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Three-for-three: Sault coup Barrie, 34-3
St. Mary’s won another Central Bowl for the Sault in fine fashion
By Gene Pereira of Barrie Examiner with files from Randy Russon of Soo Today Sat. Nov. 9, 2002

Mark Palombi rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Anthony Amadio threw for two more to help Sault Ste. Marie’s St. Mary’s College Knights knock off Barrie’s Eastview Secondary School Wildcats 34-3 in the OFSAA Central Ontario Bowl Saturday before 600 fans at York University.
The win gave St. Mary's the senior high school football NOSSA title to go with a city championship earned the week prior. It also boosted the Knights' overall season record to 8-0 and sends them to the Central Bowl at York University for the second time in three years.
It’s the third consecutive year that a Sault high school team has won the Central Bowl. In 2000, St. Mary’s beat Orillia and last November Sir James Dunn knocked off Innisdale.
Saturday, Adam Zuccato ran for a game-high 127 yards on 16 carries for the Knights. Palombi finished with 76 yards on eight carries while Amadio completed five-of-nine pass attempts for 54 yards.
Knights’ head coach Marty Smith said his team took control in the second half.
“We played well the whole game, but they really had trouble staying with us in the second half,” said Smith. “We overwhelmed them. We ran the ball well and our defence played really, really well.”
St. Mary’s led 13-3 at halftime before scoring eight unanswered points in the third quarter and added two touchdowns in the final quarter.
“I’m happy for the kids,” Smith added. “They worked hard all year, persevered and had a great attitude. We’re not the biggest team, but we play big and we have great character.
“We accomplished what we set out to do. To see something through from beginning to end is always nice.”
“St. Mary’s College was the better team,” said Eastview coach Mark Welch. “Full value to St. Mary’s for the win, they‚re an excellent team.”
Amadio hit slotback Kyle Dugas on a swing pass from seven yards out for the major, but the game’s biggest play came in the second quarter on a fake punt Zuccato scampering 18 yards for a first down on the Eastview 17-yard line.
Four plays later Palombi powered his way in from a yard out to give the Knights a 13-3 half-time lead.
Palombi and Jason Wysynski scored TDs in the second half.
Mark (The Bus) Palombi rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Anthony Amadio threw for two more as the St. Mary's Knights won the senior high school football Central Bowl Saturday at York University. A 34-3 St. Mary's of the Soo win over the Eastview Wildcats of Barrie kept the Central Bowl in the Sault for the third straight year. The Sir James Dunn Eagles won the Central title last year and St. Mary's won it the year before.


Palombi cranks up the Knight power
Blocks and runs to ignite St. Mary's NOSSA triumph
By Randy Russon of Soo Today with files from Bob Russon of Sault Star Sat. Nov. 2, 2002

Mark Palombi loves to block.
The 17-year old did just and then some to power the St. Mary's Knights to a 51-25 conquest of the North Bay West Ferris Trojans at snowy Rocky DiPietro Field on Saturday.
The win gave St. Mary's the senior high school football NOSSA title to go with a city championship earned the week prior. It also boosted the Knights' overall season record to 8-0 and sends them to the Central Bowl at York University for the second time in three years.
The Central Bowl will be played on Sat. Nov. 16. A bruising fullback, Palombi created considerable space for slippery halfback Adam Zuccato, and had enough left in the reserve tank to run up a few clicks on his own in the win over West Ferris, champions of the Nipissing District.
When all was said and done, Zuccato sprinted his way to three touchdowns and Palombi bulled his way to three others on an afternoon made for a Knight. "It's a great feeling to be a part of a team that is so close and it's a better feeling to be on a championship team," said the unassuming Palombi, who was junior league MVP three years ago, but has played in the shadow of Zuccato, who is a year older, as a senior.
Not that his role bothers Palombi in the least. "I'm just happy to be playing," said Palombi, who missed three games and part of another during the five-game regular season because of a strained knee ligament. "For a while I thought I'd be out for the season."
Palombi's smash-mouth style of football complements that of the elusive Zuccato. "I like blocking for Adam," Palombi related. "It feels good to pop someone and see Adam break it for a big gain."
Besides the three touchdowns apiece from Palombi and Zuccato, receiver Jason Wysynski rounded out the St. Mary's major scoring with an end zone catch from flawless quarterback Anthony Amadio. Kicker Josh Davidson converted all seven TDs and West Ferris gave up a two-point safety to complete the Knight for St. Mary's.
The see-saw contest was fitting as the teams had battled to a 14-14 tie during the regular season. St. Mary's was in control for most of the game only to have Sir James Dunn -- which refused to give up even when trailing by 13 points midway through the fourth quarter -- win the thriller, with the Weise convert making the difference.
Posteraro converted one of the two St. Mary's touchdowns but it was the one miss that was the difference in the game.
Ironically, the game featured the same two schools that had competed in the city senior final the week prior. In that one, it was St. Mary's defeating the Dunn, before going on to win Saturday's NOSSA against North Bay.


