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Senior Boys Football
St. Matt's Tigers rack up second impressive win

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matthew running back Jonathan Mufuta slashes through the Ashbury Colts defence on his way to a four touchdown performance on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Matthew Tigers senior boys football team is for real, and if you don't believe this reporter you can ask the Ashbury Colts who are the latest victims of the Tigers' ferocious offence.

The Tiger's have arguably the most explosive backfield in high school football with speedsters Kian Williams and Jonathan Mufuta sharing the rock.

Williams has played more than four years of minor football with the Orleans Bengals and recently made the Ontario Junior Varsity All-Star team as a member of the Cumberland Panthers.

Mufuta transferred to St. Matthew this year from Louis Riel along with defensive back Katley Joseph. Mufuta was a member of Louis Riel's 4x100 midget boys relay team that won an OFSAA gold medal in 2013 and he was a starting running back on the Panthers JV team in 2014. After taking a year off from football, the Grade 11 student came to St. Matt's to play with his friends and has made an immediate impact.

On Thursday, Mufuta ran through the Colts' defence for a 65-yard TD on the first play of the game. Unfortunately, the play was called back for holding.

Mufuta's effort woud be a foreshadowing of things to come. By the end of the game he would rack up touchdown runs of 28, 23, 40 and 55 yards, while his running mate Williams ran one in from 60 yards out; and Joseph returned a punt 95 yards for another major. Jacob Lapensée followed up the first touchdown with a two-point conversion and Mike Stenta was four-for-four on extra point attempts.

After the game, Mufuta issued both a warning and a challenge for future opponents.

"We have a dangerous backfield," said Mufuta. "I think we're going to be pretty unstoppable."

As impressive as the Tigers' offence was, their defence was equally so. They kept the Colts' offence off the board (their two points came by way of a safety against St. Matt's) and they forced them to turn the ball over five times, including twice inside St. Matt's 10-yard line.

Besides the addition of standouts like Williams, Mufuta and Joseph, the Tigers have also benefitted from the addition of first year teacher/head coach Jean Guillaume who transferred to St. Matthew after stints at St. Patrick's and Franco Cité.

After the Thursday's win, Guillaume said he was pleased with his team's progress thus far.

"I'm very happy with the way we played. We were tested mentally, but we stayed in the game from the beginning right to the end," said Guillaume.

The team will only be abe to get one practice in before they take on the Immaculata Saints next Tuesday.

(Posted 11 p.m., Oct. 1)


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