Titans fall, Brebeuf avoids football upset

News Oct 30, 2009 Ancaster News

It’s why they play the game.

The Bishop Tonnos Titans were on the wrong side of an upset victory at the hands of the Cathedral Gaels.

Sixth place Cathedral, with only one win in the regular season, upset third place Bishop Tonnos 23-20 and fifth place Bishop Ryan downed fourth place St. Thomas More 15-9 in Oct. 27 HWCAA playoff football action.

Semi-final action next Wednesday sees Cathedral take on Cardinal Newman at 1 p. m. and Brebeuf meets Bishop Ryan at 3 p. m.

Both games are at McMaster University.

The St. Mary’s Crusaders didn’t record a single win during the regular season and were up against the second place St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves in Hamilton Catholic high school senior football quarter-final playoff action.

In week three of the season the Braves clobbered St. Mary 30-6, so the playoff game should be a miss-match, right?

On paper, maybe.

The Crusaders played their best game of the season against the Braves at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Tuesday, and while they went down to a 22-10 defeat, the west end school gave the east Mountain school all they could handle and even briefly held the lead in the third quarter.

Quarterback Jesse Matthews marched Brebeuf smartly down the field firing passes to Josh Oelkuch, Paul Pratt and Eric Johnson before capping the drive with a 16- yard touchdown pass to Stefan Petsanidis.

The Braves attempted a single point convert, misplayed the snap on the kick and ended up tossing the ball to Johnson in the end zone for two points to take an 8-0 lead.

Neither team was able to do any further scoring in the first quarter as the St. Mary’s defence did a good job of keeping the Brebeuf running game bottled up for much of the half.

The Crusaders moved the ball into Braves’ territory in the second quarter thanks to some good runs by quarterback Isaac Leon and running back Peter Cascella, but they had to settle for a 14-yard Casella field goal and the first half ended with Brebeuf leading 8-3.

St. Mary’s grabbed the momentum on the opening kick-off of the second half.

Thanks to a pass interference call against Brebeuf in the end zone, the Crusaders got the ball on the one-yard line and Leon punched the ball in for the TD.

Casella kicked the convert to give St. Mary’s a short-lived 10-8 lead.

Then the momentum swung back to the Braves whose running game came to life. The ground attack was led by running back Mevand Wassel, who scored two majors in the third quarter.

Titans fall, Brebeuf avoids football upset

News Oct 30, 2009 Ancaster News

It’s why they play the game.

The Bishop Tonnos Titans were on the wrong side of an upset victory at the hands of the Cathedral Gaels.

Sixth place Cathedral, with only one win in the regular season, upset third place Bishop Tonnos 23-20 and fifth place Bishop Ryan downed fourth place St. Thomas More 15-9 in Oct. 27 HWCAA playoff football action.

Semi-final action next Wednesday sees Cathedral take on Cardinal Newman at 1 p. m. and Brebeuf meets Bishop Ryan at 3 p. m.

Both games are at McMaster University.

The St. Mary’s Crusaders didn’t record a single win during the regular season and were up against the second place St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves in Hamilton Catholic high school senior football quarter-final playoff action.

In week three of the season the Braves clobbered St. Mary 30-6, so the playoff game should be a miss-match, right?

On paper, maybe.

The Crusaders played their best game of the season against the Braves at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Tuesday, and while they went down to a 22-10 defeat, the west end school gave the east Mountain school all they could handle and even briefly held the lead in the third quarter.

Quarterback Jesse Matthews marched Brebeuf smartly down the field firing passes to Josh Oelkuch, Paul Pratt and Eric Johnson before capping the drive with a 16- yard touchdown pass to Stefan Petsanidis.

The Braves attempted a single point convert, misplayed the snap on the kick and ended up tossing the ball to Johnson in the end zone for two points to take an 8-0 lead.

Neither team was able to do any further scoring in the first quarter as the St. Mary’s defence did a good job of keeping the Brebeuf running game bottled up for much of the half.

The Crusaders moved the ball into Braves’ territory in the second quarter thanks to some good runs by quarterback Isaac Leon and running back Peter Cascella, but they had to settle for a 14-yard Casella field goal and the first half ended with Brebeuf leading 8-3.

St. Mary’s grabbed the momentum on the opening kick-off of the second half.

Thanks to a pass interference call against Brebeuf in the end zone, the Crusaders got the ball on the one-yard line and Leon punched the ball in for the TD.

Casella kicked the convert to give St. Mary’s a short-lived 10-8 lead.

Then the momentum swung back to the Braves whose running game came to life. The ground attack was led by running back Mevand Wassel, who scored two majors in the third quarter.

Titans fall, Brebeuf avoids football upset

News Oct 30, 2009 Ancaster News

It’s why they play the game.

The Bishop Tonnos Titans were on the wrong side of an upset victory at the hands of the Cathedral Gaels.

Sixth place Cathedral, with only one win in the regular season, upset third place Bishop Tonnos 23-20 and fifth place Bishop Ryan downed fourth place St. Thomas More 15-9 in Oct. 27 HWCAA playoff football action.

Semi-final action next Wednesday sees Cathedral take on Cardinal Newman at 1 p. m. and Brebeuf meets Bishop Ryan at 3 p. m.

Both games are at McMaster University.

The St. Mary’s Crusaders didn’t record a single win during the regular season and were up against the second place St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves in Hamilton Catholic high school senior football quarter-final playoff action.

In week three of the season the Braves clobbered St. Mary 30-6, so the playoff game should be a miss-match, right?

On paper, maybe.

The Crusaders played their best game of the season against the Braves at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Tuesday, and while they went down to a 22-10 defeat, the west end school gave the east Mountain school all they could handle and even briefly held the lead in the third quarter.

Quarterback Jesse Matthews marched Brebeuf smartly down the field firing passes to Josh Oelkuch, Paul Pratt and Eric Johnson before capping the drive with a 16- yard touchdown pass to Stefan Petsanidis.

The Braves attempted a single point convert, misplayed the snap on the kick and ended up tossing the ball to Johnson in the end zone for two points to take an 8-0 lead.

Neither team was able to do any further scoring in the first quarter as the St. Mary’s defence did a good job of keeping the Brebeuf running game bottled up for much of the half.

The Crusaders moved the ball into Braves’ territory in the second quarter thanks to some good runs by quarterback Isaac Leon and running back Peter Cascella, but they had to settle for a 14-yard Casella field goal and the first half ended with Brebeuf leading 8-3.

St. Mary’s grabbed the momentum on the opening kick-off of the second half.

Thanks to a pass interference call against Brebeuf in the end zone, the Crusaders got the ball on the one-yard line and Leon punched the ball in for the TD.

Casella kicked the convert to give St. Mary’s a short-lived 10-8 lead.

Then the momentum swung back to the Braves whose running game came to life. The ground attack was led by running back Mevand Wassel, who scored two majors in the third quarter.