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HS Football
Knights manage to beat Tigers in mistake-filled contest

By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star

St. Peter Knights running back Josh Smith breaks through a hole in the line of scrimmage during their game against the St. Matthew Tigers on Thursday, Oct. 18. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Pardon my misuse of a tired old cliché but if Thursday’s highly anticipated high school football game between the St. Peter Knights and the St. Matthew Tigers was a horse, they would have shot it midway through the third quarter.

In a tired old nag of a football game, the Knights managed to score nine points more than their east end rivlas, but that includes a last minute touchdown that was scored long after most of the people at the game stopped caring.

Let me put it another way. If I was to compare the game to a painting – a Rembrandt being the best game I’ve ever witnessed and a paint-by-number landscape being at the other end of the scale – the Knights/Tigers game is what you get when someone accidentally knocks over a can of of paint. In as few words as I possibly can use, it was No bueno.

I lost interest in the outcome around the same time I lost count of the number of penalty flags that were thrown; the number of passes that were either overthrown or dropped; and the number of turnovers that were committed... by both teams. It was not pretty.

But I don’t blame the combatants as much as I blame the weather. It was god awful windy and god awful cold which meant the football was god awful hard – as in like a brick, or a cinder block – which made throwing the football, or running the football, or even kicking the football, damn near impossible. Still the game must go on. And it did. Agonizingly so.

The Tigers had the benefit of excellent field position for most of the opening quarter but were unable to capitalize either because they turned the ball over, or they couldn’t complete a pass when they needed to. They were, however, able to sack St. Peter quarterback Ryan Licandro in the end zone for a safety to take an early 2-0 lead.

The Knights were eventually able to put a sustained drive together midway through the second quarter thanks mainly to the running of Jonathan Agette who converted a third and five play with a nine yard run to keep the drive alive.

The final scoring blow was delivered by Licandro who kept the ball on a bull rush up the middle.

The Tigers best chance to score a touchdown came late in the third quarter when Alex Vilain scampered 42 yards up the middle to give St. Matts a first down on the Knights’ six yard line. But that’s as close as they would get as a series of penalties not only prevented them from scoring a touchdown, but took them out of field goal range.

The score remained at 6-2 in favour of the Knights until midway through the fourth quarter when St. Pete’s decided to concede another safety rather than risk kicking the ball into the wind from their own end zone which would have given the Tigers excellent field position.

Both teams were ready to head for the showers late in the fourth quarter when the Knights pulled off a picture perfect screen pass from Licandro to Agette that covered 33 yards. A successful extra point attempt made the final score 13-4 in favour of the Knights.

Both teams still have meaningful games left against tough competition which will determine the final stand-ings. The Tigers have two games remaining against Ashbury (2-1) on Oct. 25 and Franco-Cité (3-0) on Oct. 31, and St. Peter must still play Franco-Cité and Glebe (0-3) on the same dates.

The top two teams that make it to the city championship game will both earn a berth in the OFSAA Bowl Series which will take place in Ottawa at the end of next month.

(Posted Oct. 19, 2018.)


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