Gaels clinch first place and playoff qualifiers decided
GUELPH – The Guelph CVI Green Gaels locked up a first-place finish in the District 10 high school football league and the four playoff participants were decided on a whitewash Fryday Night Lights doubleheader Friday at Alumni Stadium.
Guelph CVI’s 48-7 victory over the Bishop Macdonell Celtics secured first for the Gaels and knocked the Celtics out of playoff contention.
“I’m proud of these guys,” GCVI coach Dan Crabbe said of his team clinching top spot. “They did it with hard work and class.’
While the Gaels and Centennial Spartans can finish in a tie for first, the Gaels will win the tie-breaker by virtue of their Sept. 26 victory over the Spartans.
“It’s nice to clinch first place, but what’s most important is being there competing at the end,” Crabbe said. “First place doesn’t mean much if you’re not competing at the end. There’s a lot of football left to play and we just have to go back and keep getting better.”
A 59-0 victory by the St. James Lions over the Lourdes Crusaders in Friday’s nightcap turned the lights off on the playoff hopes of the Crusaders as it clinched playoff berths for the Lions and the Ross Royals.
Centennial had secured their place in the playoffs Thursday with their win over Ross.
GCVI leads the standings at a perfect 4-0 while Centennial’s at 3-1 and Ross and St. James are tied at 2-2. Lourdes is at 1-3, but will lose any tie-breaker with either or both Ross and St. James and Bishop Mac trails at 0-4.
The schedule for next Saturday’s tripleheader at Alumni Stadium pits Bishop Mac against Ross at 12 noon, GCVI against Lourdes at 2:30 p.m. and St. James against Centennial at 5 p.m.
Guelph CVI 48 Bishop Macdonell 7
While the Gaels have clinched first, they’re not about to take things easy in next weekend’s game against Lourdes.
“We’re rolling into the playoffs and we can’t overlook Lourdes,” Crabbe said. “We don’t want any bad habits and we can’t reduce the intensity. We’ve got to keep going forward and we’ve got to get better and we can’t make mistakes.”
Friday, Annakin Guthrie returned a short opening kickoff for a touchdown to put the Gaels up for good 11 seconds into the match.
GCVI led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, 28-7 at halftime and all of the scoring was complete by the end of the third quarter as the fourth quarter was scoreless.
Guthrie also had a 45-yard interception return for a TD while Johnny Wegman caught TD passes of two and four yards from quarterback Peyten Garvin. Gabe Magyar-Santen caught an 11-yard TD pass and kicked six converts while Ben Boddy (two-yard run) and Keon Robinson (32-yard TD reception) had the other touchdowns for the Gaels.
Spencer Verdun scored a major on a two-yard run midway through the second quarter for the Celtics while Jason Gayin kicked the convert.
The win was the seventh consecutive victory in regular-season play for the Gaels. They haven’t lost since dropping their first two games of the 2018 season.
St. James 59 Lourdes 0
Both teams got an early indication of how this game was going to go when the Lions scored on their first play from scrimmage.
Quarterback Jakob Tomas connected on a 64-yard scoring play with Nic Bertolo 35 seconds into the game for the first of five touchdowns the Lions would score in the first quarter. Cameron Ross kicked convert
Later in the quarter Bertolo caught a 20-yard TD pass, Tomas ran in for TDs of 30 yards and 21 yards after picking up a fumble on a snap and Ethan Berry caught a 16-yard TD toss from Tomas on final play of the quarter. Ross converted all four.
In the second quarter St. James stretched its lead to 52-0 by the break. Ben Cottrell scored on a five-yard and Bertolo kept his concentration to finally get a handle on a 15-yard pass that he bobbled a couple of times on his way to the ground. Ross converted both TDs and added an 11-yard field goal.
The only score of the second half came midway through the third quarter when Owen Ellis ran into the end zone from 20 yards out. Ross added his eighth convert of the game.
- Guelph Sports Journal