2003 Season

Senior

League games:
St. Mary 34, Dunbarton 0
Pickering 18, Notre Dame 12 (score could be slightly incorrect)
Eastdale 28, Paul Dwyer 0
Pickering defeated Ajax
Denis O'Connor 24, Bowmanville 12
Ajax 27, Richardson 15 (Oct 9 or thereabouts)
St. Mary 45, Ajax 0
Denis O'Connor 35, Henry Street 0
Bowmanville 26, Henry Street 20
Dunbarton defeated Ajax

Dunbarton defeated Pine Ridge (later declared a forfeit for using an overage player, Ryan MacMillan, and the win was awarded to Pine Ridge)
 

Friday before October 12th
Dunbarton 11, Pickering 8
Dunbarton: Olive Salmon TD; Jesse Athwal C; Billy Skidgmore SFT; Callan Exeter SFT
Pickering: Tim Brooks TD; Milos Kucevic 2ptC

October 21st
St. Mary 46, Pickering 6

October 28th
St. Mary 36, Pine Ridge 15
Paul Dwyer 12, Uxbridge 6


 

Final Standings

East Division

School Won Lost Tied Points
Paul Dwyer 5 1 0 10
Sinclair 5 1 0 10
Uxbridge 4 2 0 8
Eastdale 4 2 0 8
Denis O'Connor 2 4 0 4
Bowmanville 1 5 0 2
Henry Street 0 6 0 0

West Division

School Won Lost Tied Points
St. Mary 6 0 0 12
Pine Ridge 4 2 0 8
Dunbarton 4 2 0 8
Pickering 3 3 0 6
Notre Dame 3 3 0 4
Ajax 1 5 0 2
Richardson 0 6 0 0

 

Quarter-finals
St. Mary 34, Pickering 0
Sinclair 21, Uxbridge 0
Paul Dwyer 4, Eastdale 0
Pine Ridge defeated Dunbarton

Semi-finals
St. Mary 34, Sinclair 15
Paul Dwyer 17, Pine Ridge 13

Bronze Final
Pine Ridge 8, Sinclair 7

Final
St. Mary 27, Paul Dwyer 18

Post Season Play

Golden Horseshoe Bowl East Semi-finals
Markham (York Region) 7, St. Mary 0
St. Andrews (CISSA) 41, Paul Dwyer 0


Noteworthy:
Dunbarton defeated Pine Ridge during the regular season however they were stripped of the win and Pine Ridge was given the win as Dunbarton used an ineligible player (Ryan MacMillan).  The forfeiture proved costly as Dunbarton lost home field advantage for the League Semi-final game against Pine Ridge.
Both St. Mary and Dwyer advanced to the Golden Horseshoe East playdowns as LOSSA was given two berths as they were hosting the playdowns.
League MVP: Erik Glavic; St. Mary Monarchs
Championship Game MVP: Shawn Barber; Paul Dwyer Saints

Press Clippings:

November 12th, News Advertiser, Al Rivett: Senior Championship Game

The St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Monarchs captured their fifth consecutive Durham Region senior football title -- but Saturday's final certainly wasn't a coronation for the four- time defending champions.

After being dominated by the underdog Monsignor Paul Dwyer Saints in the first half of the Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics (LOSSA) championship game, it was gut-check time for the Monarchs, who trailed for the first time at the half this season, 12-7.

The Monarchs needed to adjust in the second half, or perish.

And, like a true champion, the Monarchs got their game back on track in the final half. St. Mary engineered a quick-strike touchdown early in the third quarter for a 13-12 lead and never looked back en route to a 27-18 victory in front of a good crowd at the Oshawa Civic Stadium.

For St. Mary head coach Gordon Judges, who has presided over four of those five St. Mary football crowns, it was a complete team effort in securing the title.

"Everyone had a hand in this victory," he says. "It was a game for tough guys and our guys proved they were tough."

After his Monarchs were less than their best in the first half, Judges says his charges needed to calm down and re-focus during the half-time interval.

"We asked them at half time to regain their composure," he says. "We felt we were beating ourselves with foolish penalties. We weren't keeping our heads when the heat was on. We did that in the second half. We didn't have too many penalties in the second half, which was all part of keeping our composure. At half time, they let us coach them; they listened to us and did what they were told."

The game didn't unfold without some controversy, however. A fourth-quarter pass interference call against the Saints allowed St. Mary to keep a scoring drive alive. For Dwyer, it was the proverbial stake in the heart.

With 10:34 to play and the Monarchs first-and-10 at the Dwyer 45- yard line, St. Mary quarterback Erik Glavic was forced out of the pocket and scrambled back to his own 35-yard line before throwing a desperation pass along the left sidelines to receiver Aaron Racioppa. Dwyer's Wes Rundle reached out to bat down the pass in front of the St. Mary receiver. The play, however, drew a flag, with pass interference called on Dwyer. Several plays later, St. Mary quarterback Erik Glavic drilled a pass to receiver Jesse Andrews from 15-yards out to put the Monarchs firmly in front 27-12 with 5:50 remaining in the game.

