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Tim Tierney

Girls Touch Foorball
St. Matt's improves record to 4-0 with win over Béatrice-Desloges

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matt's quarterback Maddy Wakefield makes a long run before leaving the game with a strained hamstring. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Matthew Tigers bid to repeat as varsity touch football city champs remains on track after they beat the Béatrice-Desloges Bull-Dogs 10-0 on Wednesday to improve their record to 4-0.

Both teams went into the match unbeaten, but the more veteran Tigers would emerge with their unblemished record still intact thanks to the leadership of Brooklyn MacClear who had to replace Maddy Wakefield at quarterback after she was forced to leave the game with a strained hamstring.

The Bull-Dogs started the game with a stiff breeze at their back with they used to gain a clear advantage in field position thanks to the kicking of Alyssa Gaertke.

The Bull-Dogs had the Tigers pinned deep in their own end until Wakefield orchestrated a 65-yard drive that began on their own 20 yard line. The starting quarterback made three long runs. She strained her hamstring on the second effort and then left the game after the third run before further exacerbating the injury.

After taking over at quarterback, MacClear was unable to pick up a first down and chose to attempt to kick the ball into the endzone for a possible single point. Her attempt was held up by the wind and the Bull-Dogs took over possession on their six yard line.

MacClear then picked off an errant pass on the Bull-Dogs' 30 yard line, forcing the Béatrice-Desloges defence to once again stand their ground.

With the score tied 0-0 and less than a minute remaining in the first half, the Bull-Dogs kicked the ball away on third down only to have it fall in MacClear's hands who carried it 40 yards down the left sideline for the first major of the game.

After catching her breath, MacClear hooked up with Magda Eneim for a one point conversion to take a 7-0 lead into the halftime break.

The Tigers took advantage of the wind in the second half to kick three singles and put the game out of reach for the Bull-Dogs who struggled to pick up a first down.

MacClear ended the game with a touchdown, three singles and an interception.

The core of the Tigers team have been playing together since Grade 7, and many of them including Wakefield and MacClear, played together on the senior girls basketball team that won the OFSAA provincial championship last fall.

Head coach Chris Wakefield says familiarity with each other and team camraderie is one of their biggest strengths.

"We play a system on offence they all understand and they all know, so usually when things are going well it's tick, tack, toe," says Wakefield, who also praised his Grade 9s and 10s who make up the lion's share of the defence and have posted three shutouts in four games.

(Posted 8 a.m., May 7)


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