St. Mary 27, Dunbarton 26
Dunbarton 28, St. Mary 26
St. Mary 21, Pickering 0
St. Mary 28, Pickering 24
St. Mary 40, Uxbridge 1
Pickering 12, Dunbarton 0
St. Mary 42, Uxbridge 8
Dunbarton 14, Uxbridge 6
Pickering 18, Dunbarton 0
St. Mary 38, Uxbridge 14
St. Mary 29, Pickering 12
St. Mary: Rob Reid 2TD; Phil Dehaney TD; Chris Lawrence TD; Dane Okrasa 4C; Marko Glavic S
Pickering: (incomplete): Tyler Merton TD
With the teacher's remaining in a work dispute that included no extra-curricular activities, LOSSA did not operate in 1999. Four schools, whose coaches feared the permanent extinction of High School football in Durham, saw fit to form a league called the Durham District Football League. The champion was eventually recognized as the recipient of the LOSSA Championship trophy and they were invited to participate in the Metro Bowl playdowns.
Championship Game Recap: Toronto Star; David Grossman; November 13th
It is downright frightening for opposing teams when St. Mary high school quarterback Marko Glavic is given an opportunity to throw the ball.
The Pickering Trojans knew that all too well and yesterday tried desperately to throw the 6-foot-6, 210-pound star off his game.
Give the Pickering defence some credit for getting to Glavic early with three sacks, but the pressure didn't last.
After the shaky start, Glavic's poise and athleticism took over as one of the top high school pivots in the province guided the Monarchs to an easy 29-12 homefield win.
It was the ninth win in 10 games for St. Mary and the school's first-ever Durham Region senior title, gained at the expense of a squad that has dominated the league for most of the decade.
Despite the big victory, the champs will not compete in the Metro Bowl playoffs. Some say it's because of a scheduling conflict while others believe it's a continuation of the fallout from the dispute involving teachers' unions and the boards of education.
Pickering scored first on a 10-play, 62-yard drive that consumed most of the opening quarter but also gave Glavic and the coaching staff time to make adjustments.
On the Monarchs' next three possessions, Glavic went to his bag of tricks and picked apart the Trojan secondary, sending St. Mary to the halftime break with a 21-6 edge.
"You have to keep him off the field to stand a chance," said Pickering coach Nick Genis. "When you give him enough time, he'll burn you. Glavic has the skills that go beyond most high school quarterbacks."
"They were blitzing at least eight guys at one time so we made some changes and it worked," said Glavic, who completed 14 of 21 passes for 177 yards and after the game was selected the league's most valuable player.
"The line was great and the receivers made the grabs when the ball was there. We got what we wanted - the win."
St. Mary head coach Bob Bridgeman had mixed emotions after the game. His team had won a title in its first-ever senior season, but it would also be losing Glavic to graduation.
"He is a treat to coach and a real student of the game," said Bridgeman."Every time I watch him play, I'm amazed at his ability and talent."