Ontario Regional Junior Football Championship
|2010 Ontario Regional Junior Football Championships|
|LOSSA FINALIST||NIAGARA FINALIST|
|Pickering 14||Saint Michael 7|
|CISAA CHAMP||CHAMPIONSHIP||HALTON CHAMP|
|St. Mikes 18||NORTH-EAST||Nelson 42|
|At St. Mikes 2:00 PM||SEMI-FINAL||CHAMPION||SEMI-FINAL||At Assumption 1:00 PM|
|Fri. Nov 19||NORTH WINNER||Donald A. Wilson 16||WEST WINNER||Tues Nov 23|
|St. Mikes 14||vs.||Nelson 29|
|EAST WINNER||SOUTH-WEST||SOUTH WINNER|
|Donald A Wilson 26||DIVISION||Lakeshore Catholic 7|
|At St. Michael's 12:00 PM||CHAMPION||At St. Michael's 2:00 PM|
|East||Sat. Nov 27||At St. Michael's 1:30 PM||Sat, Nov 27||South|
|QUARTER-FINAL||Wed. Dec 1||QUARTER-FINAL|
|COSSA Champ||HALTON FINALITS|
|Belleville Centennial 7||M M Robinson 26|
|LOSSA CHAMP||NIAGARA CHAMP|
|Donald A Wilson 35||Lakeshore Catholic 36|
|At Wilson 1:00 PM||At Lakeshore 12:00 PM|
|Tues. Nov 23||Tues Nov 23|
|1) As is the rule for the GTA, there will be 12 minute quarters. Overtime games will use the rules of the GTA to determine the winner.|
|2) As some districts play 3 down football while others play 4 down, the quarter’s, semi’s and finals will be played half 3 down and half|
|4 down. There will be a separate coin toss to determine which half will be 3 down and which will be 4 down, the winner of the toss|
|deciding. This has been the precedent the last 6 years and has worked out well. This rule can be passed by only if both teams agree to|
|play one way or the other.|
At St. Michael's College on December 1st
Nelson (Halton, Burlington) 25, Donald A. Wilson (LOSSA,
TORONTO — With just 24 minutes left in their season, the Nelson Lords’ locker room was remarkably silent.
It’s not like Nelson was being blown out in Wednesday’s Ontario Regional Junior Football championship game, but after surrendering a single point on the final play of the first half, Nelson found itself in a situation it had never faced in 11 games this season — trailing on the scoreboard.
“It was really quiet,” said running back Addison Olah. “We just let the coaching staff talk us through it and then made the adjustments.”
That’s a little more civilized than Nelson coach Nick Mlekuz described it.
“They were a little nervous and there were a few words said,” offered the coach.
What were those words?
“That’s probably best left unsaid,” Mlekuz said with a smile after his team’s 25-16 victory.
Of course, Mlekuz and his team could afford to smile after scoring 15 unanswered points to give Nelson its second such title (known as the Metro Bowl when Nelson won it in 2003).
The Lords also had good reason to be nervous, though. They were facing Whitby’s Wilson Gators, who were also bidding for a second title after winning last year’s championship.
“That’s the best team we’ve faced all year,” said Olah, who was named Nelson’s most valuable player. “It was a tough game and we needed everyone on the team to step up.”
Olah certainly did at a key time. After being held to six yards in the third quarter, he marched the ball down the field in the fourth, gaining 54 yards on seven carries. He only had one run of less than five yards on the drive, and that’s only when he ran out of field, punching the ball into the end zone from four yards out with just over two minutes to play that upped Nelson’s lead to 24-16.
The Gators were well aware of Nelson’s ability to run the ball. In the days leading up to the final, Wilson coach told durhamregion.com, “They’re big and they’re pretty much straight ahead football. They pound the ball straight at you from what we’ve seen on film. They’re not fancy. They definitely make no bones about it, they’re just going to try to run the ball right over you.”
