OFSAA: Frontenac defense holds strong to win National Capital Bowl

It was a very close match-up between the St. Joan of Arc Knights and the Frontenac SS Falcons for the National Capital Bowl. It came down to the very last play, as the Falcons were able to stop the Knights and hold on for a 37-30 victory. It is the second year in a row that the Falcons were able to capture a Bowl championship and remain one of the highest ranked teams

The first half was close as both teams were able to get points on the board. Frontenac opened the scoring with a two yard run for a touchdown by quarterback no. 7 Tyler Filson, followed ten minutes later with a one yard run by no. 3 Mitch O’Connor. The first quarter ended with a great interception by St. Joan od Arc’s defensive back no. 29 Austin Buck, to keep the Knights within a touchdown. In the second quarter St. Joan of Arc answered with a 12 yard touchdown by no. 1 Jesse Alves followed by a three yard run touchdown of their own by quarterback no. 7 Adam Zussino. The half would end with a Frontenac rouge point to finish 22-14.

The second half of the game would prove to be one of the best halves of football during the Bowl Series. The St. Joan of Arc Knights would start with another touchdown by no. 1 Jesse Alves. A failed two point conversion would keep the Knights within two. From there the Falcons would score another touchdown, followed by a Knight field goal to go ahead 30-29.

It came down to the Frontenac offense to get the job done. At the 10:33 mark, running back no. 28 Jacob Riha scored a touchdown on a 17 yard run, followed by a successful 2 point conversion by Tyler Filson. The pressure was put back onto the Falcon’s defense as the Knights came back down the field. They got all the way back into the Falcon’s red zone, but were unable to score a touchdown in the last second of the game.

Last year, the Falcons won the National Capital Bowl by a very large margin. “This game was our toughest game by far”, says Frontenac Falcon’s head coach Mike Doyle. “They are a great team, with a great quarterback. Our offense barely touched the field after the third quarter.” It was definitely a game that came down to defense. Luckily, Falcons quarterback Tyler Filson believed in his team all year long. “I’ve had confidence in our defense all year,” says Filson.

2012 National Capital Bowl Summary



St. Joan of Arc CHS Knights (Barrie)     30   vs.        Frontenac SS Falcons (Kingston)       37


Qtr.        Team     Time                      Play                                                                       Convert                         Running


1st        Fr         2:50     Tyler Filson, 2 yard run                                   Declan McCann          Fr 7-0

1st        Fr         12:00   Mitch O’Connor from Tyler Filson, 1 yard    Declan McCann          Fr 14-0

2nd        SJA     7:14     Jesse Alves from Adam Zussino, 12 yards     Zac Donovan              Fr 14-7

2nd        SJA     10:10   Adam Zussino, 3 yard run                              Zac Donovan              14-14

2nd        Fr         11:22   Mitch O’Connor from Tyler Filson, 5 yards   Declan McCann          Fr 21-14

2nd        Fr         12:00   Declan McCann, rouge, wide field goal         n/a                               Fr 22-14

3rd        SJA     7:43     Jesse Alves from Adam Zussino, 2 yards       2 pt. no good               Fr 22-20

3rd        Fr         10:20   Jacob Riha, 1 yard run                                    Declan McCann          Fr 29-20

4th        SJA     :40       Zac Donovan, 23 yard field goal                    n/a                               Fr 29-23

4th        SJA     9:36     Jesse Alves from Adam Zussino, 31 yards     Zac Donovan              SJA 30-29

4th        Fr         10:33   Jacob Riha, 17 yard run                                  Tyler Filson (2)            Fr 37-30



St. Joan of Arc                                  Frontenac


Rushing (att.-yds.)                  27-150                                                 17-117

Passing Yards                         211                                                      224

– Team Losses                         -10                                                       -6

Net Offence                            351                                                      335

First Downs                            23                                                        22

Return Yards                          86                                                        94

Fumbles-Lost                          1-1                                                       0-0

Interceptions by                      1                                                          0

Penalties-Yards                       7-64                                                     7-50



