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Braves score convincing decision over the Gaels

By Larry Moko

St. Jean de Brebeuf’s senior high school football team had an extra reason to celebrate victory on Friday.

Brebeuf rebounded from a 33-0 season-opening loss to the Bishop Ryan Celtics on Sept. 16 to score a convincing 39-0 road decision over the Cathedral Gaels.

“This is a big for the program,” Braves coach Phil Iannone said. “It’s been a long time since the senior team had a win for the school.

Brebeuf got two touchdowns each by Matthew Towler and Ryan Mpianna along with a major score by Quintin Joseph.

Yusseff Mohamed added a 36-yard field goal plus a 34-yard punt single and five converts against the 0-2 Gaels.

“It feels great,” Towler said of the outcome. “Very exciting. We’ve been in a big drought for a while.”

A running back and linebacker, Towler opened the scoring on an eight-yard run. The Hamilton Junior Ticats veteran then took a handoff into the end one from the 5-yard line for his second six-pointer.

“Matthew was a player for us last year on both sides of the ball,” Iannone said. “He digs deep every practice and every down. He has the ability to play at the next level.”

Mpianna’s touchdowns came by way of a weaving 32-yard punt return and a leaping 34-yard pass reception from quarterback Brody Owen.

Running back Joseph’s carry for a TD covered two yards.

Said Iannone: “Luc Jansons at tackle was fantastic for us and our secondary had a couple of picks (Nicolo Esposto and Xavier Lanc).”

Quarterback Aiden Gago and running back Warren Munro carried much of the offensive load for Cathedral.

“We’re a young team,” the Brebeuf coach said. “We have a lot of Grade 11s. Only a couple of veterans. Last week was tough. It was an eye-opener at our homecoming. But we reset for this game. We’re a team on the rebuild.”

In other senior action, the Bishop Tonnos Titans improved to 2-0 with a 17-15 victory over the Celtics (1-1) and the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals opened their season with a 61-0 triumph over the St. Mary Crusaders (0-2). The defending-champion St. Thomas More Knights were (1-0) were idle.







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