Nelson showed its opponents far more adversity, though. Victor Fasullo caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Eli Pawliw to open the scoring in the first half. Fasullo later had receptions of 33 and 15 yards to set up Alex Furlan’s go-ahead touchdown in the final seconds of the third quarter.
Pawliw summed up the duo’s success succinctly. “I can throw the ball far,” the quarterback said, “and he can run fast.”
Fasullo is just in his second year of football, having never played rep, but he contributed in every facet of the game. On defence, he came up with an interception that snuffed out the Gators’ final drive and he booted a 19-yard field goal and converted all three Nelson touchdowns.
“I came in thinking this was just another football game,” the Grade 10 student said. “Then when it was over, you start thinking, ‘We just won the Metro Bowl.’ It’s so exciting.”
Furlan was another two-way standout. He added fullback duties to his workload during the season and showed he was a good fit when he bulled his way into the end zone from six yards out. He also made a key interception late in the game that set up Nelson’s key single point that stretched the lead to nine.
While the Gators showed they could run the ball effectively behind Andrew Smith, who gained 112 yards in the second half alone, Wilson wasn’t nearly effective in its passing game. That gave Nelson the edge it needed.
“I’ve never played on a team that has improved so much over the season,” Pawliw said. “Our school is so football oriented, so this is great for our whole school, not just for our program.”
“This really is a dream season for us,” Mlekuz said.
Nelson: Victor Fasullo TD, FG, 3C; Alex Furlan TD; Addison Olah TD; Eli Pawliw S
Wilson: Andrew Smith 2TD, 2ptC; Malcolm Branton C; Toren Guest S
Semi-finals at St. Michaels College on November 27th
Donald A. Wilson (LOSSA, Whitby) 26, St. Michaels College (CISAA, Toronto) 14.
TORONTO -- Fans of smash-mouth football will likely get a kick out of Wednesday's Ontario regional junior championship game at St. Michael's College School.
Whitby's Wilson Gators will be looking to go where no team has gone before and win the title for a second consecutive year.
Lined up opposite them for the 1:30 p.m. game are the Nelson Lords of Burlington.
"They're big and they're pretty much straight ahead football. They pound the ball straight ahead at you from what we've seen on film," said Wilson head coach Rob Thomson. "We're going to put a bunch of guys in the box on defence and play straight-up tough defence. They're not fancy. They definitely make no bones about it, they're just going to try to run the ball right over you."
The Lords are a perfect 10-0 this season and are coming off a 29-7 win over the Lakeshore Gators in the semifinals. Quarterback Eli Pawliw connected with receiver Victor Fasullo for three of the touchdowns and ran the other in himself.
The Gators, meanwhile, used the ground game to account for all their scoring in a 26-14 semifinal win over St. Michael's in Toronto on Saturday, with Sanjay Francis scoring twice, Andrew Smith and quarterback Jerome Gonsalves-Akers once each.
Feature backs Smith, a Grade 9 student, and Francis have been key for the Gators all season, but the team can also go to the air with Gonsalves-Akers at the helm, Thomson assured.
"Like last year, it might be the best kept secret because we can pass the ball when we need to, but as long as we can get it done on the ground, we just keep getting it done on the ground."
Last year's championship team had now-senior quarterback George Papadakos calling the snaps, but was led by running back Ryan Dixon, who had an astounding 471 yards rushing and six touchdowns in a 40-28 win over St. Mike's in the final.
Despite Dixon moving on to St. Francis high school in Athol Springs, N.Y., to pursue a scholarship, the Gators' program remains strong at both the junior and senior levels.
The senior team lost only one game all season, by a point to eventual Metro Bowl champion Holy Trinity in the LOSSA final.
"The last few years, we've been running the same kind of stuff in senior and junior, so it's starting to show through," said Thomson. "We could be the first to win back-to-back, which at junior is quite the accomplishment because usually when you win at junior you're loaded with Grade 10's, and then you have to rebuild, but we've been very fortunate two years in a row."
