Christ the King's Dan Rovere nearly breaks free for another big gain but is brought down by a pair of Abbey Park players during their HSSAA senior football contest Wednesday. Rovere scored a touchdown on an 85-yard passand-run play in the third quarter to help the Jags win 30-10 and move on to the Halton semi-finals on Wednesday. An all-Georgetown final for the Halton Secondary School Athletic Association Division II senior boys' football title is still in the cards after Wednesday's quarterfinals, but both GDHS and Christ the King have tough games ahead to win if they are to meet up at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium Nov. 15. The first-place Georgetown Rebels won their game Wednesday without playing a down for the second week in a row, as Aldershot forfeited. The 7-0 Rebels will now play Burlington Central, while Christ the King's Jaguars advanced to Halton's final four to face St. Thomas Aquinas in Oakville next week by trouncing Abbey Park 30-10.
As the 6-1 Jags were leaving the CTK field Wednesday after their victory, which was much more lopsided than the score indicates, the chant `Ivor Wynne' could be heard amongst the players. Jags' head coach Mike Harris warned that if his players were looking ahead to a possible showdown with Georgetown in the Halton championship, they only need to recall recent post-season results. "We can't even think about Georgetown, not with the way Aquinas is playing," said Harris of their 6-1 opponent. "Most of the kids on our team have been here two or three years, and they know we've played well and then lost in the playoffs last year and the year before that, so they can't be looking ahead to anything except the next game." The Rebels, who will host 5-2 Central on Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m., won the regular season meeting with Christ the King 15-6, but may be a little stale for the semis after going over two weeks without game action because of the forfeits. CTK's seniors were a little off-key in their playoff opener, leading 2-4 Abbey Park just 9-0 at halftime Wednesday despite controlling the ball for much of the way. Jaguars' quarterback Alex Dezan threw touchdown passes to Steve Ples and Dan Rovere to build a comfortable lead, then Giovanni Boni and Alex Desmond rushed for major scores in the third quarter to secure the win. "After we lost to GDHS, that basically became our fuel and what we were being motivated by through the season. We want to get them back for that," said the 17-year-old Dezan, a Hillsburgh resident. "We had a slow start (Wednesday) because we maybe overestimated our opponent a bit, then the captains got fired up at halftime and that's all we needed." Christ the King's defence was sturdy and only surrendered points to Abbey Park in the fourth quarter when the starters were on the sideline. Harris was concerned about the number of penalties his team took, something they'll have to focus on eliminating against Aquinas. (Eamonn Maher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)