81) second convert of the game would put the Knights up 14-7 at the half.

The Lancers opened the third quarter with a 22-yard kick return by Cedric Ky (#28). Four plays later, Bennett carried the ball in from 17 yards out after picking up 45 yards on an earlier run. Kousha Aminian-Heidari (#12) would add his second convert of the game to narrow the score at 14 points apiece.

Neither team made much headway during the rest of the quarter. The Lancers managed to take advantage of a favourable wind to move the ball deep into Knights territory near the end of the quarter, but time ran out before they had a chance to attempt a 28-yard field goal with the wind at their back., Instead, Aminian-Heidari had to attempt the kick into the wind and it came up short leaving the game tied 14-14.

Aminian-Heidari would get a second chance two series later and this time he would split the uprights from 25 yards out to give his team the lead for good.

The Lancers eventually scored again to make the final score 24-14 after the Knights failed to take advantage of Bennett's fumble.

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers pose for a team picture after downing the St. Peter Knights 24-14 in the NCSSAA senior boys football championship on Saturday. Carol Williamson/Photo

 

Senior Boys Tier 1 AAA/AAAA
Championship

St. Peter
Knights
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Lancers

 

6
22/104
1-3
48
1/-5
147
0/-0
147
26
1
0
2
2/2
0/0
0
0
2/50
2/17
3/109
0/0
14

 

3
18/71
0-3
0
0/0
71
0/0
71
21
0
1
0
0/0
0/0
0
0
1/45
3/57
4/114
1/10
14

 

9
50/175
1-6
48
1/-5
218
0/0
218
57
1
1
2
2/2
0/0
0
0
6/108
1/3
2/63
1/5
14

First Half

First downs
Rushes-Yards
Passing
Passing yards
Sacks
Total Yards
Penalties
Net Yards
Plays from scrimmage
Interceptions
Fumbles lost
Touchdowns
Converts
Field Goals
Safeties
Singles
Kick-offs
Kick-off returns
Punts
Punt returns
Points

Second Half

First downs
Rushes-Yards
Passing
Passing yards
Sacks
Total Yards
Penalties
Net Yards
Plays from scrimmage
Interceptions
Fumbles lost
Touchdowns
Converts
Field Goals
Safeties
Singles
Kick-offs
Kick-off returns
Punts
Punt returns
Points

Final Game

First downs
Rushes-Yards
Passing
Passing yards
Sacks
Total Yards
Penalties
Net Yards
Plays from scrimmage
Interceptions
Fumbles lost
Touchdowns
Converts
Field Goals
Safeties
Singles
Kick-offs
Kick-off returns
Punts
Punt returns
Points


6
11/69
2-6
26
1/-12
83
1/-5
83
18
0
0
1
1/1
0/0

0
0
2/44
1/-13
2/65
1/10
7

 

7
20/181
1-3
33
0/0
214
3/-20
194
23
0
0
2
2/2
1/2
0
0
2/90
1/21
2/66
1/10
17

 

13
30/154
3-9
59
1/-12
201
3/-20
181
40
0
0
3
3/3
1/2
0
0
2/36
2/4
2/80
1/3
24

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers

Rushing: # 3 Jackson Bennett 19/193yds 2TD; # 28 Cedric Ky 6/44yds;
# 5 Stephan Kukkonen 3/12yds; # 23 Kurleigh Gittens 1/5yds; # 1 Brandon Smith 2/-4yds

Passing: # 5 Stephan Kukkonen 3-9 59yds TD

Receiving: # 23 Kurleigh Gittens 1/33yds TD; # 83 Nick Finlay 1/15yds;
# 1 Brandon Smith 1/11yds

Interception: # 3 Jackson Bennett (1)

Fumble recovery : # 3 Jackson Bennett (1)

Sack : #60 Anthony Denofrio (1)

Kick-offs: #12 Kousha Aminian-Heidari 4/134yds

Kick Returns: #28 Cedric Ky 1/-13yds

Punting: #27 Tristan Tessier 4/131yds

Punt Returns: #27 Tristan Tessier 2/20yd; #28 Cedric Ky 1/21yds; #3 Jackson Bennett 1/10yds

PAT: #12 Kousha Aminian-Heidari 1/1

FG: #12 Kousha Aminian-Heidari 1/2

Tackles: #3 Jackson Bennett (2 solo, 7 assists), #23 Kurleigh Gittens (3 solo, 2 assists), #51 Noah Halfkenny (2 solo, 4 assists),#21 Malachi Coombs (3 solo), #11 Perry Goulet-Blight (1 solo, 7 assists), #52 Jake Bonnell (1 solo, 7 assists), #9 Mitchell Newman (1 solo, 1 assist), #12 Kousha Aminian-Heidar (1 solo), #99 Kevin Brennan (1 solo, 1 assist); #28 Cedric Ky (1 solo, 1 assist); #1 Brandon Smith (3 assists); # 60 Anthony Denofrio (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. Peter Knights

Rushing: #33 Jarryd Rushford 45/166yds TD; #81 Quinton Soares 4/8yd;
#28 David Prem 1/1yd

Passing: #9 Pascal Roy-Lapensée 1-6 48yds TD, INT

Receiving: #10 Patrice Rene 1/48yds TD

Fumble recovery : #33 Jarryd Rushford (1); #42 Deriam Valcourt (1)

Kick-offs: #33 Quinton Soares 3/95yds

Kick-off returns: #33 Quinton Soares 1/17yds; #10 Patrice Rene 2/42yds;
#12 Jacob Lacombe 1/15yds

Punts: #33 Quinton Soares 7/223yds

Punt Returns: #10 Patrice Rene 1/7yds

PAT: #33 Quinton Soares 2/2

Tackles: #25 Josh Earle (4 solo); #99 Matt Cook (3 solo); #10 Patrice Rene (3 solo, 2 assists); #54 Nick Georges (2 solo, 8 assists); #2 Subham Nayyar (1 solo, 1 assist); #70 Liam Murphy (1 solo, 1 assist); #45 Brandon Leduc (1 solo, 1 assist); #64 Seb Wakim (1 solo); #19 Alex Moyes (4 assists) #42 Derian Valcourt (1 assist); #81 Quinton Soares (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.)

(Posted 8 p.m., Nov. 10)

 

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