Yousof goes wild in Barrie
Runs in only touchdown to give Eastview GBSSA victory
By Steve Porter of Barrie Central with files from Mike Speers of Barrie Examiner Sat. Nov. 9, 2002

Eastview Wildcats came and they conquered as they bounced the favoured Innisdale Invaders 12-1 in Barrie on Saturday.
The win gave Eastview the senior high school football GBSSA title for the first time to go with a city championship earned the week prior. It also boosted the Wildcats' overall season record to 4-4 and sends them to the Central Bowl at York University for the first time ever.
The Central Bowl will be played on Sat. Nov. 16. On a perfect football day, Ryan Yousof, number 22, ran the ball effectively all day long, racking up over 100 yards of rushing, and scored the day's only touchdown on a 15 yard sweep to the left side. Huang Ngyen, number 16, and Phil Mercer, number 36, accounted for the rest of the offense making the highly touted Innisdale defense look like a "deer in the headlights". Mercer, in particular, played every down of the entire game, capping a brilliant football career.
Defensively, the Eastview stuffed the Invaders offense all day long including three cracks at it from the 2 yard line during the fourth quarter. Coach Mark Welch is commended for bringing the Wildcats from bottom of the barrel to the top of the heap in 5 tense seasons. Even this run was not without its ups and downs. The Eastview started the year with an 0-4 record only to go 4-0 when it really counted.


Petronski plays it all
SDSS take the championship by landslide
By Robert Lapensee of Shoreline Beacon Fri. Nov. 8, 2002
The Saugeen District Secondary School’s football team made it a perfect season with its 23-8 win over the St. Mary’s Mustangs in the championship game Friday. The Royals offense was once again led by Kyle Petronski who scored three touchdowns, had 21 carries and ran for 273 yards. The defense shut down the Mustangs in front of about 175 football fans at The Port Elgin school.
“We have incredible blocking,” said Petronski. “Schell makes me great holes and I just have to run with the ball.” The Royals opened the scoring in the first quarter on the first play of the game. Petronski ran about 65 yards for the major. “I just wanted to run the ball down and get off to a good start,” said Petronski. Darcy Palmer, who has been a part of the defense since the team first started playing three years ago, said getting the early touchdown was vital for the Royals’ success.
“We didn’t want a really close game,” said Palmer. “We wanted to get a good lead going into the second half.” Once the offense built the lead, the defense shut down St. Mary’s offense. With time on their side, the Royals killed the clock by controlling the ball and laying several crushing hits on their opponents. “Their defense just swarmed us,” said Mustangs head coach Paul Barrett. “We knew they had good defense but they played really well today.” The win makes the Royals Bluewater Athletic Association league champions in its third year of existence, something many of the players on the team are proud of.
“It feels just awesome,” said Petronski. To go undefeated in the regular season and then to final, it feels really good to win.” The Saugeen District Secondary School football team won the Bluewater Athletic Association championship Friday against the St. Mary’s Mustangs. Above Charles MacLean, Jared Schell, Don Freeburn and Darcy Palmer pose with the championship plaque after the game. Below left, Freeburn has a St. Mary's player in his clutches during the game played in Port Elgin. Below right, quarterback Dane Butternaar hands the ball off to Kyle Petronski who ran for a touchdown.


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OFSSA Boys Football Festivals by Committee and Association - The sole basis for the very existence of high school sport is the contribution it makes to the general educational experience of those students who participate. "We are OFSAA Champions!" Five of the 150 senior high school football teams in Ontario may soon be able to make that claim. The OFSAA Football Festival provides an exciting opportunity to elevate high school football to a level many coaches have aspired to for quite some time.


PLAYING REGULATIONS

1. Date:
The OFSAA Boys' Football Bowl Festivals shall be held during the later part of November and before the second weekend of December.
2. Location:
The location of the Festivals shall be decided not later than the OFSAA Annual Meeting held in June of the school year prior to the Festivals.
3. Classifications:

OFSAA shall schedule the following Bowl Festival Games:

Central Bowl Nov. 16 York University (NOSSA, GBSSA)
  • 2002-St. Mary’s Knights 34, Eastview Wildcats 3

  • 2001-Dunn Eagles ? , Collingwood Fighting Owls ?

