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Senior Boys Football
Knights take first successful step in quest for gridiron crown

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Peter Knights receiver Owain McLaughin readiies himself to take a hit against the St. Francis Xavier Coyotes . Fred Sherwin/Photo

If a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, the quest for a high school football championship starts with the first game.

On Friday, the St. Peter Knights took the first step in defending the Tier 1 AAA title by downing the St. Francis Xavier Coyotes 7-0.

As far as first steps go it was not so much a confident stride forward as it was a baby step in the right direction.

The 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.

The 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.

Returning starter, Pascal Roy-Lapensée made the thrrow to Roberto Jimenez midway through the opening quarter. Alex Lawrie then added the extra for good measure.

St. 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Based 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.

To 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., Oct. 2)


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