KNIGHTS                                         FALCONS


Rushing (atts.-yds.)                  Adam Zussino 12-64, td                     Jacob Riha 10-69, 2 tds

Jon Obdam 11-51                                   Tyler Filson 6-45, td

Receiving (cat.-yds.)                Jesse Alves 7-78, 3 tds                        Jordan Gravesande 5-82

Zac Bertucca 4-43                               Jon Kelly 3-43

Passing                                    Adam Zussino 19-26-3-0                    Tyler Filson 16-26-2-1

(comp.-atts.-tds-int)               Jesse Alves 0-1-0-0

Tackles                                    Matt Anderson 5                                 Ryan Richardson 9









Year    Champion                                           Runner Up                                          Score


2011    Frontenac (Kingston)                          Crestwood (Peterborough)                 49-11

2010    Crestwood (Peterborough)                 Sydenham                                           16-13 (ot)

2009    St. Peter (Orleans)                               Crestwood (Peterborough)                 37-22

2008    Frontenac (Kingston)                          Crestwood (Peterborough)                 36-1

2007    Frontenac (Kingston)                          Crestwood (Peterborough)                 15-10

2006    St. Mark (Manitock)                           Frontenac (Kingston)                          10-8

2005    St. Peter (Ottawa)                               Sydenham                                           24-10

2004    Crestwood (Peterborough)                 Almonte                                              23-5

2003    Almonte                                              Crestwood (Peterborough)                 17-2

2002    Frontenac (Kingston)                          Ashbury College (Ottawa)                  56-6

2001    Frontenac (Kingston)                          St. Mark (Manitock)                           29-20

2000    Centennial (Belleville)            Ashbury College                                 43-7


Source for Past Champions – Campbell Blake

How they got here:

St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School
Hometown: Barrie
Head Coach:  Nick Nicoletta
Nickname: Knights
Athletic Association: Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association League: Simcoe County Athletic Association – First title
2012 Record: 10 wins, 0 losses
2012 Games:
Regular Season
September 20th vs. Barrie North Win 42 – 0
September 25th vs. Collingwood Win 30 – 6
October 8th vs. Eastview Win 35 – 26
October 12th vs. Nantyr Shores Win 29 – 7
October 18th vs. Bear Creek Win 25 – 13
October 25th vs. Innisdale Win 28 – 3
League Playoffs
October 31st vs. Nantyr Shores Win 44 – 7
November 6th vs. Eastview Win 25 – 17
November 10th vs. Bear Creek Win 35 – 11
National Capital Bowl Semi-final
November 15th vs. Crestwood (COSSA) Win 27 – 7
St. Joan of Arc Bowl record: First appearance
GBSSA Bowl record: two wins, four losses; Championships Central Bowl Eastview 2005; Bear Creek 2004
Frontenac Secondary School
Hometown: Kingston
Head Coach: Mike Doyle
Nickname: Falcons
Athletic Association: Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association
League: Kingston Athletic Secondary Schools Association – Eighth league title (since 1981)
2012 Record: 11 wins, 0 losses
2012 Games:
Regular Season
September 14th vs. Regi. Notre Dame Win 26 – 0
September 20th vs. Sydenham Win 32 – 14
September 26th vs. Holy Cross Win 37 – 14
October 4th: vs. LaSalle Win 37 – 8
October 12th vs. Kingston Win 36 – 0
October 19th vs. Ernestown Win 35 – 0
October 25th vs. Bayside Win 25 – 3
League Playoffs
October 30th vs. Kingston Win 43 – 10
November 3rd vs. Holy Cross Win 15 – 4
November 9th vs. Thousand Islands (LGSSAA) Win 35 – 7
National Capital Bowl Semi-final
November 17th vs. St. Peter (NCSSAA) Win 42 – 32
Previous Bowl game appearances: 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001 Frontenac Bowl record: 5 wins, 1 loss (National Capital Bowl Champions: 2011, 2008, 2007, 2002, 2001)
KASSAA Bowl record: 5 wins, 3 losses; Last championship 2011 Frontenac
EOSSAA Bowl record: 6 wins, 4 losses; Last championship 2011 Frontenac

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