Junior football honours swept up by Hurricanes


Hamilton Hurricanes, who got off to a suspect start in their return to the Ontario Football Conference, are making their presence known.

The Hurricanes lost their first four starts but have put back-to-back victories together. Their latest outing was good enough to bring them two of the three Players of the Week honors in the OFC.

The Outstanding Offensive Player award went to the ‘Canes quarterback, Brian Echlin. He collected his second offensive award with his play in Hamilton’s 36-6 road victory over the winless London Beefeaters. The 6-1, 235 pound QB completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 272 yards. The former Ottawa Gee Gee connected for three touchdowns.

Not to be outdone, teammate kicker/returner Mike DiGroce was week seven’s Outstanding Special Teams Player. The versatile DiGroce is listed first in three positions on Hamilton’s depth chart.

But his punting, which kept London at bay, and his kick returning were responsible for his first special teams honour in thr win over London.

The 6-1, 210 pounder kicked five times for 233 yards, a 46.6 yard average. The former Steel City Ironman returned a
Beefeaters’ kickoff 25 yards as well as connecting on a 40 yard field goal. The offensive threat also caught five passes, one for a TD, for another 145 yards.

The Hurricanes are home Saturday to the first place and 5-1 Windsor Ako Fratmen. Kickoff at Ivor Wynne Stadium is 4 p.m.

Outstanding Defensive Player of the Week

Will Wiebe – Defensive Back – Windsor AKO Fratmen

Will led all OFC defenders with 37 defensive points. An outstanding effort as the Fratmen defeated the visiting Burlington Braves 23-20 in overtime. The 6’1″ 190 pounder was credited with 8 solo tackles, 3 on special teams, 6 assisted tackles and another on special teams. The Leamington native also knocked down 4 passes, blocked a kick, had a QB sack and forced a fumble.