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2011 Results: Tier One Senior
Thursday, November 24th
Wilson 20, Northern 17
All that was missing from Chivon Gallagher's equipment Thursday was a cape.
Gallagher, in his final year at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School, led the Gators senior football team to a 20-17 win over Toronto's Northern Red Knights, sending the Whitby school to its second Metro Bowl final in four years.
Playing, as always, well beyond his five-foot-five, 170-pound frame, Gallagher was key in every facet of the game, and fittingly kicked the winning field goal from 17 yards out with 2:46 remaining.
He admitted afterward to being tired, but pointed out that he wasn't the only player on the small 28-player roster who played every minute of the game.
"It's been like this since the school opened, Gator football," he said. "Some people can't take our practices, our coaching and our harshness, but this is what you're really left with: champions."
Gallagher was pressed into even more duty than usual, called on to carry the bulk of the ground game in the absence of star back Omar Williams, who was arrested this week in connection with two robberies.
Gallagher didn't disappoint, making several important first down carries and scoring from one-yard out to put the Gators up 17-7 late in the third quarter.
He also booted a 14-yard field goal late in the first half, sending the game to the break with Wilson trailing 7-3, and converted both touchdowns.
He wasn't the lone Gator to turn in a tremendous performance, however.
Quarterback George Papadakos had a solid and mistake-free game, completing several key passes, while Nikita Starchenko, Travis, Gonsalves-Akers and Keldyn Ahlstedt were among the others who showed versatility and stamina by playing offence, defence and special teams.
"We pride ourselves on having good team players," said coach Adam Papadakos after the game. "Kids are well-rounded on both sides of the ball."
Starchenko turned the tide of the game early in the second half, fielding a terrible Northern punt and running it in from about 15 yards out to give Wilson its first lead, 10-7 after the convert. He also stopped Northern's final drive a yard short with a nice tackle on defence, giving Wilson the ball back to run down the clock.
Ahlstedt shouldered some of the running game and had the only two interceptions of the match.
The Gators will now face the St. Andrew's College Saints 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Roger Centre, where they will be searching for their first Metro Bowl title.
"I know absolutely nothing about St. Andrew's College, nothing," Papadakos said of the Saints, who had defeated King City 22-15 in overtime in the earlier semifinal. "In our program's history, we've never played them before."
Result: Saturday, November 12th
Wilson 18, Holy Trinity
The Tier One Championship game opened with a single point being scored as the Gator kick off (by Chivon Gallagher) bounced through the end zone. This was certainly not a surprise as the two teams had combined for seventy-seven points during their regular season meeting (won by Wilson 49-28). However that opening point single would stand up through the first half as both the Gator and Titan defenses rose to the occasion forcing fumbles and turnovers on downs through half time. In the third quarter, Gallagher split the uprights from 18 yards to move the Gators in front by four points. That lead held until the final play of the third quarter when the Titan's Nathaniel Allen scored the opening touchdown of the game with a four yard run. Joe Mastromarco's convert gave the defending champion Titans a 7-4 lead entering the final quarter. The Gators appeared to have turned over the ball on downs with nine minutes remaining when a pass fell incomplete, however a roughing the passer call enabled the drive to continue. Gallagher attempted a 43 yard field goal to tie the game however the kick was no good and the margin remained at three. Holy Trinity, sticking to the ground, worked the ball for a first down however Allen went down with an injury and, without their workhorse on the field, the Titans failed to pick up an additional first down forcing them to punt. The Gators quickly went to work completing a thirty-five yard pass and run from George Papadakos to Travis Gonsalves-Akers. Shortly thereafter, Omar Williams would punch the ball over the goal line from the three yard line to restore the Gator lead with just over three minutes on the clock. Unable to move the ball, the Titans once again found themselves defending on their side of the field. With one minute remaining Gallagher scampered thirteen yards to seal the victory for the Gators. Including his two fourth quarter converts, Gallagher, who was recognized after the game as the league MVP, finished the game with twelve scoring points. The title was the fourth in five years for Donald A. Wilson, who will now advance to the Metro Bowl semi-finals on Thursday, November 24th where they will meet the City of Toronto champions (Agincourt or Northern).
Game MVP's selected by the coaches were as follows: Offense: Omar Williams, Nathaniel Allen Defense: Keldyn Ahlstedt (Wilson), Mike Kashak (Holy Trinity).
