The St. Joan of Arc Knights won their fourth consecutive Catholic board senior football title on Wednesday at J.C. Massie Field in Barrie.
The Knights scored two touchdowns late in the first half en route to a 28-7 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers, who capitalized on their final possession of the game.
St. Joan of Arc's Justin Winn, quarterback for the south-end Barrie school, said the Knights had a slow start, but the defence was able to keep them in the game against the upstart Stingers.
“Once we got going we started producing and we’re just going to have to roll with that into next week,” Winn said.
Knights head coach Nick Nicoletta said his team was able to execute the game plan as well as gain momentum at the end of the first half, with a late score to lead 14-0.
“We scored two quick touchdowns and that gave our team a spark,” Nicoletta told BarrieToday on the field after the game as his players celebrated and family members snapped pictures.
By winning the Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County (CSASC) football title, St. Joan of Arc now waits to see who they’ll play for the Georgian Bay title on Saturday, Nov. 17.
St. Joan of Arc awaits the winner of today’s Simcoe County Athletic Association (SCAA) championship between the Barrie North Vikings and the Eastview WIldcats.
The SCAA final is set to kick off at 3 p.m. at J.C. Massie Field, which is located behind Georgian College off Nelson Street.
But first, Nicoletta says he’ll be soaking in the SCAA final to see who becomes the public board’s champion.
“Those are two great programs,” he said.
Now that the Catholic board’s season is in the books, Nicoletta says he’s also glad to see the loop is getting stronger.
“Credit to St. Thomas Aquinas,” Nicoletta said. “We’re trying to get all our teams to have parity and I think the start of it is this year and last year.”