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TISS at National Capital Bowl
TISS at National Capital Bowl
Posted on 12/01/2015

TISS Loses Close Game to Crestwood High School in 2015 National Capital Bowl Football Championship

By Mark Calder

(Carleton Place) – It was so close Saturday for the Thousand Islands Secondary School Pirates (TISS).

But a failed trick play in the dying minutes of the 2015 National Capital Bowl AA final left the team with a 27-21 loss to the Crestwood High School Mustangs at Beckwith Field. The play saw Pirates’ quarterback Nick Gilbert reverse the ball to receiver Ty McNish, who returned it to Gilbert, who then sent a 40-yard pass to Mitchell Hoogenraad to advance the ball to the Crestwood two yard line. Unfortunately, the play was called back, and the Pirates were penalized five yards for an illegal forward pass, prompting TISS to punt the ball in hopes they could contain their Peterborough-area opponents and regain field position for a final drive. Unfortunately, Crestwood was able to maintain possession and run out the clock.

While he felt the loss, TISS Coach Rick Miles kept things in perspective, adding he was proud of his team’s effort.

“This has been the best loss I’ve ever had,” said Miles. “The kids played so hard and so well that it didn’t overwhelm me. They did everything we asked of them and did it to the best of their abilities. I don’t think there was a kid out there who took a play off. They were giving it 200 per cent.

“And they were going up against (Crestwood) players who had 30 or more pounds on them. And these weren’t just big kids who couldn’t move, they were athletic kids.

“I was rnoved at how physical our kids were playing.”

Miles said the size of the Crestwood team stymied the Pirates’ running game, but encouraged some spectacular passing plays by the Pirates’ offence. For instance, TISS posted its first points of the game when Gilbert fed McNish a pass for a 67-yard touchdown on the very first play. The second touchdown came on a 40-yard pass from Gilbert to slotback Nick Westendorp, while TISS’s third touchdown came off two passing plays started at Crestwood’s 40-yard line and finished with wide receiver Payden Selleck in the end zone.

Selleck also kicked all three of the Pirates’ converts.


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