Golden Horseshoe Bowl
Date: November 30th
Venue: SkyDome, Toronto
De La Salle defeated Nelson
GHAC: Nelson 25, Cathedral 15
(Played November 15th)
Nelson 32, Lorne Park 0
Lakeshore Catholic 27, St. Mary 14
Cathedral 14, Waterdown 13
De La Salle 9, Markham 0
(at York University)
De La Salle 21, Cathedral 14
Nelson 38, Lakeshore Catholic 28
Golden Horseshoe Championship
De La Salle 21, Nelson 14
|De La Salle 21||Nelson 14|
Mike Moilyneux TD
Andrew Terrelonge TD
Joseph Sauret TD
Matt Polci 3C
|Andrew Ross TD
Tag Russell TD
Rob Eeuwes 2C
De La Salle defeats Nelson to win Golden Horseshoe Bowl
In a season of what seemed like one miracle after another, the De La Salle Oaklands brought back their football glory to a level they could only have dreamed about.
A dream that is now reality after the Oaklands defeated the Nelson Lords of Burlington 21-14 yesterday to win the Golden Horseshoe Bowl high school football championship before a boisterous crowd at York University.
"This feels unbelievable," said Oaklands safety/receiver Joe Sauret, who had the game-winning touchdown. "This is what it's all about. We did it when no one thought we could."
It was just a year ago that De La Salle was wrapping up its second consecutive winless season after bringing the football program back to life three years ago. Once upon a time, in the 1950s and '60s, De La Salle was a powerhouse, but then came a 30-year drought between championships. That glory has returned again after winning the most competitive regional Bowl playoff in Ontario.
"This a moment I'll never forget," said De La Salle's Antoine Terrelonge, who scored the tying touchdown on a 34-yard reception. "It was a great game and we proved we're the best team."
The Lords (9-2) and Oaklands (8-2) exchanged touchdowns throughout the game as it headed into the fourth quarter tied 14-14.
But 2:20 into the quarter, De La Salle struck with its secret play. Quarterback Andres Lares handed off to the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Terrelonge on a reverse at the Lords' nine-yard line. But instead of running, Terrelonge threw the ball to 5-foot-11, 160-pound Sauret, wide open in the end zone for the winning score.
"Antoine and Joe are both standout players," De La Salle coach Steve Dubrick said. "They're a bit quiet and they're small guys. You probably wouldn't pick them out of the crowd as football players, but they define what this program is all about because they're incredibly hard workers."
The Lords looked poised to tie the game, though, as quarterback Mike Crabtree marched his troops down the field with less than three minutes left. But then disaster struck when running back Phil Mancini fumbled the football. As the Oaklands pounced on the ball, Mancini layed on the ground frozen in shock as his championship dreams slipped through his fingers.
"I feel like it's my fault and that I let the whole team down," said an emotional Mancini, as tears rolled down his cheeks. "I can't believe it happened. We had such a great chance to get back."
Mancini, who scored a touchdown and rushed for 93 yards, could hardly be faulted after a season that earned him a selection to The Toronto Sun's all-star team.
"Those things happen," said Crabtree, who was 9-for-16 for 93 yards. "They deserve to be champions. They're a good team and played really well in the second half."