Volume 12 Week 5

Tuesday, Nov. 6


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High School Football
St. Peter Knights overwhelmed in OFSAA bowl appearance
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Peter's Josh Earle provided the lone highlight of the game for the Knights in their Western Bowl loss, running back a kick off 120 yards for their only TD of the game. File photo

The St. Peter Knights quest for an OFSAA bowl game trophy has come up short for the second year in row after they were left bruised and battered by the Catholic Central Crusaders in the Western Bowl final last week.

The Knights were hoping to redeem themselves after getting blown out 50-16 by Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School from Halton last year, but unfortunately, it was déja vu all over again as the Crusaders held the National Champion champions to just 120 yards in total offence while rolling to a 40-7 win.

The Southwestern Ontario champions from London were led by their MVP running back, Derek Aubin, who ran for 223 yards and a touchdown against the Knights whose lone score came on a highlight reel 120-yard kick return by Josh Earle in the fourth quarter.

The game started out well enough for the Knights, who were able to keep the Crusaders off the scoreboard in the first quarter. The second quarter was a different story.

After starting the second stanza with a 10-yard field goal, the Crusaders scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions to take a 17-0 lead.

Aubin scored the first touchdown on a 43-yard run, while the second TD was scored through the air on a 51-yard pass from Luke Petropoulakis to Pearson Brown.

A safety late in the quarter would make the score 19-0 at the half.

After a scoreless second quarter, the Crusaders padded their lead with a pair of touchdowns by Sebastien Vanin. The first came on a nine-yard pass from Petropoulakis and the second came on a 43-yard interception return.

The Crusaders would one more touchdown for good measure after Earle’s kick return.

In the end, the Knights just couldn’t get their offence untracked. The Crusaders completely shut their running game down, limiting them to just 25 yards on the ground. And when the Knights were forced to go to the air, the Crusaders ball hawks picked them off five times.

It was the Knights’ fifth appearance in an OFSAA bowl game. Their last win was in the 2009 National Capital Bowl. They also won it in 2005.

Despite the spectre of losing several key players to graduation next spring including Pascal Roy-Lapensée and Alex Lawrie, the Knights are still the early favourites to win their third straight National Capital championship next year and seventh in the past eight.

The future looks even brighter with several talented players from the Knights undefeated junior team expected to excel at the senior level.

(Posted 1:30 p.m., Dec. 6)


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