St. Thomas lost both their LMFA divisional flag football finals, with the Hawks'
U10 team falling 28-24 while the U14s were edged 24-18 in overtime
Monday, November 9th, 2020
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - It was St. Thomas Hawks down on the final day of flag football.
The Hawks fell in both their respective Under-10 and U14 divisional finals, for the London Minor Football Association, Sunday, at City Wide Fields.
The Cobras scored in overtime to edge the Hawks, 24-18, in the U14 divisional final.
Gavin Jeffrey, Cole Surmacz and Gage Lincoln scored touchdowns for St. Thomas.
The Hawks led 12-0 in the first half, before the Cobras scored three consecutive touchdowns. St. Thomas tied the game at 18 late in the second half.
Neither the Hawks or the Cobras were successful on their converts.
"A tough one to lose," Hawks' coach Paul Chapman said. "One play. It came down to one play and they (Cobras) executed when they needed too."
St. Thomas entered the final with a 7-0 record.
"It was a good season. We got out and got to play,"
Chapman said. "I'm hoping most of them come back
next year. For a lot of the kids, it was their first
year playing. They haven't been in the tackle
In a back and forth U10 in final, the Rams held off the Hawks, 28-24.
Tiernan DesRosiers with two touchdowns, Jaden Hinde and Max Boldt, scored for the Hawks.
"They caught a few more balls than us," Hawks' coach John Jakobi said. "Our defence played really well. George MacQueen is a fantastic coach. Our defence held us in a lot of games and it all depends on how many balls we catch in a game. If we catch most of them we're going to win. If we have a few drops, then that's a fact of life, we're not going to win."
St. Thomas had a bye to the final, following a 8-1 regular season record.
"It was flag. It wasn't tackle. There was no blocking, no O-line, no D-line," said Jakobi. "It was a different year and I think the kids learned a lot of new skills that it wasn't flag they would have never learned."
Skills that can be brought to tackle when that version of the game returns.
"Everybody will still need to know how to catch, back pedal and get into an athletic stance. Those skills will continue onwards and they all learned how to be good teammates. That's a skill you'll have for life."
A year ago when tackle was alive, the Hawks won the peewee title, renamed U14 this season, for the second time in three years. In 2018, St. Thomas captured the atom (U12) championship.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, minor football had to be altered, starting with no tackling and only 10 players allowed on the field.
With a five on five format, the field was shrunk to a size of 60 by 25 yards. Games were two 25 minute halves running time, with a five minute halftime.
Teams in each age category (U10, U12, U14) were divided onto four team pods and only played the teams within that pod all season.
The Bulldogs completed an undefeated season, capping a 10-0 run, with a 33-6 win over the Wolverines, in a U12 divisional final.
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