take first successful step in quest for gridiron crown
By Fred Sherwin
Peter Knights receiver Owain McLaughin readiies
himself to take a hit against the St. Francis
Xavier Coyotes . Fred Sherwin/Photo
a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step,
the quest for a high school football championship starts
with the first game.
Friday, the St. Peter Knights took the first step in defending
the Tier 1 AAA title by downing the St. Francis Xavier
far as first steps go it was not so much a confident stride
forward as it was a baby step in the right direction.
two teams spent the majority of the first half between
the 35 yard lines due mostly to the fact that niether
team had much time to prepare for the season opener which
benefits the defence and works against the offence.
Knights ran four basic plays for most of the game, because
that's all they've had time to practice. Fortunately for
St. Petes, one of those plays was a 43-yard pass for the
game's only touchdown.
starter, Pascal Roy-Lapensée made the thrrow to
Roberto Jimenez midway through the opening quarter. Alex
Lawrie then added the extra for good measure.
Francis never threatened to score the entire game. The
closest they came to the Knights' end zone was a 38-yard
pass that took them to the 14-yard line in the dying seconds
of the first half. They managed to get off two plays before
time ran out.
Coyotes appeared to pull a fast one on the Knights in
the third quarter when their punter recovered his own
kick on the St. Peter 35-yard line. Unfortunately for
the visitors, the play was called back as a result of
their having too many men on the field.
Coyotes would get one more shot at tying the game late
in the fourth, but their drive was snuffed out when Josh
Earle came up with an interception.
on their performance Friday and the fact that they have
four proven quarterbacks in Roy-Lapensée, Lawrie,
Drew Garby and Kerwin Guiste; and a solid defence with
the likes of Tyler Greer, Kevin Nsabua and Shubham Nayyar,
the Knights are the clear favourites to win their seventh
city championship in the past eight years.
get their they must get past the Coyotes, who they will
see twice more including the final. The other two Tier
1 teams, the St. Mark Lions and the St. Joseph Jaguars,
are competing for the AA championship.
(Posted 11 p.m.,
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