17 November 18, 2010 - OTTAWA THIS WEEK - CENTRAL
Photo by Dan Plouffe
Jamahll Charles (15) and the Franco-Cité Falcons celebrated the first touchdown scored against St. Joseph’s defence this year, but it wasn’t quite enough to win a city title as they fell 24-16 in the national capital Tier 2 city final on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Minto Field.
Falcons grounded in Tier 2 football final DAN PLOUFFE firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a shame either had to lose as both teams played like champions in the national capital Tier 2 high school senior football final, but it was the St. Joseph Jaguars that emerged victorious in a 2416 win over the Franco-Cité Falcons on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Minto Field. The Falcons came within one play of having the chance to tie the game with 16 seconds left but wound up with a narrow defeat at the hands of the league champions for the second year in a row. “That’s all we ask of the players,” said Franco-Cité coach Serge Boisvert, who couldn’t feel at all displeased with the way his team battled throughout the contest to the very end. “They gave us a great game.” The final didn’t show the makings of a classic in the early stages as penalty flags flew on most plays and each team had a touchdown called back due to infractions. The score remained 3-3 shortly before halftime until Franco-Cité’s Jamahll Charles danced through for a punt return touchdown to give the Falcons a 10-3 lead. The St. Joseph offence came alive to start the second half with a pair of majors. First, quarterback Jordan Maxwell hit a wide-open Emmett Choi for an end zone score, and then runningback Ryan Robillard finished off the next drive, set up by a 58-yard catch-and-run play by Corey Wright to go ahead 17-10. Charles responded for Franco-Cité with a 45-yard TD catch, but Tyler Bertin and several Jaguars teammates busted through to block the extra point attempt and maintain a crucial one-point advantage. It was an entertaining finish to the ball game as both defences battled back and forth down to the wire. Eventually it was Wright who again provided the key play
en route to the end zone with a 31-yard catch near the goal line to set up Maxwell’s short plunge for the major and a 2416 lead with under two minutes to play. Thanks to a couple clutch receptions by Charles, Franco-Cité threatened to tie the score on their final drive. It came down to a third-down play, and Alvan Julien very nearly tracked down a deep pass from Sébastien Legros-Poitras in the end zone, but he ended up one step short, along with his Falcons. “That was a good team we played against – very athletic, really well coached,” Jaguars winning coach Mario Panetta commented. “They were a great team. It was a big challenge for us.” Boisvert noted that it was a game where every play counted, and he certainly couldn’t be upset with his players’ efforts against a strong opponent whose defence hadn’t allowed a single point against it leading up to the final. “It was an amazing season,” smiled the coach of the second-year Falcons, who carry an all-time record of 12-5. “We took those guys and I think they’re a much better team, and better people too. We went to the final and they gave it their best. I’m happy with that.” The Franco-Cité football program, which currently allows students from other French Catholic board schools to visit for the first semester at Franco-Cité, recently got approval to continue in the second semester. That paves the road for the Falcons to train together year-round and also makes the team eligible to compete in OFSAA provincial competition and the national capital Tier 1 league since all players will be full-time students at Franco-Cité. “That’s going to be good for us,” added Boisvert, whose school likely had the largest number of fans attend the championship game out of the six participating teams. “We’ll go play with the big boys next year.”
Published on Nov 18, 2010