St. Matt's improves record to 4-0 with win over Béatrice-Desloges
By Fred Sherwin
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
Matt's quarterback Maddy Wakefield makes a
long run before leaving the game with a strained
hamstring. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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.
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.
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.
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.
then picked off an errant pass on the Bull-Dogs' 30 yard
line, forcing the Béatrice-Desloges defence to
once again stand their ground.
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.
catching her breath, MacClear hooked up with Magda Eneim
for a one point conversion to take a 7-0 lead into 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.
ended the game with a touchdown, three singles and an
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.
coach Chris Wakefield says familiarity with each other
and team camraderie is one of their biggest strengths.
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.
8 a.m., May 7)
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