Colts punch OFSAA ticket in senior football – .

Colts punch OFSAA ticket in senior football – .

The Colts shut out the North Bay Algonquin Barons to win the NOSSA title on Saturday afternoon

The Korah Colts will have the chance to win an Ontario Federation of School Sports Associations (OFSAA) title at home.

With a 36-0 victory over the North Bay Algonquin Barons on Saturday afternoon in Superior Heights, the Colts won the Northern Ontario High School Athletics (NOSSA) senior football title.

Korah coach Tom Annett credited the Colts’ defensive play with the win.

“Our defense was great,” said Annett. “(Algonquin) struggled to move the ball. Our guys executed our game plan really well and had a lot of hard knocks as well. Our defense really shone today.

Michael Nicoletta ran for 199 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns for the Colts, who racked up 438 rushing yards in the game.

The running game involved asking quarterback Ryan Barnes to take reps as a running back also in the game.

“Ryan is steering the ball really hard,” said Annett. “He and Nicoletta are a great punch. He’s a physical downhill runner. Our other two full-backs Ronan Provenzano and Jesse Burella also had some really explosive games. “

Burella ran the ball 10 times for 78 yards, while Provenzano had 83 rushing yards on eight carries, and Barnes ran the ball for 59 yards on 11 carries.

Nicoletta first put the Colts on the scoreboard with a 13-yard touchdown with just over six minutes left in the first quarter. The major, combined with a convert from Jack Tuckett, made it 7-0 Korah.

After a fumble over the Barons’ goal line earlier in the quarter nullified a scoring opportunity for the Colts, Barnes extended Korah’s lead in the second half of the second quarter.

A one-yard touchdown run with the convert took the Colts to 14-0 with 4:32 left in the first half.

Algonquin initially avoided falling behind when an attempt to place Tuckett was blocked by the Barons’ defense.

On subsequent possession, the Barons proceeded to abandon a safety with 1:12 left in the half, making it 16-0 Korah.

Barnes then set up a late-half touchdown by Nicoletta when he hit Nathan Keranen with a 31-yard pass to move the ball deep into Algonquin territory.

On the next play, Nicoletta landed her second major of the game on a one-yard run. A convert on Tuckett’s play allowed the Colts to score 23-0 before halftime.

“It was huge,” Annett said of touchdowns at the end of the first half. “I don’t think we had a lot of trouble moving the ball the whole game, but we had a few turnovers, including one right on the goal line where we didn’t score any points on the board after good practice. Getting those extra points gave us a bit of a cushion.

Halfway through the third quarter, Nicoletta scored her third touchdown of the day, returning the ball to 23 yards. A convert from Tuckett made it 30-0.

At the end of the third quarter, Provenzano scored a six-yard touchdown for the Colts to make it 36-0.

Defensively in the game for Korah, Provenzano made 3.5 tackles while Lucas Malcolm and Owen Trecartin made three tackles apiece.

A team known for their passing game, Barons quarterback Andrew Robillard completed just five of eight passing attempts for 32 yards in the game and threw an interception.

Defensively for the Barons, Nick Baldasaro had 12 tackles while James McGill had six and Caleb Shank had five.

The city title for Algonquin was the first for the school since 1981

“It was really great,” said Algonquin coach Ryan Desbiens of the city’s victory. “We had a few teams that came together, but for us you talk about getting rid of the monkey, it was like getting rid of the gorilla. “

Desbiens added that while the junior team had some success, the senior team “never quite reached that end goal.”

“Finally doing it after such a long time was pretty historic for North Bay football,” Desbiens added.

For the Colts, Saturday’s victory marks a NOSSA hat-trick for senior school football, having won the title in 2018 and 2019 before COVID-19 forced the 2020 season to be canceled.

The OFSAA game, which will see the Colts face Thunder Bay’s St. Ignatius High School next Saturday in Superior Heights locally, will also be an opportunity for Korah to potentially repeat her Northern Bowl title and win the school’s third consecutive game in the process.

Prior to winning the Northern Bowl in 2019, Korah won the National Capital Bowl in 2018.


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