Longhorns squeak out OT win in Northern Football Conference play


Oakville Longhorns needed an overtime touchdown to get their first win in the Northern Football Conference’s second week of play.

The ‘Horns squeaked by the Tri-City Outlaws, 34-27, in the first of two meetings between the two clubs in the 11-team league to face each other twice in the regular season.

This weekend’s games will include the Southern Division Longhorns travelling to Sudbury on Saturday (June 17) to play the North/Central Division Spartans who had a bye last weekend.

Oakville had taken a 9-0 first quarter lead and was up 12-7 at the half. But a rejuvenated Outlaw squad scored 14 unanswered third quarter points to take a 21-12 lead into the final frame. Oakville turned the tide with 15 point in the final 15 minutes to force OT after the Outlaws picked up six points in the last stanza.

Oakville quarterback Mark Demerling was 15-for-34 on passes, good enough for 155 yards. Running back Mike Dingsdale had six carries for 63 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Outlaws’ passer Jeff Nosal completed three of the 12 passes he attempted and running back Jeremy Lewis scored one touchdown while picking up 78 yards on seven hauls.

In other games Milton Marauders held off the Toronto Maddogs 10-8; Quinte Limestone Panthers remained unscored upon after blanking North Bay Bulldogs 27-0; Saulte Ste. Marie Steelers also kept their unblemished record in tack, shutting down the returning and still looking for their first score Sarnia Imperials 43-0; and the Oshawa Hawkeyes made their season debut by blanking the Toronto Raiders 48-0.