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Senior football teams prepare for playoffs

October 25, 2014

Frontenac Falcons gave notice Friday that they may be a team not to ignore as the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior football playoffs begin next week.

The defending league champions, who began the year 1-3, pulled to .500 with a 27-17 win over the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers in one of three games played on the final day of the regular schedule.

Ultimately the outcome had no impact on the final league standings, as the Falcons still finished fifth, a game behind Regi and the Holy Cross Crusaders, who ended tied for third at 4-2. In handing the Panthers just their second loss of the season, however, Frontenac suggested its strong second half last week against Holy Cross was no fluke.

In that game, Frontenac came from down 24-7 at halftime to lose just 27-25.

In Friday’s game, the Falcons found themselves trailing 14-0 after barely a minute had been played. They fumbled the opening kickoff and Regi, after recovering the ball near the 20-yard line, promptly scored. The Falcons then fumbled the subsequent kickoff, and the Panthers took that one directly to the end zone.

After that, the Frontenac defence allowed Regi’s offence to score just three points. Meanwhilel the Falcons got a pair of touchdowns from receiver Carter Matheson and another from Jake Magee, all on passes from quarterback Rob Magee. Braeden North converted all three majors and kicked two field goals.

In other games played under Friday’s brilliant sunshine, the Sydenham Golden Eagles completed an undefeated season with a 45-0 win over the visiting Bayridge Blazers and Holy Cross posted a 33-13 home-field win over the Ernestown Eagles.

Unlike other KASSAA sports, where a single champion is declared and then teams go their separate ways into regional AAA and AA playoffs, football divides its teams by classification at this point and they will play their respective semifinals next week.

The AA semifinal will be played Tuesday afternoon at La Salle where the Knights, 5-1 in the regular year, will host Bayridge, which finished 2-4, at 1 o’clock. The winner of that game will play Sydenham in the final Saturday, Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at Richardson Stadium, in the second game of a AA championship doubleheader.

Next Thursday, Frontenac will travel to Holy Cross for a AAA semifinal rematch of the aforementioned game a week ago, while Regi will entertain Ernestown, a AA team that chose to play up a level after winning the AA title last year. The Eagles, 2-4, were edged 9-7 by Regi in the first game of the year for both teams.

The semifinal winners will play for the AAA title Saturday afternoon, Nov. 8 at Richardson Stadium.

The Golden Eagles had their way with Bayridge, which made the trip to McLellan Field Friday with barely two dozen players. It was 35-0 at halftime and Sydenham’s reserve quarterback, Dave Leslie, played the entire second half.

Tom Withey drew first blood for Sydenham when he returned Bayridge’s first punt 70 yards for a touchdown. Tyler Cancian and Brody Latimer scored TDs along the ground and quarterback Dylan Fisher threw touchdown passess to Withey and Sam Moyse before the first half ended.

Conor O’Brien, a reserve running back, scored on an 18-yard run in the second half and Mike Bashall completed scoring with a 30-yard field goal.

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