High school football: Irish, Patriots, Gryphons and Redcoats win


The Notre Dame Fighting Irish senior football team improved to 2-0 in Wednesday’s Niagara Catholic Athletic Association game with a 42-7 victory over the visiting Lakeshore Catholic Gators (0-2).

Contributed to the win: Marshall McCray, 6-10 passes for 136 yards, including 30-yard TD passes to Jake Tessier and Adrian D’Yves, and six carries for 110 yards, including 35 TD carries and two yards; D’Yves, three catches for 87 yards and a TD, and an interception; Patrick Scully and Colten Kizlyk, pick six; Dylan Correia, interception and five converts; Tessier, converted to two points; Anthony Felice, 52 rushing yards; and, replacing QB Dayshawn Johnson, 2-2 passing for 34 yards.

Lakeshore Catholic scored on a pass from Nick Jubenville to Max Annunziata. Owen Embleton kicked off the extra point.

“After a difficult first half, our youngsters rose to the challenge and won the second half. We’re pretty proud of them for that,” Lakeshore coach Bernie Tessier said.


The Saint Paul Patriots senior football team tied their NCAA record at 1-1 with a 27-5 victory over the Saint Michael Mustangs (1-2).

Contributing to St. Paul’s win were: Elijah Pappin, 25-yard TD rush; Matteo Canakis, 20-yard touchdown pass from Matt Murray; Julian Mangiacasale, 35-yard TD run; Lucas Vetere, 20-yard TD rush and three converts; offensive linemen Donavin Doucette, Jake Costible, Niko Herjavac, Mark Gimmi-Matthew and Adam McBride and Staja Williams running backs Cristiano Colamartini who played well; the receiving corps of Matteo Canakis, Daniel Scoof and Jacob Jackson who were effective in helping the attack move the ball; Captain Jack Bush who led the defense with an interception; and, Mike Schram and James Zarafonitis who made very good defense plays.

No information was available from Saint Michel.



The Greater Fort Erie Gryphons senior football team pushed their Niagara Region High School Athletic Association record to 3-0 with a 10-7 victory over the visiting West Niagara Wolfpack.

“It was a huge game and a win for us. West Niagara is a big, tough team and we matched their tenacity and intensity,” said GFESS head coach Dave Sauer. a huge boost for us. We tried to control the clock and make a few plays. There are too many players to mention who stepped up today and played big games. We had lost a few players and the next man stood up. Proud of this team and their efforts in all three phases of the game.”

Steven Phillips scored the major for the Gryphons and Bo Train added a field goal and a convert. Xander Boake recovered a short kickoff and Garrett Sauer recovered a defensive fumble.

Leading for the Wolfpack were: Tyler Foster with 17 carries for 139 yards; Ryden Lapcevich, two carries for 10 yards, including a four-yard TD rush; Xavier Zatylny, 3-11 passing for 48 yards; Connor Foster with a sack and a recovered fumble; Connor McDougall with a recovered fumble; and, Murray Hildreth with a bag.

“We couldn’t have come out more flat. We gave up 10 runs on the first two shots,” said West Niagara head coach Zack Silverthorne. “Once again, penalties cost us yards on special teams and extended practice for their offense and another offensive turnover with less than three minutes left in the red zone sealed our fate.”

He believes his team needs to perform much better in the passing game so they can reach their potential.

“I must love high school football,” Silverthorne said. “We’re so close to being 3-0, but our lack of attention to detail really shows it’s ugly heads at the worst possible times.”


The Governor Simcoe Redcoats college football team improved to 2-1 in NRHSAA Tier 2 play with a 35-0 shutout against the St. Catharines Collegiate Saints (0-2).

“After a tough loss last week to Thorold, we had a great week of practice. The team came out strong with Carter Small’s kickoff touchdown return and the Redcoats kept the pressure on with a great team defense,” said Simcoe head coach Jamie Brophy. “All players had the opportunity to play and contribute to the win.”

Small finished the game with a 110-yard kickoff return for a major on the opening kickoff and three- and 10-yard TD runs. Sam Wilson also recorded majors for the Redcoats on a three-yard run and Noah Budgell on a two-yard quarterback guard.

For Collegiate: Cole Adshead was 4-14 passing for 38 yards; Kadmiel Patrong had two receptions for nine yards; freshman Eddie McTague had his first reception for 18 yards; Seth Brown had an interception; and, 9th-grade Ramier Eaton was Collegiate’s leading tackler with six tackles, including two for losses.

“The first 10 minutes of the game couldn’t have been more one-sided. It felt like we didn’t even show up to start the game: poor lane integrity on special teams; missed duties in attack; and tackles terrible on defense,” said Collegiate head coach Nathan Greene.

The result led the Saints 21-0 after five minutes.

“In the past, we would have pointed fingers at each other, in-fighting would lead to players giving up and the result would be a deficit of over 60. We didn’t do that today,” said he said. “The defense sorted things out and only allowed 14 more points for the rest of the game. Offensively we didn’t find our rhythm. We struggled at times but there was no abandonment and I’m proud of it. Deficiencies have easy fixes. We’ll spend time fixing them and we’ll be stronger to have that experience.


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