Donald A. Wilson 29: Sanjay Francis 2TD; Jerome Gonsalves-Akers TD; Andrew Smith TD; Malcom Branton 2C
St. Michaels College 14: Charles Di Ilio 2TD; Anthony Iafrate 2C
South-West Regional 2:00 p.m.
Nelson (Halton, Burlington) 29, Lakeshore Catholic (Niagara, Port Colborne) 7
Victor Fasullo caught three touchdown passes, kicked four converts and added a single to lead the Nelson junior Lords high school football team to a 29-7 win over Lakeshore Catholic High School Gators on Saturday.
The victory, in a game played at St. Michael’s College in Toronto, advances the Lords to the Ontario Regional Junior Football Championship game Wednesday, Dec. 1 back at St. Mike’s.
Lords quarterback Eli Pawliw also scored a touchdown on a short run to account for the other six points.
It’s the second straight game Fasullo has scored three TDs.
The 10-0 Lords have outscored opponents 352-62 this season.
Nelson will take on another Gator team — Whitby’s Donald Wilson Secondary School — in the championship game. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Nelson: Victor Fasullo 3TD, 4C; Eli Pawliw TD, S
Lakeshore Catholic: Cole Majoros TD; William Borgman C
North Regional (November 19th)
St. Michaels College (CISAA, Toronto) 18, Pickering (LOSSA, Ajax) 14
The football season for the junior Pickering Trojans has come to an end as they were eliminated from the Ontario regional junior football championship by the host team, St. Michaels College.
The Trojans found the final three minutes of the first half to be their undoing, as they saw a 6-1 lead evaporate as the Kerry Blues would tally two touchdowns, the first a four-yard run by Loughlin Kelly, the second a 17-yard pass reception by Lennox Adinkrah, which vaulted the hosts in front 15-6 at the half.
Playing three-down football in the second half (the first half was four-down football, which LOSSA plays), the Trojans were able to reduce the deficit to 18-12 with just over six minutes remaining as Jesse St. John connected with Jackson Lyder on a 51-yard pass-and-run play. A fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave the Trojans the great field position. However, the Kerry Blue defence rose to the occasion and repelled the Trojan attack as Pickering was unable to generate any more offensive points. Hayden Murphy was credited with a safety when St. Michaels did take a knee in the end zone on a third-down play with 2:39 remaining.
Matthew Boateng scored Pickering's first touchdown on a 38-yard run in the opening quarter. Anthony Iafrate with a single on a missed field goal, two converts and a 35-yard third-quarter field goal accounted for six kicking points for the hosts.
St. Michaels College 18: Loughlin Kelly TD; Lennox Adinkrah TD; Anthony Iafrate 2C, FG, S
Pickering 14: Matthew Boateng TD; Jackson Lyder TD; Hayden Murphy SFT
East Regional (November 23rd, 1:00
Wilson (LOSSA, Whitby) 35, Centennial (COSSA, Belleville) 7
Game report courtesy of the Belleville Intelligencer. Source: http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=2858875
As promised, the Centennial Chargers went to the air in their Ontario regional junior football quarterfinal playoff game Tuesday in Whitby.
And it worked. Once.
Chargers quarterback Tanner Deline tossed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Chase Peck on the game's first play from scrimmage and Peck applied the PAT to give Centennial a 7-0 lead over the host Donald A. Wilson Gators.
Unfortunately for the Chargers, their lead was short-lived.
Gators battled back to take a 9-7 intermission lead, then piled up 26 unanswered second-half points to claim a 35-7 victory.
Sanjay Francis, who went both ways for Wilson at running back and DB, played for the Gators last year when they clobbered Centennial in a similar quarterfinal contest at Pat Carty Field, scoring three TDs in the first quarter alone. He scampered in from three yards out for Wilson's first touchdown Tuesday.
