Matt Tigers improve to 2-0 with lopsided win over St.
By Fred Sherwin
St. Matthew Tigers are on a tear. One week after shocking
the St. Peter Knights 28-21 in the season opener for both
teams, the Tigers manhandled the St. Mark Lions on Friday
to improve their record to 2-0.
as they did in last week's game against the Knights, the
Tigers jumped.out to a 21-0 lead against the Lions, but
unlike last week they didn't allow the Lions to mount
a comeback. In fact, they didn't let the Lions in the
game at all.
Matt's receiver Willy Dimbongi carries the
ball on the way to the Tigers second touchdown
in their 44-0 win over the St. Mark Lions.
Tigers scored a touchdown on each of their first four
possessions of the game and none of the touchdown drives
took more than four plays.
Matt's first touchdown was scored by Grade 12 Calgary
transfer Ted Kubongo who ran the ball in from 25 yards
out on the Tigers' third play from scrimmage.
second touchdown drive took just four plays with the final
blow being delivered by Jonathan Mufuta who ran the ball
in from the one yard line.
the Lions failed to pick up a first down for the third
possession in a row, they elected to put the ball into
the hands of Kian Williams who returned it 70 yards for
a touchdown, only to have it called back due to an illegal
was the first of five touchdowns the Tigers had called
back in the first half and each time they responded with
a touchdown that wasn't called back.
Williams' touchdown return was negated by a penalty, Tigers'
quarterback Xavier Gervais hooked up with receiver Willy
Dimbongi for a 50-yard touchdown strike to improve their
lead to 21-0.
Lions were forced to give up a safety on their next possession,
and after the Tigers regained possession following the
ensuing kickoff, Jacob Lepensée made a spectacular
73-yard run down the right side line to give St. Matts
a 30-0 lead.
Tigers' final touchdown of the second half came after
they had two touchdowns called back on successive penalties.
Facing a third down and 23 with less than a minute to
go in the second quarter, St. Matt's elected to go for
it, putting the ball into Mufuta's hands who ran 47 yards
down the right sideline before cutting back across the
entire width of the field and bowling over a would-be
St. Mark tackler on his way into the end zone.
Tigers would add one more touchdown in the second half
to make the final score 44-0.
was an impressive offensive display by a team that has
several weapons at their disposal with three quality running
backs, an experience quarterback with an above average
arm and pair of speedy receivers with great hands.
as impressive as the Tigers' offence was against St. Mark,
it was their defence that shone even brighter, leading
one Lion player to comment that he regretted not transferring
to St. Matts as he walked by their bench.
defence allowed just four first downs and more often than
not were making tackles five and 10 yards behind the line
Tigers next game is against Franco Cité on Oct.
7 when their biggest challenge wlll be to refrain from
looking ahead to their rematch against the St. Peter Knights
the following Friday.
Matts manhandled the defending city champions for the
better part of the first half in their initial meeting
on Sept. 23, before the Knights battled back to make it
a one possession game. The rematch could very likely be
a preview of the championship game.
3 p.m., Sept. 25)
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