Mohawk Rugby, kicker James Cumpson earns OCAA honours


What the rest of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s rugby teams haven’t been able to accomplish, Mother Nature has – she beat the Mohawk Mountaineers. Weather left the Mohawk Sports Complex fields unplayable and forced the undefeated Mountaineers to postpone their final regular season game.


James Cumpson earned OCAA Male Athlete of the Week honours. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

It was to be played Wednesday but has been rescheduled for Saturday (Oct. 21), 3.30 p.m. at the Complex on Field No. 6. The Fleming College Auks of Lindsay come looking for their first win of the season after six losses.

The Mountaineers impressive showing earned them OCAA Team of the Week honours and No.8/kicker James Cumpson was selected the OCAA Male Athlete of the Week.

The Stoney Creek native and Saltfleet High School product, is on the verge of becoming the first Mohawk player to win the OCAA rugby scoring title.

The transfer from McMaster University leads the OCAA scoring derby with 59 points. The first year Electrical Engineering student helped his side to two of the biggest wins in school history last week, 53-0 over the five-time defending champion Seneca Sting and 46-22 over the previously unbeaten Humber Hawks. He had seven converts for 14 points.

On the season, Cumpson has kicked 27 converts and scored one try. He has a nine point lead over teammate and winger Zach Crocker, whose 10 tries give him 50 points.

Humber’s Harry McLean breaks a run of Mountaineers in the scoring leaders. McLean is third (43 points) followed by Mohawk’s flanker Steven Johnston (Vinemount), centre Darcy Palmer (Port Elgin), and centre Brian Pearman (Stoney Creek), each with 35 points.