12:00 Wilson S Chivon Gallagher (kick off through the end zone)
07:50 Wilson FG Chivon Gallagher (18 yd)
00:00 Holy Trinity TD Nathaniel Allen (4 yd run), C Joe Mastromarco
03:07 Wilson TD Omar Williams (2 yd run); C Chivon Gallagher;
01:00 Wilson TD Chivon Gallagher (13 yd run), C Chivon Gallagher
Wilson: Chivon Gallagher TD, FG, 2C, S; Omar Williams TD
Holy Trinity: Nathaniel Allen TD; Joe Mastromarco C
Results: Thursday, November 4th
Holy Trinity 21,
The Holy Trinity Titans will have the opportunity to defend their LOSSA Senior Championship as they defeated the Pickering Trojans 21-13. The Titans, who had lost their season opener to Pickering 28-13, struck early with a pair of first quarter touchdowns, the first on a 47 yard pass to Tyler Ganhao and the second by Nathaniel Allen on a three yard run. Joe Matromarco added both converts. Following a scoreless second quarter, the Trojans would erupt for two touchdowns in the last seven minutes of the third quarter to pull within one. The first touchdown was a 95 yard pass and run by Andy Collison and the second was scored on a 39 yard run by Raekwon Grant. Mike Stobbart converted the first touchdown however his second attempt was blocked thereby preserving a slim one point margin for the Titans. The Trojans were able to scoop up a fumble by Allen on a punt return early in the fourth quarter giving them possession on the Trinity side of the field. The Titan defense held the Trojans and a punt into the end zone, which could have produced the tying point, was returned out of the end zone for a touchback to the twenty yard line. Holy Trinity, aided by several Trojan penalties, then reeled off a 90 yard drive culminating with a five yard run by Allen with less than a minute to go. The ensuing convert by Mastromarco increased the lead to eight. The Trojans with little time on the clock once again saw a long pass completion negated by an offside penalty call and the Titan defense held firm to preserve the victory.
08:00 Holy Trinity TD Tyler Ganhao (47 yd pass); C Joe Mastromarco
04:14 Holy Trinity TD Nathaniel Allen (3 yd run), C Joe Mastromarco
06:14 Pickering TD Andy Collison (95 yd pass), C Mike Stobbart
00:13 Pickering TD Raekwon Grant (39 yd run)
00:56 Holy Trinity TD Nathan Allen (5 yd run), C Joe Mastromarco
Holy Trinity: Nathaniel Allen 2TD, Tyler Ganhao TD, Joe Mastromarco 2C
Pickering: Andy Collison TD, Raekwon Grant TD, Mike Stobbart C
Wilson 55, St. Mary 14
The Gators, on the strength of a 55-14 victory over St. Mary, are returning to the league championship again in 2011 and they will certainly be looking to avenge their last minute loss in 2010 as they once again face the Holy Trinity Titans. Omar Williams paced the Gator onslaught with three touchdowns, while league MVP finalist Chivon Gallagher tallied seventeen scoring points with a touchdown, seven converts, a field goal and three rouges. Rounding out the Gator scoring were: Matt Channon, Travis Akers and C. J. Stephens, each with a touchdown. The Monarchs, who failed to win a game in 2011, had their first multiple touchdown game of the season as Karl Mueller and Carmen Scala both scored majors. Converts were added by Trystan Colaire and Tahjay Allen. The Gators are making their sixth consecutive trip to the league final and this will be the third Gator-Titan final in the past four years with the two schools having split the previous two meetings.
Wilson: Omar Williams 3TD; Chivon Gallagher TD, 7C, 3S, FG; Matt Channon TD; Travis Akers TD; C.J. Stephens TD
St. Mary: Karl Mueller TD; Carmen Scala TD; Trystan Colaire C; Tahjay Allen C
Results: Thursday, October 27th
Holy Trinity 15, St. Mary 7
Will Hepburn's two short touchdown runs within a span of ninety seconds late in the second quarter proved to be all the points that the Titans would need as they defeated St. Mary 15-7. The win lifted the Titans record to one win and two losses, enabling Holy Trinity to finish in third place, ahead of the Monarchs. The bulk of the Monarch offense was provided by Kempton Clarke. On at least three occasions, Clarke converted third and long situations into first downs with long runs from punt formation. He also unleashed a brilliant 75 yard sweep in the third quarter reducing the Titans lead to eight. Earlier in the game, Clarke picked up his own punt and carried the ball to the end zone however the play was negated as the officials ruled that several Monarch players had violated the no yards rule. Joe Mastromarco with two converts and Tyler Ganhao with a 55 yard quick kick punt single closed out the scoring for Holy Trinity. Karl Mueller converted the Clarke touchdown.
