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Varsity Boys Football
Knights regain high school gridiron championship with win over Fighting Irish
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A jubilant St. Peter Knights team poses for a group photo after winning the NCSSAA AAA/AAAA football championship on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Peter Knights are city champions once again after beating the St. Patrick's Fighting Irish 20-0 at TD Place on Saturday.

The Knights relied on a stellar defense and an offence that was both patient and efficient to defeat the Irish and maintain their unblemished record with their ultimate goal yet to come.

The Knights had a rather ignominious start to the game with QB Pascal Roy-Lapensée throwing his first of two interceptions on just their third play from scrimmage. Not that they had to worry.

After St. Pat's took over possession on their own 31 yard line, they fumbled the ball away on their first play. Liam Murphy forced the fumble, while Kyle Gunn was there to fall on the ball. The Knights promptly turned the Irish miscue into three points on a 20-yard field goal by Grade 12 senior Quinton Soares.

Murphy had a monster game on defence. He forced a pair of fumbles, snuffed out a fake punt in the backfield and made several key tackles including a pair of sacks. Aiden Cannell had a big game on defence as well with an interception and a fumble recovery.

The two teams exchanged possessions during the remainder of the first quarter and into the second with neither able to move the ball with much effect. It wasn't until midway through the second quarter that the Irish managed to put together a pair of first downs to get inside the Knights' 50-yard line.

They didn't get any futher, however, thanks to Murphy who caused his second fumble of the game. This time the ball was recovered by Shubham Nayyar.

After taking over possession on their own 45, the Knights failed to gain any ground and were forced into a punting situation. Rather than kick the ball away, they successfully ran a fake to Jarryd Rushford who picked up the first down and then some, rumbling 33 yards into Irish territory.

They would stall on the 40, however, allowing Roy-Lapensée to punt the ball out of bounds at the three yard line. Unable to move the ball more than two yards, the Irish elected to concede a safety rather than risk giving the ball back to the Knights in excellent field position.

St. Pete's would eventually add to their lead late in the first half with a single off a missed field to make the score 6-0 at the half.

A light snow began to fall at the beginning of the second half as the Knights defence continued to stymie St. Pat's offence. The Fighting Irish stalled on their own 50 yard line after picking up a pair of first downs on their opening possession of the half, but they failed to gain any ground on either of their next two possessions.

The Knights, meanwhile, kept gaining field position until a 21-yard punt return gave them a first down on the Irish 28-yard line late in the third quarter which set up a 28-yard touchdown pass from Roy-Lapensée to Soares.

They would find the end zone again midway throuh the fourth quarter on a pass from Roy-Lapensée to Jacob Lacombe to make the final score 20-0.

The story of the game was the Knights; defence and their ability to force the Irish to cough up the ball four times.

The AAA/AAAA championship is the school's sixth in seven years and 11th all-time. For Rushford, who ended the game with 82 yards on 10 carries, it is his third title in four years at St. Pete's.

"This was a great game. Our defence really kept us in it and played well in putting that goose egg on the board. And the offence did our job," said Rushford before joining the trophy presentation ceremony.

The Knights will know have to wait three weeks before traveling to Hamilton for the National Capital Bowl where they will try to cap what has so far been a perfect season with a win over the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Council champion which has yet to be determined.

NCSSAA Varsity Boys
AAA/AAAA Championship

St. Peter
Knights
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Lancers

 

4
12/74
3-12
38
1/-5
107
2/-10
97
25
1
0
0
0/0
1/2
1
1
1/36
1/9
4/150
2/16
6

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3
10/63
2-8
52
0/0
115
3/-30
85
18
1
0
2
2/2
0/0
0
0
1/35
0/0
3/88
2/38
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22/137
5-20
90
1/-5
222
5/-40
182
43
2
0
2
2/2
1/2
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0
2/71
1/9
7/238
4/54
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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


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9/89
3-4
31
1/-7
113
1/-10
103
16
0
2
0
0/0
0/0

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0
2/62
0/0
3/123
2/16
0

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20/89
1-5
-3
2/-11
75
1/-5
70
26
1
1
0
0/0
0/0
0
0
0/0
1/7
4/172
1/4
0

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11
29/178
4-9
28
3/-18
188
2/-15
173
44
1
3
0
0/0
0/0
0
0
2/62
1/7
7/305
3/20
0

St. Peter Knights

Rushing: #33 Jarryd Rushford 10/82yds; #81 Quinton Soares 1/7yd; #23 Quinn Nadon-Stencill 10/46 yds; #90 Darren Pierre 1/2yds

Passing: #9 Pascal Roy-Lapensée 5-20 90yds 2TD, 2INT

Receiving: #81 Quinton Soares 2/35 yds TD; #14 Jacob Lacombe 1/24yds TD; #23 Quinn Nadon-Stencill 1/9yds; #11 Alex Lawrie 1/22yds

Interception : #7 Aiden Cannell (1)

Fumble recovery : #42 Kyle Gunn (1); #5 Shubham Nayyar (1); #7 Aiden Cannell (1)

Sack : #70 Liam Murphy (2); #25 Josh Earle (1)

Kick-offs: #81 Pascal Roy-Lapensée 2/71yds

Punts: #12 Aiden MacLauglin 7/238yds

PAT: #81 Quinton Soares 2/2

FG: #81 Quinton Soares 1/2 20yds

(Posted 1:30 p.m., Nov. 9)

 

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