St. Peter Knights look dominant in opening season win over South Carleton
By Fred Sherwin
St. Peter Knights Mike Murray tries to escape from the grasp of a South
Carleton defender during a kick-off return in the second quarter of their
senior boys match-up on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
The St. Peter
Knights kicked off the 2009 high school football season on Wednesday with
an impressive 50-0 win over the South Carleton Storm.
As football games
go, it was as dominating a performance as you are ever going to see. In
fact, If there was a mercy rule in high school football the game would have
been over by halftime.
Case in point,
the Storm only had one first down in the opening half and even that was
a gift from the officials who gave it to them on a second and inches play
in which the Knights pushed the entire South Carleton offensive line back
about four yards as soon as the ball was snapped.
St. Peter, meanwhile,
scored on their opening drive and never looked back.
Dalekos scored the Knights' first touchdown on a pair of 10-yard runs, the
South Carleton defence did their best to keep the Storm in the game. Unfortunately,
the offence didn't hold up its end of the bargain and twice had to give
up safeties when they couldn't move the ball beyond their own five yard
line. In both cases the Knights scored on their ensuing drives.
The first safety
came with two minutes left in the first quarter. On the ensuing kick-off
the Knights ran the ball back 45 yards to the Storm's seven yard line. Two
plays later, Dalekos ran the ball in for his second touchdown of the game.
A 35-yard field
goal by quarterback/kicker Ryan Begin midway through the second quarter
would improve the Knights' lead to 19-0.
gave the Storm fits all game. South Carleton's second safety came after
Begin hammered a 32-yard punt out of bounds at the seven-yard line. After
the Knights got the ball back, Begin almost connected with Steven Masterson
for what would have been a 42-yard pass.
went back to Masterson on the Knights' next play and this time Masterson
caught the ball for a 45-yard touchdown reception to put
St. Pete's up 28-0 at the half.
went from bad to worse for the Storm who had their first play from scrimmage
in the second half picked off by the Knights. Four plays later, Isaiah Harris
ran the ball up the middle for a one yard touchdown and a 35-0 Knights lead.
St. Peter would
add two more touchdowns and a single in the second half to make the final
score 50-0, but it was the Knights defence that was the story of the game.
The Storm had
a grand total of 40 yards in offence and only four first downs, two of which
were the result of Knight penalties. The Knights D forced the Storm to turn
the ball over four times and forced two safeties.
the game with over 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while Masterson,
Harris and Kenny Benoit had a touchdown each. Begin kicked all five converts
and the single to go along with his field goal for a total of nine points.
the most impressive stat of all was the fact that the Knights were only
called for three penalties in a complete reversal of past season openers
where they would often committee multiple infractions.
The team's discipline
was not lost on their head coach Jim Mick.
was definitely pleased about that, especially considering that we've had
a relatively a short time to prepare," said Mick. "This team has
a lot of good athletes and a lot of depth, but it's a long season and one
game doesn't make you heroes."
In other opening
day action involving teams from the east end, the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers
were shut out 22-0 by the St.Mark's Lions and the
St. Matthew Tigers led the Ashbury Colts by a score of 7-3 on a touchdown
pass from Mcauley Banning to Nick Rozman before losing 17-7.
p.m., Sept. 17)
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