"When we started against them last year, we dominated," said Francis. "But this year, they showed up. In the second half, we had to make some adjustments."
So did the Chargers.
Wilson running backs Andrew Smith and Francis chewed up considerable chunks of yardage during a clock-killing third-quarter drive that resulted in a major score by Dylan Misseri on a 40-yard pass from Gator QB Jerome Gonsalves-Akers.
In the fourth quarter, facing a stiff wind, Centennial's passing attack was grounded and Wilson added three more touchdowns -- a one-yard QB keeper by Gonsalves-Akers, a 26-yard interception return by Matt MacCaskill and a 23-yard reception by Misseri.
Brandon Culp, who kicked a last-minute 32-yard field goal to lift Centennial to a thrilling 9-8 win over Lindsay Collegiate in this year's COSSA AAA final, said the Chargers had no answer for the Gators' stout challenge in the second half.
"Our defence was amazing this year but we just ran into a better team today," said Culp.
"I can't help but agree," said Chargers head coach Joe Dicresce. "I think we surprised them a little bit because we're a good team. But you can only play in your own half of the field for so long.
"Once we completed that first (touchdown) pass, they put Sanjay on Chase."
And he stuck. Like glue.
Wilson, which won the Ontario regional junior title last season, advances to a semi-final contest Saturday at St. Michael's College. The final is Dec. 1, also at St. Mike's.
Despite the season-ending loss, Dicresce was happy with his team.
"Hey, to win COSSA and then lose to the defending regional champs -- I can live with that," said Dicresce. "We had a great season."
Dicresce scouted the Gators prior to Tuesday's game and came away believing Centennial had a chance -- if the Chargers aerial attack could get untracked. However, a soggy field, a strong November wind and Wilson's superior play on defence in the second half conspired to stop Centennial in its tracks.
"We were in a unique position this year in that our offence was based on passing," said Dicresce. "That doesn't happen often in junior football. It's really kind of cool.
"But today, conditions made it so tough -- not only to pass, but also the exchange between centre and quarterback too.
"The difference today was the line of scrimmage. They handled the line of scrimmage."
Still, Francis was thoroughly impressed with the competition Centennial provided, especially in the first half. A week ago, Wilson crushed Pickering 50-27 in the LOSSA final.
"Centennial was definitely better this year than they were last year," said Francis. "They've developed. I was surprised."
Francis said Centennial's success in the first half forced Wilson to pick up their game in the final two periods.
"Last year, we had a lot of very good players," he said. "This year, not as many. So we have to work extra hard."
Wilson 35: Dylan Misseri, 2TD and SFT, Matt MacAskill, TD, Jerome Gonsalves-Akers, TD, Sanjay Francis, TD, Malcolm Branton, 3C
Centennial 7: Chase Peck TD, C
West Regional (November 23rd, 1:00
Nelson (Halton, Burlington) 42, St. Michael (Niagara, Niagara Falls) 7
Game report courtesy of Inside Halton. Source: http://www.insidehalton.com/sports/article/907339--junior-lords-advance-rams-ousted-in-junior-football
The Nelson junior Lords moved one step closer to the Ontario Regional Junior Football Championship after whipping Niagara Falls’ St. Michael’s Mustangs 42-7 at Assumption Secondary School Tuesday afternoon.
The Halton champions advance to the ORJFC semifinals Saturday at St. Michael’s College in Toronto against the Lakeshore Catholic Gators, the defending champs, who eliminated Halton finalist M.M. Robinson Rams in another quarter-final game Tuesday. The host Gators won 36-26.
Saturday’s semifinal is set for 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to the championship game, also at St. Mike’s, on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Victor Fasullo scored three touchdowns to lead the Jr. Lords, with Addison Olah adding a pair and Alex Furlan scoring the other Nelson TD.
South Regional (November 23rd, 12:00
Lakeshore Catholic 36, MM Robinson (Halton, Burlington) 26