Knights win Catholic high school football title with late field goal

Community Nov 14, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The St. Thomas More Knights upset the defending champion Cardinal Newman Cardinals Thursday night for the Catholic high school senior boys football crown.

Kevin Mutuga’s 24-yard field goal with no time left on the clock gave the Knights a 20-17 win.

A blocked field goal attempt by the Knights Joe O’Brien in the third quarter, along with two missed three-pointers by the Cardinals in the first half made a huge difference in the game.

Joe O’Brien of the St. Thomas Knights blocks a field goal attempt by Steven Frketich in the third quarter. | Photo by Gord Bowes

Newman opened the scoring in the second quarter with a rouge after Steven Frketich’s field goal attempt went wide. The Knights made it 7-1 later in the quarter on a two-yard run by Osayi Iginuan and extra point from Mutuga.

After another missed field goal and rouge, Mutuga hit a field goal at the end of the half to give the Knights a 10-2 lead.

The Cardinals stormed out in the second half with a 42-yard pick-6 by Nick Petermann, but the two-point convert attempt failed. With the score 10-8 and the ball deep in the St, Thomas More’s zone, the Knights conceded a safety which tied the score 10-10.

Clark Adams’ 15-yard catch from Jake Marquette and Frketich’s extra point gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game.

Nick Feria Cortes dives to the one-yard line during the St. Thomas More Knights' scoring drive late in the fourth quarter that tied the HWCAA senior boys football final at 17. | Photo by Gord Bowes

More’s Iginuan ran in his second touchdown of the game after quarterback Nick Feria Corte got the ball to the one-yard line; Mutuga’s extra point tied it up at 17 at 7:02 of the fourth quarter.

Then with no time left on the clock, Mutuga kicked the game-winning field goal.

More had 34 rushing plays for 194 yards, while Newman had 67 yards on 13 rushes.

In their only meeting during the regular season, the Cardinals beat the Knights 24-3. The Cardinals, who were ranked in the top 10 nationwide, had won the last three championships.

Both teams move on the GHAC playdowns. St. Thomas More will host Assumption (Burlington) at 2 p.m. next Thursday.

Cardinal Newman will play at Holy Trinity (Oakville) at 2 p.m. the same day.

Photos by Gord Bowes

Knights win Catholic high school football title with late field goal

Community Nov 14, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The St. Thomas More Knights upset the defending champion Cardinal Newman Cardinals Thursday night for the Catholic high school senior boys football crown.

Kevin Mutuga’s 24-yard field goal with no time left on the clock gave the Knights a 20-17 win.

A blocked field goal attempt by the Knights Joe O’Brien in the third quarter, along with two missed three-pointers by the Cardinals in the first half made a huge difference in the game.

Joe O’Brien of the St. Thomas Knights blocks a field goal attempt by Steven Frketich in the third quarter. | Photo by Gord Bowes

Newman opened the scoring in the second quarter with a rouge after Steven Frketich’s field goal attempt went wide. The Knights made it 7-1 later in the quarter on a two-yard run by Osayi Iginuan and extra point from Mutuga.

After another missed field goal and rouge, Mutuga hit a field goal at the end of the half to give the Knights a 10-2 lead.

The Cardinals stormed out in the second half with a 42-yard pick-6 by Nick Petermann, but the two-point convert attempt failed. With the score 10-8 and the ball deep in the St, Thomas More’s zone, the Knights conceded a safety which tied the score 10-10.

Clark Adams’ 15-yard catch from Jake Marquette and Frketich’s extra point gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game.

Nick Feria Cortes dives to the one-yard line during the St. Thomas More Knights' scoring drive late in the fourth quarter that tied the HWCAA senior boys football final at 17. | Photo by Gord Bowes

More’s Iginuan ran in his second touchdown of the game after quarterback Nick Feria Corte got the ball to the one-yard line; Mutuga’s extra point tied it up at 17 at 7:02 of the fourth quarter.

Then with no time left on the clock, Mutuga kicked the game-winning field goal.

More had 34 rushing plays for 194 yards, while Newman had 67 yards on 13 rushes.

In their only meeting during the regular season, the Cardinals beat the Knights 24-3. The Cardinals, who were ranked in the top 10 nationwide, had won the last three championships.

Both teams move on the GHAC playdowns. St. Thomas More will host Assumption (Burlington) at 2 p.m. next Thursday.

Cardinal Newman will play at Holy Trinity (Oakville) at 2 p.m. the same day.

Photos by Gord Bowes

Knights win Catholic high school football title with late field goal

Community Nov 14, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The St. Thomas More Knights upset the defending champion Cardinal Newman Cardinals Thursday night for the Catholic high school senior boys football crown.

Kevin Mutuga’s 24-yard field goal with no time left on the clock gave the Knights a 20-17 win.

A blocked field goal attempt by the Knights Joe O’Brien in the third quarter, along with two missed three-pointers by the Cardinals in the first half made a huge difference in the game.

Joe O’Brien of the St. Thomas Knights blocks a field goal attempt by Steven Frketich in the third quarter. | Photo by Gord Bowes

Newman opened the scoring in the second quarter with a rouge after Steven Frketich’s field goal attempt went wide. The Knights made it 7-1 later in the quarter on a two-yard run by Osayi Iginuan and extra point from Mutuga.

After another missed field goal and rouge, Mutuga hit a field goal at the end of the half to give the Knights a 10-2 lead.

The Cardinals stormed out in the second half with a 42-yard pick-6 by Nick Petermann, but the two-point convert attempt failed. With the score 10-8 and the ball deep in the St, Thomas More’s zone, the Knights conceded a safety which tied the score 10-10.

Clark Adams’ 15-yard catch from Jake Marquette and Frketich’s extra point gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game.

Nick Feria Cortes dives to the one-yard line during the St. Thomas More Knights' scoring drive late in the fourth quarter that tied the HWCAA senior boys football final at 17. | Photo by Gord Bowes

More’s Iginuan ran in his second touchdown of the game after quarterback Nick Feria Corte got the ball to the one-yard line; Mutuga’s extra point tied it up at 17 at 7:02 of the fourth quarter.

Then with no time left on the clock, Mutuga kicked the game-winning field goal.

More had 34 rushing plays for 194 yards, while Newman had 67 yards on 13 rushes.

In their only meeting during the regular season, the Cardinals beat the Knights 24-3. The Cardinals, who were ranked in the top 10 nationwide, had won the last three championships.

Both teams move on the GHAC playdowns. St. Thomas More will host Assumption (Burlington) at 2 p.m. next Thursday.

Cardinal Newman will play at Holy Trinity (Oakville) at 2 p.m. the same day.

Photos by Gord Bowes