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La Salle quarterback acclimating nicely to new position

October 18, 2013

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

For a guy who never played quarterback until this year, Tim Wight isn’t doing too badly.

Thursday afternoon, he led his La Salle Black Knights into a share of first place in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior football standings with a 27-7 victory over the Ernestown Eagles.

La Salle, 4-1, is headed to a showdown next Thursday on the final day of the regular schedule at Frontenac against a Falcons team that will be putting its undefeated record on the line tomorrow at Sydenham.

That the Knights would not only be head and shoulders above the other AA teams in the league, but be in a position to challenge a perennial provincial triple-A power for the top spot overall, might have been considered unlikely on the day at the end of training camp the La Salle coaches took a deep breath and entrusted the starting quarterback job to a Grade 11 student who had never played the position.

“We had a very, very good battle in training camp for the quarterback job between two guys and Timmy won it,” La Salle coach Reuben Brunet said.

“He’s a nice kid, a high academic kid … and he’s learning the ropes. He’s getting better all the time.”

Wight played two years of junior football, and he also played on the school’s rugby team last spring. That’s where he caught Brunet’s attention.

“He was kind of our lynchpin in rugby so he gets the leadership piece” that goes with playing quarterback, Brunet said.

That was one reason why the coaches were comfortable putting an inexperienced hand in the game’s pivotal position.

“He can throw the ball,” Brunet said. “He can run, he’s very bright and the kids respect him. He makes good decisions.”

Wight set up La Salle’s first touchdown with a run of about 20 yards on an option play. He later scored a third-quarter major on a short run that gave his team a 20-7 lead that, for all intents and purposes, put the game away.

His one misstep Thursday was a ball he threw that was intercepted by Ernestown’s Justin Elson and returned 55 yards for the Eagles’ only touchdown.

“(Elson) made a good play,” Brunet said. “Those things happen.”

La Salle’s first touchdown drive benefitted from a 15-yard Ernestown penalty on a punt that set the Knights up inside the Eagles’ 30-yard line. After Wight’s run to the five, Riley Mitchell carried into the end zone for the score.

Two field goals by Ryan Brown, of 35 and 20 yards, gave the Knights a 13-0 lead before Elson’s score brought the Eagles close with less than a minute to play in the first half.

With La Salle setting up for a short field goal midway through the third quarter, Mitchell instead took a direct snap and carried to the Ernestown two-yard line, from where Wight scored his touchdown.

A 30-yard touchdown run by Cody Fellows with less than two minutes to play in the game completed scoring.

In games tomorrow, besides Frontenac, 4-0, playing at Sydenham, 2-2, at 2 o’clock, the Holy Cross Crusaders, 2-2, will visit Bayridge, where the 0-5 Blazers will be completing their regular schedule.

 

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