Peter Knights win first place showdown against St. Mark
By Fred Sherwin
Peter Knights punt returner Shane Dabros fends off a would-be tackler in
the Knights 24-7 win over the St. Mark Lions on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
The St. Peter
Knights drive to a second straight senior boys football championship remains
in high gear following a 24-7 win over the previously undefeated St. Mark
Lions on Thursday.
The Knights scored
all of their points in the second quarter on touchdowns by Steve Masterson,
Isaiah Harris and Scott Berty and a field goal off the foot of Ryan Begin,
whle Lions' lone touchdown came in the third stanza.
The game was
significant in that both teams were undefeated heading into the match-up
and St. Mark's was thought to be the toughest opponent the Knights would
face within the NCSSAA.
After a scoreless
first quarter, the Knights got untracked in the second stanza, moving the
ball 61 yards on five plays for their first touchdown of the game. The drive
included a 26-yard run by Nick Wakim and a 20-yard romp by Harris, while
quarterback Steve Masterson scored the major on a five yard counter.
The Knights would
go up 10-0 two series later on a 28-yard-field goal by Begin that was set
up by a 25-yard interception return by Nick Gauthier.
When the Lions
failed to pick up a first down for the fourth series in a row, Harris broke
off a 70-yard touchdown run on the Kinghts first play from scrimmage to
give St. Pete's a 17-0 lead.
After the Lions
failed to pick up a first down yet again, Masteron hit Scott Berty for a
pair of remarkable receptions including 15-yard toss that he managed to
catch in triple coverage.
With the Knights
up 24-0 at half-time, and St. Mark's unable to put together any sort of
offence, the outcome of the game was all but certain. The Lions did manage
to score in the third quarter, but a flurry of turnovers in the final sealed
Besides the players
already mentioned, Demetri Dalekos and Kristian Lawrence also had strong
games for the Kinghts as did Kenny Benoit.
The Knights entered
the game coming off a hard fought win over the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers
the week before in which one of their starting running backs Stephen Dalekos
broke his fibula.
In fact, the
Lancers were leading the Knights 7-2 at half-time before they tired and
St. Pete's was able to storm back with three touchdowns and a field goal
in the second half to win to win 26-7.
The Lions take
on the Ashbury Colts in their next game on Oct. 7 before closing out the
regular season with a rematch against the South Carleton Storm on Oct. 23.
p.m., Oct. 9)
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