Bowl loss not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of sea­son: Coach

Cinderella sea­son comes to an end for St. Peter Saints with shutout loss to Paul Dwyer in Metro Bowl quar­ter-fi­nals

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - JA­SON BAIN Ex­am­iner Staff Writer ja­[email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

A dis­ap­point­ing 35-0 loss to Oshawa’s Mon­signor Paul Dwyer in the Metro Bowl quar­ter­fi­nals Tues­day did not rep­re­sent the great sea­son St. Peter’s AAA ju­nior foot­ball team had, says Saints head coach Chris­tian Ves­naver.

The team’s 29-0 vic­tory over Belleville’s Bay­side Dev­ils for the AAA cham­pi­onship last Thurs­day was the team’s first COSSA foot­ball crown since win­ning back-to-back ti­tles in 1970 and 1969, be­fore the Metro Bowl ex­isted.

It was the most suc­cess­ful sea­son for St. Peter since it res­ur­rected its foot­ball pro­gram 18 years ago.

“This was an added bonus. It was our first time get­ting here,” he said as the team boarded a bus for home af­ter the game. “This doesn’t de­fine what our sea­son was.”

The play­ers were dis­ap­pointed to be elim­i­nated by the LOSSA cham­pi­ons, but they were also ex­cited about the great sea­son they had, Ves­naver said. “With all of the hard work they put in … it’s just been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for them.”

The Saints went 5-0-1 in the reg­u­lar sea­son be­fore de­feat­ing Thomas A. Ste­wart in the semi-fi­nal and Holy Cross for the Kawartha cham­pi­onship.

Ves­naver, who has been with the team for five sea­sons and head coach for the past two, pointed out the sea­son has been a great ex­am­ple of what team­work can ac­com­plish.

Tues­day’s shutout loss also em­pha­sized an im­por­tant life les­son, the ed­u­ca­tor added, not­ing how their play af­firmed they had gained much.

“They played right through to the last whis­tle,” Ves­naver said, adding that he couldn’t have coached a bet­ter group of play­ers. “I’m just very proud of how they came to­gether and worked hard all sea­son long.”

NOTES: Paul Dwyer de­feated Cour­tice’s Holy Trin­ity to ad­vance to Tues­day’s quar­ter­fi­nal.… TAS also won their first Kawartha se­nior ti­tle in 23 years ear­lier this month.

RYAN PFEIF­FER OSHAWA THIS WEEK

St. Peter’s Saints’ Jamie Hub­ble ran through Dwyer Saints’ Joseph Cham­pagne dur­ing the LOSSA Metro Bowl foot­ball fi­nals at the Oshawa Civic Field on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

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