‘Canes’ passer finds reward in junior football loss

Hamilton Hurricanes’ quarterback Brian Echlin has been named the Ontario Football Conference’s offensive player of the week.

Despite his team’s 17-9 loss to the Windsor AKO Fratmen on Saturday (Aug. 24), Echlin was outstanding. The 6-1, 235 pound pivot had a QB efficiency rating 102.8 for the game. He completed 20 of his 33 pass attempts for 318 yards.

The Hamilton native threw one touchdown and had no interceptions in Hamilton’s third loss of the season.

The ‘Canes have yet to win a game this season, which marks their return to junior football. Hamilton and its across-the-bay rivals, the Burlington Braves, meet on Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Burlington is 2-0 and had a bye last weekend.

Friday’s 8 p.m. encounter will be Hamilton’s first home game this season. They opened in against the Cougars in St. Leonard (Quebec) and played the Braves at Ivor Wynne. That game was designated Burlington’s home date because the Braves’ home field was deemed unplayable

The special team player of the week is kick returned Miguel Wason of the London Beefeaters

Miguel led the OFC on special teams with his four kick off returns. The Pauline Johnson grad from Brantford covered 95 total yards in the Beefs 48-10 loss to the St Leonard Cougars. The 5’11” veteran’s longest return went 33 yards.

The OFC’s defensive player of the week is Shawn Spina, a back with the Fratmen. Spina, 6′ and 200 pounds totaled 24 defensive points with six solo tackles, an assisted tackle, three special teams tackles, a quarterback sack and one batted ball.