Panthers’ win against Predators sets stage for Stampeders showdown

panthers_ofcThe Hamilton Wentworth Junior Varsity Panthers scored their third consecutive victory, beating the Twin City Predators 13-1 in Waterloo in Ontario Football Conference play.

The Predators’ lone point was achieved with a punt in the end zone during Saturday’s contest in Waterloo. The Panthers “D” proved to be more than Twin Cities could handle with key defensive performances coming from linebacker Jeff Francis (nine tackles, one knock down). The Panthers’ entire defensive unit, including end Martin Colyn (five tackles), nose tackle Matthew Sagodi (five tackles), tackle Brandon Alkerton (six tackles, one sack), and end Ben Reed (four tackles) stopped the Predators time and again.

And for a fourth consecutive game linebacker Derek Adams put up big numbers defensively, charting 15 combined tackles) and in the punting game he counted 168 yards from four boots, the longest travelling 78 yards as it collected Air Miles points.

The Panthers scored on their first possession on a drive highlighted by a 52-yard completion from quarterback Lucas Spagnuolo to running back Dan Hall on just the second play of the game. Spagnuolo would finish the day with eight completions from 10 attempts that totalled 86 yards. Spagnuolo eventually scrambled for 17 yards for the first TD.

The Panthers second scoring drive was capped off with a five-yard TD strike to wide receiver Brandyn Bowman.

The Panthers dominated the clock during the second half with many defensive “three and outs” and by pounding the ball at the Predators with 14 fourth quarter carries for 68 yards by RB Quinn Newman.

On Sunday (July 5) the Panthers put their 4-1 record against the 4-0 mark of the Burlington Stampeders. The game will be held at Rockton’s MacRae Fields at 1:30 p.m. and will be the JV squad’s final home game of the regular season.