01:40 Holy Trinity TD Will Hepburn (1 yd run), C Joe Mastromarco
00:16 Holy Trinity TD Hepburn (3 yd run), C Joe Mastromarco
04:39 Holy Trinity S Tyler Ganhao (55 yd punt)
03:06 St Mary TD Kempton Clarke (75 yd run), C Karl Mueller
Holy Trinity: Will Hepburn 2TD; Joe Mastromarco 2C; Tyler Ganhao S
St. Mary: Kempton Clarke TD; Karl Mueller C
Wilson 9. Pickering 7
A Pickering decision to concede a two point safety early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Donald A. Wilson Gators clinched first place with a 9-7 squeaker over Pickering. Both teams had entered the game with identical 2-0 records. Pickering would strike early as 2010 junior league MVP Raekwon Grant carried the ball 73 yards to the house in the opening minute. Defensively, the Gators quickly adapted and effectively shut down the Trojan offense for the remainder of the game. Not to be outdone, the Trojans also put on a great defensive display, which included six turnovers on downs (several of which were in the final quarter deep within the red zone) to keep the score close. A short run by Omar Williams in the third quarter had tied the game at seven setting the stage for the fourth quarter safety. Mike Stobbart for Pickering and Chivon Gallagher for the Gators added converts on the two majors. This Thursday, at Oshawa Civic, Wilson will host St. Mary while the defending champion Titans will travel to Pickering to play the Trojans in the semi-final action.
11:22 Pickering TD Raekwon Grant (73 yd run), C Mike Stobbart
08:17 Wilson TD Omar Williams (6 yd run), C Chivon Gallagher
10:50 Wilson SFT Patrick Stewart
Wilson: Omar Williams TD, Chivon Gallagher C, Patrick Stewart SFT
Pickering: Raekwon Grant TD, Mike Stobbart C
Results: Thursday, October 13th
Wilson 49, Holy Trinity 28
On Thursday night, the big winner in the Battle for the Cure was the Canadian Cancer Society as the Donald A. Wilson Gators and Holy Trinity Titans donated all proceeds to this worthwhile charity. The Gators wearing pink uniforms in support of the cause, prevailed on the gridiron posting a 49-28 victory over the Titans. One minute into the game, the boys in pink struck for a 71 yard pass and run reception by Travis Gonsalves-Akers. Chivon Gallagher with his first of five converts gave the Gators a seven point lead. The Titans replied with a touchdown two minutes later when Steven Courtney called his own number from the one yard line. Joe Mastromarco added the convert to even the score. The Gators increased the lead to 21-7 before the first quarter was over as Nikita Starchenko on a 23 yard pass reception and Keldyn Ahlstedt on a scintillating 109 yard punt return posted touchdowns. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the second quarter as Nathaniel Allen with his first of three rushing touchdowns on the day scored for the Titans while Starchenko notched his second pass reception touchdown (16 yards). Omar Williams, held off the scoreboard in the first half, improved his two game touchdown total to eight with three touchdowns on runs of 12 and 5 yards as well as a pass reception of 50 yards in the second half. Allen replied with two for the Titans. Starchenko did add a two point convert on the final Williams touchdown to up his game point total to 14 while Mastromarco completed a perfect four for four convert day for the Titans. The win allowed the Gators to pull even with the Pickering Trojans atop the Tier One Division standings while the Titans find themselves tied with St. Mary with 0-2 records. The Gators and Trojans will decide the 2011 regular season division champions at Oshawa Civic on Thursday, October 27th (7:00 p.m. kick off), Earlier that day, the Monarchs travel to Holy Trinity to decide third place with kick off scheduled for 1:00 p.m..
