Matt's Tigers add OFSAA Metro Bowl to city gridiron crown
By Fred Sherwin
St. Matthew Tigers won the school's first ever provincial
bowl game in Hamilton on Monday, downing the Michael Power/St.
Joseph's Trojans 28-7 to lay claim to the OFSAA Metro
Tigers were led by Kian Williams who scored three touchdowns
on offence and snagged three of his team's five interceptions
on defence to earn Player of the Game honours.
Matt's captains Willy-Pierre Dimbongi, Kian
Williams and Katley Joseph hold up the OFSAA
Metro Bowl banner after their big win on Monday.
Grade 11 student was literally all over the field. "It
was a total rush," Williams said in a phone interview
on the bus back to Ottawa. "The rush of being in
position and being able to make those plays. It was unbelievable."
Tigers had to overcome a disastrous opening two minutes
that saw them fumble the ball away on their opening drive
and then take a pair of major penalties on the same play
that turned a 30-yard field goal attempt into first and
goal on the one. Two plays later the Trojans took a 7-0
teams would have had trouble bouncing back from such an
unfortunate series of events, especially a team with a
history of taking ill-timed penalties.
situation went from bad to worse when the Tigers fumbled
the ball away again on their second series.
for St. Matt's, the Trojans were having their own troubles
on offence. An interception by Williams prevented St.
Joseph's from capitalizing on the Tigers miscue.
both teams exchanged possessions, Brayden Cassimiro picked
off a Trojan pass on the 12-yard line and ran it in for
a pick-six to end the first quarter with the game tied
7-7. The touchdown would prove to be the turning point
of the game.
with renewed confidence, the Tigers continued to keep
the Trojan offence in check, while manufacturing their
first scoring drive of the game late in the second quarter
capped by a one-yard by Williams.
a scoreless third quarter, the Tigers put the game away
with a pair of touchdowns in the final stanza, both scored
say the Tigers performance was dominating is an understatement.
Defensively they limited the Trojans to just 34 net yards
on offence and forced them to turn the ball over seven
Tigers' defence was especially effective in stopping the
Trojans' running game, limiting them to just 25 yards
on 16 carries. Conversely, St. Matt's ran the ball 27
times for 216 yards. If not for the fact that they turned
the ball over six times themselves, the final score could
have been much, much worse.
Williams ran the ball 10 times for 89 yards and three
touchdowns, Grade 12 senior Jonathan Mufuta had five carries
for 42 yards and hauled in a 14-yard pass.
should also be noted that the Tigers won the game without
the services of their most effective offensive weapon
all season. OFSAA rules prevented their highly recruited
running back Ted Kubongo from playing in the game. The
Grade 12 senior enrolled at St. Matt's after moving to
Ottawa from Calgary to play football with his cousin.
most of the players on the team, the city championship
and Metro Bowl win were the first championships of their
only other championship Williams was a part of was the
2012 NCAFA Mosquito C-Cup championship playing for the
North Gloucester Giants.
co-captain Katley Joseph had never won a championship.
Monday's win was by far the highlight of his amateur football
just very, very grateful that I had this opportunity and
I was able to share it with my teammates," said the
Grade 12 senior. "You know, we're like a family on
and off the field, so to be able to play together and
win this for the school and the program is pretty special."
said the team drew inspiration from their disappointing
early exit from last year's playoffs and the apparent
lack of respect they were shown by other teams.
lot of people didn't think we could compete and that we
were undisciplined, but we knew what we had to do from
the beginning of the season and we did it. Every one was
committed to winning and now we're provincial champions."
team also drew inspiration from the Ottawa Redblacks improbable
Grey Cup win which many of them watched the night before.
know the Redblacks represented Ottawa and we wanted to
represent too," said Joseph. "It's pretty cool
that we both won for Ottawa."
6:30 a.m., Nov. 29)
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