For Dwyer, it was an unfortunate call, one that Saints' head coach Ezio Azzano firmly believes was the wrong one.

"When you think about it, that was a critical call in the game. We had (Glavic) scrambling and we thought it was a good defensive play (by Rundle). That play did turn the tide. It could have meant a different outcome for us, but sometimes the calls don't go your way," says Azzano.

The Saints completely stifled the high-flying Monarchs in the first half, using an effective ball-control, clock-munching game plan. The Saints scored on their first offensive possession, running 12 plays -- all on the ground -- which covered 73 yards and, most importantly, resulted in nine minutes of possession time.

"We did what we wanted to in the first half," says Azzano. "We kept their offence off the field and we played ball-control offence."

Judges says he was worried after his usually-explosive offence was effectively squelched by the Saints' defence. He did, however, have faith that starting quarterback Glavic would rebound from a sub- par first half and find a way in the final stanza.

"I was very concerned," says Judges. "Dwyer did an excellent job of holding up our receivers. They forced us into formations where we couldn't protect our quarterback. Erik (Glavic) took a beating, but he has so much heart, you wouldn't believe it. A warrior like Erik, sometime he loses his concentration, but he was able to refocus and, in the end, he got the job done."

Dwyer led 6-0 after the first quarter, with fullback Shawn Barber scoring on a 19-yard carry up the middle.

In the second quarter, the Monarchs took a slim 7-6 lead after a long, scoring drive. A 14-play, 100-yard St. Mary scoring drive was capped by a one-yard plunge by Glavic who called his own number at the line of scrimmage. He was also successful on the convert attempt.

With 3:38 remaining in the second quarter, the Saints engineered another long scoring drive starting from midfield. Barber carried the load once more, eventually getting the call at the St. Mary one- yard line and barging into the end zone to give Dwyer its 12-7 lead at half time.

Three plays into the third quarter, St. Mary found the end zone, which vaulted them into a 13-12 lead. With the Monarchs third-and- seven at their 43-yard line, Glavic hooked up with favourite receiver Racioppa on a pass-and-run play that covered 63 yards.

Late in the third quarter, the Monarchs struck again, this time it was running back Joe Dublin who carried the mail. Glavic's option pitch to Dublin resulted in a 40-yard gain down to the Dwyer 11- yard line. One play later, Glavic's pass found Dublin in the end zone for the major and a 20-12 lead with 3:56 remaining in the third.

After Andrew's touchdown put the Monarchs up by 27-12 in the fourth quarter, the Saints marched down the field to score their third and final touchdown of the game with 5:11 remaining. Barber scored his third of the game on a one-yard run.

GAME NOTES: Dwyer's Barber was named the game's most valuable player of the LOSSA senior final after a strong effort. Barber scored all three Saints' touchdowns and contributed about 100 yards of offence in the final...Glavic was named as the league MVP. The St. Mary quarterback is a two-time winner of the award...The LOSSA 'B' final was won by the Pine Ridge Pumas 8-7 over the Sinclair Celtics at the Oshawa Civic Stadium, also on Saturday afternoon..

 

 

Junior

Regular Season
None known

Final Standings

Per Uxbridge Journal article (possibly missing a seventh game)

School Won Lost Tied Points
Eastdale 5 1 0 10
Uxbridge 5 1 0 10
Anderson 4 2 0 8
Pickering 4 2 0 8
Paul Dwyer 3 3 0 6
Dunbarton 2 4 0 4
J Clarke Richardson 1 5 0 2
Pine Ridge 0 6 0 0

 

The Uxbridge Journal reported that the Quarter-finals (November 7th) were to be:
Eastdale hosting Pine Ridge
Uxbridge hosting J. Clarke Richardson
Anderson hosting Dunbarton
Pickering hosting Paul Dwyer

Andy Carnovale, who convened the league, advised us that the league actually played seven games and he thought Eastdale finished fourth with Paul Dwyer fifth.  That could have happened if Eastdale lost that seventh game and ended up losing a three way tie breaker with Anderson and Pickering.  That would also explain why Pickering played Paul Dwyer in the league semi-finals not the quarter-finals per the newspaper column.

Quarter-finals
Paul Dwyer defeated Eastdale
Uxbridge defeated Pine Ridge?
Anderson defeated Dunbarton or Richardson
Pickering defeated Dunbarton or Richardson

Tier II Semi-finals
Eastdale defeated Pine Ridge
Richardson defeated Dunbarton

Tier II Final
Eastdale defeated Richardson

Tier I Semi-finals
Uxbridge 20, Paul Dwyer 7
Pickering 31, Anderson 18

Tier I Final
Uxbridge 19, Pickering 8
Uxbridge: Joel Morvay 2TD named MVP

Post Season Play

Junior Metro Bowl Semi-finals
St. Michaels Kerry Blues 21, Uxbridge Tigers 1
Nelson Lords 15, Port Colborne Lakeshore Gators 7


Noteworthy:
Uxbridge lost their opening game of the season and then went undefeated to capture the Championship.