advance to city championship after downing Sir Wil 41-0
By Fred Sherwin
Peter Knights running back Isaiah Harris high steps it into the Sir Wlfrid
Laurier secondary during third quarter action on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
The St. Peter
Knights are heading back to the NCSSAA senior boys football championship
after downing the SIr Wilfrid Laurier Lancers 41-0 in their semi-final match-up
The Knights scored
early and scored often in building a 28-0 half-time lead. After returning
the opening kick to midfield, St. Pete's took just three plays to score
the opening touchdown on a 44-yard run by Demitri Delakos.
The Lancers responded
with an impressive drive of their own, marching the ball down to the Knights's
30 yard line before they were forced to punt.
went up 14-0 on their second series of the game when Ryan Begin connected
with a wide open Harrison Lowe for a 74-yard pass and run play.
St. Peter's third
major score came on a one yard run by Isaiah Harries that capped a 10-play,
67-yard drive that ate up nearly seven minutes in the second quarter. The
drive was kept alive thanks to a four yard run by Nick Lecour on third and
three inside the 10-yard line.
The Knights would
score again before the end of a half on a 22-yard screen pass from Begin
to Delakos after St. Pete's had returned a punt to the Lancers' 24-yard
as the Knights offense was in racking up 242 total yards in the first half,
the defense was equally impressive, limiting the Lancers to ljust 60 yards.
A big part of the their success on defence was in getting pressure on Lancers
quarterback Dustin McMahon who they dropped for a loss five times. Jamar
King had three sacks, while Dan Fair and Kevin Fox had one each.
The Knights went
up 31-0 late in the third quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Begin. They
would add 10 more points in the fourth on a 31-yard fieild goal by Begin
and a 54-yard touchdown pass from Alex Skinner to Christian Eanga-Selenga.
ended the game with 100 yards rushing on eight carries and he hauled in
four passes for another 57 yards.
It was an impressive
win even by St. Peter standards, considering they were coming off a first
round bye. The St. Mark Lions had a bye last week as well and the time off
showed as they had to rally from a 15-9 third quarter deficit to beat the
Ashbury Colts 16-15 in Thursday's other semi-final.
The Knights and
the Lions haven't met in the city championship since 2005 when St. Peter
downed St. Mark's 17-9. The Lions have played in nine of the last 10 city
championships, while the Knights have won the title six times since 1997
and will be playing for their second city championship in a row.
coach Jim Mick says his team should have no problem focusing on the task
at hand next week even though a number of the second year players, including
Alex Skinner, are chomping at the bit to get another shot at Frontenac Secondary
School which prevented them from playing in an OFSAA bowl game last year.
we'd love to get another shot at those guys," said Skinner, who rejoined
the team four weeks ago after a brief stint with a Florida prep school.
"It's good to be back for the team. The offence is pretty much the
same as it was last year, so the transition has been fairly easy. Probably
the biggest difference is the weather."
The Tier 1 city
championship will be played at Minto Field behind the Nepean Sportsplex
next Thusday. The opening kickoff is tentatively scheduled for
a.m., Nov. 6)
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