2:30 p.m., Nov. 7)
St. Peter Knights down east end rival Tigers, win 'unofficial'
By Fred Sherwin
St. Peter Knights and the St. Matthew Tigers finally got
to meet on the turf for the first time since last year's
city championship on Wednesday, and the Knights would finally
get to avenge what was an embarrassing defeat.
St, Peter Lmights' Zekeim Ogilvie tries to
get away from St. Matts Tigers defender Devon
Guy during Wednesday's big game. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Knights and the Tigers went into Wednesday's showdown
with identical 5-0 records. Only one of them would emerge
with their unbeaten record intact.
game pitted two young quaterbacks against each, who just
three months ago hooked up for a last second touchdown
to win the provincial junior varsity championship for
the Cumberland Panthers.
quarterback Ryan Licandro threw that memorable pass and
Tigers pivot Xavier Gervais caight it.
Wednesday the two former teammates were now foes. The
game itself was the regular season finale for both teams
with nothing on the line except for first place in the
fnal stadnings and bragging rights for the winners.
Tigers had already declared themselves eligible to represent
the National Capital regon in the OFSAA Metro Bowl. The
Knights declined the opportunity as did the other nine
teams in the league.
that means is the Tigers will advance to the Metro Bowl
without having to go through a playoff. The other 10 teams,
including the Knights, will vie for the NCSSAA Tier 1
without any playoff implications involved, the two best
high school teams in the city lined up against each other
on Wednesday in a rematch of last year's city championship
game which the Tigers won 42-0.
motivated, the Knights managed to jump out to a an early
7-0 first quarter lead on a 45-yard touchdown run by Zak
Knights' defence forced the TIgers to concede a safety
early in the second quarter to extend their advantage
Josh Baka interception off an errant Gervais pass later
in the second quarter would set up a 27-yard field goal
by Sasha Jarbouh, and by the end of the first half the
Knights enjoyed a 12-0 lead.
an effort to get their offence in gear, the Tigers dug
into their bag of tricks to start the second half and
pulled out a 50-yard halfback option play from A.K. Ismail
to Chaz Alain that took the ball down to the Knights'
plays later, Gervais was forced to leave the game after
being taken down in the backfield while attempting to
get rid of the ball. He suffered a head and neck injury
on the play and would remain on the sideline for the remainder
of the game.
their starting quarterback out of action, the Tigers to
turned to their running backs, and Chaz Alain in particular,
who took on three St. Peter tacklers and literaly carried
them across the goal line for the St. Matt's first and
only touchdown of the contest.
rest of the game boiled down to a defence affair as the
two opposing defences took turns holding their adversaries
clock soon became the Tigers worst enemy. With Gervais
out of the game, the offence had to depend on the runing
game and the Knights knew it, as they zeroed in on Alain
and Enoc Enyeka in the backfield.
game remained close until the final minute when the Knights
capitalized on a 90-yard effort by Karim to score their
second touchdown of the game on a one-yard run by Licandro.
won the "unofficial" city championship, the
Knights can now focus on the official Tier 1 playoffs,
which begin on Tuesday. The Tigers, in the meantime, have
three weeks to prepare for the defence of the Metro Bowl
which they won last year 28-7 against Michael Power/St. Joseph's Trojans.
head coach Jean Guillaume says, the layoff is a good thing
because it will allow them to get healthy and properly
prepare for their opponent, provincial powerhouse Huron
off a long drive with a one yard run by Licandro on a
Panther tykes kicked the day off with a 46-20 win over
the Cornwall Wildcats behind an MVP performance by quarterback
and placekicker Shilo Mukendy who scored 40 of his team’s
points, including six touchdowns.
strong as the Panthers’ running game was, it was there
defence that made the difference in limiting the Wildcats
to 20 points despite the heroics of their own feature
running back, Ben Jackman, who scored all three of his
team’s touchdowns on runs of 55, 37 and 56 yards. (It
should be noted that the tykes play on an 80-yard field.)
the game, tykes head coach Eric Anderson praised the Wildcats
for giving the Panthers a run for their money
didn’t get anything easy. We had to fight for our yards.
It was the five- and six-yard plays by our fullback, our
tailback and our slotback that made the difference on
offence. And on defence we gave up a couple of big plays,
but other than that we shut them down,” Anderson explained.
Cumberland Panthers tyke team pose for a team
picture after winning the NCAFA A-Cup champuonship
on Sunday, Fred Sherwin/Photo
the tyke trophy presentation it was the mosquito team’s
turn to take the field against the Kanata Knights.
teams got to the final the hard way, pulling off upsets
in the semi-finals. The Knights downed the Orleans Bengals
34-30 and the Panthers beat the previously undefeated
defence set the tone early on in the championship game
nearly intercepting a pass, sacking the Knights quarterback
and blocking a punt on three consecutive plays to set
up a three-yard touchdown run by Marvyn Larozar.
would score again later on the first quarter on a 22-yard
effort to give his team a 12-0 lead.
Panthers continued to dominate the play in the second
stanza, putting together a 12-play drive that burned nearly
10 minutes off the clock before stalling on the Knights
was able to get off three plays including their first
first down of the game with 1:27 remaining in the opening
Panthers would increase their lead in the second half
thanks to Laraozar’s third touchdown of the game. The
speedy running back took the ball five yards out from
the end zone and simply ran through the hole created by
big offensive lineman Daniel Sungani who got a great deal
of MVP consideration for the job he did in clearing the
way for both Laraozar and his fellow running mates Hunter
Kelly and Owen Shields.
scored on a 42-yard run in the third quarter to put his
team up 25-0, and Shields capped the game with a five-yard
run midway through the fourth stanza to extend the Panthers’
lead to 39-6. In
between, Larozar scored his fourth major of the game.
of the Cumberland Panthers moaquito team pose
with he championship trophy after beating
the Kanata Knights in Sunday's A-Cup final.
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