Barrie's St. Joseph's Jaguars falls 12-7 to Patrick Fogarty
The Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School Flames shocked the St. Joseph's High School Jaguars Thursday, earning a 12-7 victory in their first-ever senior boys' football game. Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times
The Patrick Fogarty Flames shocked Barrie's St. Joseph's Jaguars pn Thursday, by earning a 12-7 victory in their first-ever senior boys football game.
After one year at the junior boys level, in which the Flames went 0-6 in the regular season, the school moved up to the varsity level this season and played like veterans at the West Orillia Sports Complex.
The Jaguars scored a first-half touchdown and kept the Flames at bay early on, even though quarterback Tyler Gysbers led some dynamic drives.
The resilient Flames exploded in the fourth quarter. First, Noah Wood capped an impressive drive when he rumbled into the end zone after a 35-yard run to close the gap to 7-6 in favour of St. Joseph's.
After Fogarty failed on its two-point conversion, it had to rely on their defence to get a stop. And they did, giving the home team the ball with about four minutes remaining.
After three successive first downs, Wood punctuated an outstanding game by taking a hand-off from Gysbers and breaking into the end zone with just 20 seconds remaining to lift Fogarty to the improbable triumph.