First place Mohawk ruggers roll over Seneca for fifth straight OCAA win

The battle of the unbeaten teams will take place Sunday when the Mohawk Mountaineers visit the Humber Hawks to decide first place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s rugby league.

Mohawk’s Steve Johnston defies gravity against Seneca. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

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Mohawk and Humber have identical 5-0 records but the Mountaineers lead the pack with 24 points to Humber’s 22. Mohawk has earned more bonus points, awarded when a team scores four or more tries in a game.

And that’s what the Mountaineers did yesterday in humbling the Seneca Sting 53-0. Starting this season, Seneca had put together a string of 45 consecutive wins and won five straight championships. Thursday’s loss was Seneca’s third this term.

Thursday’s shutout was Mohawk’s first this year. The Mountaineers were up 15-0 at the half and then with the wind to their backs dominated the second half with six tries.

Winger Zach Crocker, center Darcy Palmer (Port Elgin) and prop Norm Fretz (Stouffville) each scored a pair of tries, while flanker Steve Johnston (Vinemount), centre Mike Stuart (Grimsby) and scrum half Brendan Clapp (Picton) added one each.

The tries for Fretz, Stuart and Clapp were their first of the season.

No. 8 James Cumpson (Stoney Creek) made four conversions.
Mohawk head coach Alex Paris was surprised by the margin of victory – and the shutout – but said it speaks volumes for his team.

“The second part of that first half we didn’t play strong. We came back out in the second half and we just played the type of rugby we know we can play. This year it just comes down to who’s actually playing on the field and we say it every week, we’re fortunate. One through 25 we have quality ball players.”

Mohawk has surrendered only 18 points in its five games while the offense has put up 228.

Humber defeated Georgian College 25-8 on Thursday.