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Joe MacDonald Youth Football League
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Hawks and Bears to meet in the final
2017-10-24
by Randy Pascal

The Lively Hawks and St Benedict Bears senior boys football teams will finally have a chance to go head to head - with a city championship on the line, no less.

After not seeing each other as part of the SDSSAA five-game regular season, the pair looked equally impressive in bruising their way through semi-finals that were somewhat one-sided.

The Hawks 21-0 shutout of the St Charles Cardinals might have been the more surprising of the two, as the Lively defense completely stiffled a St Charles offense that put up 21 points in a season opening win over their semi-final opponents.

Not this time. Quarterback Nicholas Rideout continued his outstanding season, opening the scoring with a 2 yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter, and doubling the lead with 5:15 to play in the half, this time from one yard out.

The back-breaker for St Charles, however, was quite likely a 60+ yard dash by Lively running back Liam Punkari, with his team finishing off the sequence with a five yard TD pass from Rideout to Andrew Elliot.

Throw in a defensive unit on the winning side that seemed to have an answer for absolutely anything the Cardinals would throw at them, and you have a Hawks' team with momentum looking for their first city crown since 2013.

It won't be easy. As impressive as Rideout has looked, Bears' running back Max MacGillivray could be every bit his match. MacGillivray scored three majors on runs of 26, 40 and 98 yards, adding a 19 yard field goal for good measure as St Benedict toppled the 17-player side that is the Confederation Chargers.

Erik Laframboise actually scored the first touchdown of the game for coach Junior Labrosse and company, while Conner Sauvé accounted for all of the Confed scoring, with three point kicks from both the 26 and 25 yard lines.

The city final is set for next Monday evening (October 30th) at 7:00 p.m. at the James Jerome Sports Complex.

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