Ontario Regional Junior Football Championship
Quarter-finals (Nov. 14th)
St. Michaels College (Independent, Toronto) 15, Brother Andre Cardinals 12
St. Michaels: Scoring details not available
Brother Andre: Ted Fair-Gogek TD; Russel Jackson-Wyatt TD
Semi-finals: November 19th
Nelson 15, Lakeshore Catholic (Niagara, Port Colborne) 7
St. Michaels College (Independent, Toronto) 21, Uxbridge (LOSSA, Uxbridge) 1
St. Michaels: Alex Francella, 2TD, Mark Brousshenko TD, Corbin Lott FG
Uxbridge Andrew Cowper S
Championship: Nov. 22nd
Nelson (Halton, Burlington) 35, St. Michaels College (Independent, Toronto) 6
2003 Championship Game
Source: Hamilton Spectator: November 24th Alge Borusas
There could be a freshly minted Nelson Lords high school football dynasty in the offing.
The junior Lords took their own first steps on the road to post- season prominence as theys crushed the Toronto St. Michaels Kerry Blues 35-6 in the Junior Metro Bowl final held on Burlington Central High School's football field on Saturday.
The senior Lords had already established a gridiron reputation at the Burlington school with senior Metro Bowl titles in 1997 and 1999 and reaching the Golden Horseshoe Bowl final last year, but got only as far as the Halton high school final this year.
"Some of athletes made some plays on offence for us that gave us an opportunity to win, but I really thought it was our defence that won the game for us," said Nelson head coach Nick Mlekuz. "They have been outstanding all year long."
He was also grateful to have some solid, dry ground under his feet at Central after the soggy ground conditions at Nelson Stadium earlier this week.
"This was a really good venue that really helped us because I don't think we played too well in the mud on Wednesday," he said.
Nelson running back Josh Hilton sparked the Lords with two fourth- quarter touchdowns and was named as his team's MVP of the game.
"This was great. It was something we heard about at the start of the season and were looking forward to all year," said Hilton, a Grade 10 student. "We were working hard at every practice for this."
Hilton had shot down hopes of a St. Mike's comeback attempt with his first TD of the game.
The Blues had scored their only touchdown of the game on a 24- yard pass to Corbin Lott to narrow the score to 15-6, but on the first play after the kickoff return, Hilton burned 59 yards down the left sideline to hit paydirt.
If that wasn't enough to bury St. Mike's, Hilton followed up with a 46-yard charge up the middle for his second major.
He said it looked like the momentum would swing after the St. Mike's touchdown.
"I just had to bring that extra step in and make sure the win would come our way," he said.
Nelson's Brandon Pollock added the final blow to St. Mike's with a 75-yard run for a touchdown in the dying minutes of the game.
Lords took a 15-0 halftime lead as quarterback Zach Stacey hit tight end Duncan McNeil with a touchdown pass and Manny Campbell returned a punt for a touchdown.
Dave McMurrough booted the first two of his four converts and Stacey added a punt single in the half.
The idea for a Junior Metro Bowl district championship was hatched last year by St. Mike's coach Frank Ribarich with a three- team showdown.
He added two more league champions this year and hopes to have six to eight on board in 2004.
"The fans loved it and the kids loved it," Ribarich said.
He said he knew that Nelson had a lot of athleticism and the Blues would have had to play a perfect game to win.
"We dropped a few passes that we should have caught and there was a couple of runs we could have toughed out a little more," Ribarich said.