  • 2000-St. Mary's Knights 46, Orillia Blues 27

  • Metro Toronto Bowl Nov. 22 Skydome (TDSSAA, TDCAA)
  • 2002-St. Michael's Kerry Blues 42, Etobicoke Rams 6

  • 2001-Richview Saints ?, ?

  • 2000-Richview Saints ?, ?

  • Western Bowl Nov. 22 Skydome (WOSSAA, SWOSSAA, CWOSSA)
  • 2002-Sandwich Sabres 42, Northern Vikings 7

  • 2001-Sandwich Sabres ?, ?

  • 2000-Herman Green Griffins ?, Catholic Central Crusaders ?

  • National Capital Bowl Nov. 22 Skydome (EOSSAA, COSSA, NCSSAA)
  • 2002-Frontenac Falcons 56, Ashbury Colts 6

  • 2001-Frontenac Falcons 29, St. Mark's Lions 20

  • 2000-Centennial Chargers 43, Ashbury Colts 7

  • Golden Horseshoe Bowl Nov. 30 York University (ROPSSAA, GHAC, SOSSA, LOSSA, YRAA, CISAA)
  • 2002-De La Salle Oaklands ?, Nelson Lords ?

  • 2001-St. Andrew's Saints 35, St. Mary's Monarchs 21

  • 2000-Lorne Park Spartans 11, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0


  • Toronto Metro Bowl December Skydome (All Ontario)
  • 1999-Nelson Lords ?, ? ?

  • 1998-St. Michael's Kerry Blues 42, Agincourt Lancers 6
  • 1997-Nelson Lords 14, Cederbrae Colts 7

  • 1996-Clarkson Chargers 27, St. Michael's Kerry Blues 0
  • 1995-St. Patrick's Fighting Irish 37, Mayfield Mavericks 34 -OT

  • 1994-Northern Red Knights 30, St. Patrick's Fighting Irish 21
  • 1993-St. Patrick's Fighting Irish 20, St. Michael's Kerry Blues 6

  • 1992-West Hill Warriors 24, Markham Marauders 6
  • 1991-Richview Saints 42, Central Technical Blues 24

  • 1990-Northern Red Knights 14, Markham Marauders 11
  • 1989-Macdonald Black Scots 27, Michael Power St. Joseph's Trojans 8

  • 1988-Central Technical Blues 16, Pickering Trojans 10

  • 1987-Central Technical Blues 20, Paul Dwyer Saints 14

  • 1986-Victoria Park Panthers 21, Markham Marauders 12
  • 1985-Woburn Wildcats 33, Victoria Park Panthers 12

  • 1984-Georges Vanier 36, Northern Red Knights 5

  • 1983-Woburn Wildcats 21, East York Goliaths 14
  • 1982-St. Michael's Kerry Blues 14, Woburn Wildcats 13
  • 1981-Beaverbrae Broncos 1, St. Michael's Kerry Blues 0


  • Central Ontario Secondary Schools Association (COSSA) - the counties of Haliburton, Northumberland, Hastings, Peterborough, Victoria, and Prince Edward;
    Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) - the counties of Bruce, Grey, Dufferin, Waterloo, Brant, Norfolk and Wellington;
    Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (EOSSAA) - the counties of Renfrew, Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, and Lennox and Addington;
    Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association (GBSSA) - the county of Simcoe, the districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound;
    Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC) - the County of Halton and schools within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board;
    Lake Ontario Secondary Schools Association (LOSSA) - the region of Durham plus Courtice Secondary School, Bowmanville High School, and St. Stephen=s Secondary School in Bowmanville;
    National Capital Secondary Schools Athletic Association (NCSSAA) - the regional municipality of Ottawa-Carleton;
    North Eastern Ontario Athletic Association (NEOAA)/Association athlétique du nord-est de l'Ontario (AANEO) - the districts of Cochrane and Timiskaming;
    Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) - the districts of Manitoulin, Sudbury, Algoma, Nipissing and the regional municipality of Sudbury;
    North Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (NWOSSAA) - the districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay and Patricia;
    Region of Peel Secondary Schools Athletic Association (ROPSSAA) - the regional municipality of Peel and schools within the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board;
    Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (SOSSA) - the regional municipality of Niagara South, the counties of Haldimand, Lincoln and the schools within the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board;
    South Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (SWOSSAA) - the counties of Essex, Kent and Lambton;
    Toronto District College Athletic Association (TDCAA) - Catholic high schools within the City of Toronto, and independent high schools within the boundaries of the City of Toronto not operated under the regular Ministry of Education and Training Boards in the area;
    Toronto District Secondary School Athletic Association (TDSSAA) - Public high schools within the City of Toronto;
    Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) - the counties of Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford;
    York Region Athletic Association (YRAA) - the region of York.

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