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HS Football
St. Peter Knights down Ashbury Colts for Tier 1 football championship

By Mike Beasley
The Orleans Star

There was no stopping the St. Peter Knights in their attempt to capture another senior football city championship at Minto Field on Nov. 10.

The Knights fought through gusting winds, a crusty, snow-covered turf and the relentless efforts of the Ashbury Colts to win 31-21 as they brought home their 14th city title in the football program’s 24 year history.

The St. Peter Knights pose for a team picture after winning the senior boys high school football championship. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Knights head coach Jim Mick has been at St. Peter ever since it opened in 1992 and has been at the helm for every one of those championship wins.

En route to the 2018 championship, Mick and his coaching staff did a masterful job handling adversity, injuries and the loss of a number of potential players to prep schools south of the border.

“It was very different this year compared to others,” said the veteran coach. “We (Knights) were good last year. When I looked at our roster for this season I thought we were loaded with arguably the most talented teams in the province. But we (the coaching staff) had to make a ton of changes right from the start with players leaving to play elsewhere, or injuries at key positions which plagued us.

“We have such a good group of kids, several played out of their regular position to fill in where needed.”

Despite all the changes in personnel St. Peter didn’t falter and continued to be a force again this regular season and throughout the post season culminating in another city championship.

The championship game was a total team effort by the Knights who managed to generate offence in the difficult playing conditions but at the same time defended well and kept the Colts attack under control.

St. Pete’s defensive lineman Tucker Burke made life miserable for any Colts player whenever they had possession of the ball, or rock as it may have felt like during the cold and blustery day.

Burke led his team with three sacks and a timely fumble recovery which led to the Knights putting points on the score board.

“I got to their backfield and luck went my way when they fumbled the ball on a lateral so I jumped on it and we ended up with a score,” Burke said after the big win.

Wide receiver and defensive back Justice Koradi also had a big game with a perfectly timed interception.

The offence was led by fourth year senior quarterback Ryan Licandro who had a number of weapons at his disposal including running back Josh Smith who scored a pair of touchdowns in the big win.

Conor MacDonald and Jonathan Agette also scored for the Knights, with MacDonald adding a field goal to round out the scoring in the difficult conditions.

With the victory over the Colts, the Knights are now riding an impressive winning streak that includes an undefeated regular season and a 29-1 victory over the St. Mark Lions in the semi-finals.

The Knights still have another week to prepare for the upcoming OFSAA Bowl Festival which will be held from Nov. 26-28 at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa.

The Knights will represent the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSSAA) in the National Capital Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. They will face the Korah Colts who are the Northern Ontario Secondary School Association (NOSSA) representatives.

Ashbury will also get to play in the Bowl Festival. They will face the Chaminade Gryphons in the Independence Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The Knights will be making their fifth appearance in an OFSAA bowl game after previous appearances in 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2015. The team won the National Capital Bowl in 2005 and 2009 when the event was held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

In 2014 and 2015, the kids from Orléans came up short in back-to-back trips to Hamilton with losses in the Independent and Western Bowls.

For more information about the 2018 OFSAA Bowls Festival go to www.ofsaa.on.ca/boys-football-festival.

(Posted Nov. 22, 2018.)

 

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