Peter Knights in championship form following impressive
win over St. Mark
By Fred Sherwin
Peter Knights quarterback Pascal Roy-Lapensée
picks up a first down to set up his team's
second touchdown against the St. Mark Lions.
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.
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.
defending city champions were still shorthanded when they
were embarrassed 26-7 by the St. Francis Xavier Coyotes
a week later.
last week, they beat the Jaguars 24-16 in a lackluster
effort that followed a practice whers only five players
on defense showed up.
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.
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.
win was a solid team effort from start to finish with
the offense, defense and special teams all getting in
on the scoring.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Peter kicker Matt Kiropoulos was a perfect five for five
in the extra point department.
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.
8:30 p.m., Nov. 5)
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