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Senior Boys Football
St. Peter Knights in championship form following impressive win over St. Mark

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Peter Knights quarterback Pascal Roy-Lapensée picks up a first down to set up his team's second touchdown against the St. Mark Lions. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The dynasty that is the St. Peter Knights senior boys football program appears to be back on track after showing several cracks over the last three weeks.

A few hairline fractures began to show during the team's 29-18 win over the St. Joseph Jaguars on Oct. 19. No fewer than 10 players, nearly a third of the team, were left off the roster for failing to pay their team fees.

The defending city champions were still shorthanded when they were embarrassed 26-7 by the St. Francis Xavier Coyotes a week later.

Then last week, they beat the Jaguars 24-16 in a lackluster effort that followed a practice whers only five players on defense showed up.

After the game, Knights' head coach Jim Mick reminded the players that the prize for winning their final two NCSSAA games was a trip to London, Ontario for an OFSAA bowl game. Apparently, that was all the incentive they needed.

On Thursday, the Knights not only had a full roster, but everyone was on the same page, responding with an impressive 42-6 win over the St. Mark Lions to lock up first place in the standings heading into next week's AAA championship game against St. Francis.

The win was a solid team effort from start to finish with the offense, defense and special teams all getting in on the scoring.

The offense set the tone of the game early in the first quarter, with running back Quinn Nadon-Stencill bursting through the Lions’ defensive line and rumbling 23 yards for a TD on the Knights’ opening series.

But the majority of the damage was done in the second quarter. After the Lions scored a touchdown late in the first quarter to narrow the deficit to 7-6, the Knights responded with 28 unanswered points on four converted touchdowns.

The first TD was scored by Josh Earle on a five yard run up the middle. The touchdown was set up by quarterback Pascal Roy-Lapensée who scrambled for a 25-yard pick up on the previous play.

On the Knights' very next series, Roy-Lapensée hit a streaking Roberto Jimenez who caught the ball on the dead run and sprinted down the sideline for the 85-yard touchdown completion.

Touchdown number three was scored by Alex Lawrie on a 10-yard pass from Roy-Lapensée. But the TD was set up by Earle who very nearly had a pick six and a trifecta in the same game. The receiver/defensive back/punt returner intercepted he ball at the 53-yard line and ran it down to the 10 before he was caught from behind.

Earle would get another opportunity to score when the Lions inexplicably decided to punt the ball on the final play of the half, rather than simply take a knee. The Grade 12 senior made the Lions pay for their momentary lack of judgement by returning the punt 85 yards for his second touchdown of the game and Knights' fifth major of the opening half.

If Earle had returned his interception to the house on the earlier play, he would have a scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams in the same half, something that is about as common as a solar eclipse.

The Knights' special teams would add another touchdown late in the fourth quarter, only this time on punt coverage. The Lions' return man misplayed the ball and it fell right into the arms of Knights centre Jacob Lowe who rumbled four or five yards into St. Mark's.

St. Peter kicker Matt Kiropoulos was a perfect five for five in the extra point department.

The Knights now have eight days to prepare for their rubber match against the Coyotes in next weekend's AAA championship. The game will take place next Tuesday, April 5at Keith Harris Stadium on the campus of Carleton University. Kick-off is at 1:30 p.m.

(Posted 8:30 p.m., Nov. 5)

 

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