11:00 Wilson TD Travis Gonsalves-Akers (71 yd pass), C Chivon Gallagher
08:58 Holy Trinity TD Steven Courtney (1 yard QB keeper), C Joe Mastromarco
04:18 Wilson TD Nikita Starchenko (23 yd pass), C Chivon Gallagher
00:45 Wilson TD Keldyn Ahlstedt (109 yd punt return), C Chivon Gallagher
10:34 Holy Trinity TD Nathaniel Allen (12 yd run), C Joe Mastromarco
00:53 Wilson TD Nikita Starchenko (16 yd pass), C Chivon Gallagher
05:21 Wilson TD Omar Williams (12 yard run)
00:00 Holy Trinity TD Nathaniel Allen (2 yd run), C Joe Mastromarco
09:28 Wilson TD Omar Williams (50 yd pass), C Chivon Gallagher
06:39 Holy Trinity TD Nathaniel Allen (17 yd run), C Joe Mastromarco
02:24 Wilson TD Omar Williams (5 yd run), 2ptC Nikita Starchenko
Pickering 15, St. Mary 12
The Pickering Trojans exploded for fifteen points in the second quarter to improve their record to 2-0 and they turned back the Monarchs 15-12. St. Mary had held the lead entering the second quarter as Carmen Scala found the end zone with an 18 yard run in the final minute of the opening quarter. Brent Shepherd and Tristan Clough with pass reception of 28 and 13 yards, provided the touchdowns for the Trojans. Mike Stobbart, who converted both majors, sandwiched a single in between with a booming 55 yard punt single. With just over ten minutes remaining, the Monarchs cut the Trojan advantage to three as Trystan Colaire scored on a 13 yard pass reception. The Monarchs mounted a furious drive late in the fourth quarter however Josh Small with his second interception of the game gave the Trojans possession of their own 13 yard line with seven ticks remaining on the clock to preserve the Pickering victory.
00:09 St. Mary TD Carmen Scala (18 yd run)
09:56 Pickering TD Brent Shepherd (48 yd pass), C Mike Stobbart
06:42 Pickering S Mike Stobbart (55 yd punt)
00:00 Pickering TD Tristan Clough (13 yd pass), C Mike Stobbart
10:10 St. Mary TD Trystan Colaire (24 yd pass)
Result: Friday, September 30th
Pickering 28, Holy Trinity 13
The defending league and Metro Bowl champions tasted defeat in their opening game of the 2011 season as they fell to the Pickering Trojans 28-13. The Trojans relied on the ground attack of Tristan Clough and Raekwon Grant as well as the arm of quarterback Jesse St. John who connected for several long pass completions with his favourite target being the fleet footed Evan Joynes. Clough on short runs from the two and one yard line posted both first half touchdowns. Both touchdowns were converted by Mike Stobbart, who finished the day with a four for four effort. Jon Codrington with a booming 59 yard punt single that travelled through the end zone provided the only scoring point for the Titans in the opening half. The Titans struck in the third quarter when Nik Shymko found the end zone from fifteen yards out however St. John immediately connected with Joynes for a seventy-five yard pass and run. The teams exchanged fourth quarter touchdowns as Nathaniel Allen (from the one) and Raekwon Grant (two yard carry) closed out the scoring.
04:45 Pickering TD Tristan Clough (2 yard run); C Mike Stobbart
01:12 Holy Trinity: S Jon Codrington (59 yard punt)
00:24 Pickering: TD Tristan Clough (1 yard run); C Mike Stobbart
04:12 Holy Trinity:TD Nik Shymko (15 yard run)
03:39 Pickering: TD Evan Joynes (75 yard pass); C Mike Stobbart
09:42 Holy Trinity:TD Nathaniel Allen (1 yard run)
06:00 Pickering: TD Raekwon Grant (2 yard run); C Mike Stobbart
Result: Thursday, September 29th
Wilson 42, St. Mary 0
Chivon Gallagher put on a clinic in the Tier One Senior season opener. Gallagher, who plays on both offense and defense contributed two key interceptions, a fumble recovery, a fake punt which he ran for a first down, a touchdown, five converts and an Earl Anderson type leap as the Gators exploded for five touchdowns in just over one quarter of football. Neither team was able to post a point through the first sixteen minutes of the game. Omar Williams, with a nineteen yard carry, broke the scoreless draw. Williams (10 yards) and Gallagher (four yards) would each add touchdowns prior to the half to increase the lead to 21-0. Williams on a three yard run and twenty-one yard pass reception increased the margin to 35-0 by the midway mark of the third quarter. A last minute touchdown by Williams on a nine yard run, converted by Matt Channon closed out the scoring.
07:39 Wilson: TD Omar Williams (19 yard run); C Chivon Gallagher
02:43 Wilson: TD Omar Williams (10 yard run); C Chivon Gallagher
00:38 Wilson: TD Chivon Gallagher (4 yard run); C Chivon Gallagher
07:16 Wilson: TD Omar Williams (3 yard run); C Chivon Gallagher
05:56 Wilson: TD Omar Williams (21 yard pass); C Chivon Gallagher
00:15 Wilson: TD Omar Williams (9 yard run); C Matt Channon