Matt's Tigers rack up second impressive win
By Fred Sherwin
Matthew running back Jonathan Mufuta slashes
through the Ashbury Colts defence on his way
to a four touchdown performance on Thursday.
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'
Tiger's have arguably the most explosive backfield in
high school football with speedsters Kian Williams and
Jonathan Mufuta sharing the rock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the game, Mufuta issued both a warning and a challenge
for future opponents.
have a dangerous backfield," said Mufuta. "I
think we're going to be pretty unstoppable."
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.
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
the Thursday's win, Guillaume said he was pleased with
his team's progress thus far.
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.
team will only be abe to get one practice in before they
take on the Immaculata Saints next Tuesday.
11 p.m., Oct. 1)
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